Northeast Energy News

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to New York nuclear subsidies

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear challenges to state subsidies for nuclear power plants in New York and Illinois, leaving intact lower court rulings that validated the practice. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont visited the Millstone power station to hail the agreement for ratepayer subsidies that keeps the plant open for another 10 years. (WFSB)
• Routine refueling outages have started at Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station Unit 2 in Pennsylvania and the PSEG Salem Unit 1 plant in New Jersey. (Daily Times, press release)
• Fossil fuel interests continued to hammer a proposed subsidy for nuclear power at a Pennsylvania legislative hearing. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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TRANSMISSION: Offshore wind transmission requires a longer planning horizon than is currently in place, industry experts say. (RTO Insider)

SOLAR:
The Audubon Society is working with Rhode Island legislators to craft forest protections for areas under pressure from housing and energy development. (Providence Journal)
A hearing for a solar development in Rhode Island was continued as opponents demand all projects should be put on hold while local zoning rules are clarified. (The Sun)
A New Jersey manufacturing plant installed 1,566 solar panels on its facility that will provide about 40% of its electricity. (press release)

EFFICIENCY: A new report concludes electric heat pumps are economical in cold, northern climates when paired with better building standards and rooftop solar. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES: In its new sustainability report, a Pennsylvania utility says it will reduce its carbon emissions 70% between 2010 and 2050. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Washington D.C. regulators approve a $15 million plan for electric vehicle charging stations over objections from a real estate group. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental activist argues that a price on carbon is the most efficient means to regulate greenhouse gas pollution. (Hartford Courant)
• An editorial board says proposed legislation for local referenda to approve Maine transmission projects is misguided and that established processes should be respected. (Bangor Daily News)
• The New York grid operator’s approval of two transmission projects is an important milestone in unlocking renewable energy’s potential to deliver clean energy to large population centers, an environmental organization says. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A transmission developer says the New England power grid should prioritize study of the region’s ability to absorb large quantities of offshore wind energy into its system. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A free-market advocacy group says a Trump administration executive order to speed up approvals for natural gas pipelines could avoid the next energy crisis. (RealClear Energy)

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