Northeast Energy News

Transmission project will be a boon for Maine city

NUCLEAR: It’s still unclear where nuclear waste from the Three Mile Island plant would be stored if it closes, as Exelon says it would take nearly 60 years to decommission the plant. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

TRANSMISSION: Lewiston, Maine, the terminus of the controversial transmission line to import Canadian hydropower, would gain an additional $8 million in annual tax revenue from the project. (Press Herald)

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WIND: The new operator of a port in southeast Connecticut is promoting expansion, including a push to make it a staging area for offshore wind development off the New England coast. (The Day)

SOLAR:
• Tesla needs to double employment over the next year at its state-funded factory in Buffalo to meet commitments it made to New York. (Buffalo News)
• A Massachusetts couple have had their energy bills reduced to zero with help from a state solar program. (Berkshire Eagle)

PIPELINES:
• The utility blamed for an explosion in Massachusetts last year has begun replacing equipment damaged in homes. (NBC Boston)
• A community forum was held to express concerns about the Mariner East natural gas pipeline construction in eastern Pennsylvania. (Daily Times)

POWER PLANTS: A natural gas plant near Albany, citing low power prices, may declare bankruptcy and seek tax breaks. (Albany Business Review)

UTILITIES: Green Mountain Power in Vermont says it will be carbon-free by 2025 and 100% renewable by 2030. (Rutland Herald)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A trash-burning plant has sued Baltimore County, claiming it has not been sent enough waste. (Baltimore Sun)

COMMENTARY:
• Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, the co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, says it’s a revolutionary call to action on the climate crisis. (Boston Globe)
• A town board supervisor in central Pennsylvania says the closure of Three Mile Island would devastate communities that depend it if the legislature fails to act. (Lancaster Online)
• Urban sustainability advocates say New Jersey’s clean energy policies should be designed to include participation of low-income residents. (NJ.com)
• A ratepayer association in New Hampshire says net metering programs distort markets and shift costs to residents without solar panels. (Times Record)
• Unacceptable health and safety risks are posed by a proposed gas compressor station outside Boston, says Physician for Social Responsibility. (Patriot-Ledger)

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