Northeast Energy News

Trump digs in against plan to ease gas shipments to Northeast

NATURAL GAS: Republican lawmakers say President Trump has pledged to not grant a waiver to the Jones Act that would have eased shipments of natural gas to Puerto Rico and the Northeast. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: An industry group says improved technology means methane emissions are declining even as gas production increases; critics note the report relies on limited data. (TribLive)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Northeast universities are designing programs to help fill the gap in qualified workers needed for clean energy technologies. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
A Massachusetts fishermen’s organization says offshore wind projects are being rushed without adequate review so developers can take advantage of federal tax credits. (Providence Business News)
Offshore wind development in the Northeast has attracted unprecedented amounts of spending on lobbyists influencing state policies. (E&E News)
• A conference in Massachusetts seeks ways to develop a wind energy workforce. (NBC 10)

SOLAR:
• A Vermont town has selected a contractor for a solar array on its capped landfill but insists there be adequate screening to shield it from view. (Rutland Herald)
• A town planning board in southern Maine is prepared to vote on a 38-acre solar array. (Advertiser Democrat)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Federal securities regulators are sustaining nearly one half of company challenges to shareholder resolutions demanding more reporting on emissions reductions efforts. (InsideClimate News)

NUCLEAR: The Sierra Club highlights a report that shows PSE&G earned $1.8 billion and paid no federal income tax last year while is was successfully lobbying for a $300 million nuclear subsidy. (press release)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Despite a pause in the pursuit of offshore drilling along the East Coast, permitting for seismic testing to find oil and gas deposits is continuing. (ecoRI)

BIOFUELS: A federal court in Pennsylvania convicted a renewable fuels entrepreneur who fraudulently collected subsidies and tax credits by inflating the value of heating and vehicle fuel made from used cooking oil. (The Morning Call)

COMMENTARY:
• An executive from the owner of a trash-burning plant in Baltimore says supporters of a law intended to close the facility have skewed the debate with a series of false claims. (Baltimore Sun)
• A retired utility employee has endorsed a legislator’s plan to replace Maine’s investor-owned utilities with a public authority. (Bangor Daily News)
• An energy consultant says Vermont electricity use has not fallen despite years of ratepayer funded efficiency spending. (VT Digger)
• A former Pennsylvania legislator says battery storage, demand management and energy efficiency are more cost-effective ways to promote emissions-free energy than nuclear power subsidies. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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