Northeast Energy News

Trump plan means more pollution for downwind Northeast states

POLICY: Officials in New York, Delaware, Connecticut and other Northeast states denounce the Trump administration’s plan to let states decide how to control pollution from coal-fired power plants. (Times Union, Middletown Transcript, Record-Journal, Baltimore Sun)

ALSO: Environmentalists say the Trump administration plan could lead to more air pollution entering New Jersey from upwind states. (NJ Advance Media)

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POWER PLANTS: The Sierra Club releases a radio advertisement targeting a coal-fired power plant in eastern Pennsylvania, calling it “dirty, dangerous and inefficient.” (Ellwood City Ledger)

OVERSIGHT: The New England Power Pool files a request with FERC to formally bar members of the press from attending its meetings, which help shape policy for electricity markets in the region. (Concord Monitor)

SOLAR:
• Massachusetts solar developers are waiting to see whether the final details of a new incentive program will help or hinder the state’s solar industry. (Energy News Network)
• A town in eastern Connecticut scraps an agreement to give the developer of a proposed 20 MW solar farm tax benefits because the project has not received approval from the state. (New Milford Patch)
• State and local officials attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate two new community solar projects totaling 16.2 MW in southeastern Massachusetts. (news release)
• A community solar organization offers a rare “no-risk” contract tied to a new 2.7 MW solar project in New York’s Hudson Valley. (Greentech Media)
• Tesla begins installing solar rooftops in the Northeast. (Electrek)

RENEWABLES: An arena in south Philadelphia says it will switch to 100 percent renewable energy by purchasing electricity from a wind farm in Illinois. (Philadelphia Magazine)

EFFICIENCY: Legislation introduced in New York City would require large buildings and luxury towers to cut their emissions 20 percent by 2030, and an additional 40 to 60 percent by 2050. (Grist)

PIPELINES: New Jersey conservation groups ask the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out a FERC-issued certificate for a proposed natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, saying it violates two federal laws. (69 News)

ADVOCACY: Kayaking environmentalists stage a protest in New Jersey calling for a ban on fracking and fracking waste in the Delaware River basin. (Bucks County Courier Times)

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UTILITIES: Delaware regulators approve a settlement that passes federal tax savings from Delmarva Power to its customers, which will save a typical ratepayer $1.40 per month. (Delaware Business Now)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration’s plan to let states regulate coal plants “is bad news for everyone who breathes” and particularly bad news for Maine, says the Clean Energy Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
• Nuclear power is the most reliable energy source in New York, and we must keep every reactor running to ensure the grid is reliable and resilient, says an official at the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. (Syracuse.com)

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