Northeast Energy News

Utilities, natural gas industry brace for Hurricane Florence

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Flooding from Hurricane Florence could disrupt natural gas production and pipelines in Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast, according to estimates. (S&P Global)

ALSO: Electric utilities in Maryland and other East Coast states prepare for costly damages and power outages caused by the hurricane. (S&P Global)

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RENEWABLES: A nonprofit that finances clean energy projects announces $1.4 million in loans for energy efficiency improvements and clean heat conversions on six buildings in the Bronx. (news release)

SOLAR:
• City officials inaugurate an 18 MW solar project on a closed landfill in Annapolis, Maryland. (Capital Gazette)
• A Connecticut town board will consider a deal to allow a 26 MW solar project to be built on a large section of farmland. (Hartford Courant)

WIND: New York fishermen are worried about the possible impacts of a planned wind farm off the coast of Long Island. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announces a $2.4 million grant program for the installation of EV charging stations in strategic areas. (news release)
• New Hampshire will use $4.6 million from the 2016 Volkswagen emissions settlement to build EV charging stations. (Concord Monitor)

PIPELINES:
Energy Transfer Partners and state investigators are looking into the cause of a gas pipeline explosion that destroyed a home in western Pennsylvania. (Natural Gas Intel, StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A Pennsylvania court upholds a $1.1 million fine against natural gas company accused of violating environmental laws by polluting streams and groundwater in 2012. (Associated Press)
• A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, suburb votes unanimously to ban pipeline construction within a quarter-mile of schools during school hours. (Daily Local News)

OIL & GAS: Most Pennsylvania gas wells developed between 2013 and 2017 used “secret” drilling chemicals with unknown health effects, according to a new report. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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POWER PLANTS: Renewable energy advocates deliver petitions asking New York officials to stop a proposed natural gas power plant from being built in Albany. (Spectrum News)

COMMENTARY:
• Radiation from a nuclear plant in eastern New Jersey could be impacting residents’ health, says the executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project. (Asbury Park Press)
• A town in western New Hampshire wants to get 100 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050, but its land use regulations are blocking residents from installing solar panels, writes a columnist for Valley News.

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