Northeast Energy News

Where will renewables fit in Massachusetts climate push?

CLIMATE: The Massachusetts Senate last week passed a bill that includes a carbon tax and sets more aggressive timetables for emissions reduction. (WBUR)

ALSO: Advocates say proposals for net-zero emissions are incomplete without an equally robust commitment to 100% renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: A relatively small 7.3-mile pipeline in upstate New York languishes in an approval process as it becomes a proxy in the state’s battle over how to power itself now and in the future. (InsideClimateNews)

OIL & GAS:
Pennsylvania natural gas companies are writing down assets as low prices make their gas reserves uneconomic to extract. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Two towns that comprise the site of a steel mill that wants to frack natural gas take opposite approaches to the proposal, which could force developers to redo permits. (Public Source)

TRANSMISSION: New York approves $341 million to begin rebuilding an 86-mile power line that connects hydropower and other clean resources to the state’s power grid. (NNY360)

POWER PLANTS: The developer of a gas-fired power plant in rural Connecticut expects to break ground this spring as protests against it continue. (Middletown Press)

SOLAR: A town on Cape Cod may study turning a money-losing municipal golf course into a solar farm. (Cape Cod Times)

NUCLEAR: New York objects to Entergy’s staff reduction plans as the Indian Point nuclear plant is shut down, saying its proximity to New York City warrants higher levels. (Lohud.com)

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UTILITIES: Pennsylvania regulators seek an $8.8 million fine of a third-party energy provider for “egregious” marketing practices. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

COMMENTARY:
• The National Hydropower Association says clean energy incentives in many states exclude or ignore the technology’s benefits. (Greentech Media)
• A consumer advocate says Vermont Gov. Phil Scott must match his past rhetoric and join the legislature in promoting climate action. (VT Digger)
• An environmentalist says New Jersey must accelerate the timetable of its recently announced energy master plan to confront the looming climate crisis. (Asbury Park Press)
• A columnist says an $800,000 electric bus in Vermont is counter to the state’s reputation for frugality as well as an inefficient way to spend money to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Bennington Banner)
• Educational researchers say fracking in Pennsylvania has had a negative financial impact on rural schools.(Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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