Northeast transmission projects defy the odds – Energy News Network

TRANSMISSION: Two Northeast projects are among a handful of multistate transmission proposals still proceeding that could have a major impact on the amount of clean energy on the grid. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR:
• Indian Point Unit 2 prepares to shut down for good on April 30 ending its 46-year run of producing nuclear power north of New York City. (Lohud.com)
• A federal licensing board says it needs another two months on whether to uphold the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 20-year extension of the operating license for the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire. (Portsmouth Herald)

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COAL: The Trump administration relaxes emissions rules for power plants burning coal refuse in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (E&E News, subscription required)

POWER PLANTS: New York officials release expanded guidelines of what essential construction can continue during the coronavirus pandemic that includes projects related to already existing power generation. (Syracuse Post Standard)

EFFICIENCY:
• A coalition of state attorneys general go to federal court to defend efficiency standards for commercial boilers. (E&E News, subscription required)
• New Jersey energy efficiency companies report layoffs and furloughs as they comply with regulators’ order that they only enter residences for an emergency during the COVID-19 outbreak. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR: A Rhode Island coastal town struggles with development pressures including some farmers turning to solar arrays as a way to preserve their operations. (ecoRI)

WIND: New York siting regulators approve a 124 MW wind project originally OKed in December after dismissing an appeal by project opponents. (Renewables Now)

MICROGRIDS: A Maine bill would allow construction of microgrids of up to 25 MW if they are deemed in the public interest. (Microgrid Knowledge)

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TECHNOLOGY: New York creates two funds totalling $16 million to nurture technology startups for clean energy, transportation, efficiency and other ventures. (reNEWS)

COMMENTARY: A company that helps develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure says recently passed New Jersey legislation can provide an example for other states. (Utility Dive)


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