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New Hampshire, Massachusetts in nuclear plant exercise

New Hampshire, Massachusetts in nuclear plant exercise

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — The states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts will be taking part in a full-scale emergency planning exercise regarding the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant this week. The event allows federal teams to examine the ability of local, state and utility officials to protect the health and safety of the public living near the power plant in ...

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Andover residents dig in against pipeline

ANDOVER — The anti-pipeline crowd at the Yachnin family’s home was warmed by more than the hardwood logs burning in the fireplace when David Yachnin announced the state Attorney General’s comments from earlier in the day. AG Maura Healey, citing an energy study her office commissioned last summer and released Wednesday said Massachusetts doesn’t need natural gas pipelines to meet ...

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Upcoming nuclear plant closure could roil New England markets

HARTFORD, Conn. — The impending retirement of Massachusetts’ only nuclear power plant could roil energy markets across New England, leading to greater reliance on natural gas, driving up carbon emissions and putting more pressure on pipelines already facing bottlenecks. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, the only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts, announced last week it will close by June 2019 because ...

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Decommissioning Pilgrim to cost $1B

Decommissioning a nuclear power plant like Pilgrim will cost close to $1 billion and could take a decade to complete, but is not particularly complicated, according to one expert. “It’s not dissimilar from taking care of asbestos, you need to make sure when you’re bringing down the structure you don’t disburse the potentially hazardous material,” said Jacopo Buongiorno, a nuclear ...

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Report: Massachusetts riddled with natural gas leaks

BOSTON — An analysis of the state’s aging natural gas pipelines has found that they are riddled with about 20,000 potentially dangerous and environmentally damaging leaks which may cost ratepayers more than $1 billion. The analysis was conducted by Home Energy Efficiency Team, a Cambridge nonprofit that mapped the leak data submitted by the utilities under a new state law. ...

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Energy project finding support

pipeline

MANCHESTER – The Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline proposed for southern New Hampshire has attracted sufficient interest from utilities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to Curtis Cole, the energy company’s director of business development. Part of the strategy of pipeline opponents has been to challenge the company’s so-called “anchor shipper agreements,” ...

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Clouds on horizon for solar projects

Municipal and large commercial solar projects in Massachusetts are being stymied by caps on net metering, which gives a credit for any unused energy they provide to the electrical grid, and incentive to install new panel arrays, advocates said yesterday. The caps for both large private and public solar projects in National Grid territory were hit within the past two ...

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Energy company IDs shippers for planned natural gas pipeline

CONCORD, N.H. — The Texas-based energy company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline through southern New Hampshire into Massachusetts has lined up utilities and other entities to transport the gas. Kinder Morgan announced Thursday it had commitments from National Grid, Liberty Utilities, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Connecticut Natural Gas Corp. and other anchor shippers to transport about 500 ...

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