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Pilgrim nuclear plant to refuel next year, close in 2019

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The owner of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts says the facility will be refueled next year, pushing its planned shutdown to May 2019. New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. announced in October that it would close the state’s only nuclear power plant as soon as spring of 2017 and as late as the spring of 2019. ...

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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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Massachusetts 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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Pilgrim nuclear plant’s closing could bump up NH utility bills

The closing of a Massachusetts nuclear plant by 2019 could mean higher energy prices for New Hampshire electricity users and could boost efforts for building the controversial Northern Pass hydro project. “New Hampshire will certainly be impacted by the early closing of Pilgrim as will every other New England state,” Eversource’s Martin Murray said Tuesday. That’s because energy produced by ...

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Coalition threatens lawsuit over Albany oil train traffic

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of residents, environmental groups and Albany County has filed a notice that it intends to sue a fuel transportation company over expanded oil train traffic at the Port of Albany. The group claims Global Partners violated the federal Clean Air Act. The claim focuses on a state air pollution permit sought by the Waltham, ...

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Dixfield residents speak to pros, cons of wind development at public hearing

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DIXFIELD — More than 50 residents met Thursday evening at Dirigo High School to express their opinions on whether to approve a revised Wind Energy Facility Ordinance and repeal the prior ordinance. Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached Dixfield officials three years ago about constructing a 20-megawatt wind turbine project on the Col. Holman Mountain ridge. Residents approved a ...

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Energy project finding support

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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