07-19-2019
07-19-2019 Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvanians Need to Heed Heat Warnings
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07-19-2019 Gov. Wolf again pushes statewide broadband expansion and gas severance tax to fund it
Despite pushback from the legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf still says that a gas  severance tax is the best way to fund his proposed $4.5 billion  infrastructure plan.  Flanked by business and government leaders from rural Pennsylvania, Wolf  said at a Thursday press conference that he’s “all ears” to any...  - Penn Live, Patriot-News

07-19-2019 One city just banned new natural gas hookups to save the planet. Could Philly follow suit?
The war on natural gas is escalating.  Berkeley, Calif., the Bay area city known for its progressive politics, has  banned the use of natural gas in most new buildings. Environmentalists say  it is the first city to enact such a prohibition. San Jose, San Francisco...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-19-2019 Official: TMI decommissioning could take decades
Three Mile Island's operating nuclear reactor is shutting down in  September, but its towers will mark the skyline for decades.  The option of SAFSTOR — which would put the Dauphin County plant in an  extended state of dormancy until 2075 — is not uncommon for  decommissioning, according to officials from the Nuclear Regulatory...  - York Dispatch

07-19-2019 Gov. Wolf: Drilling tax plan would help close state’s digital divide
HARRISBURG — Everyone agrees Pennsylvania needs a plan to improve rural  broadband access, but no plan will work without the kind of money a new tax  on gas drilling would generate, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday.  The Republican senator who chairs the Center for Rural Pennsylvania said he...  - Meadville Tribune

07-19-2019 Storm saps power as heat wave remains through next week
Following a thunder storm that took down some trees and dropped heavy rain  across the area, a heat wave will remain in place across the East Coast  into early next week, according meteorologist from the National Weather  Service in Westampton, New Jersey.  The storm may be over, but the heat isn’t going anywhere....  - Levittown Bucks County Courier Times

07-19-2019 Critics fault Maryland Gov. Hogan’s plan for cutting greenhouse gases as late, lax
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has committed to reducing output of greenhouse  gases dramatically, but a plan outlining how to accomplish that is late  and, critics say, inadequate.  The plan — required under state law by the end of 2018 — has yet to  be released. But rough details the administration has put forth suggest its...  - Baltimore Sun

07-18-2019 Are Mariner East pipelines safe? A Cumberland County resident argues in a hearing that they aren’t
HARRISBURG – Are the Mariner East pipelines that are crossing the state  safe?  Attorneys for Sunoco Pipeline LP say they are doing everything within  regulations for the new Mariner East 2 and 2x and the original Mariner East  1, but a Cumberland County resident disagrees. And his complaints over the...  - Penn Live, Patriot-News

07-18-2019 Pennsylvania had more solar projects installed this year, but still lags far behind nearby states
Pennsylvania saw 228 more solar panel installations in the first three  months of 2019 compared with the same time last year, data show, but that  still lags far behind New Jersey and much of the Northeast region because  of a lack of incentives.  Between January and March of 2019, Pennsylvania completed 1,185 solar...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-18-2019 Protesters urge PECO to invest in solar energy
CALN – About 50 people gathered at the shopping center on North Caln  Road Tuesday afternoon to march to the Exelon Power Labs building down the  street and hold a rally to call on the PECO energy company to invest in  local solar energy.  The protesters held signs and sang songs while they marched to their...  - West Chester Daily Local News

07-18-2019 Public meeting scheduled for July 23 on Three Mile Island closure plan
Hard as it may be to believe, Three Mile Island Nuclear Station is about to  pass from existence as an active power generating station. Exelon  Generation, the plant’s owner, announced this spring it will  permanently close the plant no later than Sept. 30.  But the ghosts of TMI - from radioactive wastes, to those iconic cooling...  - Penn Live, Patriot-News

07-18-2019 Only Pa. Legislature could have a 'Climate Caucus' that wants 20 more years of fracking | Will Bunch
When it comes to taking climate change seriously in Pennsylvania, there.s  no day like today. No, seriously ... have you been outside?  Philadelphia.s heat index is steadily rising toward a Death-Valley-like  reading of .feels like. 110 or more this weekend . the worst heat wave in...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-17-2019 PUC Damage Prevention Committee Actions Announced Against Underground...
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07-17-2019 PUC Offers Tips on #WaysToStayCool, Electric Safety in Advance of Expected...
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07-17-2019 What will it take to shut down TMI Unit 1? Feds say 60 years and more than $1B
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It will take 60 years to complete, and  the price tag is more than a billion dollars.  That's what officials are saying it will take to put Three Mile Island's  Unit 1 nuclear power plant out of service for good.  "Decommissioning a nuclear power plant is more akin to a marathon than a...  - KYW News Radio 1060

07-17-2019 Spotted lanternfly poses ‘serious problem ... we need your help': Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf
The spotted lanternfly, first observed in Pennsylvania in 2014, continues  to pose a threat to the state’s economy and farmers.  Pennsylvania orchard owners are already beginning to experience  “significant” losses, said state Department of Agriculture  spokeswoman Shannon Powers. She was unable to quantify the extent of those...  - Penn Live, Patriot-News

07-17-2019 ‘Microburst’ thunderstorm causes downed trees, wires in Cumberland County
A thunderstorm passing over Mechanicsburg on Tuesday evening caused  significant damage, downing trees and wires.  National Weather Service Mike Dangelo said several areas in central  Pennsylvania were hit by thunderstorms on Tuesday, but only Mechanicsburg  had reported significant wind damage....  - Penn Live, Patriot-News

07-17-2019 Lancaster County might be seeing more spotted lanternflies, expert says after Ephrata woman takes dead bugs to meeting
Ginny and George DiIlio spent two hours swatting spotted lanternfly nymphs  on their Ephrata Borough property on Monday and collected about 150 of the  dead insects.  “Oh my goodness, it’s horrible,” Ginny said.  The couple said they have seen a significant increase in the number of...  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

07-17-2019 Widespread, dangerous heat wave to expand across much of the U.S.
A stifling heat wave has begun to take shape across large portions of the  United States, with millions likely to see temperatures creep toward the  century mark, along with even higher heat indexes by this weekend.  The heat wave is already generating excessive heat watches in the central...  - Washington Post

07-17-2019 New version of nuclear bailout bill would bolster solar projects in state
A Senate committee on Monday rolled out yet another version of a bill that  bails out the state’s two nuclear plants, but now increases support for  renewable energy in Ohio while still promising lower electricity bills for  consumers.  The Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee could vote on House Bill 6...  - Columbus Dispatch

07-17-2019 Pennsylvania had more solar projects installed this year, but still lags far behind nearby states
Pennsylvania saw 228 more solar panel installations in the first three  months of 2019 compared with the same time last year, data show, but that  still lags far behind New Jersey and much of the Northeast region because  of a lack of incentives.  Between January and March of 2019, Pennsylvania completed 1,185 solar...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-16-2019 Beware of switching scams by electric telemarketers using ‘super high-pressure tactics,’ PUC warns
State regulators are cautioning utility customers about electricity  telemarketers using “harassing and intimidating” tactics to get  them to switch power suppliers, and encouraged customers to report any  suspicious activity.  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said that it has observed an...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-16-2019 New version of nuclear bailout bill would bolster solar projects in state
A Senate committee on Monday rolled out yet another version of a bill that  bails out the state’s two nuclear plants, but now increases support for  renewable energy in Ohio while still promising lower electricity bills for  consumers.  The Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee could vote on House Bill 6...  - Columbus Dispatch

07-16-2019 Three Mile Island’s 60-year shutdown: ‘More akin to a marathon than a sprint'
The Three Mile Island Unit 1 nuclear reactor shutdown, which is set to  begin no later than in Sept. 30, would take nearly 60 years and $1.2  billion to complete.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is outlining Exelon Generation’s  plans to decommission TMI Unit 1, whose closure the company announced in...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-16-2019 Spotted lanternfly poses 'serious problem ... we need your help': Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf
The spotted lanternfly, first observed in Pennsylvania in 2014, continues  to pose a threat to the state.s economy and farmers.  Pennsylvania orchard owners are already beginning to experience  .significant. losses, said state Department of Agriculture spokeswoman...  - Penn Live, Patriot-News

07-15-2019 Blackout: Con Edison Apologizes, but Offers Few Clues About .Root Cause.
Consolidated Edison apologized on Sunday for a power failure that left a  large part of the country.s most densely populated urban area steaming in  the dark for five hours, as utility executives and elected officials  continued to seek an explanation for New York City.s latest electrical...  - New York Times

07-15-2019 After Manhattan power outage, questions and calls for investigations
A Manhattan power outage that temporarily turned off the bright lights of  the big city lasted only a few hours but left plenty of lingering questions  and calls for investigations Sunday.  Con Edison President Timothy P. Cawley insisted the Saturday night blackout...  - Washington Post

07-15-2019 Analysis | The Energy 202: How a bizarre blog post is undermining a 2020 climate forum
When a collection of advocacy groups and left-leaning publications  announced a forum for Democratic presidential candidates to discuss climate  change, they wanted the focus to be on what they see as a generational  crisis.  But now a bizarre blog post is changing the discussion. And the shift is...  - Washington Post

07-14-2019 No lights, big city: Power outage KOs Broadway, Times Square
Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following  a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens,  darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without  electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled...  - AP


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