What we’re reading this week

Supreme Court puts the brakes on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan – Washington Post
As a practical matter, this stay means that the EPA may not continue to take any actions to implement or enforce the CPP pending the resolution of the state and industry challenge to the rule, which will not be heard by the D.C. Circuit until June 2. What does this mean for states’ compliance planning processes already underway?

Transmission project bets on clean Canadian power in Pennsylvania – PG Powersource
Designed to move 1,000 megawatts of Canadian-produced electricity along the floor of the lake into Erie County, ITC’s line would serve as the first link between Canada and the regional power grid spanning Pennsylvania, 12 surrounding states and Washington, D.C.  Transmission lines have been much longer and more ambitious than the proposed 73-mile project. The idea still has to pass the muster of state environmental regulators, and the project also is pending approval from Canada’s National Energy Board.  How would this project affect the mix of generation in our region?

Low gas price cuts impact-fee revenue for Pa. counties and municipalities – StateImpact
mostly because of the sharp fall in gas prices, it would be reducing the amounts paid to municipalities and counties from impact fees charged to operators under Act 13, Pennsylvania’s wide-ranging gas industry law. How will this affect PA’s rural counties, and will this affect the state severance tax proposals?

Refracking The Shale Plays – O&G Financial Journal
Refracturing of shale wells is a popular topic since operators can apply the latest technology to older wells, thereby increasing production without incurring all the costs of a new well. Well results indicate that the resources per well have doubled since 2012 for the main plays, making refracturing of shale wells a logical development. Operators are optimistically discussing the possibility, but how have the results compared to expectations so far?

Pennsylvania lags in solar power market – Tribune Review
Tech companies that use large amounts of energy to run servers increasingly are looking at solar power often want to locate in states with policies that encourage solar use and development. Pennsylvania is not on that list.

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