Invenergy and Lackawanna College announce Invenergy ‘Clean Energy’ scholarship program for local students

On April 23, Invenergy Thermal Global LLC, developer of the Lackawanna Energy Center natural gas-fueled power generation project, announced a new scholarship program to support outstanding local students who are continuing their education at the Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Each year for five years — commencing after start of construction of the Lackawanna Energy Center — the merit-based Invenergy Clean Energy Scholarship Program will award two students with full tuition for the School’s program in New Milford. This will include up to $30,000 of scholarship funding per student, for a total of up to $300,000 in total tuition assistance. As part of the scholarship program, Invenergy also will work with the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas on curriculum development aimed at industry-specific skill development, and guarantee scholarship students an internship at the Lackawanna Energy Center as well. (read more)

DEP to host public meeting and public hearing on PPL’s power line permit applications April 23

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public meeting followed by a public hearing regarding PPL Electric Utilities Inc.’s (PPL) application for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit (NPDES) and a Water Obstruction and Encroachment permit for construction of the proposed West Pocono-North Pocono 230kV Transmission Line. The meeting and hearing will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 6 to 10 P.M. at the Thornhurst Township Volunteer Fire Company, 351 Old River Road, Thornhurst. (read more)

PennEast Pipeline announces recipients of ‘Community Connector’ grant program

The PennEast Pipeline Company LLC, recently announced awards of $70,000 through its Community Connector grant program, bringing the program’s investment in Pennsylvania and New Jersey communities to $120,000 to date. A farm-to-table project, new personal protective equipment for fire companies and improvements to an evacuation shelter are among the projects supported through the second round of grants. (read more)

Luzerne County rewarded for recycling efforts

State Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Newport Township) announced Luzerne County has received two grants totaling $3,857 for its recycling program. “I appreciate Luzerne County’s efforts to help our environment by reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills,” said Mullery. “Plus, recycling programs in Luzerne County and across the state create jobs and help our economy.” Mullery said the county received a $1,866 grant for recycling 311 tons of material in 2012, and a $1,991 grant for recycling 331.8 tons of material in 2013. (read more)

LIHEAP funding deadline extended to May 1

Income-eligible PPL Electric Utilities customers now have more time to apply for funding to help with energy bills, thanks to an extension of the deadline for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The former deadline of April 3 was recently pushed back to May 1 by the state Department of Human Services, which administers the federally funded program in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf said the severity and duration of winter were factors in the extension decision. (read more)

Energy consultant notes ‘key’ events in PJM grid

Last week, Genscape, a global provider of real-time data and intelligence for commodity and energy markets, recorded “two key series of events in the PJM power market:” ■ On Tuesday, April 14, WHUB (Western Hub of PJM grid) locational marginal pricing* during the day’s on-peak period was significantly higher than expected, as the market had been trading below $40/MWh as late as 8:40 a.m. Most notably on this expensive day, was the ratio of congestion costs* to energy costs. Genscape’s blog post, Emergency Transmission Outage Drives Volatility in PJM, explains that marginal congestion costs were almost equal to energy costs. (read more)

New stream monitoring method locates elevated groundwater methane in shale-gas development area

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Utah have used a new stream-based methane monitoring method to identify and quantify groundwater methane discharging to a stream in an area of shale-gas development. Recently published in Environmental Science and Technology, the report describes how the technique was applied in northern Pennsylvania to first identify streams with elevated methane. (read more)

Pike/Wayne Envirothon scheduled April 30

This year marks the 29th anniversary for the Pike/Wayne Envirothon. This one-day educational competition for high school students is designed to test their knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities regarding earth’s natural resources. Delaware Valley, Honesdale, Wallenpaupack and Western Wayne High Schools will compete in the 2015 Envirothon which will be held Thursday, April 30 at the PPL Environmental Learning Center in Hawley. (read more)

LCEEC to host ‘Can’t Stop the Water’ film screening, panel discussion April 29

The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) will host a film screening and panel discussion of the documentary Can’t Stop the Water on April 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. The event will take place at the LCEEC, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Township. It is open to the public. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. For more than 170 years, a band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has occupied a tiny island deep in the bayous of Louisiana called Isle de Jean Charles. They’ve fished, hunted, and lived off the land and waters surrounding the island. (read more)

DEP renews Keystone Landfill’s operating permit; Separate expansion application still under review

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)on April 7 renewed the operating permit for Keystone Sanitary Landfill in the boroughs of Dunmore and Throop, Lackawanna County, for another ten years. The permit allows the landfill to continue operating as a municipal waste landfill at its existing facility until April 6, 2025. The permit renewal is not associated with Keystone’s pending application before the department to expand its existing facility. (read more)

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