Advocates question climate benefits of Maine transmission line

PIPELINES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission plans to review its policies for approving interstate natural gas pipelines, which have not changed since 1999. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSMISSION: Advocates question whether a proposed Maine transmission line will actually result in carbon emission reductions. (The Free Press)

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SOLAR:
• A New Hampshire town has signed a lease agreement for a 10 megawatt solar project atop a former landfill site. (New Hampshire Business Review)
• Five liberal arts colleges are partnering on a new solar power facility that will allow them to reduce their carbon emissions and power upwards to 5,000 New England homes. (Grécourt Gate)
• A Brooklyn-based solar company is hoping its raised rooftop solar canopies can expand solar energy in New York.

Canadian hydro CEO warns profits depend on exports

WIND: Advocates in Massachusetts say offshore wind is not being taken seriously enough as a way to meet the state’s clean energy targets. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Three unions are backing Bay State Wind – one of three wind energy companies vying for a Massachusetts contract. (The Patriot Ledger)
• A Canadian energy company has decided to purchase a 29-megawatt wind energy project in New Hampshire amid a legal battle over financing. (The Keene Sentinel)
• A public hearing soliciting comments about the Vineyard Winds project resulted in questions about the environment, jobs, and fishing industry. (Cape Cod Times)

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HYDROPOWER: The CEO of Hydro-Québec warns the company’s profits are at risk if it is unable to export power to the northeastern U.S. (Edmonton Journal)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A proposed bill in Pennsylvania would require the state to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050; the bill is unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled legislature.

New Hampshire energy plan to prioritize efficiency to lower costs

POLICY: New Hampshire updates its energy plan to focus on lowering costs for consumers, with an emphasis on efficiency and moving away from subsidizing renewables. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

TRANSMISSION:
• New Hampshire regulators have scheduled a new hearing for the $1.6 billion Northern Pass project after rejecting a permit for the project last month. (Associated Press)
• Opponents of a planned Pennsylvania transmission line question a study touting the economic benefits of the project. (York Dispatch)
• The PJM Interconnection says plans for a Delaware transmission project should not be revised in response to threats to close power plants. (RTO Insider)

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Analyst: New Jersey decision to leave RGGI ‘was exactly wrong’

CLIMATE: An author of a new report says New Jersey lost out on as much as $154 million in revenue by leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2011, leaving the state’s energy consumers with “the worst of both worlds.” (Northeast Energy News)

ALSO: The remaining nine states in the pact have seen as much as $1.4 billion in economic benefit, with no harm to grid reliability, according to the report released this morning. (InsideClimate News)

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NUCLEAR:
• New Jersey towns with nuclear power plants shutting down face an uncertain future regarding the waste left behind. (WHYY)
• The shutdown of two nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania could result in a $285 million increase in electricity costs to consumers, a report says.

Power plant owners say saving FirstEnergy creates unfair competitive advantage

NUCLEAR: Power plant owners are urging the Trump administration not to approve a plea by FirstEnergy to save its coal and nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania – saying it creates a unfair competitive advantage. (Washington Examiner)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that Exxon Mobil must hand over documents related to a state investigation regarding fossil fuels and climate change. (Associated Press)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A New Jersey agency finds the state still has numerous obstacles to electric vehicle adoption.