Utility says Massachusetts solar logjam can begin moving

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! SOLAR: National Grid says 320 MW of solar projects in Massachusetts — part of a 1 GW interconnection backlog — can move forward without transmission improvements. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A 13 MW solar project backed by 7.5 MW of battery storage at JFK airport will be the largest solar array in New York City. (Bloomberg)
• A New Hampshire county is again considering tax exemptions for solar installations.

In closing arguments, Exxon calls climate lawsuit a ‘cruel joke’

CLIMATE: Exxon’s lawyer decries New York’s climate lawsuit as a “cruel joke” as a judge will now decide whether the company misled investors about the threat of climate change. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, once a strident opponent of action on climate change, now supports U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement. (Axios)
• Bill Weld, a Massachusetts Republican mounting a primary challenge to President Trump, has been vocal in supporting stronger action on climate change in order to connect with younger voters. (E&E News)

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Exelon reaches settlement over Chesapeake Bay pollution

HYDROPOWER: The operator of the Conowingo Dam reaches a $200 million settlement with the state of Maryland over buildups of sediment and debris that have led to pollution problems in the Chesapeake Bay. (Baltimore Sun)

WIND:
• New Jersey utility PSEG seeks to acquire a major stake in a proposed offshore wind farm. (NJ Spotlight)
• Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins co-sponsors a bill that would provide competitive grants for improving wind energy technology. (MaineBiz)

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New Jersey considers $5,000 rebates for electric cars

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A bill in New Jersey would offer rebates of up to $5,000 for electric vehicles as well as expanding charging infrastructure. (NJ Spotlight)

EPA: Attorneys general from Pennsylvania and 12 other states say a refinery explosion in Philadelphia earlier this year shows why the EPA should not roll back accident prevention standards. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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PIPELINES: A Boston regional planning agency is revisiting a study that supported construction of a compressor station after finding it was based on incomplete data.

Providence climate plan aims to rectify past injustice

CLIMATE: Providence, Rhode Island unveils a climate justice plan that aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 while ensuring resources are targeted to “frontline communities.” (Providence Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
• A Massachusetts agency opens a new investigation into a series of natural gas line explosions that killed a person in 2018. (Associated Press)
• Opponents of a Massachusetts compressor station plan a new legal challenge after key permits are upheld. (WBUR)
• Plans for a new gas-fired power plant in Connecticut have become a flashpoint in the state’s debate over climate change. (CT Mirror)
• Developers of a proposed pipeline withdraw their proposal to New Jersey regulators but say they will refile soon. (Associated Press)

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