Green groups sue FERC for approving a Pennsylvania gas pipeline

PIPELINES: Environmental groups sue FERC for approving a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, saying regulators “violated the law on multiple fronts” and failed to consider the project’s climate change impacts. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO:
• A proposal to build a 27-mile natural gas pipeline in New Hampshire draws criticism from environmental advocates who say the developer already has inspection-related violations in the state. (Portsmouth Herald)
• A federal appeals court says FERC was right to allow the expansion of a natural gas pipeline near a nuclear plant in Upstate New York, dealing a blow to environmentalists. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

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Eversource appeals transmission line rejection in New Hampshire

TRANSMISSION: Eversource appeals a decision by a New Hampshire committee to reject its high-voltage power line from Canada to Massachusetts, which would have crossed through the state. (InDepthNH)

HYDRO: Vermont environmental groups explain why large-scale hydropower and biomass electricity should not be considered carbon neutral. (VT Digger)

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SOLAR:
• A group appealing the approval of a 20 MW solar farm in western Connecticut says the state siting council “abused its discretion” in approving the project, which will require 67 acres of woodland to be clearcut. (Hartford Courant)
• State officials vote to rezone 700 acres in eastern Maine to accommodate a 100 MW solar project. (Bangor Daily News)

TRANSPORTATION: New York agencies will host listening sessions on strategies for making the state’s transportation sector greener.

Developer seeks approval for gas-fired plant near NYC

POWER PLANTS: A developer seeks approval to build a second natural gas power plant in northeast New Jersey, joining three other gas-fired plants currently seeking approvals from local and state authorities. (NJ Spotlight)

EFFICIENCY:
• A discount retail chain will spend $14 million to install LED lights and advanced lighting controls at 131 stores in the Northeast. (Chain Store Age)
• With help from a state clean energy grant, a town outside Boston will install LED lights in five schools and weatherize its fire department. (Wicked Local)

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SOLAR:
• How a family-owned Pennsylvania solar company successfully weathered a “solar-coaster” over the last 10 years. (Central Penn Business Journal)
• Lightsource BP acquires six solar power projects totalling 135 MW in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Trump officials influenced “bomb cyclone” report to champion coal

POLITICS: Trump administration officials pressured authors of a report on last January’s “bomb cyclone” cold snap to stress the value of coal-fired power plants, according to emails obtained by the Sierra Club. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• A New Hampshire mayor leads an effort to convince the state legislature to override a veto of two energy bills — one to expand net metering and another to support the biomass industry. (Seacoast Online)
• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu releases a campaign ad touting his veto of the biomass bill. (WMUR)

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REGULATION: Stakeholders ask FERC to reconsider a June order demanding that grid operator PJM remake its capacity market, calling it an unprecedented interference into state energy policies. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Sources say assembly-line problems and other difficulties have delayed production of solar roof tiles at Tesla’s factory in Buffalo, New York.

Offshore wind developers try again in New Jersey, Massachusetts

WIND: Developers make a third request for New Jersey regulators to approve a 25 MW wind pilot project off the coast of Atlantic City. (NJ Spotlight, Press of Atlantic City)

MORE: Developers are reconfiguring a proposal for an offshore wind farm in Massachusetts and plan to submit it to the federal government in early 2019. (Cape Cod Times)

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EMISSIONS: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo calls for mandatory emissions restrictions as part of a plan to remake the state’s energy system. (Providence Journal)

SOLAR:
• Vermont utility Green Mountain Power says net-metered solar capacity in its service area grew from under 10 MW in 2012 to over 150 MW today. (PV Magazine)
• Developers complete a 3.1 MW, state-funded solar array on Staten Island.