Utility: ‘No plan B’ for gas after pipeline rejection

NATURAL GAS: National Grid has stopped processing applications for natural gas service on Long Island after state regulators rejected an undersea pipeline; the project could still be resubmitted or end up in court. (Newsday, Grist)

ALSO: A Rhode Island project that offers net-zero, all-electric homes is a rarity as builders are still reluctant to let go of natural gas. (Energy News Network)

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FRACKING:
• The governors of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware have announced an agreement to seek a ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin. (Burlington County Times)
• Pennsylvania Republicans have been slow to embrace Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas extraction to fund a $4.5 billion infrastructure plan.

New York rejects undersea natural gas pipeline

PIPELINES: New York regulators yesterday denied a water quality permit to a proposed undersea natural gas pipeline that would have connected New Jersey to Long Island. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• A New Jersey town in the path of the project urged that state’s environmental regulators to reject its permit there. (Tapinto)
• Massachusetts regulators began a three-day hearing on an appeal of an air quality permit issued to a compressor station as protestors staged a demonstration. (WGBH)

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TRANSMISSION:
• Eversource says it would consider revising its design for the Northern Pass transmission line after it and opponents had argued about the project’s rejection before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Rejected transmission line goes before New Hampshire Supreme Court

TRANSMISSION: Eversource’s claim that the Northern Pass transmission line was unfairly rejected will be heard by the New Hampshire Supreme Court today. (NHPR)

WIND: The Connecticut House overwhelmingly passed a plan that could lead to the construction of 1,000 wind turbines off the state’s coast over a 10-year period. (Hartford Courant)

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BIOMASS: A plan by New Hampshire legislators to rescue biomass plants is modeled after nuclear power subsidies created in other states. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania environmental officials have ordered Energy Transfer to restore streams and wetlands at the site of a pipeline explosion before continuing with repairs.

Former coal plant to become offshore wind hub

WIND: A grid connection and 400 MW energy storage facility is planned for a former Massachusetts coal plant that is currently being dismantled to accommodate offshore wind development. (Herald News)

PIPELINES:
• Time is running out for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to decide whether to support a natural gas pipeline that goes under New York Harbor to Long Island. (Crain’s New York Business)
• Protesters delivered petitions to Cuomo in opposition to utilities’ plans to build pipelines to deliver natural gas to areas of the state. (Times Union)
• Pennsylvania regulators approved a pipeline expansion project that will go under the Susquehanna River to bring natural gas service to areas that are currently without it. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

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Are there enough ships for the offshore wind boom?

WIND: Only a dozen ships worldwide are large enough to erect offshore wind turbines, foreshadowing a shortage as project capacity is expected to increase seven-fold by 2030. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• The Vineyard Wind project is granted a key permit to connect to the grid. (Cape Cod Times)
• Three educational institutions across Massachusetts will receive $720,000 in grants to create six offshore wind workforce training programs. (Standard-Times)
• A 340 MW wind farm in western New York has filed its application with state siting officials, starting a year-long review process. (Evening Tribune)

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CLIMATE: A Maine city is developing a plan to be completely carbon-neutral by 2045.