Massachusetts’ clean energy spending outpaces financial support

CLEAN ENERGY: Massachusetts faces a reckoning as it spends more on clean energy programs than has been collected through utility bill surcharges. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: As New Jersey attempts to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy, fundamental questions remain, especially about funding. (NJ Spotlight)

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PIPELINES:
• A year of pipeline fights looms along the East Coast including one headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Maine agency recommends green light for controversial power line

TRANSMISSION: A memo by staff at Maine’s land use agency says a proposed transmission line from Canada through western Maine complies with state regulations. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: PennEast Pipeline asks federal regulators to delay its in-service deadline by two years to January 2022, citing delays in permit approvals in New York and New Jersey. (Platts)

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WIND:
• Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey calls for offshore wind developers to enter agreements that provide for union labor at higher wages.

Power plant owners join Maine transmission line battle

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• Two Texas companies that own natural gas power plants in Maine form a political action committee called Mainers for Local Power to oppose a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower. (Maine Public)
• Quebec’s provincial utility reinvents itself as it tries to develop a larger presence in northeastern U.S. energy markets. (National Observer)

OIL & GAS: New York’s decision five years ago to ban fracking was praised by environmentalists but others say it represents a missed economic opportunity.

Northeast states release draft of transportation cap-and-trade plan

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! TRANSPORTATION: A coalition of Northeast and mid-Atlantic states releases a draft plan for an ambitious cap-and-trade program aimed at curbing tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and other forms of transportation. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu calls the proposal a gas tax in disguise and says the state will not participate if the program is created. (Concord Monitor)
• Vermont begins an electric vehicle rebate program of up to $2,500 for models priced at $40,000 or less.