Northeast Energy News

Maine governor signs on to transmission deal

TRANSMISSION: Maine’s governor signs on to a settlement supporting a proposed transmission line to carry hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO: Some conservation groups that had opposed the Northern Pass project in New Hampshire are willing to back the Maine option. (Boston Globe)

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• Massachusetts officials want the state to intervene in plans to close the Pilgrim nuclear plant. (Associated Press)
• Two Pennsylvania legislators plan to introduce a bill in the next two weeks to keep the Three Mile Island plant operating. (York Dispatch)
An anti-nuclear group files a petition seeking to block a license extension for the Seabrook plant in New Hampshire. (Seacoast Online)

• A bipartisan bill to allow community solar in Pennsylvania is advancing in the state legislature. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• Local officials in Maryland reject a proposed solar project amid opposition from neighbors. (Frederick News-Post)

WIND: Neighbors raise aesthetic concerns about a proposed 33-turbine wind farm in New York. (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)

• ISO New England’s president says he does not anticipate new natural gas pipeline capacity in the region and is surprised that states aren’t moving forward with carbon pricing,  while New Hampshire’s consumer advocate says energy efficiency can help resolve fuel concerns. (WAMC, CommonWealth Magazine, New Hampshire Union Leader)
• Maine Sen. Angus King says the U.S. is too reliant on digital systems that leave the grid vulnerable to hacking. (Washington Post)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A lawsuit seeks to block seismic testing off the Jersey Shore. (

• A New Jersey county backs a conflict of interest investigation into whether an appointee of Gov. Phil Murphy stands to benefit from the PennEast pipeline. (Bridgewater Courier News)
• Operators of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline plan a new compressor station in Pennsylvania. (Citizens’ Voice)

• A Massachusetts utility says a series of fires and explosions in September have now cost it more than $1 billion. (Boston Globe)
• Two New England senators propose a  bill to encourage natural gas demand response programs. (Utility Dive)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A $70 million waste-to-energy plant in Maine is expected to begin operation this spring. (MaineBiz)

CLIMATE: A judge rejects a lawsuit filed on behalf of two Philadelphia children challenging the federal rollback of climate policies. (E&E News, subscription)

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CLEAN ENERGY: How a small New York town is planning to transition to 100% renewable power. (Alt Energy Stock)

COMMENTARY: A New Jersey advocate says “natural gas is about to become the next typewriter.” (


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