Northeast Energy News

A bill to restrict wind development in Maine has stalled

WIND: A bill that would restrict wind development in Maine has stalled in the state House due to a procedural issue. (Bangor Daily News)

RGGI: A Maine bill that allows the state to remain a part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has become law – even though it was not signed by the governor. (Maine Biz)

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SOLAR:
• The solar industry in Connecticut wants the court to block state lawmakers from confiscating a utility bill surcharge to balance the state budget. (Post-Chronicle)
• A business owner in Maine with a solar rooftop is sharing excess solar energy with four long-time employees. (Vermont Biz)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new study says New Jersey lacks the charging infrastructure to accelerate wider adoption of electric vehicles. (NJ Spotlight)

OIL AND GAS:
• Officials from a bankrupt Philadelphia refinery were among those meeting with President Trump yesterday to discuss federal biofuel policy. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Connecticut lawmakers have advanced a bill out of committee that would permanently ban fracking waste, replacing a temporary moratorium. (Connecticut News Junkie)

REGULATION: A federal regulator acted outside his authority when he granted a rehearing on a tolling order for PennEast pipeline, says New Jersey’s attorney general. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

BIOMASS: A new study is challenging the climate benefits of wood-based energy. (ecoRI news)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: An Augusta, Maine landfill will become the new site of $3 million power-generating facility that will convert methane gas from garbage into electricity. (CentralMaine.com)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy consultant says the Northeast has been unable to tap into the nation’s gas pipeline network because the region itself cannot increase its own natural gas capacity. (Boston Business Journal)
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The federal government is not giving people a real chance to voice their opinion on its offshore oil and gas drilling plan, says a Daily News of Newburyport editorial.
• With the future closing of a nuclear power plant in New York, the state needs to stop its opposition to natural gas because renewables such as solar and wind won’t be ready to power the state, says a former state assembly member. (Albany Times Union)
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The federal government’s proposed repeal of offshore drilling protections would harm the strides Massachusetts has made in renewable energy, says the executive director of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors. (Boston Business Journal)

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