Northeast Energy News

Accidents prompt Pennsylvania to review pipeline safety

CLEAN ENERGY: A $1 billion clean energy bill in Massachusetts does not address climate change adequately because it fails to set priorities for start action, critics say. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Norway offers a model on how Massachusetts can promote and adopt electric vehicle sales. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators have opened formal proceedings to review pipeline safety issues following a rash of accidents across the state. (Post-Gazette)

TRANSMISSION:
• A public forum of advocates and opponents of the Clean Energy Connect transmission line will be held in a Maine town that is reconsidering its previous support. (Sun Journal)
• A transmission line in central New York will relieve congestion and allow energy to flow to areas where it’s most needed. (Times Telegram)

OFFSHORE WIND:
A volunteer commission of Connecticut officials and  professionals met to discuss ways to allay environmental concerns related to the pending offshore wind boom. (CT News Junkie)
• A California congressman and co-sponsor of an offshore wind worker training bill sponsored by Massachusetts U.S. Rep. William Keating toured the New Bedford port that is being promoted as an industry hub. (Standard-Times)

EFFICIENCY: New York officials told the City of Niagara Falls it would save $1 million a year by switching its street lights to LEDs. (Niagara Gazette)

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POLICY: Western New York lawmakers have introduced a bill to require more local input on energy infrastructure projects. (Union-Sun & Journal)

COMMENTARY:
A liquified natural gas terminal in New Jersey has escaped serious regulatory review while gaining necessary approvals, a state newspaper says. (NJ.com)
An editorialist says Pennsylvania gas drillers pay significant impact fees and should not be targeted by Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax. (Sun-Gazette)
Environmental activists say New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not making climate action a priority with his resistance to anti-fossil fuels legislation pending in the legislature. (Lohud.com)
Offshore wind is poised to take off in New Jersey but PJM needs to update its market rules to accommodate the technology, a wind advocate says. (NJ.com)
The Massachusetts Forest Alliance says proposed changes to the state’s biomass power regulations are not significant and are meant to address difficult-to-dispose tree cuttings. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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