Northeast Energy News

Advocates question climate benefits of Maine transmission line

PIPELINES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission plans to review its policies for approving interstate natural gas pipelines, which have not changed since 1999. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSMISSION: Advocates question whether a proposed Maine transmission line will actually result in carbon emission reductions. (The Free Press)

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SOLAR:
A New Hampshire town has signed a lease agreement for a 10 megawatt solar project atop a former landfill site. (New Hampshire Business Review)
Five liberal arts colleges are partnering on a new solar power facility that will allow them to reduce their carbon emissions and power upwards to 5,000 New England homes. (Grécourt Gate)
A Brooklyn-based solar company is hoping its raised rooftop solar canopies can expand solar energy in New York. (Curbed)
A new program in Hamden, Connecticut will help homeowners afford the cost of solar installations. (Patch.com)
A new solar array at a nonprofit in Rutland, Vermont will save the organization at least $250,000 in energy costs annually. (Rutland Herald)

POLLUTION: A New Jersey official says shutting down coal plants and advancing renewable energy have improved air quality in the state. (NJ.com)

EFFICIENCY: Connecticut regulators approve a lower monthly fixed charge for Eversource Energy, which advocates say will help promote energy efficiency. (Hartford Business Journal)

CLIMATE:
Bowdoin College in Maine has achieved a zero-carbon footprint by reducing fossil fuel use and investing in renewable energy. (Portland Press Herald)
Cambridge, Massachusetts has released results of a study on how to reduce municipal carbon emissions. (news release)

WIND:
Two online petitions are asking federal officials to intercede on the location of wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. (The Dispatch)
Opponents of a New Hampshire wind farm want the project’s approval suspended amid questions over financial documentation. (Concord Monitor)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two utility companies in Vermont are expanding and renewing incentives for customers to purchase electric vehicles. (Williston Observer)

NATURAL GAS: A proposed microgrid project in Albany that would be powered by natural gas will be the target of anti-fracking protesters on Monday. (Legislative Gazette)

STORAGE: A Vermont-based nonprofit has published a battery guide for activists and foundations who want to make battery storage part of their clean energy and climate advocacy. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to do more than acknowledge the harmful effects of climate change and instead take actions that can make a significant impact, says a retired UN economist. (Albany Times Union)
Rhode Island must work toward a sustainable solution that pushes forward renewable energy but at the same time protects the state’s natural habitat, says two guest columnists. (ecoRI News)

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