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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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. (
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. (

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

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)

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)

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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