Northeast Energy News

Advocates say oil industry tanked National Grid EV plan

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Advocates say an oil industry misinformation campaign helped sink a plan by National Grid to install thousands of electric vehicle charging stations. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: Elected officials from Massachusetts urge the developer of a compressor station outside Boston to scrap the project due to its location in a densely populated area. (DeSmog)

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OIL & GAS: For the first time, Pennsylvania orders a gas driller to cease operations over nonpayment of state impact fees. (Tribune-Review)

STORAGE: A professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton is one of three winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A Delaware utility has sold most of its natural gas marketing division as it focuses on energy delivery. (Delaware Business Now) 

TRANSMISSION: A federal judge may decide this week the fate of an underwater transmission line in coastal New Hampshire. (Union Leader)

SOLAR:
At 6.6 MW, the largest community solar project in the country is dedicated in a Maryland suburb. (The Sentinel)
A developer goes to court to overturn a ruling by a local board in Massachusetts that denied a permit for 6 MW solar project. (Telegram & Gazette)

WIND:
An offshore wind developer that sold its federal lease off New Jersey at a massive profit says it will keep a similar lease in Maryland and complete that project. (Greentech Media)
The management of a Connecticut port that could be retrofitted to accommodate offshore wind development tells state officials the facility should maintain its ability to serve diverse industrial and shipping clients. (The Day)
A local zoning board needs more time before deciding the fate of a 17 turbine wind project in western Maryland. (Times-News)

NUCLEAR:
A New York state judge rejects a lawsuit challenging the state’s subsidies for nuclear plants. (Law360, subscription)
New Jersey establishes a panel to monitor the ongoing decommissioning of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant, which stopped operations more than a year ago. (WHYY)

BIOMASS: Increasing concern about climate change is leading to more scrutiny of biomass energy projects in New England. (Seven Days)

COMMENTARY:
• An executive of a New York-based energy storage developer says extension of federal tax credits to that technology will help support further expansion of the wind and solar industries. (Albany Times Union)
• The University of Vermont treasurer says divestment of fossil fuel investments is a complex issue as the university has initiated a diverse array of other options to address climate change. (Vermont Cynic)
• Activists say Massachusetts fails to weave environmental justice into its energy policies that affect the state’s south coast, as pending legislation to address the inequity should be advanced. (SouthCoastToday)
• An environmental group says a new report from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative shows that consumers have saved $1 billion on their energy bills. (Natural Resource Defense Council)
• A housing advocate says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expresses support for energy efficiency but fails to provide enough money for a key state program. (Baltimore Sun)

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