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)

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)

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)

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)

• 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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