Northeast Energy News

Advocates seek faster electrification of Boston transit

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A coalition of electric vehicle advocates urges the Boston-areas transit authority to shorten the testing time for electric buses and have the entire fleet electrified by 2030. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND: A fishermen’s group is calling for row spacing of four nautical miles for offshore wind turbines in New England. (SouthCoastToday)

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CLEAN ENERGY: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu endorses a set of Republican-sponsored clean energy bills that Democrats say divert attention from vetoes of related legislation over two years. (Union-Leader)

SOLAR: The Maryland Farm Bureau opposes commercial solar development on “prime and productive farmland” as a renewable energy task force develops recommendations. (Frederick News-Post)

PIPELINES:
A Pennsylvania homeowner says drilling activity from the Mariner East pipeline contaminated her well and released colored and foul-smelling water into her bathtub. (CBS Philly)
The deadline for claims related to a Massachusetts gas line explosion in 2018 outside Boston has been extended until the end of the month. (WCVB)

EMISSIONS:
A new report says states trying to reduce carbon emissions, including many in the Northeast, cannot reach their goals without targeting buildings. (Reuters)
New Jersey, New York and Connecticut drop a lawsuit claiming federal inaction on smog drift from Midwestern states, saying their concerns have been addressed. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey again introduces legislation to force disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. (E&E News, subscription required)

POWER PLANTS: A New York town adopts a non-binding resolution opposing the conversion of a closed power plant to natural gas. (MidHudson News)

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UTILITIES: Connecticut regulators direct utilities to begin programs to raise awareness of assistance to low-income residents who struggle to pay their utility bills. (Journal Inquirer)

COMMENTARY:
• A former Maine legislator says a publicly owned and successful insurance fund is a model that can be replicated in the electricity distribution industry. (Portland Press Herald)
• A Republican legislative leader says Vermont is losing residents in part due to high taxes so a carbon tax would only worsen the economic plight of residents. (VT Digger)
• An editorial board criticizes Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s support of nuclear power as legislation he has supported in recent years has ignored cost and safety concerns. (UpriseRI)
• An environmentalist says a settlement between Maryland regulators and the owner of a hydropower dam provides payments to the state but does not guarantee improved water quality. (York Daily Record)

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