Northeast Energy News

Advocates sue to overturn Maine wind moratorium

• A conservation group has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to place a moratorium on new wind energy projects. (Press Herald)
Officials in a rural farm town in New York approved changes to zoning laws that restrict the development of wind energy in their community. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)

EPA: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is pulling the state out of a lawsuit challenging the Clean Power Plan. (

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Large-scale clean energy projects like Northern Pass leave questions about the role of smaller renewable projects in the future of the grid. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

TRANSMISSION: New Hampshire regulators have begun a 12-day public deliberation period to decide whether to approve a project that will bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts via its state. (Associated Press)

Energy efficiency provisions tucked away in a proposed New Jersey law that provides subsidies to nuclear power plants don’t go far enough, say clean-energy proponents. (NJ Spotlight)
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he’s arranging an energy audit for his 6-bedroom private home built in 1890. (Worcester Telegram)
• Randolph, Vermont has become the latest city selected to join a state program that will help it become more sustainable and energy efficient. (Vermont Biz)

• Federal tariffs on imported solar panels and a demand charge on new solar customers are creating uncertainty in the solar industry in Massachusetts. (Greenfield Recorder)
• A Massachusetts lawmaker accuses the utility Eversource of making new solar charges “as confusing as possible.” (Lowell Sun)
• Cambridge, Massachusetts residents and businesses are being encouraged to pursue solar projects now before state incentives decline. (Wicked Local)
• Solar advocates in the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York are split on the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. (Daily Freeman)
Four people were arrested at a pro-solar protest at a Maine utility’s headquarters earlier this week. (Kennebec Journal)

OIL AND GAS: State attorneys from New York and several other Atlantic coastal states are opposing a rollback of federal safety rules proposed by the Trump administration. (Albany Times Union)

CLIMATE POLICY: A panel at MIT discusses the obstacles to establishing a carbon price in Massachusetts. (MIT News)

• The federal government needs to enact policies, such as imposing royalties on carbon emissions, to help Maine and other northeast states fight the effects of climate change, says a pro-carbon fee advocate. (Bangor Daily News)
The Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on imported solar panels isn’t about creating jobs, but rather, about the president fulfilling his campaign promise of reviving U.S. manufacturing, says a columnist. (Daily Collegian)
The Mariner East pipeline project must continue to ensure Pennsylvania economic vitality, says a chamber of commerce president. (Observer-Reporter)

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