Northeast Energy News

Advocates worry about Maine’s shifting offshore wind terms

WIND: A move by Maine officials to rewrite terms of an offshore wind deal will delay a demonstration project and hurt the state’s credibility with clean energy developers, according to project advocates. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A civil engineer says construction on a proposed wind project in eastern Pennsylvania could interfere with the development of a natural gas pipeline, posing a safety risk. (69 News)

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RENEWABLES: New Hampshire’s Renewable Energy Fund reopens a rebate program for businesses installing solar and biomass energy systems. (news release)

SOLAR: Massachusetts and New York are among the top four states for community solar, according to a recent report. (Axios)

PIPELINES:
• A methane gas pipeline explodes in western Pennsylvania, destroying one home and sparking calls to halt construction on Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline. (StateImpact Pennsylvania, Daily Local News)
• FERC pushes back its timeline for completing an environmental review for a gas pipeline project near New York City. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS:
• Pennsylvania researchers study how to replenish habitats in state-owned forests that were lost to shale gas drilling. (WESA)
• Delta Airlines’ purchase of an oil refinery outside Philadelphia in 2012 turned out to be a costly mistake. (Forbes)
• Exxon Mobil asks the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by Massachusetts’ highest court that ordered the company to comply with a climate change investigation spearheaded by the state’s attorney general. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: A nuclear power plant north of Syracuse, New York, is removed from service for planned refueling and maintenance. (news release)

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POLITICS: Both candidates running for New York attorney general have promised to crack down on polluters in the state, which could include divestment from the fossil fuel industry. (Grist)

COMMENTARY:
• New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio writes a joint op-ed with the mayor of London calling for cities to divest from fossil fuels. (The Guardian)
• New Jersey ratepayers could be stuck subsidizing nuclear power in Pennsylvania thanks to a “monstrously bad piece of legislation,” says a columnist for The Star-Ledger.
• A boom in offshore wind development in the Northeast will be a win for the environment and states’ economies, say the presidents of state energy authorities in New York and New Jersey. (Greentech Media)

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