Northeast Energy News

Analysis warns of hidden costs of new gas pipelines

PIPELINES: An analysis by an advocacy group calculates that long-term environmental and social costs for two natural gas pipelines in Pennsylvania could run as high as $2.4 billion. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO:
• A Massachusetts congressman urges the state to restart the permitting process for a proposed compressor station, calling an agency’s mishandling of data “egregious.” (Patriot Ledger)
• An upstate New York community votes to oppose a proposed gas pipeline under the Hudson River. (Albany Times Union)

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TRANSMISSION: The Maine House fails to override Gov. Janet Mills’ vetoes of bills targeting the Clean Energy Connect transmission line. (Portland Press Herald)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A group of clean energy bills approved in Maine shows a stark turnaround from the days of former Gov. Paul LePage. (Utility Dive)
• A major solar developer is considering expanding into Maine as the policy environment changes. (MaineBiz)

GRID:
• The new CEO of New York’s grid operator says we are “on the cusp of the most radical and exciting set of changes in this industry in the 100 years that we’ve had a power grid.” (Albany Times Union)
Residents of a Providence suburb are opposing a utility substation over fears it will create a “heavy industrialized landscape” in the neighborhood. (Sun Chronicle)
A cold-storage company’s Massachusetts facilities will provide 1.3 MW of demand-response resources for the grid. (Energy Manager Today)

FRACKING:
Environmental groups call for a ban on fracking in the Delaware River watershed. (WHYY)
Geologists say fracking is not likely to blame for an earthquake in Pennsylvania this week, and that such quakes are not unheard of in the region. (Centre Daily Times, PennLive)

NATURAL GAS:
New Jersey’s environmental commissioner touts the potential of solar and offshore wind, but says natural gas will still be a key part of the state’s energy mix. (NJTV / NJ Spotlight)
Philadelphia officials vote to approve a $60 million liquified natural gas facility. (WHYY)
A bill in Pennsylvania would provide a tax credit for manufacturers who use natural gas as a feedstock. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

SOLAR:
A bill requiring every Rhode Island community to establish solar siting standards has been pared down to remove incentives for brownfield development and other provisions. (EcoRI)
Massachusetts advocates promote community solar as a way to provide equitable access to clean energy. (Worcester Magazine)
Albany County, New York, is pursuing solar projects totaling 3.6 MW on county property. (Albany Times Union)
Work has begun on a 7 MW solar farm north of Albany. (Solar Industry)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Eversource is planning 12 new fast-charging stations along interstates in New Hampshire, filling a key gap between Canada and southern New England. (Concord Monitor)

BIOMASS: Massachusetts officials extend a deadline for a second time for comments on proposed changes to state biomass regulations. (Greenfield Recorder)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators delay a decision on NextEra’s push to exclude testimony from an anti-nuclear group in a license rehearing, on the grounds that the group hasn’t actually submitted any testimony yet. (Seacoast Online)

JOBS: A report finds that 1 in 5 jobs in western New York is tied to clean energy, but the workforce is aging. (UBNow)

EMISSIONS: A Vermont cooperative is launching an incentive program for electric lawnmowers. (news release)

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