Northeast Energy News

At Maine hearing, EV owners blast proposed new fee

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: A Connecticut lawmaker has introduced legislation to restore $145 million in energy efficiency funds that was cut to balance the state budget last year. (New Haven Register)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: At a public hearing, owners of electric and hybrid vehicles criticize new fees proposed by Gov. Paul LePage as arbitrary and punitive; state officials say the money is needed for roads. (Portland Press Herald)

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WIND: A wind developer hoping to secure a Massachusetts contract to build an offshore wind farm has received a preliminary certificate – a first step in a lengthy review process. (MassLive.com)

OIL AND GAS:
• A U.S. Energy Department report has found that Pennsylvania was sitting on at least 62.7 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in 2016 – behind only Texas at 88.3 trillion cubic feet. (The Tribune-Review)
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A conservation group is challenging the approval by federal regulators for the PennEast pipeline project, which will move natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. (WMFZ)
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Opponents of a natural gas pipeline in Maryland push Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration for a more stringent review of the project. (Herald-Mail Media)
• Environmental groups and a former senator have lost an appeal to extract more money from a previously approved pollution settlement between New Jersey and Exxon Mobil. (Associated Press)

BIOENERGY: Officials in a Delaware county have approved a site plan for a facility that will convert chicken manure into energy. (Delmarva Daily Times)

ENERGY STORAGE: Maryland is offering energy storage tax credits to eligible state income taxpayers. (The Frederick News-Post)

CLEAN ENERGY: Advocates question whether Massachusetts is moving fast enough to meet its goal of 100 percent renewable energy. (MassLive.com)

SOLAR:
• Cumberland, Maine town officials and a local advocacy organization will work together to oversee the development of a solar farm. (The Forecaster)
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Solar projects in Connecticut are facing pushback by town residents who say they are not part of the decision-making process. (WNPR)
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York, Maine residents with rooftop solar panels are threatening to sue town officials after their solar panels were assessed $1,000 apiece. (Bangor Daily News)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Environmentalists on Tuesday protested outside a public comments meeting about the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan along the Atlantic coast. (Courthouse News Service)

COMMENTARY:
• Renewable energy is good economics for New York, and may even lower medical costs for residents, says a columnist. (Albany Times Union)
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A guest editorial writer says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is focused on bringing polluters to the state rather than focusing on clean energy solutions. (PennLive.com)

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