Northeast Energy News

Bills targeting Maine transmission line vetoed

TRANSMISSION: Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed two bills giving communities more control over power line siting that were aimed at a project to import Canadian hydropower through the state. (Press Herald)

OIL & GAS: The Delaware River Basin Commission unanimously approved a plan to create an industrial site in New Jersey into a liquified natural gas export terminal. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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EMISSIONS: Eastern states struggling to meet federal ozone standards may ask Pennnsylvania to enact stricter controls on its coal-fired power plants. (Bloomberg)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A bill to require New Hampshire to get 25% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025 has been sent to Gov. Chris Sununu. (NHPR)
• Maine passed its version of the Green New Deal that focuses on clean energy workforce development while an increase in the state’s renewable portfolio standard will be considered in other bills. (Greentech Media)

WIND: Several New England U.S. senators introduced a bill to promote offshore wind worker training, a week after similar legislation was introduced in the House. (Cape Cod Times)

PIPELINES:
• An eastern Pennsylvania county passed a resolution seeking a moratorium on the operation of Sunoco natural gas pipelines. (Daily Times)
• A town outside Albany is at the crossroads of the state’s energy conflicts as it considers resolutions related to a proposed natural gas pipeline and a transmission line for clean energy. (Times Union)  

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SOLAR:
• A town meeting in Massachusetts voted to close the community to further solar development by limiting the number of projects to those already built or under review. (The Telegram)
• Baltimore County has removed two parks from a list of prospective sites for solar development as it seeks proposals from developers. (Baltimore Sun)

COMMENTARY:
• A former solar company executive says that with Maryland’s new clean energy goals in place, regulators now need to focus on how to cost-effectively integrate different technologies. (Maryland Matters)
• A coalition of environmental organizations says New Jersey’s rejection of an undersea pipeline shows the power of grassroots opposition to fossil fuel projects. (news release)
• An editorial board lauds New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s clean energy plan but questions whether he will follow through with its commitments. (Asbury Park Press)

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