Northeast Energy News

Business groups divided on increasing Maine renewable standard

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Business interests were split as a Maine legislative committee heard testimony on a bill that would significantly increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard. (Press Herald)

ALSO:
A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania legislators reintroduced a series of bills to get the state to 100% renewable energy by 2050. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A legislative leader and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu reached a compromise on setting up two community solar projects that would be added to legislation increasing the state’s renewable energy standard. (NH Business Review)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King are backing a bipartisan bill to ban offshore drilling off the New England coast. (Mainebiz)

BIOMASS: An amendment that would keep New Hampshire’s six struggling biomass plants operating for three years got a generally favorable reception at a legislative hearing. (InDepthNH)

TRANSMISSION: The owner of an oil-fired power plant in Maine has filed an appeal of state regulators’ approval of a 145 mile transmission line to import Canadian hydropower. (Sun Journal)

ENERGY STORAGE:
Federal regulators have approved the New York grid operator’s rules to incorporate energy storage into the real-time energy market. (Platts)
A multi-pronged approach in Massachusetts has spurred the growth of energy storage in the state. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Operators of commercial property in New York City say some of the most efficient buildings in the city will be hit with heavy fines under proposed new regulations. (Commercial Observer)

MICROGRIDS: Northeastern University is self-funding a microgrid project to set the bar for similar projects on campuses nationwide. (Microgrid Knowledge)

PIPELINES: Environmental officials approved an air quality permit for a compressor in eastern Pennsylvania where opponents say they had little notice. (The Intelligencer)

CLIMATE CHANGE: A business and municipal summit will be held in western Massachusetts to discuss the impacts of climate change on the region. (Masslive)

COMMENTARY:
• A climate activist says the Vermont Legislature is running out of time to enact a natural gas infrastructure ban in the current session. (VT Digger)
• A retiring county official says a natural gas tax is necessary to fund sorely needed infrastructure improvements in Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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