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Canadian hydro takes a toll on indigenous communities

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HYDROPOWER: Canadian hydropower is a carbon-free source of energy for New England states, but the dams come at a cost for indigenous communities. (VT Digger / Pulitzer Center)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators give final approval for a compressor station in Massachusetts that generated widespread opposition to begin construction this month. (Boston Globe)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
Updated every four years, New York’s Energy Plan will not be finished by year’s end but will instead be rolled into a larger plan to come in response to the state’s major climate law that was passed last year. (Albany Times Union)
New Jersey’s utility watchdog says the rate impacts of the state’s clean energy plan have not been fully considered and assume nuclear power plants will be active longer than current licenses allow. (NJ101.5)

SOLAR: Pro-solar legislators in New Hampshire will try again to pass a new net metering bill that could avoid another veto by Gov. Chris Sununu. (Caledonian Record)

TECHNOLOGY: Maine could host a pilot project of a technology pioneered in Europe that converts excess electricity from solar and wind projects into a gas that can be stored in underground pipelines. (Portland Press Herald) 

DIVESTMENT: A Massachusetts legislator says his bill to allow local independent retirement boards to divest from fossil fuels is gaining support. (CapeCod.com)

OIL & GAS: Anti-fracking sentiment upends local political allegiances in a small western Pennsylvania community. (WESA) 

TRANSPORTATION: Connecticut will use $6.2 million in Volkswagen settlement funds to support low emissions vehicles at 15 companies that will put up $10.4 million of their own money. (Journal Inquirer)

TRANSMISSION: Central Maine Power forms a political action committee to counter opposition to a proposed power line from Canada as a referendum drive against it proceeds. (Associated Press)

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BIOMASS: A biomass plant in New York’s Adirondack Mountains that serves state offices and police barracks enters service and replaces a fossil fuel fired plant. (The Sun)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says New York’s gas service impasse that ended last week needs a long-term solution that can’t be solved by “grandstanding and brinkmanship.” (Crain’s New York Business)
• An advocate says an industry-backed front group is launching misleading attacks on New Jersey’s clean energy plan. (NJ.com)
• An editorial board says a study on the health effects of fracking is “welcome and necessary” even though it expects detractors on all sides to take issue regardless of the results. (Observer-Reporter)

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