Northeast Energy News

Carbon price gains momentum in Massachusetts

CLIMATE: Momentum is growing to pass a carbon price in Massachusetts this year, but details have yet to be worked out. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Experts tell the Maine Climate Council the state is on track to meet its short-term climate goal of reducing emissions 20% by this year. (Portland Press Herald)

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TRANSMISSION: Hydro-Quebec is fined $35,000 by Maine ethics officials for its late disclosure of funding opposition to a referendum against a proposed power line it would benefit from. (Bangor Daily News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• The New York City Council holds its first hearing on a proposal to turn Rikers Island into clean energy production center when the famed prison complex closes later this decade. (New York Daily News)
• An energy economist and former Maine state planning director is pitching a plan to decarbonize the state’s energy without increasing spending over current levels. (Bangor Daily News)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Pennsylvania’s acting transportation secretary tells a senate hearing on the Transportation Climate Initiative that the state favors reducing emissions but will not raise gasoline taxes to achieve it. (WESA)
Two electric buses are unveiled in Burlington, Vermont and expected to be in service next month. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer Partners is ensnared in litigation and a criminal investigation over its pipeline projects in Pennsylvania. (E&E News, subscription required)

DIVESTMENT: New York state’s top pension fund puts 27 companies under review for their fossil fuel exposure as it considers possible divestment. (Reuters)

WIND: While Texas still dominated new installed wind capacity last year, a new report says advanced development for offshore wind will put eastern states like New York near the top in the future. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: New Jersey’s Rate Counsel in an appeal continues to argue for a reversal of state approval of $300 million in subsidies to keep nuclear plants operating. (NJ Spotlight)

REGULATION: Opponents of a federal order setting an auction price floor in PJM that disadvantages renewable energy cannot challenge the order in court until their rehearing requests are resolved. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Tree clearing begins at a proposed 38.4 MW solar farm over 400 acres in Rhode Island. (Valley Breeze)

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HYDROPOWER: Clarkson University in northern New York is now powered 100% with renewable energy after it signs a deal with Brookfield Renewable that provides half of the campus’ electricity. (North Country Now)

COMMENTARY: A designer of net-zero energy homes says new residential construction is the most efficient way to reduce energy consumption in the housing sector. (Bloomberg)

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