Northeast Energy News

Challenge to Massachusetts compressor permit dismissed

PIPELINES: A challenge to an air quality permit for a compressor station in Massachusetts has been rejected after additional hearings were held. (WGBH)

• Legislators from the area say that a state law should be passed to require air monitoring at the compressor station. (Patriot-Ledger)
• Union workers rallied in protest of a Pennsylvania county’s resolution in favor of a moratorium on new natural gas pipelines. (Daily Times)

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• Federal officials say the Philadelphia oil refinery that exploded and burned a week ago is still unsafe for an on-site inspection. (Associated Press)
• AAA says it’s too early to tell the impact on gasoline prices of the refinery’s closure following an explosion and fire. (Delaware Business Now)
• Pennsylvania communities will receive nearly $252 million in impact fees from natural gas drilling, an increase of $33.4 million from a year ago. (TribLive)

Some Vermont clean energy advocates say a lack of urgency was shown in the recently concluded state legislative session. (Energy News Network)
Connecticut diverted $88 million collected from ratepayers for clean energy and efficiency programs into the state’s general fund to close a budget gap. (WSHU)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Vermont Public Utility Commission issued its report that outlines actions the state can take to encourage electric vehicle adoption. (VermontBiz) 

OFFSHORE WIND: Fishermen say Vineyard Wind’s relocation of three turbines off the Massachusetts coast does little to protect fishing grounds that they say are endangered by offshore wind development. (Southcoasttoday) 

EFFICIENCY: A new Maine law seeks to double the number of annual installations of heat pumps to 10,000 per year. (Greentech Media) 

CLIMATE: New York’s new climate law will cause significant changes in the state’s economy and residents’ lifestyles, supporters and opponents agree. (Times Union)

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UTILITIES: Maine regulators agreed to conduct more tests of an error-prone billing system rolled out in 2017 by Central Maine Power. (Press Herald)

COMMENTARY: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley fears that proposed rules and recent history at grid operator PJM will impede the state’s move to cleaner energy sources. (Baltimore Sun)

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