Northeast Energy News

Clean energy measures fail on last day of Maryland legislature

POLICY: On the last day of Maryland’s legislative session, lawmakers preserve clean energy subsidies for a Baltimore trash incinerator and reject a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standard. (Baltimore Sun)

TRANSMISSION: Meanwhile, the Maryland General Assembly has passed three bills associated with the construction of overhead power lines. (Baltimore Sun)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is proposing to spend Volkswagen settlement money to replace state and city diesel vehicles with energy-efficient alternatives and build electric vehicle charging stations across the state. (Concord Monitor)
The Philadelphia City Council plans to eliminate a program that allows residents to create electric vehicle parking spots on the street. (PlanPhilly)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Massachusetts regulators will allow a waste-to-energy facility to expand operations of its controversial ash landfill, despite objects from environmental groups and elected officials. (MassLive.com)

PIPELINES:
Two separate $10,000 rewards are being offered for information on who vandalized equipment associated with the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Opponents of a natural gas pipeline project in New Hampshire want state regulators to overturn its ruling and not allow the project to move forward. (Valley News)

SOLAR:
A last-ditch effort to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a solar energy bill has failed in the Maine House. (Bangor Daily News)
A Portsmouth, Maine city councilor wants to expand the city’s tax exemption law to include wind and wood heating energy systems as a way to promote renewable energy. (Seacoastonline.com)
Vernon, Vermont officials have rejected a solar developer’s project to build a solar array on agriculture land. (Brattleboro Reformer)

WIND:
An offshore wind developer plans to open an operations and maintenance facility on Martha’s Vineyard to support its wind farm project several miles south of the island. (Cape Cod Times)
Bay State Wind, which is vying for a wind contract in Massachusetts, says it will provide $2 million in grants for fisheries research and whale protection. (South Coast Today)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: York, Maine officials are considering a Central Maine Power proposal that would provide the city with LED streetlights. (Seacoastonline.com)

FRACKING: Regulators receive nearly 9,000 comments on a proposed fracking ban for the Delaware River basin. (Burlington County Times)

COMMENTARY:
New Jersey lawmakers should pass a clean energy bill slated for a vote on Thursday to ensure the state can once again become a national clean energy leader, says an environmental group director. (Asbury Park Press)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker should consider additional wind procurements to ensure the state’s leadership role in wind energy development, says a guest writer. (CommonWealth)

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