Northeast Energy News

Climate change lawsuit to remain in Rhode Island state court

CLIMATE CHANGE: A federal judge ruled that a novel suit filed by Rhode Island last year against 21 oil and gas companies for climate change liability should remain in state court. (The Hill)

ALSO: Air monitoring shows eastern cities are releasing nine times more methane than estimated by previous government studies. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio is suggesting a government takeover of Con Edison following two power failures in eight days, the second during a weekend heat wave. (Bloomberg)
The utility says the heat wave set record demand for a weekend of over 12,000 MW, forcing it to cut power to Brooklyn neighborhoods to protect equipment from overheating. (New York Times)
The final hearing by state regulators on a Central Maine Power rate increase request again brought outraged customers complaining about a botched billing system rollout. (Press Herald)

OFFSHORE WIND: Analysts say despite a flurry of announcements for offshore wind projects in the Northeast, a series of challenges remain for all the projects to be built. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS: A Pennsylvania court upheld portions of state regulations for fracking and rejected some others in a lawsuit brought by an industry group. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A Catholic organization that encourages renewable energy and was inspired by Pope Francis will construct a 5,000 panel solar array in Washington, D.C. (Washington Post)
• A proposal to require solar panels on new construction in Massachusetts is making its way through the state legislature and advancing to committee votes. (WWLP)

PIPELINES:
The developer of a proposed compressor station in Massachusetts missed a deadline to submit test results for hazardous waste on the site, likely postponing construction into next year. (Patriot-Ledger)
A coalition of conservation organizations is asking a county board to deny a permit for construction of a natural gas pipeline in southern New Jersey in the interest of public safety. (NJ Spotlight)
A poll released Monday shows a plurality of New Yorkers are opposed to construction of an undersea pipeline in New York Harbor to transport natural gas to Long Island. (NRDC)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine community approved a draft letter prompted by a town meeting against a proposed transmission line that emphasized a relatively low voter turnout. (Sun Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A solar developer says conversion to renewable energy and elimination of fossil fuels is now a “simple choice” with the correct mix of solar power, energy storage and policies at the state level. (Daily Kos)
• Recent blackouts combined with a major commitment to offshore wind energy show that New York’s grid is overdue for modernization, an academic institute says. (State of the Planet)
• An environmental justice advocate says New Jersey’s clean energy master plan must address the disparities faced by low income communities when enhancing climate resiliency. (NJ Spotlight)

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