Northeast Energy News

Clock is ticking for advocates to stop Massachusetts’ new solar charge

SOLAR: Solar advocates hope Massachusetts lawmakers pass a measure to stop Eversource from charging a variable monthly fee to residential solar customers, but time is running out in the legislative session. (Energy News Network, Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Municipal solar arrays are paying off for Maine communities. (Bangor Daily News)
• Maine’s largest privately-held solar project will be installed at a former mill complex in the southern part of the state. (Portland Press Herald)

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WIND: Vineyard Wind agrees to delay the approval process for its Rhode Island wind farm in an attempt to win support from local fishermen. (Providence Journal)

POLICY: A Maryland program intended to promote renewable energy also boosts fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, according to new research that accuses that state of “cleanwashing” dirty energy. (Baltimore Sun)

EFFICIENCY: A town in northern Massachusetts will use a $117,000 “Green Communities” grant to upgrade LED lighting and make heating efficiency improvements to public buildings. (Athol Daily News)

TRANSMISSION:
• Avangrid is about to start a $2.5 billion, 10-year effort to strengthen its distribution system in Maine and New York. (Portland Press Herald)
• Citizens’ groups are challenging the economics behind a high-voltage transmission line between Maryland and Pennsylvania. (Chambersburg Public Opinion)

NUCLEAR: Exelon applies to extend the license for its Peach Bottom nuclear plant in southern Pennsylvania for another 20 years. (Lancaster Online)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania residents who live near fracking operations are more likely to be depressed and stressed, according to a new study of nearly 5,000 adults. (Environmental Health News)

PIPELINES: Advocates reach a settlement with Pennsylvania environmental regulators over construction permits for Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, which will create policies to address public health and environmental impacts from pipeline projects. (Digital First Media)

COMMENTARY:
• A nonprofit in Boston is selling solar power kits that residents can install themselves, and it’s helping to keep costs down, according to an editorial in the Boston Globe.
• Connecticut should stop using money set aside for energy efficiency projects to balance the budget, says an editorial in the Hartford Courant.

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