Northeast Energy News

Company kicked out of Massachusetts over pipeline explosions

NATURAL GAS: Columbia Gas pays a $53 million criminal fine for pipeline safety violations and its parent company, NiSource, is ordered to leave Massachusetts in a settlement of a fatal 2018 explosion. (Boston Globe)

ALSO:
Eversource will buy Columbia Gas for $1.1 billion with liabilities from the explosion remaining with NiSource. (MassLive)
A New York judge rules federal regulators and not state environmental officials have final say over a proposed pipeline in the western part of the state (Olean Times Herald)

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EFFICIENCY: Backed by state policies, Massachusetts’ two main utilities top a national ranking of efficiency based on a utility’s sales. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: A Maine legislative committee considering a state takeover of electric utilities hears testimony about the financial complexities of valuing and paying for utility assets. (Portland Press Herald) 

FUEL CELLS: The New Jersey Assembly unanimously passes a bill to establish a fuel cell task force to study how the technology could be developed in the state. (NJ Biz)

CLIMATE:
A proposal in the Vermont Senate to fund a “Green New Deal” with a tax on the state’s wealthy appears to be dead for this year. (VT Digger)
A poll commissioned by Delaware says a growing number of residents are concerned about climate change and rising seas as the state prepares for public input sessions to discuss possible actions. (Delaware Business Now)

OFFSHORE WIND: A Massachusetts community college receives an $861,000 state grant to set up an offshore wind worker training program. (Taunton Daily Gazette)

OIL & GAS: A report says natural gas production continues to grow in Pennsylvania but at a lower rate than in previous years. (TribLIVE)

SOLAR: Connecticut regulators threaten to fine the state’s utilities for delays in establishing rules to implement a shared solar program. (WNPR)

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TRANSMISSION: The parent of Central Maine Power in an investors’ call says it is countering “misinformation” about its proposed transmission line with a political action committee. (Platts)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental law student says Philadelphia needs a publicly owned electric utility to confront the climate crisis and lower consumer costs. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A former county executive says the New Jersey Energy Plan will burden consumers with higher costs and curb economic growth in the state. (NJ.com)

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