Northeast Energy News

Complaint seeks to force transmission opponents to disclose donors

TRANSMISSION: An anti-transmission project group in Maine is hit with an ethics complaint by a political action committee funded by Central Maine Power could force the group to disclose its donors. (Bangor Daily News)

OIL & GAS:
• A developer who specializes in rehabilitating former industrial sites is reportedly a bidder on the closed Philadelphia refinery at a bankruptcy auction last week. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Federal workplace safety regulators fine the refinery for a series of violations that led to the explosion last summer that closed the facility. (E&E News, subscription)

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WIND:
• Several hundred residents from Maryland and Delaware attend a hearing to consider the use of larger turbines for an offshore wind project near beach communities. (WBOC)
• A county official official in western Maryland supports a land-based wind project of 17 turbines, saying the economic benefits are too good to pass up. (Times-News)

PIPELINES:
• A Pennsylvania county files an injunction against the pending construction of a section of the Mariner East pipeline, saying the project is still subject to an ongoing lawsuit. (Daily Local News)
• Investigators say a cracked 92-year-old gas line in south Philadelphia caused an explosion last month that killed two and destroyed five rowhouses. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Conservative organizations hold a Boston summit and say momentum is building against a regional tailpipe emissions plan they say will only raise costs and hurt consumers. (SouthCoastToday)
• A bill has been filed in the Maine Legislature to convert all of the state’s 3,000 school buses to electric by 2040. (Portland Press Herald)
• Two fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations open in a Maryland town near an interstate highway corridor. (Herald-Mail)

SOLAR:
• A Rhode Island judge invalidated a town’s emergency moratorium to prohibit solar developments, citing a lack of specificity. (ecoRI)
• A Maine town expects a solar array on a capped landfill that will supply all of its municipal electricity needs will be in place by the summer. (Portland Press Herald)

NUCLEAR: Massachusetts residents will argue before a state legislative committee that regulations requiring an emergency planning zone around the closed Pilgrim Nuclear power plant should remain active. (Cape Cod Times)

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EMISSIONS: A local Chamber of Commerce in western Pennsylvania’s coal region opposes the state’s joining a regional carbon emissions reduction compact. (Indiana Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A clean energy advocate says a Vermont program that allows peer-to-peer sale of locally produced solar energy is a model for the nation. (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
• A local activist says actions in a small state like Vermont are largely symbolic but are worth doing in the battle against climate change. (VT Digger)
• An environmental justice activist says studies to examine the health risks of fracking in Pennsylvania were delayed by elected officials dependent on fossil fuel industry contributions. (Observer-Reporter)

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