Northeast Energy News

Connecticut governor signs bills to boost emissions and renewables standards

RENEWABLES: Connecticut’s governor signs legislation to strengthen greenhouse gas reduction standards and require that 40 percent of the state’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030. (Connecticut Post)

SOLAR:
New York lawmakers pass a bill to extend net metering for customers subscribing to community solar installations through 2021. (PV Magazine)
Massachusetts-based Fidelity Investments proposes a 12-acre solar project to provide electricity to its campus north of Boston. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

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OFFSHORE WIND: The Northeast’s offshore wind industry is turning to companies that typically work with offshore oil and gas rigs to get their projects up and running. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: Massachusetts regulators must decide who owns the rights to energy storage projects and who gets to bid into ISO-New England’s forward capacity market. (Utility Dive)

GEOTHERMAL: Google’s Dandelion startup announces a partnership with a heating and cooling company in Upstate New York, which will expand the availability of the geothermal technology for residents in the area. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Vermont joins a nine-state Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) effort that requires automakers to deliver increasing numbers of zero emission vehicles to the states from  2018 to 2021. (Vermont Business Magazine)
Sprint will release a solar-powered, self-driving robot that can charge electric vehicles, starting next year in New York City. (news release)

BIOFUEL: New York City councilmembers write a letter urging Mayor de Blasio to explore the use of biomethane fuel made from organic waste, saying it could be used by the city’s transit and municipal fleet vehicles. (news release)

FRACKING: Pennsylvania’s fracking boom has disproportionately harmed communities of color and low-income neighborhoods, according to a new report. (ThinkProgress)

OIL & GAS:
The Mount Vernon Estate launches a campaign to oppose a gas compressor station in Maryland that would affect the view from George Washington’s historic home. (Patch)
New Jersey lawmakers are united in their opposition to oil and gas drilling off the state’s coast. (The SandPaper)
A Shell executive says the company expects to spend about $150 million drilling in one north-central Pennsylvania county this year. (Kallanish Energy)

PIPELINES:
Shell expects to begin construction next year on a 97-mile ethane pipeline from western Pennsylvania to Ohio. (Natural Gas Intel)
A natural gas pipeline proposed for Maryland’s Eastern Shore is facing opposition from a grassroots group. (WBOC)

UTILITIES:
Pennsylvania’s Senate is poised to vote on a bill that utilities say will help them recoup costs more quickly, but opponents say the legislation lacks protections for consumers. (Associated Press)
Vermont’s Burlington Electric Department is one of three municipal utilities to win an achievement award at a national utility conference in New Orleans, which is presented to outstanding utilities. (Vermont Business Magazine)

COMMENTARY: Delaware should do more to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution, starting with an increased renewable energy goal, better electric vehicle infrastructure and zero emission buses, says a coordinator for the Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club. (Delaware Online)

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