Northeast Energy News

Connecticut sees ‘major building boom’ in power plants

POWER PLANTS: Connecticut sees a record surge in new power plants this year, largely due to the construction of natural gas facilities. (HartfordBusiness.com)

ALSO: Groups are divided over whether nuclear and natural gas should be part of New Jersey’s new energy plan, as the state plots how to reach a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. (NJ Spotlight)

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SOLAR:
• A farm in eastern Rhode Island will likely be used for a 40-acre solar facility, but opponents say it would displace premium farmland and destroy wildlife habitat. (ecoRI News)
• Local residents are fighting a proposed 3.1 MW solar project in southern Massachusetts, saying it would destroy trees, flood neighboring properties and harm wildlife. (The Herald News)

EFFICIENCY: A Maryland city near Washington, D.C. would save nearly $100,000 in annual energy costs by switching to LED streetlights, but some residents say the lights are too “harsh and bright.” (Washington Post)

PIPELINES:
• A Pennsylvania lawmaker introduces legislation to create a Landowner Bill of Rights to clarify eminent domain laws for property owners, following controversy over gas pipeline construction on private property. (Courier Express)
• New York lawmakers are still fighting for federal regulators to examine the safety of a gas pipeline expansion project that would pass near the Hudson Valley’s Indian Point nuclear plant. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

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ADVOCACY:
• Demonstrators gather in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maine and other Northeast states as part of a nationwide climate change protest on Saturday. (Daily Local News, Newsday, North Jersey Record, Maine Public)
• Climate activists protest National Grid’s environmental record at an event sponsored by the utility in Providence, Rhode Island. (Uprise RI)
• Dozens of people gather at Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection to protest a hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts, which would cut through Maine wilderness. (Morning Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• Environmental advocates in Maine are siding with the fossil fuel industry by fighting a hydropower transmission line that would bring clean energy from Canada to Massachusetts, say representatives for the New England Clean Energy Connect project and Hydro-Québec. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Jerry Brown are falling short in their efforts to be climate change leaders, says the executive director of Food & Water Watch. (The Hill)
• New Hampshire lawmakers should uphold the governor’s veto of a biomass subsidy bill because it supports unprofitable businesses, not renewable energy, says the president of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

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