Northeast Energy News

Consultant says Rhode Island’s energy transition just beginning

EMISSIONS: A consultancy working on Rhode Island’s transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 says work must continue afterwards to address emissions from transportation and heating. (Providence Journal)

PIPELINES:
• New Jersey officials suspend a key construction permit for a pipeline expansion after three drilling-related spills and a residence was condemned. (NJ.com)
• Environmental groups ask a federal court to deny regulators’ request for more time to implement a ruling that prevents them from delaying legal challenges to pipelines and other projects. (E&E News, subscription required)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Jersey City, New Jersey, is completing the first year of a 10-year transition to an all-electric municipal vehicle fleet. (Jersey City Times)

FINANCE: A Rhode Island program to finance clean energy projects on commercial properties reaches a record $58.2 million over the past 12 months. (New England Real Estate Journal)

OIL & GAS: A Pennsylvania court case could determine the fate of thousands of disputed leases and payments between landowners and shale gas drillers. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

SOLAR:
 Washington, D.C.’s transit authority signs a 25-year contract to place solar panels on parking garages and rail station canopies. (Solar Industry)
 Rhode Island launches an online marketplace to connect residents with community solar farms. (Providence Business News)

BIOFUELS: A Delaware utility and renewable fuels developer sign a contract to deliver methane produced from chicken manure into its natural gas system. (Delaware Business Now)

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UTILITIES: A Maine resident sues his utility over smart meter opt-out fees, saying they are discriminatory because his lymphoma requires he avoid exposure to low-level radiation; The American Cancer Society says studies have not shown evidence of any cancer risk from smart meters. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY: A Rhode Island charter fishing boat captain says offshore wind farms provide a major benefit to recreational fishing, which should be reflected in a federal environmental impact statement for Vineyard Wind. (Providence Journal)

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