Northeast Energy News

Controversial transmission line wins key approval in Maine

TRANSMISSION: Land use regulators in Maine approve a proposed power line importing Canadian hydropower, saying it is permitted under state law, as a county revokes its previous support of the project. (NewsCenterMaine, Sun Journal)

OIL & GAS: The American Petroleum Institute is highlighting economic growth in Pittsburgh and other cities as it starts a counteroffensive against proposed fracking bans. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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EFFICIENCY: A new school campus in Maine seeks to be a model for the state as plans call for it to produce more energy than it consumes. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND: New York will offer its second solicitation for offshore wind this year, which is expected to produce bids of at least 1 GW. (offshoreWIND.biz)

CLIMATE: A Progressive member of the Vermont Legislature is proposing a Green New Deal funded by a surcharge on the state’s wealthy residents. (WCAX)

EMISSIONS: A new state report in Vermont says while emissions declined slightly mid-decade, they are still 13% higher than they were in 1990. (Rutland Herald)

STORAGE: An energy storage working group presents recommendations to Maryland regulators, including how the resource should be compensated. (Utility Dive)

POWER PLANTS: The developer of a Connecticut power plant presents plans to newly elected local officials as residents continue their opposition in anticipation of their appeal before a state siting board. (Norwich Bulletin)

SOLAR:
• New Jersey regulators formally adopt new transitional solar incentives while directing staff to adopt a new permanent financing structure. (NJ Spotlight)
• The New Hampshire state senate by voice vote passes a slightly amended net metering bill similar to one already vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu last year. (InDepthNH)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A new initiative at Columbia university provides free legal help to residents facing local opposition to installing renewable energy projects at their homes. (Yale Climate Connections)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The director of a Connecticut trash burning plant says it will shut down in two years if subscribing towns cannot agree to $330 million upgrade. (WNPR)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy advisor says New Jersey’s rush to embrace electric vehicles is “early and reckless” public investment until the market develops further. (NJ Spotlight)
• A former Vermont environmental commissioner says a proposed tailpipe emissions compact is doomed to fail because of the inherent differences between transportation and a similar program for the power sector. (VT Digger)

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