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Cost to build natural gas pipelines rising in Northeast

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PIPELINES: It’s becoming more expensive to build natural gas pipeline projects in the Northeast, partly due to regulatory scrutiny and states denying necessary permits, according to a recent study. (Argus)

ALSO:
• Three communities outside Boston that experienced a series of natural gas explosions this month were relying on an outdated system of cast-iron pipes that experts say “should have been taken out years ago.” (The Eagle-Tribune)
• A proposed 27-mile liquefied natural gas pipeline in New Hampshire is expected to receive more scrutiny after the explosions. (SeacoastOnline)

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OIL & GAS: A Philadelphia gas company proposes building a new liquefied natural gas facility in South Philadelphia, but environmentalists are wary of the health and safety risks. (WHYY)

POLLUTION: Maryland’s newest emissions rules are expected to decrease the amount of nitrous oxide released from a Baltimore trash-burning incinerator, but residents want regulators to do more. (Baltimore Fishbowl)

SOLAR:
• A solar group-buying program in Philadelphia is helping to lower costs and change perceptions about rooftop solar in the city. (Energy News Network)
• Concord, New Hampshire, is considering an ordinance that would expand solar power throughout the city and create a “one-stop solar permit” process. (Concord Monitor)
• A town in Maine will save almost $400,000 over the next 40 years thanks to a new solar array that started generating power Thursday. (Bangor Daily News)

WIND:
• Three companies will compete for a ratepayer subsidy to build and run wind turbines off the coast of New Jersey, but they aren’t revealing the details of their planned projects yet. (Press of Atlantic City)
• Residents of a coastal Massachusetts town want two idled wind turbines removed from their current location at a wastewater treatment plant. (Cape Cod Times)

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GRID: An unplanned outage at a 1,700 MW gas-fired plant in Boston pushed the ISO-New England grid to the brink on Labor Day. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Massachusetts towns need to be thoughtful about developing long-term plans for siting solar farms, says a teacher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
• Pennsylvania lawmakers should consider the state’s 86,000 clean energy jobs when deciding which energy policies to support, says the president of a solar electronics company. (Philadelphia Business Journal)
• A controversial transmission line that would cross the Maryland-Pennsylvania border would increase reliability and lower costs for consumers, says the vice president of planning at PJM Interconnection. (York Daily Record)

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