Northeast Energy News

Could the Northeast’s carbon market expand nationwide?

RGGI: The success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has some supporters pushing to expand the program, perhaps to include all 50 states. (Utility Dive)

CARBON PRICING: New York’s grid operator considers a proposal to integrate a carbon price — which would be set through a different process — into its power markets. (Utility Dive)

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TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a proposed Maine transmission line file their objections with state regulators. (Portland Press Herald)

WIND:
• New research looks at public perception of wind farms and whether some objections by opponents are overblown. (The Conversation)
• A Massachusetts health care provider hopes to purchase electricity from proposed offshore wind farms. (Cape Cod Times)
• A New York agency launches a $5 million project to collect weather and ocean data to guide offshore wind siting. (North American Windpower)
• A new piledriving system could reduce the impact of construction of bases for offshore wind turbines. (Offshore Wind Journal)
• A new study says proximity to major cities makes offshore wind more valuable in the Northeast than in other parts of the U.S. (Windpower Monthly)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Connecticut will issue a request for proposals for new zero-carbon energy resources with bids due later this year. (Lexology)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Ten Northeast states are among a coalition seeking to block the Trump administration’s effort to roll back emissions standards for cars. (InsideClimate News)
• New York City buys 900,000 gallons of biodiesel to fuel garbage trucks. (New York Daily News)

PIPELINES: Operators of the Mariner East 1 are seeking permission to restart the line amid safety concerns after sinkholes were found along the route in March. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS: Pennsylvania lawmakers advance a bill to ease regulations on conventional oil and gas drilling. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

EFFICIENCY:
• Realtors and advocates are at odds over a Massachusetts bill that would require disclosure of energy consumption for properties. (Boston Business Journal)
• A Pittsburgh program with a focus on social equity is helping homeowners undertake energy efficiency upgrades. (Public Source)
• Energy upgrades are expected to save a New Jersey school district $14 million over the next 15 years. (NorthJersey.com)
• A Vermont family wins a statewide energy efficiency challenge. (Rutland Herald)

COMMENTARY: The Natural Resources Defense Council outlines objections to a New York City-area natural gas pipeline.

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