Northeast Energy News

Court deals setback to natural gas pipeline through Maryland

PIPELINES: A federal judge upheld Maryland’s denial of an easement needed by a pipeline developer for a project to connect lines in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (Herald-Mail)

ALSO:
• A legislative proposal in Pennsylvania to create a pipeline oversight board is hitting resistance over concerns about its ability to keep security information private. (The Daily Item)
• A New York City councilman is urging discussions between state officials and National Grid to end a moratorium on new natural gas customers that the utility blames on inadequate pipeline capacity. (Kings County Politics)

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CLIMATE CHANGE: The Northeast is reaching a climate tipping point caused by increasing temperatures as the gulf stream has moved closer to shore. (WGBH)

EFFICIENCY: Philadelphia will soon issue a request for proposals to switch 100,000 street lights to LEDs to reduce annual costs by an estimated $6 million. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

OIL & GAS:
Residents of a western Pennsylvania town forum expressed concerns about a proposal to frack for natural gas at a steel mill. (Publicsource.org)
A sixth person admitted in federal court to tampering with emission controls of diesel trucks used to serve shale gas drilling sites in Pennsylvania. (PennLive)

TRANSMISSION: A town board in Maine in September will consider whether to revoke its previous support for a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower. (Times Record)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The 13-day New York State Fair will cease using fossil fuels by the end of 2023, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a visit to the fairgrounds outside Syracuse. (Syracuse.com)

SOLAR:
• Delaware Gov. John Carney signed a law designed to eliminate red tape for some homeowners seeking to install solar panels on their property. (Delaware Public Media)
• Officials in a Maryland town are hoping to annex land for a proposed new solar farm so they can receive tax payments. (Baltimore Sun)
• School officials in Portland, Maine endorsed an offsite solar project after deciding not to pursue development at two district buildings. (Press Herald)
• A proposed solar farm in western New York would require 3,500 acres and power up to 26,000 homes. (Daily News)
• Community solar farms are rapidly signing up subscribers in the service territories of two New York utilities. (Times Herald-Record)

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SUSTAINABILITY: An infrastructure sustainability organization gave its highest rating to the rebuilt Terminal B of New York’s LaGuardia Airport. (NBC New York)

COMMENTARY: The executive director of a New Hampshire timber owners’ group says the legislature should override Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill to rescue the state’s biomass industry. (Conway Daily Sun)

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