Northeast Energy News

Court nixes eminent domain along New Jersey pipeline route

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court blocks the PennEast pipeline from using eminent domain to seize state-owned properties along its proposed route, reversing a lower court ruling that would have allowed it. (NJ Spotlight)

OFFSHORE WIND:
As Connecticut and Rhode Island both compete for leadership of the emerging offshore wind industry in New England, experts say there is room for both states to succeed. (Energy News Network)
Rhode Island fishermen are still unhappy with the layout of the 15-turbine South Fork offshore wind project, insisting there be at least one nautical mile between the structures. (Providence Journal)

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TRANSPORTATION:
New England states try to ensure that state-sponsored electric vehicle promotions do not benefit only the wealthy. (Energy News Network)
Officials at Acadia National Park in Maine work on a plan to allow e-bikes following a directive from the U.S. Interior Department. (Bangor Daily News)

OIL & GAS:
Laid off workers at a shuttered Philadelphia refinery are “infuriated” that executives paid themselves $4.5 milion in retention bonuses just before declaring bankruptcy. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Equitable Resources cuts about 200 positions at its Pittsburgh headquarters in a move to streamline operations. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
While signing a bill banning the practice, Gov. Chris Sununu says the Trump administration has assured him that offshore drilling will not take place in New Hampshire. (Seacoastonline)

SOLAR:
Massachusetts developers say new rules to limit solar development in rural areas including farmland will limit new projects. (Boston Globe)
Convenience store chain Wawa will install solar panels on 93 of its locations in New Jersey. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

TRANSMISSION: Land use regulators in Maine today will hold public deliberations on the proposed power line from Canada through the western part of the state. (Bangor Daily News)

EFFICIENCY:
The City College of New York implements a $26 million energy efficiency program designed to cut electricity use by 15%. (Energy Manager Today)
Burlington, Vermont releases its plan to become a net-zero energy city by 2030. (VermontBiz)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins co-sponsors a bill to create a federal program to ease permitting of distributed energy systems including solar, storage and electric vehicle charging stations. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: A director of business development for a solar company says low-income community solar programs often create impediments that limit participation by those they are intended to help. (Energy News Network)

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