Northeast Energy News

Court rules New York can’t block pipeline

PIPELINES: A U.S. appeals court has ruled against New York’s attempt to block construction of the Millennium Pipeline Co.’s Valley Lateral project. (Bloomberg)

TRANSMISSION:
• New Hampshire regulators on Monday delayed making a decision on Eversource’s appeal on a permit for its Northern Pass project until May. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
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Franklin County, Pennsylvania officials are taking a wait and see attitude regarding Transource Energy’s 29-mile high power line project. (Herald-Mail Media)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Several New Hampshire towns plan to vote on urging the state and federal government to study offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
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A pair of bills that would increase Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard received skepticism and promise during committee hearings. (Frederick News-Post)

WIND:
• A new study has found that an offshore wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard would produce as much as $17 million per year in state and local tax revenue. (Martha’s Vineyard Times)
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Maryland lawmakers won’t act on a bill pushed by Ocean City tourism officials to push two offshore wind projects farther from its coastline. (Delmarva Daily Times)

NUCLEAR: A federal court hears arguments over whether New York’s nuclear plant subsidy program interferes with federal oversight. (Platts)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An electric cooperative in Delaware is launching an electric vehicle charger pilot program. (Delaware Business Now)

SOLAR:
• A new solar canopy project at a New Jersey suburban office complex will generate up to 3.1 million kilowatt hour of energy a year – enough to power two or three office buildings on the site. (NorthJersey.com)
Officials in a Vermont town give initial support for a 2 MW solar project at a dairy farm. (Rutland Herald)

STORAGE: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will give the keynote address at an energy storage conference in Boston next month. (news release)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey releases a statement vowing to fight federal plans for offshore drilling. (MassLive)

COMMENTARY:
• New England’s fuel security future is clean energy, not constructing new natural gas pipelines or subsidizing financially struggling nuclear power plants, says a senior energy advocate. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
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The solar industry in New Jersey could be permanently harmed without a fix to a piece of legislation that changes the mechanism used to finance solar systems, says a lawyer. (NJ Spotlight)
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Renewable energy and direct-air CO2 capture are two tools available now to the stave off the effects of climate change, says a member of a climate change coalition. (ecoRI news)
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A federal appeals court decision regarding New York’s zero emissions credits program could affect how states invest in renewable energy and other clean technologies, says a clean energy attorney. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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