Northeast Energy News

Court tosses challenge to Maine governor’s wind moratorium

• A judge dismisses a legal challenge that sought to reverse Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s executive order halting wind turbine permits, saying green groups failed to prove the order will harm any wind projects already underway. (Associated Press)
• New York’s energy agency clarifies its offshore wind development approach and bidding process at a technical conference. (S&P Global)

STORAGE: Massachusetts utilities and clean energy developers are trying to reach an agreement with the state over who owns the capacity rights for storage and renewable resources. (Utility Dive)

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RENEWABLES: As the first U.S. city to run entirely on renewable electricity, Burlington, Vermont, is inspiring other communities to follow suit. (The Guardian)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New research shows that electric buses result in fewer CO2 emissions than diesel buses in every state, with the best performance seen in Upstate New York due to the region’s reliance on hydropower, nuclear and natural gas. (Greentech Media)

• Pennsylvania will offer grant funding to farmers and small businesses for energy efficiency projects, such as HVAC upgrades and high-efficiency lighting. (69 News)
• Salem is one of 80 communities to receive grant money from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, which will fund energy efficient lighting at the city’s schools and a new electric vehicle charging station. (WWLP, Salem Patch)

POLICY: Attorneys file briefs in a lawsuit challenging the authority of Connecticut officials to divert clean energy funds to meet a budget shortfall. (New Haven Register)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania residents are concerned about a portion of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 pipeline that has become exposed in the eastern part of the state. (Delaware County Daily Times)

• Starting this month, oil dealers in New England must sell cleaner home heating oil, which is expected to reduce emissions by more than 70 percent compared to traditional heating fuel. (Mainebiz)
Why Baltimore is suing 26 oil and gas companies for climate reparations. (City Lab)

REGULATION: New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities is tasked with an ambitious agenda to expand renewable energy, reform the state’s solar energy program and help customers reduce gas and electricity consumption. (NJ Spotlight)

• Solar developers in Rhode Island should repurpose developed areas for solar projects instead of cutting down trees, says an editor for ecoRI News.
• The final version of Massachusetts’ clean energy bill should include a stronger renewable energy target, promote solar adoption for low-income households and push energy efficiency to the next level, says a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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