Northeast Energy News

Deadlocked panel delays action on proposed Maine power line

TRANSMISSION: A state land use panel deadlocks on a vote to allow a power line importing Canadian hydropower through western Maine, delaying its decision by a month. (Portland Press Herald)

ENERGY PLANNING: New Jersey business groups send a joint letter to state regulators raising concerns that the state’s proposed energy master plan will raise electricity costs. (NJ Spotlight)

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TRANSPORTATION: Pennsylvania has been one of the most active participants in the federal Alternative Fuel Corridors program that promotes electric vehicle, hydrogen, propane and natural gas fueling. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: A study to be released today says greenhouse gas emissions in Rhode Island were 45% higher than the estimate used in the state’s climate change plan. (Providence Journal)

PIPELINES:
• The Mariner East 1 pipeline that crosses Pennsylvania temporarily shuts down for upgrades to a processing plant outside Philadelphia. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• Pennsylvania officials discover 43 sections of pipelines that have become exposed over time and order Sunoco to cover them up. (TribLIVE)

UTILITIES: New Jersey regulators approve a portion of PSE&G’s $2.5 billion grid upgrade plan, while delaying action on an energy efficiency proposal. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR: A Maine-based solar company is sending four of its units designed for disaster relief to the Bahamas. (WGME)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Environmental groups staged a rally urging overrides of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s vetoes of several clean energy bills during next week’s annual “veto day” at the legislature. (Concord Monitor)
• A county in Delaware becomes the first in the state to offer new financing options for clean energy and efficiency projects. (Delaware Public Media)

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STORAGE: Changes in New York City’s building codes going into effect next month are meant to ease the installation of battery storage systems. (amNY)

COMMENTARY:
• A competitive market advocate says New York’s new rules governing retail energy choice are inflexible and limit consumer options. (Buffalo News)
• An environmentalist says Energy Transfer has run out of chances to safely build and operate its Mariner East pipeline, so Pennsylvania should move to shut it down. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• A trade association says proposals to slow solar’s growth in Maryland lack context as it is an effective resource in the fight against climate change. (Maryland Matters)

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