Northeast Energy News

Delaware files climate lawsuit, could New Jersey be next?

CLIMATE: Delaware becomes the latest state to file suit against the fossil fuel industry, claiming it deceived the public for 50 years on climate change. (Delaware News Journal)

ALSO: A coalition of state and local lawmakers push New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to file a similar suit, noting the state will have to spend billions of dollars to protect against sea level rise. (NJ.com)

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OIL & GAS: Three states put the brakes on approval of a liquified natural gas terminal in southern New Jersey at a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission, pending more study. (River Reporter)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Major oil company BP makes its first venture into the offshore wind market by buying a 50% share of two projects off Long Island and Massachusetts for $1.1 billion. (OilPrice.com)
A Long Island town grants easements to an offshore wind development that will provide a benefits package worth $29 million. (East Hampton Star)

UTILITIES: Connecticut electricity customers again vent to state regulators over a recent rate increase by Eversource saying no relief was seen in August despite a suspension of higher rates by regulators. (FOX61)

DIVESTMENT: More than 1,000 scientists and academics cite the climate crisis and urge the New York State pension fund to immediately divest its fossil fuel holdings. (Albany Times Union) a

SOLAR: A Massachusetts town gives final approval to a solar array on a 78-acre fruit farm that provides extra income to the owners and uses only six acres. (WPRI)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Pennsylvania senate committee endorses a bill to provide a weight exemption for large electric vehicles on its interstate highways, adopting a federal rule allowing the practice. (Land Line)

COMMENTARY:
• A Pennsylvania environmentalist says a federal rollback of methane emissions regulations is “nonsensical” because no problems are cited with enforcement of current standards. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• An editorial board lauds New York’s clean energy goals but says the state lacks a clear strategy on how to reach them. (Times Herald-Record)
• The Natural Resources Council of Maine says the state’s climate council must act decisively as a recent study shows how changes to forests become permanent, affecting the economy.

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