Northeast Energy News

Delaware Senate passes bills to restrict offshore drilling

OIL & GAS: The Delaware Senate passes a pair of bills that would prohibit offshore oil and gas drilling in the state. (47 ABC)

ALSO:
Improved technology is allowing drillers to extract more natural gas in Pennsylvania, say researchers at Penn State. (PennLive)
Residents of a central Pennsylvania township are worried about their well water being contaminated by natural gas operations in the area. (Lebanon Daily News)
Critics say President Trump’s repeal of an Obama-era ocean policy “is a massive giveaway to Big Oil” that will hurt states like Connecticut. (The Hill, CT Post)

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TRANSMISSION:
New Jersey regulators unanimously reject a proposal to build a 10-mile, high-voltage power line near the state’s northern coast. (Middletown Patch)
An effort to bring hydroelectric power from Canada to Massachusetts is changing the dynamics of how New England gets its power, marking a shift from earlier cooperative efforts. (Portland Press Herald)
Nature lovers say they don’t want to see wires crossing Maine’s Kennebec Gorge, which would be unavoidable to complete a proposed transmission line between Canada and Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)
A New Hampshire committee denies a motion to recuse two regulators that voted against the controversial Northern Pass transmission line. (Caledonian Record)

UTILITIES: Pennsylvania’s governor says he will sign a bill passed by the Senate to help utilities recoup costs more quickly, but opponents argue the legislation lacks protections for consumers. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: A controversial natural gas power plant that would be sited along New Jersey’s Musconetcong River receives a key exemption necessary for construction. (My Central Jersey)

SOLAR: How a pair of brothers from New Jersey launched a successful solar installation company. (Daily Voice)

OFFSHORE WIND: The developers of Massachusetts’ Vineyard Wind project must submit a supplemental environmental impact report after regulators deemed an original report “inadequate.” (reNews)

TECHNOLOGY: An energy company in Vermont uses wastewater from a beer brewery to create biogas to produce electricity. (VCAX 3)

COMMENTARY:
Connecticut officials made the right choice to select more than 50 MW of fuel cell projects to diversify the state’s energy portfolio, says the editorial board of The Day.
U.S. Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland is wrong to oppose two wind farms off the coast of Ocean City, says the executive director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. (Delmarva Now)
New York City leaders should ensure public pension funds deliver maximum returns to retirees, even if that means investing in fossil fuels, says a former state treasurer for Connecticut. (New York Daily News)

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