Northeast Energy News

Details emerge for major solar expansion in Maine

SOLAR: A global investment firm that committed $100 million to solar projects in Maine unveils details of three installations totaling 201 MW. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: 
A judge revokes a Pennsylvania environment department order shutting down drilling at a Mariner East pipeline drilling site, agreeing with company officials that the state overreacted to an existing leak. (E&E News, subscription required)
Residents affected by a fatal natural gas explosion in Massachusetts in 2018 are skeptical that a different utility taking over the system in a state-ordered transfer can operate the pipeline safely. (Eagle-Tribune)

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POWER PLANTS: Exelon will phase out the largest oil and natural gas-fired power plant in New England by 2024 after federal regulators fail to extend a cost-of-service agreement that propped up its operations. (Power Engineering)

CLIMATE: New York impanels an additional working group and six advisory panels as it implements its landmark 2019 Climate Act. (NNY360.com)

UTILITIES:
A legal analyst says while Connecticut could order the breakup if its largest utility, it may not be worth the cost or the risk. (Middletown Press)
A new top utility regulator takes the helm in Connecticut at a critical time for the industry. (CT Mirror)
Pennsylvania regulators on Thursday will again revisit whether to continue a moratorium on utility shut-offs during the coronavirus pandemic. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 

EFFICIENCY: Two net-zero energy elementary schools will be built in Connecticut, tapping solar and geothermal energy sources. (Hartford Courant) 

COMMENTARY:
An academic says the coronavirus pandemic may have removed climate from the public consciousness, but responding to the crisis and restoring the economy sustainably are inextricably linked. (New York Times)
• An environmental group in Maine says state agencies and legislators let the public down in their incomplete review and approval of a power line to import Canadian hydropower. (CentralMaine.com)
• The Sierra Club says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget message stresses clean energy but the document shows cuts to the state’s Clean Energy Fund. (news release)

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