Northeast Energy News

Developer gives up on Constitution Pipeline in New York

PIPELINES: The developer of the Constitution Pipeline in New York stops work on the project, saying it would not be financially viable even though federal regulators overruled state objections to it. (Oneonta Daily Star)

ALSO: The Williams Co. again applies to New Jersey regulators for approval of a previously denied pipeline through the state that eventually goes underneath New York Harbor. (NBC New York)

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MICROGRIDS: Maine islands increasingly see microgrids as ways to provide reliable and cheaper power rather than expensive cables to the mainland. (Energy News Network)

• Maine Gov. Janet Mills will travel to Scotland in March to learn about offshore wind potential, including a visit to a project that was once planned for Maine. (Portland Press Herald)
• A developer files suit against a western New York town that enacted a law to thwart a proposed 340 MW wind farm. (Olean Times Herald)

SOLAR: A Massachusetts landowner caught in a permitting dispute that prevents him from developing a solar farm is running for election to a town board. (SouthCoastToday)

CLIMATE: The Vermont House approves a climate bill that requires strict emissions reductions and allows citizens to sue the state for non-compliance. (Valley News)

MARKETING: Maine residents spent $132 million more than they needed to in the competitive retail electricity market over seven years, so the state’s consumer advocate wants to eliminate it. (Bangor Daily News)

GRID: Renewable energy is starting to lower power prices in New England but fossil fuels still dominate supplies in the region’s energy grid. (Hartford Courant)

OIL & GAS: A $500 million natural gas synthesis plant to manufacture a range of industrial products is proposed for central Pennsylvania. (The Express)

UTILITIES: New Jersey’s two largest utilities rank in the bottom 10% of a national survey of efficiency efforts over the past five years. (NJ Spotlight)

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POWER PLANTS: The last smokestack at the closed Brayton Point coal generator in Massachusetts is demolished. (Associated Press)

• The attorneys general of three states in the PJM regional power grid say a federal regulator imperils efforts to promote clean energy and prop up fossil fuel plants. (The Hill)
• A former state land use regulator in Maine says a referendum to stop a transmission line from Canada undermines a regulatory structure that is intended to give all sides a fair hearing. (Bangor Daily News)

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