Northeast Energy News

Eminent domain begins for PennEast pipeline

PIPELINES:
• PennEast has begun eminent domain proceedings against New Jersey and Pennsylvania landowners whose property is in the path of the company’s 120-mile natural gas pipeline project. (The Morning Call)
• The Mariner East 2 pipeline project continues to face obstacles: residents opposed to the project and regulators who suspended the project’s construction. (The Mercury News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants to impose an annual registration fee on hybrid and electric vehicles to help pay for state road repairs. (Portland Press Herald)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Massachusetts regulators are considering whether to re-open an all-renewables bid call for power after its first choice, Northern Pass was rejected by New Hampshire regulators. (reNews)
• NRG Energy’s decision to sell its renewable energy development business must be approved by various federal and state regulators, including utility regulators in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. (Utility Dive)
• In his last State of the State address, Connecticut Mayor Dannel Malloy proposed a mandate that 75 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable energy sources. (Connecticut Post)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Environmentalists gathered on a boardwalk in Asbury Park, N.J. to protest the Trump administration’s plans for offshore oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic coast. (NBC New York)

SUSTAINABILITY: A newly-formed Massachusetts coalition wants the state to boost its natural gas supply while at the same time invest in renewable energy sources. (Salem News)

POLICY: A Connecticut agency wants to reverse a permit provision that officials say endangers the health and safety of residents. (Connecticut Mirror)

SOLAR:
• The number of jobs in the solar industry in Pennsylvania increased by 26 percent in 2017, according to a new report by a trade association. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• In Rhode Island, the number of jobs fell by 9.5 percent, according to the same report. (Providence Business News)
• A solar project in Vermont, expected to be the largest in the state, will provide municipalities and schools net-metering credits generated from the approximately 5-megawatt array. (Brattleboro Reformer)

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POLLUTION: The Trump administration has been ordered by a federal court to take action on a request from Connecticut’s government that a Pennsylvania power plant reduce its emissions. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is right to target the waters of Long Island for offshore wind energy, especially given the island’s successful history with solar projects. (Long Island Business News)
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy so far has made swift decisions regarding the environment and energy since taking office, however, it is unclear whether he’ll intervene in the PennEast pipeline project. (Eyes on the Ties) 

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