Northeast Energy News

Emissions study for Maine power line fails legislative test

Correction: Washington, D.C., released a report proposing a new regulated entity to oversee microgrids, but it would not function as a utility. An earlier version of this digest mischaracterized the type of entity called for the report.

TRANSMISSION: A bill to require an emissions study for the proposed transmission line through Maine to import Canadian hydropower fails to get a two-thirds majority needed to give it “emergency” status. (Press Herald)

BIOFUEL: Bates College in Maine achieves carbon neutrality after switching to a biocrude heating fuel made from wood waste. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: New Jersey environmental officials are set to rule on several permits required for an undersea natural gas pipeline that was recently rejected by their counterparts in New York. (Associated Press)

• U.S. offshore wind development is happening too quickly to understand its effects on coastal fisheries, according to some researchers. (WNPR)
• Connecticut’s Senate unanimously passes a bill that would require the state to acquire up to 2,000 MW of offshore wind by 2030, sending the bill to the governor’s office. (CT Mirror)
• Avangrid expects a flurry of activity in the U.S. offshore wind market this year as it prepares to build its first large project off the Massachusetts coast. (Greentech Media)
• U.S. Rep. Bill Keating of Massachusetts reintroduces federal legislation to assist colleges and universities develop worker training for the offshore wind industry. (Standard-Times)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania lifts a gag order on terms of a settlement between a gas driller and homeowners after they were obtained by news organizations, which will publish the document today. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey creates an interagency partnership of state offices to promote the adoption of electric vehicles. (news release)

GRID: Managing the New England power grid is becoming more challenging  as the region shifts its generation to cleaner energy sources. (WBUR)

MICROGRIDS: Washington, D.C., releases a report that calls for a new regulated entityutility for the city to manage a microgrid. (Microgrid Knowledge)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Elected officials will discuss a proposal to turn Rikers Island in New York City into a renewable energy center as its jail complex is expected to close within a decade. (Astoria Post)

• Even with the nation’s shortest coastline, New Hampshire needs revamped federal policies to prevent the coastal effects of climate change, a local official says. (
• An economic justice think tank says the PennEast pipeline is not needed as New Jersey already has enough capacity to serve its needs. (NJ Spotlight)

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