Northeast Energy News

EPA announcement reignites debate over biomass and climate

BIOMASS: Environmental groups criticize the EPA’s recent decision to consider biomass to be carbon neutral, which the agency acknowledges was not based on a scientific determination. (E&E News, Washington Post)

COAL: A panel of judges signs off on a plan to mine for coal beneath streams in a Pennsylvania state park. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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WIND: A fishing industry group concerned about offshore wind farms says “all of our concerns fall on deaf ears.” (Brown Daily Herald)

SOLAR:
• A Massachusetts town considers new zoning rules after complaints about a residential project some neighbors have dubbed the “Solar Monster.” (Salem News)
• Solar advocates plan a rally at the Connecticut state capitol today to protest solar provisions in a Senate energy bill. (news release)

ENERGY STORAGE: A City University of New York project is a model for how distributed energy resources and storage can provide power in emergencies. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS: A natural gas pipeline operator will pay $610,000 to settle air pollution violations in Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A New Jersey utility has reached a $1.8 billion settlement with state regulators to continue upgrading and replacing natural gas infrastructure. (Energy Business Review)

POLITICS: Why a bill to establish carbon pricing in Rhode Island has so far failed to advance. (ecoRI)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The city of Troy, New York installs its first public charging station. (Albany Times-Union)

EFFICIENCY: A Massachusetts town seeks to make improvements to its five least efficient buildings. (Greenfield Recorder)

COMMENTARY:
• A Vermont group’s new report shows how philanthropy can advance energy storage. (Inside Philanthropy)
• A New York lawmaker calls opponents of natural gas infrastructure “zealots” who “refuse to accept the very real limits to renewable energy.” (Albany Times-Union)
The Environmental Defense Fund calls New Jersey’s nuclear bailout “a huge and wasteful disappointment.”
A former New Hampshire lawmaker and an energy consultant tout the benefits of using RGGI proceeds to fund energy efficiency. (Concord Monitor)
U.S. Sen. Angus King highlights the bipartisan opposition to drilling for oil off Maine’s coast. (Fiddlehead Focus)

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