Northeast Energy News

Eversource appeals transmission line rejection in New Hampshire

TRANSMISSION: Eversource appeals a decision by a New Hampshire committee to reject its high-voltage power line from Canada to Massachusetts, which would have crossed through the state. (InDepthNH)

HYDRO: Vermont environmental groups explain why large-scale hydropower and biomass electricity should not be considered carbon neutral. (VT Digger)

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SOLAR:
• A group appealing the approval of a 20 MW solar farm in western Connecticut says the state siting council “abused its discretion” in approving the project, which will require 67 acres of woodland to be clearcut. (Hartford Courant)
• State officials vote to rezone 700 acres in eastern Maine to accommodate a 100 MW solar project. (Bangor Daily News)

TRANSPORTATION: New York agencies will host listening sessions on strategies for making the state’s transportation sector greener. (news release)

AUTOMOTIVE: Officials in New Hampshire and Maine say they will continue working to lower emissions from the transportation sector, despite the Trump administration’s rollback of auto efficiency standards. (Seacoast Online)

POLICY:
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a clean energy bill that raises the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, but critics say it didn’t go far enough. (Wicked Local)
• A city in western New York bans cryptocurrency “mining” to preserve energy and keep residents’ electric costs down. (Bitcoin Exchange Guide)

OIL & GAS:
• A hydrogen plant will be built at a refinery in northeast Delaware to help produce more low-sulfur fuel for ships. (Delaware News Journal)
• Chesapeake Energy reaches a $7.75 million settlement with Pennsylvania landowners who say the company shorted them on natural gas royalty payments. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

PIPELINES:
• Pennsylvania environmental regulators say Sunoco violated the Clean Streams Law by damaging a sewage pipeline during construction on its Mariner East 2 pipeline last month. (Delaware County Daily Times)
• A New Hampshire industrial group backs a 27-mile natural gas pipeline. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

POWER PLANTS: The site of a proposed 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island was deemed an environmentally irresponsible location for a fossil fuel plant in the 1980s. (ecoRI News)

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NUCLEAR:
• Local residents are anxious about the upcoming closure of a nuclear plant in eastern New Jersey. (Press of Atlantic City)
• A New York City official says the city’s greenhouse gas emissions could rise if the Indian Point nuclear plant is closed too soon. (New York Post)

COMMENTARY: A columnist for Daily Local News who has written nearly 100 stories on Pennsylvania’s controversial Mariner East pipelines says he “truly can see both sides” of the story.

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