Northeast Energy News

Eversource officially abandons Northern Pass project

TRANSMISSION: In a federal securities filing, Eversource says it will end its pursuit of the Northern Pass transmission line, noting it spent $318 million on the failed venture. (NHPR)

ALSO: Chesterville adds its name to the list of Maine towns now opposing the Northeast Clean Energy Connect transmission line to import Canadian hydropower. (Sun Journal)

WIND: Clean energy advocates urge Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to act quickly to remove uncertainty caused by a budget amendment that addresses pricing of energy from future offshore wind projects. (Taunton Daily Gazette)

OIL & GAS: Elevated levels of a deadly gas were detected by air monitoring meters during a June refinery fire, but Philadelphia health officials dismissed it as a false positive. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Construction will soon start on a digester at a Vermont farm to create renewable natural gas from animal and food waste. (YaleEnvironment360)

SOLAR:
A Tesla letter to shareholders did not provide any update on its long-awaited plan to manufacture solar roof panels at its Buffalo factory. (Buffalo News)
Installers in Massachusetts say an incentive to integrate storage with solar systems is being undermined by a requirement to pay hundreds of dollars for meters. (Greentech Media)
The solar industry on Long Island fears that New York’s embrace of offshore wind is coming at its expense. (Newsday)
The Philadelphia area transit authority has signed a 20-year power contract with a solar farm to produce nearly 20% of its electricity. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PIPELINES: Officials in a New Jersey county issued a road permit and dropped lawsuits against a proposed natural gas pipeline. (Burlington County Times)

POWER PLANTS:
New Jersey based holding company Public Service Enterprise Group will close all but three of its natural gas plants by 2046 as it moves toward carbon-free generation. (NJ Spotlight)
Demolition has begun on part of the abandoned English Station power plant in New Haven. (New Haven Register)

COMMENTARY:
The Boston Globe is alarmed by the apparent slow-walking of key permits needed to ensure construction of the Vineyard wind offshore wind project.
An environmentalist says a new natural gas plant that received siting approval in Connecticut will thwart the state’s move toward carbon-free electric generation. (Hartford Courant)

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