Northeast Energy News

Federal court rules regulators cannot stall pipeline challenges

PIPELINES: A federal appeals panel rules regulators cannot indefinitely keep pipeline challenges out of court while construction proceeds in a case that originated in Pennsylvania. (Bloomberg Law)

CLIMATE: New Jersey releases a scientific report on what climate change is expected to do to the state but avoids policy prescriptions on how to address it. (NJ Spotlight)

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EMISSIONS: A broad coalition urges PJM to continue work on carbon pricing as the most effective means to reduce emissions in light of a federal regulator’s move to examine the policy. (E&E News, subscription required)

CLEAN ENERGY:
The Natural Resources Defense Council is suing federal regulators over two rulings that it says threaten clean energy deployment in New York and usurp state authority. (news release)
Vermont companies reflect the nationwide trend in reduced work and employment in clean energy due to shutdowns forced by the coronavirus pandemic. (VT Digger)

OIL & GAS:
The Pennsylvania Department of Health says it will look into the health effects of fracking contained in a grand jury report that criticizes state oversight of the industry. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
The Marcellus Shale Coalition writes to state legislators, saying the report contains “factual inaccuracies” and misrepresentations. (Kallanish Energy)

TRANSMISSION:
New England’s grid operator chooses a joint utility transmission project as the most cost-effective solution to replace the region’s largest power plant outside Boston when it closes in 2024. (news release)
Maryland regulators approve a Transource power line section within its borders that also crosses into Pennsylvania, where it is still under review. (The Daily Record, subscription required)
A Maine town planning board declines to recuse three members from consideration of a zoning permit sought by a utility for a transmission project that the members publicly oppose. (Sun Journal)

WIND: A New York siting board approves a 101 MW wind farm in the state’s North Country. (news release)

UTILITIES: A new study says residents of larger cities will see utility bills rise about 10% due to the stay-at-home orders issued for COVID-19, with densely populated areas like New York City and Philadelphia seeing the largest increases. (CNBC)

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SOLAR: New York City and a state authority will install 16 MW of solar power on 46 schools and other facilities. (Solar Power World)

COMMENTARY:
A retired physician and conservation board president says New Jersey should adopt the governor’s Energy Master Plan and begin to phase out natural gas. (NJ.com)
Pennsylvania advocates say legislators intent on derailing plans for membership in a regional emissions compact should instead focus on helping coal miners and power plant workers in a declining industry. (Indiana Gazette)

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