Northeast Energy News

Federal regulators revive Constitution pipeline in New York

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PIPELINES: Federal regulators reversed a previous ruling and approved the Constitution natural gas pipeline in New York, saying the state waived its authority to issue a water quality permit. (Platts)

ALSO:
Pennsylvania regulators fined the developers of the Mariner East pipeline $313,000 for violations in 2017 and 2018, bringing the total for the project to $13 million. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
An agreement that gives Midwest refiners better access to the East Coast by allowing fuel to flow in both directions through the Laurel pipeline was approved by Pennsylvania regulators. (Philadelphia Inquirer) 

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OIL & GAS: A state environmental official says the shutdown and possible sale of a Philadelphia oil refinery complicates ongoing remediation of contaminated portions of the site. (WHYY)

OFFSHORE WIND: Investors are eyeing property in a coastal Massachusetts city as possible sites for offshore wind related businesses. (SouthCoastToday)

GRID: Three northeastern states are among those getting technical assistance from the National Governors Association to study how to modernize the grid to integrate renewable energy and electric vehicles. (Windpower Engineering)

SOLAR:
A Massachusetts utility’s study to assess the grid impacts of distributed solar has disrupted the development and construction schedules of nearly 1 GW of projects. (Greentech Media)
A Connecticut nonprofit is crowdfunding a solar installation on a multifamily home under construction that will serve the homeless. (New Haven Register)

STORAGE: A Vermont utility has expanded its energy storage program with the addition of a sixth home battery provider. (Utility Dive)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Connecticut trash-burning facility is back in operation after it was sidelined after an equipment breakdown in June. (Hartford Courant)

COMMENTARY:
• A Chamber of Commerce head in Vermont says lessons learned in the successful operation of efficiency programs in the state can be applied to overall energy policies. (VT Digger)
A rollback of methane regulations is another assault on climate mitigating actions, an environmental group says. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
The chair of a think tank says New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of net metering legislation pits the interests of homeowners and businesses against those of utility shareholders. (NHBR)

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