Northeast Energy News

Feds consider limiting states’ power to block gas pipelines

PIPELINES:
• Sources say the Trump administration could use an executive order to limit the ability of states to block the construction of interstate gas pipelines in an attempt to move more shale gas to the Northeast. (Bloomberg)
• Sunoco shuts down the remainder of its Mariner East 1 pipeline in eastern Pennsylvania after a sinkhole exposed a portion of the gas pipeline over the weekend. (NBC10)

RENEWABLES:
• A small city in western Massachusetts is developing an energy-buying plan in an effort to save money and fund new renewable energy projects. (Energy News Network)
• A national network of state environmental groups launches a campaign to push bills promoting 100 percent clean energy in at least nine states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (news release)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont regulators say electric vehicle charging stations should not be regulated like utilities and recommend changes to give station owners freedom to set their own prices. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• A new scientific technique to characterize and predict sea breezes could benefit the offshore wind industry. (Futurity)
• Some Rhode Island residents worry about the possible health impacts of wind turbines installed close to their homes. (ecoRI News)
• A New York state assemblyman withdraws his support for a 15-turbine wind farm proposed off the coast of Long Island, saying a “bait and switch” by developers has eroded his trust. (The East Hampton Star)
• At a meeting in Boston, wind developers and Massachusetts officials say momentum is building for more offshore wind projects in the Northeast. (RTO Insider)
• The U.S. Interior Department says it will use money already granted by Congress to move forward with an 800 MW wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard during the partial government shutdown. (Reuters)

SOLAR: Three massive solar farms covering more than 1,000 acres each are planned for western New York and the Finger Lakes region. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

POWER PLANTS: An expert witness says the developer of a controversial gas and diesel-fired power plant proposed for northwest Rhode Island may want to sell the construction permit it’s seeking to another developer or sit on it until market conditions improve. (Uprise RI)

EMISSIONS: New Jersey environmental regulators will hear public comments today on two proposals that would allow the state to rejoin a regional cap-and-trade effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions. (WHYY)

COMMENTARY:
• Putting a price on carbon would help solve Pennsylvania’s air pollution and nuclear industry woes, says the president of the Evangelical Environmental Network. (The Intelligencer)
• Low and moderate-income Vermonters simply cannot afford a carbon tax, says a former state representative. (Vermont Business Magazine)

CORRECTION: An item in yesterday’s digest about a carbon pricing bill in Maine incorrectly identified the state as Massachusetts.

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