Northeast Energy News

Feds nix contract for new Rhode Island gas plant

POWER PLANTS: Federal regulators approve the termination of a contract for a 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island; developers say the project will still go forward. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Congressional members from Massachusetts and New Hampshire say executives at Columbia Gas, which was responsible for natural gas explosions outside Boston in September, should step down. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES:
• A Massachusetts congressman grills a state energy official on why only two engineers were appointed to inspect more than 21,000 miles of pipeline in the state. (NBC10 Boston)
• A city in central Massachusetts formally opposes a natural gas pipeline project that’s 25 miles away, saying it would help expand fossil fuel use throughout the region. (The Republican)

SOLAR:
• A new Massachusetts program that uses ratepayer funds to subsidize solar panel construction goes into effect this week. (PV Magazine)
• Comcast installs a 500 MWh solar canopy system at its regional headquarters in New Hampshire. (PV Magazine)
• A central Massachusetts town gives an international renewable energy company a special permit for an $8 million, 5 MW solar system. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: A town in central Maine votes to support a proposed hydropower transmission line that would run from Canada to Massachusetts, passing through the town. (Sun Journal)

CLIMATE:
• Maryland lawmakers are pushing for legislation to increase the state’s clean energy use in light of a recent federal climate change report that determined the Northeast is among the areas most heavily impacted by climate change. (Salisbury Daily Times, Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Democratic senators from New Hampshire also urge climate action in light of the report. (NH Labor News)

COMMENTARY: There’s no reason for New Jersey to delay a proposed ban on accepting fracking waste from out of state, says an editorial in the Press of Atlantic City.

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