Northeast Energy News

Governor’s veto threatens New Hampshire biomass plants

BIOMASS: Six biomass plants are in danger of closing after New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes a bill that would have supported the industry. (WMUR)

WIND: A wind energy company will launch a research buoy off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, to determine if the area is suitable for wind turbines. (Press of Atlantic City)

New solar policies are emerging in the Northeast as the region seeks to revamp or eliminate net metering programs. (Energy News Network)
• The town of Exeter, Rhode Island, will allow a solar developer to build commercial-scale solar installations on 15 properties in residential zones without seeking special use permits. (Providence Journal)

POWER PLANTS: Virginia-based Dominion Energy is selling two natural gas power plants in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. (Bloomberg)

• Delaware Sen. Tom Carper asks the EPA to reverse a decision to deny petitions that sought to reduce ozone pollution in Delaware emitted from power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (Middletown Transcript)
• A gas company pays a $250,000 penalty for releasing sediment into a Pennsylvania stream. (Kallanish Energy)

OIL & GAS: House lawmakers from coastal states are trying to amend an appropriations bill to block funding for new offshore oil and gas drilling. (The Hill)

FRACKING: Neighboring counties in Pennsylvania and New York illustrate the economic impact that fracking can have on farming communities. (E&E News)

• Critics are trying to stop a 145-mile power line through western Maine, saying it will damage wilderness and threaten existing power plants. (Boston Globe)
• Residents question Central Maine Power Co. about its plans for a transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts, which the utility says will bring 1,700 jobs to Maine. (Daily Bulldog)

MICROGRIDS: How an island off the southern coast of Maine is transitioning from fossil fuel generators to a clean energy microgrid. (Concord Monitor)

EFFICIENCY: New York regulators approve a Con Edison plan to double gas energy efficiency by providing incentives for customers to install efficient equipment and reduce consumption. (DailyEnergy Insider)

POLITICS: Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates discussed energy efficiency and electricity costs during a forum on climate change in Hartford, but Republican candidates skipped the event. (Hartford Courant, CT Mirror)

• A retired attorney says installing 26 solar panels on his home in Maine has made him “love solar.” (Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel)
• The Trump administration can save jobs at Philadelphia’s oil refineries by changing the Renewable Fuel Standard, says the head of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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