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)

SOLAR:
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)

POLLUTION:
• 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)

TRANSMISSION:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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