Northeast Energy News

Green groups sue FERC for approving a Pennsylvania gas pipeline

PIPELINES: Environmental groups sue FERC for approving a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, saying regulators “violated the law on multiple fronts” and failed to consider the project’s climate change impacts. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO:
• A proposal to build a 27-mile natural gas pipeline in New Hampshire draws criticism from environmental advocates who say the developer already has inspection-related violations in the state. (Portsmouth Herald)
• A federal appeals court says FERC was right to allow the expansion of a natural gas pipeline near a nuclear plant in Upstate New York, dealing a blow to environmentalists. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

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REGULATION: Five Northeast governors urge ISO New England to work to “keep electric rates as affordable as possible” in the region. (NHPR)

ADVOCACY: An environmental youth group asks Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to stop accepting donations from fossil-fuel companies. (ecoRI News)

POLICY: More a dozen New Hampshire mayors plan to send a letter asking state legislators to overturn the governor’s veto of two energy bills that would have helped the solar and biomass industries. (NHPR)

SOLAR: A $110 million, 490-acre solar farm proposed in Maine could be the largest solar project in New England, but some residents are worried about the effect on the community. (Central Maine)

BIOMASS: Residents in central Delaware worry that a renewable energy plant that runs off chicken waste could bring an unpleasant odor to the area. (WBOC)

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EFFICIENCY:
• New York regulators approve a $5 million pilot program proposed by Consolidated Edison to reduce customers’ demand for natural gas. (Utility Dive)
• How a massive Northeast blackout in 2003 has shaped New York’s current electrical infrastructure. (AMNY)

COMMENTARY:
• New contracts between Vineyard Wind and three electric utilities in Massachusetts show that cheap offshore wind is possible in the United States, says a reporter for the Boston Globe.
• It’s time for Tesla to meet the job creation promises it made for Buffalo, New York, says the editorial board of The Buffalo News.
• Massachusetts should follow the lead of places like Cloud County, Kansas, and focus on renewable energy’s benefit to communities, rather than its ability to fight climate change. (WBUR)

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