Northeast Energy News

Grid modernization key to Connecticut’s storm resilience

UTILITIES: Connecticut’s top utility regulator says extended outages after a recent tropical storm show the urgency of grid modernization, an effort she has championed for several months. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Maryland regulators approve the use of a 12 MW offshore wind turbine for the Skipjack project instead of an originally planned 8 MW machine. (offshoreWIND.biz)
• Massachusetts signs leases with two offshore wind developers to use a terminal in New Bedford as for staging and turbine assembly. (offshoreWIND.biz)

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OIL & GAS:
Pennsylvania fines a gas driller $175,000 for a well failure near a drinking water reservoir, though it was contained and didn’t threaten water supplies. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Regulators also fine Sunoco $355,000 for spills in eight counties over 2018-19 related to Mariner East pipeline construction. (Patch.com)

CLIMATE: A new report says nine shore towns northeast of Boston face devastating consequences from storm surges by 2050 if measures are not taken to address impacts from climate change. (Gloucester Times)

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MARKETING: Massachusetts settles a lawsuit with an energy marketer over deceptive sales practices that includes $7.5 million in restitution for overcharged customers. (Boston Globe)

COMMENTARY:
A public policy analyst says New York cannot give veto power over renewable projects to local governments that lack the necessary expertise. (Buffalo News)
An editorial board praises New Jersey’s attorney general for joining an effort to stop a federal rule allowing liquified natural gas transport by rail. (NJ.com)
A public interest advocate says New York closed a loophole overlooked in its fracking ban by preventing the disposal of waste water in the state. (WAMC)

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