Northeast Energy News

Hydro-Quebec faces fine for political activity

TRANSMISSION: Hydro-Quebec faces a hefty fine by Maine election officials for its late release of information about its spending to influence a referendum seeking to stop a transmission line it would benefit from. (Maine Public)

ALSO: Project advocates release a letter of support from nearly a dozen former state officials and leaders of environmental organizations. (Portland Press Herald)

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CLIMATE: Scientists say New England will see more extremely warm winter temperatures like those experienced last weekend as the climate continues to change. (NHPR)

OIL & GAS:
Gov. Tom Wolf says a Pennsylvania bill to loosen regulations on conventional oil and gas wells poses environmental risks despite a compromise by supporters. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania orders a natural gas well capped to block the release of methane after it says the developer has failed to cooperate consistently with regulators since the leak was discovered in 2011. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Lawyers for landowners and environmentalists argue federal courts should reverse precedents and allow earlier challenges to pipeline permits issued by federal regulators. (Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION:
Maine Gov. Janet Mills joins other New England governors showing reluctance to impose carbon costs that might make driving more expensive. (Boston Globe)
New Jersey legislators pass an electric vehicle bill that will provide up to $30 million in rebates over the next decade. (NJ Spotlight)
The transit authority in Albany unveils four electric buses for a pilot program that makes it them the first put into service in upstate New York. (news release)

HEAT PUMPS:
A Massachusetts utility develops a pilot program to create networked ground source heat pumps that can take advantage of existing natural gas pipes. (WBUR)
Maine Gov. Janet Mills today will announce an expanded state program to promote air source heat pumps to reach her goal of 100,000 by mid-decade. (NewsCenter Maine)

OFFSHORE WIND: Power prices for offshore wind prices in Massachusetts were not publicly filed on Friday as expected and it is not yet clear when they will be released. (SouthCoastToday)

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GOVERNMENT: Some advocates raise questions about Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s appointments to state energy posts and the nominees’ past ties to the utility industry. (UpriseRI)

COMMENTARY:
• A former editor and “reluctant” supporter of a Maine power line cites hypocrisy in the environmental community for opposing the line that would access large amounts of clean energy. (Portland Press Herald)
• A columnist says Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s good nature lowers partisan passions in state government but is not enough to confront the climate crisis. (VT Digger)

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