Northeast Energy News

In Maine, a ‘180 degree’ shift expected on clean energy

POLITICS: Renewable energy advocates in Maine are hopeful for a shift in priorities under a new Democratic governor and legislature. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO: Maine lawmakers say they won’t let a federal climate report released on the Friday after Thanksgiving “fall into the abyss.” (Portland Press Herald)

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NATURAL GAS:
• A U.S. Senate committee will hold a hearing in Massachusetts today to review the response to a series of natural gas explosions outside Boston in September. (Associated Press)
• Columbia Gas says service has been restored to 80 percent of residential gas meters affected by the explosions and fires, and the utility has paid out $63.8 million in claims. (MassLive)
• A Massachusetts gas utility tells residents of eight towns that a 4-year-old moratorium on new gas hookups will continue indefinitely due to limitations on the capacity of its delivery system. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

SOLAR: Town officials in central New Hampshire are searching for energy producers to install a solar farm at a local landfill. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

WIND:
• The head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management provides more detail on an ambiguous map the agency released for potential offshore wind sites off the coast of New York and New Jersey. (SouthCoastToday)
• The developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard are seeking another extension to settle objections from fishermen over the project’s layout. (ecoRI News)

EFFICIENCY:
• A Maine utility says regulators need to change privacy rules to allow landlords to access their tenants’ energy usage before an energy benchmarking ordinance can take effect in Portland. (Portland Press Herald)
• Connecticut’s Wesleyan University partners with Eversource Energy on a three-year plan to improve energy efficiency in order to save 3.2 million kWh annually. (Associated Press)

BIOMASS: Stakeholders consider how New York’s 4,300 dairy farms can increase their use of anaerobic digesters. (Lancaster Farming)

CLIMATE: A Pennsylvania Senate committee will meet this week to discuss local and state efforts to address climate change. (Tribune-Review)

COMMENTARY:
• A plan to give massive subsidies to three nuclear power plants in South Jersey is a bad deal for ratepayers and needs to be fixed, says a columnist for The Star-Ledger.
• Boston can help fight climate change by tapping into offshore wind power, electrifying city buses and expanding the use of battery power, says the director of energy policy at the Environmental League of Massachusetts. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Maine’s lawmakers need to lessen the cost of the state’s solar policy, says the founder of a renewable energy company. (Bangor Daily News)
• It’s time to strengthen Massachusetts’ climate policies, says the executive director of a state environmental group. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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