Northeast Energy News

In Maine, a “historic step forward” on clean energy

CLEAN ENERGY: Maine approves the largest procurement of clean energy in state history with the vast majority of projects awarded to solar developers. (Portland Press Herald)

TECHNOLOGY: A tidal energy company in Maine believes it is on the cusp of wider acceptance as it prepares to power a microgrid for a coastal town. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE:
The Vermont Senate follows House action and overrides Gov. Phil Scot’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act, making it state law. (VT Digger)
A financial regulator in New York presses insurers to address risks associated with climate change. (Bloomberg Law, subscription required)

PIPELINES:
Transco pays Pennsylvania nearly $1 million in fines and other assessments for environmental violations that occurred during construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
Environmental officials approve different drilling methods at three troubled sites along the Mariner East pipeline project in southeastern Pennsylvania. (StateImpact Pennsylvania) 

EFFICIENCY: State regulators and New Jersey’s largest utility agree to a scaled back energy efficiency program that costs significantly less than proposed and runs for only half the original time frame. (NJ Spotlight)

WIND:
A Connecticut city that includes a state pier to be used as an offshore wind staging area says the project needs its approval to proceed. (The Day)
A wind turbine at a Massachusetts state university is dismantled as repeated equipment failures have made it too expensive to maintain. (Taunton Gazette)

OIL & GAS: Natural gas production in Pennsylvania flatlined in June as producers seek to take advantage of rising prices in the futures market. (Platts) 

EMISSIONS: Lawyers say the Environmental Protection agency will have limited leeway to rewrite rules for cross-state emissions due to U.S. Supreme Court precedents. (Bloomberg Law)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators repeat their conclusion that an expanded natural gas pipeline near the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York poses no risk in the unlikely event of pipeline rupture. (Lohud.com)

TRANSMISSION: The environmental community in New England is divided over a Maine transmission line proposed to import Canadain hydropower. (Hartford Courant)

SOLAR:
The first solar-plus-storage project in New York is completed. (PV Magazine)
Solar development in rural western New York attracts nearly $170 million in private investment. (Buffalo Business First)

ACTIVISM: Youth activists urge the Buffalo, New York, city council to declare a climate emergency. (WBFO)

BIOMASS: A city councilor in western Massachusetts files a petition to state legislators opposing subsidies to a proposed biomass plant that are included in a pending climate bill in final legislative negotiations. (Masslive)

COMMENTARY: Maryland legislators who introduced a law to protect low-income residents from predatory practices by energy marketers say those constituents are vulnerable when a moratorium on utility shut-offs ends on Oct. 1. (Baltimore Sun)

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