Northeast Energy News

In Massachusetts, questions over hydropower’s impact on emissions

HYDROPOWER: Critics say a Massachusetts deal to purchase Canadian hydropower could actually increase overall emissions. (CommonWealth)

ALSO:
• A Canadian company has entered an agreement to buy the owner of 11 hydropower plants in Maine. (Portland Press Herald)
• A small hydro facility in Vermont has been offline since May after construction work upriver stirred up potentially damaging sediment. (Bennington Banner)

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TRANSMISSION:
• A hearing in Maine raises questions about the impacts of a proposed transmission line to bring Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Sun Journal)
• A 13-mile transmission project in New Hampshire draws opposition over aesthetics and concerns about impacts on oyster farms. (Union Leader)

COAL: Maryland imposes tougher water rules on coal plants, in a further break from the Trump administration’s effort to relax regulations. (Washington Post)

ENERGY STORAGE: A study finds distributed energy storage in Massachusetts could deliver $2-$3 in benefits for every dollar spent. (PV Magazine)

NEW HAMPSHIRE: A New Hampshire legislator challenges Gov. Chris Sununu’s vetoes of bills supporting biomass and net metering, saying the long-term costs will outweigh the savings. (Laconia Daily Sun, WMUR)

UTILITIES: Reductions in fixed charge proposals in New York and Connecticut may indicate similar fees are losing favor among state regulators. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: New Jersey’s consumer advocate challenges a FERC approval of the PennEast pipeline. (Natural Gas Intelligencer)

WIND: A new Department of Energy report highlights New England’s leadership in offshore wind. (Providence Business News)

NUCLEAR: Wind and water conditions force the Pilgrim nuclear plant to reduce operations. (Patriot Ledger)

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SOLAR:
• Construction begins on a 37 MW solar farm near Ocean City, Maryland. (Salisbury Daily Times)
• A community solar pilot project launches in Maryland. (PV Magazine)
• A tennis facility in Connecticut is getting about 40 percent of its power from a solar array. (WTNH)
• The New York State Bridge Authority begins work on a 486 kW array near a bridge over the Hudson River. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Energy companies were among the top spenders on lobbyists in Massachusetts this year. (Boston Globe)

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