Northeast Energy News

Incoming New Jersey governor signals a shift on climate and energy

POLITICS: In his inaugural speech, incoming New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state should return to a leadership role on climate action and clean energy. (NJ Spotlight)

REGULATION: The fossil fuel industry in Massachusetts is calling a decision to cap carbon emissions “arbitrary and capricious” and wants the state restriction rescinded. (Boston Globe)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
• Advocates say efficiency programs in Connecticut will come to a “screeching halt” as money earmarked to pay for them is moved to the state’s general fund. (WNPR)
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Massachusetts towns are becoming more energy efficient thanks to state money earmarked for weatherization and renewable energy projects. (South Coast Today)

TRANSMISSION: Companies with proposals that would import renewable electricity from Quebec via a new transmission connection await a decision by Massachusetts officials. (Concord Monitor)

NUCLEAR: Workers at the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York are threatening to go on strike as they seek a labor deal that would extend beyond the plant’s planned 2021 closure. (Westfair Online) 

BIOMASS: The Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut has started a company that will ship wood pellets to major utilities for electricity generation. (Norwich Bulletin)

NATURAL GAS:
• Delmarva Power in Delaware is seeking permission from state regulators to increase its debt load to pay for a $150 million upgrade to its natural gas system. (News Journal)
• A natural gas company in Pennsylvania has been fined $1.7 million for drilling violations at 17 well sites. (StateImpact)
• A New Mexico company seeks to drill for natural gas at a former steel mill site near Pittsburgh. (Kallanish Energy)

SOLAR:
• A developer seeks public input on proposed solar projects atop former gravel pits in Massachusetts. (Berkshire Eagle) 
• Maine’s largest solar project is now online. (WABI)
• After an earlier proposal fell through, a Massachusetts town is again pursing a major solar installation atop a former landfill site. (Eagle Tribune)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: President Trump’s plan to open coastal waters to drilling faces bipartisan opposition in Maryland.  (Associated Press)

WIND: Learning how fishermen in Europe are coexisting with wind farm developers may prove useful to New England fishermen concerned their livelihood will be disrupted by offshore wind farm development. (WBUR)

PIPELINES:
• Views diverge during a Pennsylvania township meeting on whether to take a stance against a pipeline project. (WFMZ)
• Adelphia Gateway has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission so it can convert a section of a 84-mile pipeline it acquired for natural gas delivery to the Philadelphia area. (Nasdaq)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Maryland city explores ways to facilitate electric vehicle charging infrastructure at private residences and businesses, rather than adding more public charging stations. (Frederick News Post) 

COMMENTARY:
• A conservative think tank says opposition to new pipeline infrastructure is to blame for high energy prices in New England. (Real Clear Energy)
The Star-Ledger editorial board says New Jersey shore communities are taking on all the risks and getting none of the rewards in the offshore drilling plan put forth by the Trump administration.
• A guest commentary writer for WBUR says the idea that natural gas is a “bridge fuel” doesn’t hold up and that the country needs to push ahead with “clean energy future.”

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