Northeast Energy News

Indigenous leaders warn of hydropower impacts

HYDROPOWER: Indigenous leaders in Canada warn that American demand for imported hydropower threatens hunting and fishing grounds that many Inuit depend on. (The Guardian)

ALSO: The Sierra Club says further environmental studies are needed for a proposed transmission line that would carry Canadian hydropower into New York. (Albany Times Union)

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EQUITY: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he supports a bill that would require energy developers to account for their impacts on low-income or marginalized communities. (WHYY)

CLEAN ENERGY: New York’s energy office releases a report outlining how the state can reach 70% renewable energy by 2030. (PV Magazine)

PIPELINES:
• Massachusetts’ U.S. senators call for work to halt on a compressor station after a federal permit was revoked. (WBUR)
• Work on a New Jersey natural gas pipeline is halted after a drilling mishap damages a house. (NJ.com)

OIL & GAS: The sale of a troubled Philadelphia refinery is expected to close this week. (Reuters)

WIND: A New Jersey economic official says the state is having “great discussions” with offshore wind manufacturers. (Recharge)

SOLAR:
• A Rhode Island city grants final approval to a proposed 48.5 MW solar project that would be the state’s largest. (Providence Business News)
• A Maine town considers zoning changes to create a special district for solar arrays. (Morning Sentinel)

FUEL CELLS: A Connecticut fuel cell company faces an SEC inquiry over its $6.5 million federal payroll loan. (Hartford Courant)

GRID: Officials from Connecticut and Massachusetts said in a webinar last week that grid modernization efforts are still moving forward despite the pandemic. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

TRANSIT: Cape Cod’s transit agency says ridership is increasing and none of its drivers have tested positive for COVID-19. (CapeCod.com)

CLIMATE: Vermont lawmakers advance a bill that would allow citizens to sue the state if leaders fail to reach emissions targets. (VT Digger)

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EFFICIENCY: A Vermont co-op increases its incentives for heat pumps. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• A Boston Globe editorial says Massachusetts needs to raise the gasoline tax and invest in mass transit.
• A New Hampshire Republican lawmaker says large solar arrays should not be eligible for net metering rates while a Democrat says restricting net metering puts smaller communities at a disadvantage. (Concord Monitor, Seacoast Online)

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