Northeast Energy News

Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging gas price manipulation

NATURAL GAS: A federal judge dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against New England utilities that accused them of manipulating natural gas supplies to drive up prices. (Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy released the state’s clean energy master plan that includes support for nuclear power. (North Jersey Record)

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OFFSHORE WIND: As states vie for leadership in the offshore wind industry in the Northeast, industry leaders say port infrastructure is currently inadequate. (CommonWealth Magazine)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court panel heard arguments on Monday whether New Jersey has the right to deny eminent domain on state lands needed to build the Penn East pipeline. (Courthouse News Service)
• A municipal election today in a Massachusetts community includes a nonbinding resolution to purchase land a natural gas pipeline operator says it needs to build a metering station. (WWLP)

SOLAR:
• The Cape Cod Commission in Massachusetts will begin review of a 5.6 MW solar project on more than 18 acres that has been proposed in Sandwich. (Cape Cod Times)
• A New York county has issued tax breaks of up to $400,000 for four solar projects that will occupy 40 acres out of a 91-acre parcel. (Times Herald-Record)
• The New Hampshire Senate passed an increase in the state’s renewable portfolio standard that includes a solar carveout of 5.4%. (PV Magazine)

REGULATION: Laura Olton is facing opposition to her nomination as chair of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission due to her past work for national Grid, the state’s dominant electric and gas utility. (ecoRI)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Pittsburgh received a matching grant from Pennsylvania’s environmental department to install eight electric vehicle charging stations. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

EMISSIONS: A Pennsylvania Democratic senator is proposing an emissions cap in a state with an expanding fossil fuel industry. (RTO Insider)

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COMMENTARY:
• A New Hampshire tree farm owner says the forest product industry is an important and historic part of the state’s economy that needs legislation to support biomass power plants. (Concord Monitor)
• An Olympic gold medalist and a state senator say Maine must adopt clean energy proposals to fight climate change, which would protect its outdoor recreation businesses. (Times Record)
• The New Hampshire Sierra Club says net metering supports locally sourced energy and not out-of-state fossil fuel interests. (NH Business Review)

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