Northeast Energy News

Judge tosses New York climate lawsuit against five major oil companies

CLIMATE:
• A judge dismisses New York’s climate change lawsuit against Exxon Mobil and other major oil companies, saying global warming should not be addressed by the judiciary branch. (Bloomberg)
• Baltimore becomes the latest city to sue top oil and gas companies for contributing to climate change. (Baltimore Sun)

SOLAR:
• An unused elementary school in Buffalo, New York, reopens as a multi-use community space with a 64 KW rooftop solar array. (Curbed)
• Six low-income families in eastern Massachusetts receive new, solar-equipped homes with the help of a $250,000 grant. (news release)
• A French renewable energy company applies to install a 5 MW solar project in central Massachusetts. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

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STORAGE: A Vermont utility says a combination of 500 distributed Tesla Powerwalls and two energy storage facilities has saved its customers $500,000 this summer. (PV Magazine)

WIND: Representatives from the fishing industry say they’re worried proposed wind turbines off Ocean City, Maryland, could drive marine life away. (Salisbury Daily Times)

EFFICIENCY:
• Pennsylvania approves new projects to develop natural gas infrastructure and promote energy efficiency for home and businesses. (news release)
• A school district in southeastern Pennsylvania receives a $2 million state grant for energy-saving renovations and additions to an elementary school. (Newtown Patch)

TECHNOLOGY: How new tariffs are preventing energy-intensive cryptocurrency “miners” from inflating electric bills for residents in northern New York. (The Daily Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: FERC grants a rehearing over planned cost allocations for a $278 million transmission line project running from a nuclear complex in southern New Jersey to Delaware, which is intended to improve system reliability. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: FERC denies a developer’s request to rehear a decision on the Constitution natural gas pipeline, saying New York environmental regulators had the authority to deny a water permit. (Reuters)

POWER PLANTS: Experts give their opinion on how many jobs would be created by a proposed $1 billion fracked gas and diesel burning power plant in northwest Rhode Island. (Uprise RI)

COMMENTARY:
• A provision calling for a 10-year moratorium on fracking in Massachusetts is “hypocritical, political grandstanding,” says the executive director of the Massachusetts Petroleum Council. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Increasing Massachusetts’ Renewable Portfolio Standard is key to unlocking the full potential of renewable energy in the state, says the president of the Northeast Clean Energy Council. (Boston Globe)
Well-planned transmission will help Massachusetts maintain its lead in offshore wind development, says the CEO of an energy transmission company. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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