Northeast Energy News

Judge upholds Maine city’s ban on shipping tar sands oil

PIPELINES: A federal judge upholds an ordinance in South Portland, Maine, that prevents a pipeline company from shipping tar sands oil through its port. (InsideClimate News)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Department of Energy report says the Marcellus Shale is driving much of the recent growth in U.S. natural gas production. (Pittsburgh Tribune)
PennEnergy offers $600 million to buy a bankrupt shale drilling company. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• A $4 million distribution project will help a Maine asphalt company switch to natural gas from burning oil. (MaineBiz)

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COAL: Advocates worry about the impact of increased pollution on the Chesapeake Bay region. (Delmarva Now)

SOLAR:
• Massachusetts and Vermont are among the five U.S. states with solar representing at least 10 percent of in-state generation. (PV Magazine)
• Two new community solar projects totalling more than 16 MW are completed in Massachusetts. (Solar Industry)
• Advocates say New York’s new system for compensating solar is too complex to send a clear price signal to potential customers. (WBFO)
• An MIT study finds that air pollution can have a significant impact on solar production. (MIT News)

WIND: Thousands of people have signed a petition opposing the route of a power cable to bring energy from a Massachusetts offshore wind farm to shore. (Cape Cod Times)

TRANSMISSION: Hearings begin this week on a proposed 13-mile transmission connection in New Hampshire. (InDepthNH)

RENEWABLES: City officials in Portsmouth, New Hampshire consider expanding tax incentives for solar and adding new ones for wind and biomass. (Seacoast Online)

TRANSPORTATION:
• A hearing in Maine gathers comments on the Trump administration’s plan to weaken fuel economy standards for cars. (Maine Public Radio)
• New data show that emissions from vehicles are increasing in Massachusetts. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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EFFICIENCY: Vermont utilities are urging customers to conserve energy during a heat wave this week. (WCAX)

COMMENTARY: A natural gas industry organization is teaming up with business groups to promote the fuel in Pennsylvania. (Delaware County Daily Times)

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