Northeast Energy News

Key decision on Maine transmission line could happen next week

TRANSMISSION: The Maine Land Use Planning Commission will hold a meeting on Sept. 11 to consider a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower, making it the second state agency to rule on the proposal. (Bangor Daily News)

ALSO:
• Opponents of the line have filed a petition to begin the process of putting it on the ballot in November 2020 for a statewide referendum. (Bangor Daily News)
• The list of towns voting to oppose the project has grown to about two dozen but the votes may be largely symbolic as state regulators’ actions take precedence. (Portland Press Herald)

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PIPELINES:
• A Pennsylvania environmental audit shows inadequate oversight by a local commission charged with monitoring the construction of a pipeline to serve a plastics manufacturing plant. (DeSmog)
• An outside criminal attorney has been hired by the Pennsylvania environmental department in the investigation of the Mariner East pipeline construction. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Officials have not been able to determine the cause of a natural gas explosion that destroyed a Maryland retail complex. (Baltimore Sun)

OFFSHORE WIND: U.S. Coast Guard rescuers are using the Block Island Wind farm off Rhode Island to practice rescue operations as the offshore wind industry is expected to mushroom along the East Coast. (SouthCoastToday)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine unveils its electric vehicle rebate program that will be funded by a settlement the state won from the Volkswagen emissions scandal. (Portland Press Herald)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
Three New York lawmakers are open to utility ownership of renewable energy projects as a way to hasten adoption of clean power generation. (Daily Freeman)
Tidal and wave energy projects sponsored by universities in southern New England have stalled as offshore wind has gained most of the attention from commercial and research entities. (ecoRI)

NUCLEAR:
• Residents of a New Jersey town where the Oyster Creek nuclear plant is located are skeptical the plant can be safely dismantled by the new owner in a fraction of the time former owner Exelon said it needs. (WHYY)
• A coalition of 96 environmental organizations have called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend the license transfer of the Pilgrim Nuclear plant in Massachusetts. (Cape Cod Today)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Developers of a project to convert waste from a dairy processing plant into energy will seek permits from local and Vermont authorities. (Addison County Independent)

SOLAR: A straw proposal advanced by New Jersey regulators on solar pricing has developers concerned that projects will leave the state to seek higher compensation in New York. (NJ Spotlight)

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COAL: A wall collapse killed a coal miner last week in western Pennsylvania. (KDKA)

COMMENTARY:
• A union official says Connecticut should not miss the opportunity to develop a state pier to serve the offshore wind industry in the region. (Hartford Business Journal)
• The founder of a Massachusetts trucking company says a carbon price will help develop clean energy technologies and keep more money in the state instead of sending it to outside fossil fuel interests. (Boston Business Journal)

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