Northeast Energy News

Lawmaker: Vermont ‘throwing spaghetti against the wall’ on climate

CLIMATE: Vermont lawmakers consider a bill that would allow citizens to sue the state if it doesn’t follow through on reducing emissions. (Vermont Public Radio)

• Backers of a proposed power line to import hydropower to New York dispute a recent report claiming the project will not reduce emissions. (WAMC)
• Aiming at Hydro-Quebec, a Maine lawmaker introduces a bill that would prevent foreign companies from influencing ballot campaigns. (Maine Public)

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• Pennsylvania’s legislature approves a bill providing tax breaks for natural gas use, and may have the votes to override an expected veto from Gov. Tom Wolf. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• Advocates say Pennsylvania lawmakers with financial ties to the fossil fuel industry show that the state needs tougher conflict-of-interest laws. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

• Opponents of the PennEast pipeline are expecting the long fight to continue despite a series of setbacks for developers. (NJ Spotlight)
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf reiterates his support for pipeline safety reform as he announces a budget that increases spending on environmental oversight. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

• A solar developer petitions a Vermont city for a designation that would qualify his project for a more favorable net metering rate. (Rutland Herald)
• A Maine town expects a new solar array built atop a former landfill will save $20,000 in energy costs in its first year. (The Forecaster)

WIND: A long-disputed New Hampshire wind farm that escalated to a case before the state Supreme Court is now up and running. (Keene Sentinel)

GRID: Federal regulators deny a request to allow an aggregated group of distributed energy resources to participate in ISO-New England’s capacity auction. (Energy Policy Update)

ELECTRIFICATION: Developers are scrambling to keep up as cities introduce policies prohibiting new natural gas connections. (New York Times)

• An architectural firm announces plans for New Jersey’s first “zero-energy” home. (Patch)
• A Connecticut lawmaker has an energy audit conducted at his home. (news release)

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• Students say the University of Pennsylvania’s decision to stop investing directly in fossil fuels is “a monumental statement.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A Boston University professor launches a hunger strike to oppose a proposed compressor station. (Boston Globe)

COMMENTARY: The CEO of New York’s grid operator says a price on carbon will be key to driving a clean energy transition. (The Hill)

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