Northeast Energy News

LNG terminal opponents challenge federal permits

OIL & GAS: Opponents of a liquified natural gas export terminal go to court to challenge the project saying federal regulators failed to conduct a required environmental review. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: A Pennsylvania energy company asks a county judge to remove herself from a case for a prior business relationship she had with another company that is part of a contract dispute. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 

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TRANSMISSION: Supporters of a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower appeal rulings that allow a statewide referendum on the project to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR:
• A federal grant will support three rural Massachusetts towns to create procedures to develop community solar projects. (Masslive.com)
• Northeast states take a variety of actions in response to COVID-19 including emergency regulations and online outreach to developers. (Solar Power World)

TRANSPORTATION: Connecticut releases its roadmap to electrify its transportation sector, which includes transitioning public and private fleets. (Middletown Press)  

CLIMATE: A survey of Delaware residents shows 77% think climate change is a serious issue that threatens future generations. (Dover Post)

DIVESTMENT: The New York City comptroller urges three large insurance companies to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry. (E&E News, subscription required)

COMMENTARY:
• Environmental activists are suing federal energy regulators to force them to account for climate impacts when they approve natural gas infrastructure. (news release)
• A Vermont renewable energy developer says the coronavirus crisis presents an opportunity to change long-standing practices of fossil fuel use to help create a more sustainable future. (VT Digger)
• A local New York official cites federal health experts who say climate change worsens the effects and frequency of pandemics, saying the state should more aggressively convert to clean energy sources. (Syracuse.com)
• The director of a school boards association says New Jersey’s revisions of solar incentives should still support development of projects on school properties to save taxpayers money and benefit the environment. (NJ Spotlight)

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