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)

• A federal grant will support three rural Massachusetts towns to create procedures to develop community solar projects. (
• 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)

• 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. (
• 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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