Northeast Energy News

Lobbying efforts highlight energy shift in Massachusetts

POLITICS: Energy companies spent more than $5 million lobbying the Massachusetts legislature last year, with clean energy firms among the top spenders. (Associated Press)

WIND: Three companies have submitted bids for Massachusetts’ latest offshore wind procurement. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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COAL ASH: An analysis finds more than 100 coal ash sites, including locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, that are in flood zones increasingly at risk from climate change. (Politico)

TRANSMISSION: An advocacy group files a lawsuit over a proposed New Hampshire transmission line, alleging multiple violations of federal law. (Seacoast Online)

NATURAL GAS:
• The fight over a proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline to Long Island continues to escalate as winter approaches. (Long Island Business News)
• The new CEO of pipeline developer National Fuel says “unfortunately, I don’t see projects going through New York.” (Buffalo News)
• A natural gas explosion heavily damages a Maryland shopping center, but no injuries were reported. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Despite concerns raised by state officials, federal regulators approve the transfer of the Pilgrim nuclear plant to a decommissioning firm. (CommonWealth Magazine)

SOLAR:
• A group of self-described “regular Joe Shmoes” opposing a New York solar project now has 240 members. (Niagara Gazette)
• A small airport in upstate New York is seeking federal approval for a solar array. (Post-Star)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signs a proclamation declaring a Clean Energy Week next month. (Associated Press)
• A Pennsylvania high school’s renewable energy lab aims to educate both students and the surrounding community. (Bucks County Courier Times)
• A Pennsylvania township passes a 100% clean energy resolution. (Times Herald)

COMMENTARY: An advocate says removal is the best option for many aging dams. (Brattleboro Reformer)

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