Northeast Energy News

Maine agency recommends green light for controversial power line

TRANSMISSION: A memo by staff at Maine’s land use agency says a proposed transmission line from Canada through western Maine complies with state regulations. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: PennEast Pipeline asks federal regulators to delay its in-service deadline by two years to January 2022, citing delays in permit approvals in New York and New Jersey. (Platts)

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• Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey calls for offshore wind developers to enter agreements that provide for union labor at higher wages. (offshoreWIND)
• A recently installed wind turbine in a Bronx neighborhood crashes to the ground and destroyed two cars. (News12)

• Massachusetts could enact a new “clean peak standard” incentive to encourage renewables and storage, but some critics contend it could increase emissions. (E&E News, subscription)
• New Hampshire seeks businesses for a former mill site being redeveloped as a center to convert river water into hydrogen as its energy source. (NHPR)

NUCLEAR: Holtec International tells federal regulators it can decommission New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant in 12 to 15 years for $2.3 billion. (Exchange Monitor)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Massachusetts restarts its electric vehicle rebate program using discretionary funds after it ran out of money three months ago. (MassLIVE)

• New York regulators issue a white paper as they consider alternatives to replace net metering as its chief solar incentive. (PV Magazine)
• Delaware regulators side with a businessman who says utility charges for his solar array unfairly penalize him for using energy overnight. (Associated Press)

ACTIVISM: Climate protesters based in Massachusetts organize actions to disrupt fossil fuel plants, including blocking trains bound for a New Hampshire coal generator. (Union Leader)  

MARKETING: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey calls for an expanded investigation by utility regulators into alleged deceptive marketing practices by energy retailers that target low-income residents. (Salem News)

EMISSIONS: A new report says Maryland’s climate plan released last fall will not meet its targets and will set the state back in its emissions reductions. (Public News Service)

• A Maine legislator sponsoring a bill to take over the state’s utilities explains the reasons and benefits to a community group. (Boothbay Register)
• Several utilities in 2019 announced plans to test blockchain software in grid applications, and the number will likely grow in 2020. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY: The Acadia Center says Maine should join a regional compact to reduce vehicle emissions, citing widespread public support for the proposal. (Portland Press Herald)

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