Northeast Energy News

Maine city votes to support hydro transmission project

TRANSMISSION: The City Council of Lewiston, Maine, comes out in support of a proposed transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts because of the project’s tax benefits on the city. (Sun Journal)

RENEWABLES: Clean energy legislation in Massachusetts will create an average of 1,800 new jobs and lead to nearly 10 GW of wind, solar and hydro generation at no cost increase to ratepayers, according to a new report. (Offshore Wind Journal)

• A 12-volt Kyocera solar panel bought in the late 1970s is believed to be the longest-operating solar panel in New Hampshire. (Concord Monitor)
• How the employee-owned solar installer ReVision has managed to thrive in Maine and Massachusetts.  (Solar Power World)
• A change to New York’s net metering policy for new community solar projects could cripple the state’s growing solar industry, say solar advocates. (WAMC)
• IGS Solar completes a 400 KW rooftop solar array for the North America headquarters of Unilever in New Jersey. (news release)

STORAGE: Purchase College in Upstate New York will host an experimental thermal energy storage project, which could end up saving the university as much as $100,000 annually. (DailyEnergyInsider)

UTILITIES: National Grid locks out more than 1,000 employees in dozens of Massachusetts communities after months of unsuccessful negotiations with a union representing natural gas workers. (MassLive)

• Energy Transfer Partners will temporarily close two of its Pennsylvania pipelines after gasoline was discovered in a creek outside of Philadelphia. (Reuters)
• New York State agencies ask FERC to ban additional natural gas capacity for pipelines near a nuclear facility in Upstate New York, citing public safety concerns. (Reuters)
• Developers of a 125-mile natural gas pipeline ask FERC for an extension to start construction after New York denied a necessary water permit. (Natural Gas Intel)

ADVOCACY: Student climate activists in Rhode Island urge Democratic lawmakers to stop accepting campaign donations from fossil fuel companies. (Uprise RI)

• Maine residents should support state regulatory efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the sake of future generations, says the former editor of the Mississippi Economic Review and Outlook. (Bangor Daily News)
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy should act on his promise to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and set an ambitious emissions cap for the state, says the executive director of a coalition of 40 Catholic institutional investors. (Bergen Record)
• By vetoing a bill that would have promoted large-scale solar energy development in New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu has threatened a solar project that could have saved Dover $300,000 a year on energy, says a group of state lawmakers. (Fosters)
• Maine residents should be pleased that a proposed transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts would give the state $22 million in funds, bring broadband to rural communities and create hundreds of jobs, says a fisheries biologist and conservationist. (CentralMaine)

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