Northeast Energy News

Maine communities may get say in transmission line siting

TRANSMISSION: The Maine House has given early approval of bills that would give communities more say in the approval of transmission lines while the body rejected an emissions study for a pending proposed line. (Maine Public, Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Williams Cos. will reapply for environmental permits from New Jersey officials for its undersea pipeline to New York after it was rejected this week. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS:
• Gov. Tom Wolf’s infrastructure plan funded by a natural gas severance tax has been introduced in the legislature but lacks support from Republican leaders. (WHYY)
• A Pennsylvania court ruled a grandmother cannot sue over the location of a gas well that she said was too close to her benzine-sensitive granddaughter’s school. (PennLive)

SOLAR:
• Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a net metering bill casts a cloud over New Hampshire’s solar growth, advocates say. (Energy News Network)
• A Connecticut program pairs solar installations with energy efficiency for low- to moderate-income households. (Energy News Network)
• Construction has started on a 7 MW community solar farm north of Albany. (Renewable Energy World)
• Bank of America will install solar panels at more than 60 locations nationwide. (Energy Manager Today)

POWER PLANTS: A Connecticut siting board has approved a 650 MW natural gas-fired power plant in the eastern part of the state. (Power Engineering)

WIND: Vineyard Wind met with community residents in a town meeting on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and got a generally favorable response. (Cape Cod Times)

NUCLEAR:
• Pro-renewable energy legislators hold the swing votes in Pennsylvania’s debate over nuclear power subsidies and are seeking to leverage that into more support for clean energy. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• PJM says three nuclear plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio would keep power prices lower if they remained open. (RTO Insider)

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CLIMATE CHANGE: The Maine House passed its version of the Green New Deal that includes a requirement of 80% renewable energy resources by 2040. (PV Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• A sustainability nonprofit says Maryland is poised to develop a low-carbon economy after its adoption of sweeping clean energy legislation. (Maryland Matters)
• A former utility executive and consultant to an offshore wind developer says the technology will bring substantial economic benefits to New Jersey. (Press of Atlantic City)
• A Pennsylvania businessman says the benefits of the Mariner East 2 pipeline are being lost in what he describes as an ideological debate over the project. (Daily Times)

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