Northeast Energy News

Maine could require transmission opponents to reveal donors

TRANSMISSION: The Maine Ethics Commission will investigate whether a group opposing a hydropower transmission line should be required to disclose its donors. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: PennEast’s plan to split a natural gas pipeline project into two phases draws new objections at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (S&P Global)

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SOLAR:
• Solar jobs increased slightly in Massachusetts last year, but the growth was small compared to neighboring states, which advocates say is due to uncertainty over state policy. (Energy News Network)
• New Jersey regulators vote to increase incentives for new solar projects. (NJ Spotlight)
• Vermont’s solar industry “has seen a dramatic decline” because of new fees and restrictions. (Seven Days)
• A proposed 5 MW solar project in Maine is possible because of recent state policy reforms, according to the developer. (Bangor Daily News)
• A developer seeks approval of a 3 MW solar project on former farmland in Connecticut. (CT Post)
• Voters in a Vermont town approve a school’s plan to lease vacant land for a solar array. (VT Digger)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Maine natural gas utility will be fined $50,000 for “a multi-year pattern” of safety violations. (Portland Press Herald)
• Pennsylvania Republicans urge Gov. Tom Wolf to sign a bill that offers tax credits for companies that produce fertilizer and other products from natural gas; Democrats are divided over the plan. (Pennsylvania Business Report, PA Post)

EFFICIENCY: Critics raise questions about new building codes in Somerville, Massachusetts, that require large buildings to have LEED Platinum certification. (Scout Somerville)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: A New York town drafts a resolution opposing plans for a state energy siting office. (HudsonValley360)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says there has been a lack of public input into plans for a liquified natural gas export terminal. (South Jersey Times)
• A solar advocate says proposed charges for solar installations in New York will move the state in the wrong direction. (Albany Times Union)
• A Massachusetts lawmaker says the state needs to “completely replace fossil fuels.” (Eagle-Tribune)
• An editorial board says Connecticut officials should put a stop to a proposed new natural gas plant. (CT Post)

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