Northeast Energy News

Maine governor announces new climate push

CLIMATE: Maine Gov. Janet Mills announces plans to form a climate council to guide the state toward 100 percent renewable energy. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO: Advocates are pushing Rhode Island to adhere to its greenhouse gas reduction goals. (Providence Journal)

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NATURAL GAS:
After a developer drops plans to convert a New Jersey coal plant to natural gas, questions remain about a proposed 22-mile pipeline that was supposed to feed the project, along with other related projects. (NJ Spotlight)
Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Murphy wants to turn the site into a wind power facility. (NJ.com)
New York has released proposed lower emissions standards for quick-starting natural gas peaker plants. (Lansing Star)

PIPELINES: Another Pennsylvania county plans to join a legal action against the Mariner East 2 pipeline. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

OVERSIGHT:
Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to oppose confirmation of Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. (Reuters)
A Rhode Island environmental justice group opposes the reappointment of the state’s environment agency leader, citing recent approval of a natural gas project. (Uprise RI)

WIND: After a settlement in Rhode Island, fishermen in Massachusetts are raising concerns about the Vineyard offshore wind project. (Cape Cod Times)

SOLAR:
A range of opponents, including members of local tribes, criticize plans to clear 210 acres of Maryland forest for a solar array. (Bay Net)
Officials in a Massachusetts town question plans for a 2.5 acre solar project but only generate a small amount of power. (Eagle Tribune)
A closed municipal golf course has likely seen its last tee time as borough officials heard a presentation to turn the property into a solar power site. (The Record Herald)
A Rhode Island developer has scrapped plans to build a shopping center and instead is proposing to turn part of the property into a solar generating site. (Daily News)
Warwick, R.I. has flipped the switch on a 1 MW solar array, the second city-owned project of three that are planned. (New England Real Estate Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey will use $11.2 million of its share of the Volkwagen emissions settlement to build hundreds of EV charging stations statewide and purchase electric buses for Camden. (NJ Spotlight)

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POLLUTION: A bill making its way through the Maine Legislature would add a tax to gasoline and home heating oil to encourage residents to switch to lesser polluting fuels. (WGME)

COMMENTARY:
A former banking executive says an “infrastructure bank” could help Connecticut expand clean energy along with other critical projects. (Hartford Courant)
The CEO of an oilfield services company says it is “unwise” and “unfair” to block new natural gas infrastructure. (Albany Times Union)
A pipeline opponent says Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is pushing empty promises. (PennLive)

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