Northeast Energy News

Maine lawmakers threaten to intervene on biomass subsidy

BIOMASS: Maine lawmakers are threatening to intervene if state utility regulators approve a $1.2 million subsidy for a biomass company. (Maine Public)

• A report by an advocacy group says Massachusetts has enough offshore wind potential to power the state 19 times over. (South Coast Today)
• A bill to restart a wind farm project rejected previously by the Christie administration has passed out of committee and now moves to the New Jersey Assembly. (Press of Atlantic City)

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Camden, Maine has become the state’s first town to join an international alliance of municipalities working toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (Penobscot Bay Pilot)

SOLAR: Revenue generated by a 50-megawatt solar project at a regional airport in Maine will partially pay for the cost of a new building at the airport. (Bangor Daily News)

TECHNOLOGY: The University of Connecticut will conduct research on high-capacity lithium ion batteries that can be used for electric vehicles and energy storage. (New Haven Register)

PIPELINES: New Jersey’s attorney general has filed a motion to block PennEast Pipeline Co. from condemning protected land it acquired as part of its pipeline project. (NJ Spotlight)

COAL: Environmental groups are again appealing a state permit that allows a coal company to longwall mine beneath a stream inside a Pennsylvania state park. (WESA)

• A new report says a proposed severance tax in Pennsylvania could cost mineral rights owners tens of millions of dollars. (StateImpact)
• Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania have introduced legislation updating the Oil and Gas Act of 1984 to address challenges facing conventional industry. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• Pennsylvania renews its agreement with Ohio and West Virginia to promote shale gas development. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

• A cooperative approach among interested parties should determine the future of nuclear power plants in New Jersey, says a guest columnist. (
Massachusetts officials should modernize the state’s electricity grid in order to accommodate the growing demands for clean, efficient energy and electric vehicles, says a guest writer. (Baltimore Sun)
• The Sierra Club’s New Jersey director praises the state’s momentum on clean energy. (
Massachusetts should expand its cap and invest program as a way to generate new funding for clean transportation and energy projects, says a policy analyst. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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