Northeast Energy News

Maine officials advance plans for new wind farm

WIND:
The Maine Land Use Planning Commission approves a 22-turbine wind project that would increase the state’s total wind energy capacity by 7 percent. (The Ellsworth American)
A city in southeast Maine dismantles a wind turbine that broke nearly 10 years ago after producing only 16,000 kWh of electricity. (Journal Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
The Trump administration grants approval for companies to conduct seismic oil and gas surveys off the Atlantic coast between Delaware to Florida, which experts say could could harm marine animals. (Washington Post)
A U.S. senator from Delaware slams the Trump administration for approving the seismic testing, calling it “a threat to our economy, our environment and our way of life all along the East Coast.” (Middletown Transcript)

PIPELINES: A judge for Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission hears testimony on whether Sunoco can operate its controversial Mariner East natural gas pipelines after residents filed a petition calling for emergency relief last month. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POLLUTION: Pennsylvania environmental regulators failed to notify the general public that 4,200 gallons of brine fluid from natural gas wells spilled next to a native trout stream in the central part of the state last month. (PennLive)

POWER PLANTS: County legislators in New York’s Finger Lakes region agree to ask state officials to reject a proposal to repower a coal-fired generator with natural gas. (Ithaca.com)

SOLAR:
Rhode Island releases a guide to inform homeowners on how to install a residential solar array. (Associated Press)
Developers complete a 4.8 MW community solar project in central Massachusetts. (news release)

EFFICIENCY: A New York City council member says he will introduce a bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large buildings by 40 percent by 2030. (Times Ledger)

UTILITIES: A Maine utility fails to charge 3,400 customers for months of electricity use. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
An agricultural county in Maryland has become a leader for solar development, with projects expected to save the local government $7.7 million over the next 20 years, says the Carroll County Times editorial board.
The University of Maryland should speed up its carbon neutrality goal and stop relying on a campus power plant that runs off natural gas, says a sophomore electrical engineering major. (The Diamondback)
A recent lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general against ExxonMobil is bogus, frivolous and expensive, says the president of the Energy & Environment Legal Institute. (Washington Examiner)

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