Northeast Energy News

Maine power line approval appealed to state Supreme Court

TRANSMISSION: A transmission developer says Maine’s approval of a power line to import Canadian hydropower is “replete with errors” as it appealed the ruling to the state’s Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Pennsylvania regulators today will begin two days of hearings to consider a $372 million transmission line that also runs through Maryland that grid operator PJM says will relieve system congestion. (PennLive) 

PIPELINES:
• New Jersey regulators extend the comment period for the 27 mile Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline until Aug. 23. (Bridgewater Courier News)
• Company officials say a loud noise during routine maintenance of the Mariner East pipeline Monday was caused by a “backfire” and posed no public safety risk. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• PennEast prepares to refile an application with New Jersey regulators for a 120-mile pipeline that was denied in February. (Bridgewater Courier News)

SOLAR:
Massachusetts legislators consider following California’s lead by requiring solar panels on most new construction. (Energy News Network)
A New York town imposes a moratorium on ground-mounted solar, with an exception for closed landfills, as it crafts new zoning regulations. (Post-Star) 

POWER PLANTS: The owner of a Massachusetts natural gas power plant adjacent to a proposed LNG processing facility insists in a regulatory filing that it is unaffiliated with the project. (Worcester Telegram)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Delaware will use a $2.6 million federal grant to purchase electric buses in pursuit of its goal to have 26 by 2021. (WHYY)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s reading of an esoteric court decision turning the jurisdiction of a climate change lawsuit against oil companies back to state court has gone viral. (Boston Globe)

BIOMASS: Environmental groups say Massachusetts’ review of proposed regulations to allow biomass power greater access to renewable energy subsidies is “deeply flawed” and more study is required. (Masslive.com)

OFFSHORE WIND: Analysts say offshore wind development on the East Coast faces several challenges, including supply chain constraints and an uncertain regulatory landscape. (Bloomberg) 

EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire utilities have combined to create an online tool to help residents assess their energy use, which can help them qualify for efficiency incentives. (Concord Monitor)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says that a recent gas explosion caused by Columbia Gas’ negligence demands that the company show it has a plan to prevent a recurrence. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

 

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