Northeast Energy News

Maine power line rerouted in bid to gain approval

TRANSMISSION: Central Maine Power makes a last-minute change to its proposed power line route to avoid a pond that stymied its bid before state land use regulators. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO: Residents in one community collect enough signatures to force a referendum against the project after officials declined to act, while another town will hold a town meeting on Oct.1 to consider opposition to all transmission projects. (Times Record, Sun Journal)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• New Hampshire legislators failed to override vetoes of bills to increase the state’s net metering cap and provide a subsidy for biomass plants. (InDepthNH)
• New York officials have abandoned plans to build a microgrid powered by natural gas for an office plaza in the state capitol and opt for a suite of renewable energy resources instead. (Albany Times Union)

PIPELINES:
• A hearing for a compressor station in Massachusetts has been delayed for two weeks as opponents claim a “document dump” of more than 1,000 pages by the developer leaves inadequate time for review. (Patriot-Ledger)
• Aging gas pipelines in and around Baltimore are leaking with increasing frequency, with officials reporting nearly two dozen discovered daily. (Baltimore Sun)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal officials say Three Mile Island Reactor 1 will shut down on Friday instead of at the end of the month. (Exchange Monitor, subscription required)
• Connecticut regulators approve a 10-year contract between the Millstone nuclear plant and state utilities that will keep the plant open after a lengthy political debate. (The Day) 

TRANSPORTATION: Environmentalists are urging state officials to take action against the Trump administration revocation of California’s auto emissions standards, which Pennsylvania has also adopted. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

OFFSHORE WIND: New York officials are watching the federal delay of an offshore wind project in Massachusetts but are not yet concerned if it will delay their own projects. (Newsday)

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SOLAR:
• Town planners in New Jersey delay consideration of the state’s largest solar array proposed for a Superfund site over concerns about site security. (Asbury Park Press)
• A New Jersey city approves a 20-year contract to build a community solar project on a closed landfill. (Centraljersey.com) 

COMMENTARY:
• Two academics urge New Jersey to determine the net economic value of offshore wind as it moves to develop large amounts of the resource off its shores. (NJ Spotlight)
• An editorial board says a non-binding resolution by a New York county opposing wind turbines on Lake Erie is premature. (Buffalo News)
• A University of Maryland student says Friday’s climate strike is a call to action that will confront the climate crisis at both the local and national levels. (Capital Gazette)

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