Northeast Energy News

Maine regulators delay decision on hydropower transmission line

TRANSMISSION: Maine utility regulators delay a decision on a controversial hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts, saying more time is needed to review thousands of pages of information submitted in the case. (Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel)

EFFICIENCY: A judge rejects claims that Connecticut officials illegally took funds from energy efficiency and clean-power programs to balance the state’s budget, saying the practice wasn’t explicitly forbidden. (Stamford Advocate)

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• The veto of a net metering bill has put solar projects on hold in New Hampshire. (Concord Monitor)
• A 110 kW solar project that uses “virtual net metering” to help low-income residents with their electric bills is dedicated at a ceremony in eastern Vermont. (Brattleboro Reformer)
• The Energy Department gives Philadelphia $1.25 million federal grant to fund solar training education programs. (Associated Press)
• A New York town places a second, temporary moratorium on solar facilities, this time for larger projects only. (The Recorder)

A major Massachusetts fishing port is preparing to become the launching point for the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farm. (WGBH)
The University of Delaware launches one of the first programs for offshore wind skills training in the country. (news release)

• Local opposition to Sunoco’s Mariner East natural gas pipeline is pushing a conservative region of Pennsylvania to the left. (The New Yorker)
• Construction on Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipelines are sparking concerns about underground earth movement, or “subsidence,” in eastern Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Associated Press)
• A green group says a $1 billion natural gas pipeline project proposed off the coast of New York could pose dangers to Staten Island. (Staten Island Advance)

NATURAL GAS: Columbia Gas says it will miss a Nov. 19 deadline to restore gas service to customers outside Boston, where a series of explosions destroyed homes and killed a teenager last month. (Associated Press)

POLICY: More than $23 million in federal funding will be available to Rhode Island families and seniors this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. (Associated Press)

New York’s climate change lawsuit against Exxon Mobil is “misguided and unwise,” says a law professor at New York University. (Forbes)
New Jersey’s moves to embrace renewable energy are helping it become cleaner, healthier and more innovative, says a state lawmaker and physicist. (NJ Spotlight)

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