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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SOLAR:
• 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)

WIND:
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)

PIPELINES:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
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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