Northeast Energy News

Maine regulators postpone decision on hydropower transmission line

TRANSMISSION:
Maine utility regulators postpone their decision on a controversial transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts until at least March 2019. (Mainebiz)
Developers of a controversial transmission line between Pennsylvania and Maryland delay the project’s start date to November 2020. (Chambersburg Public Opinion)

BIOMASS: New England ratepayers petition FERC to rule against a New Hampshire law that supports the state’s biomass industry, saying the measure is preempted by federal law because it sets rates for wholesale energy sales. (S&P Global)

WIND:
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will host workshops to gather information on the impact of offshore wind development on fisheries, which will be used to aid the design of the state’s upcoming Vineyard Wind project. (Cape Cod Today)
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be taking comments this week on a proposed 15-turbine wind project off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts in order to prepare an environmental impact statement. (East End Beacon)

SOLAR:
Bangor, Maine, will fund a study on the feasibility of installing and operating solar arrays on municipal properties. (Bangor Daily News)
A Rhode Island church installs solar panels as part of a growing trend for religious groups to promote environmental stewardship. (Energy News Network)
A Montreal solar company says its decision to open an office in Burlington, Vermont, was partly due to the state’s favorable renewable energy policies. (VT Digger)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle adoption will have an outsized impact on the electric grid in New England. (Forbes)

EFFICIENCY: The World Trade Center will replace over 13,000 light fixtures with energy efficient LEDs, which is expected to save more than $715,000 in the first year. (Energy Manager Today)

POLICY: Energy industry leaders express disappointment at the Trump administration’s protectionist trade policies at an annual energy conference between New England and Canada. (RTO Insider)

NATURAL GAS: The wife of a utility worker who was killed in a 2017 home explosion in central Pennsylvania files a wrongful death lawsuit against Honeywell International, saying the company’s defective product led to the explosive gas leak.

COMMENTARY:
The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette comes out in favor of a plan to build a hydroelectric plant on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh.
Green groups are hindering the development of much needed natural gas infrastructure by fighting a proposed power plant in northwest Rhode Island, says an editorial in the Providence Journal.

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