Northeast Energy News

Maine regulators sign off on hydropower transmission line

TRANSMISSION: Maine utility regulators unanimously approved a 145-mile transmission line to import Canadian hydropower, saying its benefits outweighed any potential negative impacts. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

ALSO:
• Eversource is continuing its fight to save the Northern Pass transmission line, which would serve the same purpose as the Maine project, as it prepares for oral arguments before the New Hampshire Supreme Court in May. (Boston Globe)
• The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee has rejected an appeal of its approval of a 13-mile transmission project that it says is needed for reliability. (Seacoast Online)
• A public hearing on a proposed power line that would connect Pennsylvania and Maryland will be held in April. (Baltimore Sun)

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WIND: The developer of a proposed wind farm on the shores of Lake Ontario has suspended plans after a five-year battle, leading opponents to believe the project is dead. (Buffalo News)

PIPELINES:
• Delaware and Maryland officials say a Trump administration executive order to expedite natural gas pipeline construction undermines states’ environmental protections. (Delmarva Daily Times)
• It remains unclear whether the order will revive the Constitution pipeline project. (WESA)
• A New Jersey commission is expected to revoke its previous approval of a natural gas pipeline, citing the cancelled power plant that would have been the project’s primary customer. (Asbury Park Press)

NATURAL GAS:
• A Pennsylvania county commissioner says a plan to add a tax on natural gas extraction to fund infrastructure would drive businesses out of his area. (The Herald)
• Vermont’s sole natural gas utility told a legislative committee that bills to limit infrastructure expansion would hurt its effort to provide service to more customers. (VT Digger)

NUCLEAR:
• The owner of the Millstone power plant in Connecticut has filed documents with federal regulators showing its decommissioning fund totals $1.37 billion, about $400 million above the required minimum. (The Day)
• The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced dates for two meetings on the Seabrook plant that will review its safety performance and its relicensing. (Seacoast Online)

SOLAR: A proposed project in western Massachusetts would provide only tax revenue to the host community since Great Barrington has used up all of its clean energy credits. (Berkshire Record)

POLICY:
• Democrats have passed dozens of clean energy bills in the New Hampshire Legislature, but their fates with Republican Gov. Chris Sununu are unknown. (New Hampshire Business Review)
Resolutions promoting a Green New Deal in the Rhode Island General Assembly have gained limited attention. (ecoRI)

HEATING: Massachusetts has renewed funding for a program to replace unsafe and inefficient wood-burning stoves. (WWLP)

EFFICIENCY: New York launches a program to help schools monitor their energy use. (Solar Industry)

MEDIA: Federal regulators reject a news organization’s challenge to the New England Power Pool’s closed-door meeting policy. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: A former director of a Pittsburgh-area business association says proposed fracking at a steel mill will bring economic benefits to its community and the region. (Post Gazette)

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