Northeast Energy News

Maine regulatory staff back Clean Energy Connect

TRANSMISSION: The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission is recommending approval of a 145-mile transmission line that would import Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Press Herald).

ALSO: Naturalists fear that the proposed power line through the Maine woods would forever change the balance of the remote ecosystems. (WBUR)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
A federal judge in Alaska revoked a Trump administration order that lifted a ban on offshore drilling in 128 million acres in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. (Washington Post)
Lobstermen and environmentalists urge Maine lawmakers to enact a law banning offshore drilling. (Sun Journal)

WIND:
Executives presented plans for three offshore wind projects off Long Island to a receptive audience at a business group. (LIHerald)
• Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says offshore wind is the best way for the state to meet its renewable energy goals, especially if the endangered Millstone nuclear plant closes in a decade. (CT Post)

SOLAR:
Tesla is building a 1.9 MW solar array atop a Maryland landfill. (Frederick News-Post)
A massive network of sensors gives New York grid planners updates at 5-minute intervals of solar power generating conditions. (Times Union)
• Rhode Island is trying to encourage solar projects on brownfields and other difficult to redevelop sites. (Associated Press )
• A state judge upheld a Rhode Island town’s moratorium on solar development challenged by the developer of three projects. (RI Central)
• Planners in a New York town were presented with a 6.9 MW solar project that would be located at a former apple orchard. (Daily Gazette)
• A New Hampshire egg farmer says his new solar array has cut his electricity bill by 90%. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

GRID: A second consultant hired by the New York grid operator presented its findings to a skeptical audience on ways to implement a price on carbon. (RTO Insider)

NATURAL GAS:
A hearing last week raised questions about a company’s plan to drill for natural gas at a Pennsylvania steel mill. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A New Jersey municipal utility wants to spend $2 million to allow a natural gas power plant to also run on fuel oil. (Daily Journal)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Pennsylvania officials told a forum that climate change is posing increased risks to public health and the state’s infrastructure. (Post Gazette)

NUCLEAR: A Pennsylvania House committee has scheduled a slate of hearings starting next week to consider proposed legislation to provide subsidies to the state’s nuclear plants. (York Dispatch)

UTILITIES: The sponsor of a controversial Maryland bill that would give utilities more flexibility in setting rates gave a spirited defense at a committee hearing. (Maryland Matters)

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COMMENTARY: The manager of a Vermont electric cooperative says the electricity sector can help the state meet its emissions goals. (VT Digger)

CORRECTION: An item in Friday’s digest misidentified utility PSE&G.

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