Northeast Energy News

Maine residents speak out against hydropower transmission line

TRANSMISSION: Dozens of residents urge Maine utility regulators to stop a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts at two public hearings, saying it would harm the environment and create few economic benefits. (The Franklin Journal, Maine Public)

ALSO: In a 45-7 vote, a second small town in Maine decides not to support Central Maine Power’s transmission project. (Bangor Daily News)

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SOLAR:
• Developers complete a 2.3 MW community solar array in central New York, which will provide power to 373 households and a local church. (news release)
• Residents are wary of a proposed solar farm on a capped landfill in southern Massachusetts. (The Herald News)

STORAGE: National Grid installs a solar-plus-storage system in Massachusetts as a test to demonstrate utility operation of storage through the use of flow batteries. (RTO Insider)

EMISSIONS: Boston, New York City and Philadelphia are among 27 cities to reduce emissions at least 10 percent from their peak levels. (E&E News)

EFFICIENCY: Reducing energy consumption will be key to New Jersey’s new energy master plan, which will help the state reach its goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. (NJTV News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Locals share their enthusiasm for electric vehicles at a ride-and-drive event in Maine, where the number of EVs has doubled since 2014. (Portland Press Herald)

OIL & GAS:
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker taps Eversource to repair damaged gas lines owned by Columbia Gas after the latter utility was criticized for its response to a series of home explosions outside Boston. (New York Times)
• Aging energy infrastructure could have contributed to the explosions outside Boston last week, with utilities reporting that thousands of miles of Massachusetts natural gas pipelines are leak-prone and in need of repair. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: Green groups ask Pennsylvania environmental regulators to deny air permit exemptions requested by Shell for a natural gas pipeline system under construction in the state. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

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NUCLEAR: New Jersey’s Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, the oldest operating nuclear plant in the country, is scheduled to retire today. (Asbury Park Press, Register-Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• A pumped storage station in Vermont that “has inhaled river fish of all species and sizes daily for nearly half a century” may not be eligible for a new long-term FERC license, says a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. (VT Digger)
• A series of home explosions outside Boston could dissuade Massachusetts residents from supporting gas pipeline projects, leading to a shortage of natural gas in the state, says a historian and consultant on energy and geopolitics. (Forbes)
• A township outside Pittsburgh votes illogically to remove its pipeline setback ordinance, despite a fiery gas pipeline explosion in the same zip code last week, writes a concerned citizen. (Pittsburgh-Post Gazette)

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