Northeast Energy News

Maine to provide over $5 million in electric vehicle subsidies

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine will use settlement money from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal to provide $5.1 million in subsidies to promote electric vehicle adoption and add at least 50 charging stations. (Central Maine)

SOLAR:
• The Maine Legislature repeals a controversial “gross metering” policy that imposed additional fees on solar installations. (Solar Industry)
• Developers announce plans to build a 745 kilowattpeak community solar array in eastern Vermont on a 28-acre brownfield property that was formerly used as a sawmill and lumber treatment facility. (news release)

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OFFSHORE WIND: A federal fisheries office says an environmental assessment for the proposed Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts lacks sufficient detail. (Cape Cod Times)

TRANSMISSION:
• A bipartisan group of Maine legislators introduces a bill that would require majority support from residents of communities hosting large-scale transmission projects. (Maine Public Radio)
• The New Hampshire Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear arguments about the denial of the Northern Pass transmission project (NHPR)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The New York Senate unanimously passes a bill that bans the construction of a trash-burning facility in the Finger Lakes region. (Olean Times Herald)

OIL & GAS:
• Vermont lawmakers approve a two cent per gallon tax hike on heating fuel to increase funding for low-income home weatherization. (VTDigger)
• Pittsburgh residents fear that a new $6 billion ethane plant and other petrochemical facilities will bring more pollution to the area. (Yale Environment 360)
• Demonstrators say tourism on the Jersey Shore would be devastated by seismic testing that could be a precursor to offshore drilling. (Press of Atlantic City)

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PIPELINES:
• Sunoco reveals that its Mariner East 2x gas pipeline across Pennsylvania will have a higher operating pressure than previously reported, sparking new safety concerns among pipeline opponents. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A coalition of over 200 groups opposing an underwater natural gas pipeline in New York Harbor says the project will set back the recent revitalization of marine life. (amNewYork)

COMMENTARY:
• Community choice aggregation would help Maryland combat climate change by giving local governments more control over the fuel sources that power their electricity, according to two elected officials. (Washington Post)
• Connecticut should eliminate a law that would force citizens to pay for a new natural gas pipeline, says an editorial in the The Litchfield County Times.
• Higher taxes and more regulations on natural gas in Pennsylvania could jeopardize the entire U.S. electric power system, says a principal at JTC Energy Research Associates. (Forbes)

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