Northeast Energy News

Maine transmission could be on the ballot this fall

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a Maine transmission line submit enough signatures to force a statewide ballot referendum in the fall; project developers say the natural gas industry is driving the opposition. (Maine Public)

OFFSHORE WIND: Massachusetts’ energy head says the timetable to complete federal review of the Vineyard Wind offshore project has been pushed back from this spring to the end of the year. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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• Advocates praise Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s response to climate change but are troubled by his embrace of an emerging petrochemical industry made possible by the state’s shale gas reserves. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Wolf says he will veto a tax incentive for petrochemical plants expected to pass the state Senate this week. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• Sunoco, along with several others, file formal objections to the bankruptcy sale of a closed Philadelphia refinery to a redevelopment company. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

CLEAN ENERGY: A conflict between a municipal gas utility and an advocacy group imperils a $275,000 clean energy grant* in a Massachusetts city that the entities would share. (

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Vermont car dealer finds an apparent loophole in the state’s new electric vehicle incentives that offers current EV owners an upgrade, which does not necessarily lead to more vehicles in the state. (VT Digger)

• The first community solar project in New York’s Adirondack Park on a site once considered for a Walmart will go online soon. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise)
• An advanced manufacturing center in Buffalo receives proposals to convert to solar energy, build a microgrid and include clean energy worker training. (Buffalo News)

STORAGE: Two New York utilities explain lessons learned as they embark on the state’s aggressive requirement to include prescribed amounts of energy storage in the next few years. (Utility Dive)

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MICROGRIDS: New Jersey regulators approve a microgrid feasibility study that includes a transportation component. (Daily Energy Insider)

• Environmentalists say Pennsylvania is taking meaningful steps to join its neighbors to confront climate change. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• A petroleum organization says Pennsylvania’s shale gas reserves ushered in an energy revolution that helps make the U.S. the world’s largest energy producer. (
• A former regulatory staff attorney in Vermont says the Transportation Climate Initiative has built-in flexibility that would minimize the effects of higher gas prices on the state’s lower income residents. (VT Digger)

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