Northeast Energy News

Maine transmission line saw unprecedented advertising spending

TRANSMISSION: Proponents and opponents of a transmission line in Maine spent at least $1.8 million on advertising since late last year. (Bangor Daily News)

PIPELINES: Suburban Philadelphia residents fear the Mariner East pipeline now under construction creates a catastrophic risk similar to a construction explosion in western Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia Magazine)

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OIL & GAS:
The Philadelphia refinery closed by a recent explosion will pay its workers until the end of August while the owner contemplates the future of the facility. (WHYY)
Analysts say the refinery is unlikely to find a buyer willing to invest in its repairs and needed upgrades. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Officials fear the explosion and its aftermath has polluted waterways that feed into an aquifer that supplies southern New Jersey. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
Massachusetts legislators will hold a hearing today on GreenWorks, the $1 billion proposal to help communities develop renewable energy over the next decade. (Associated Press)
Advocates expect New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to veto an increase in the state’s renewable portfolio standard after he nixed a rise in the net-metering cap. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: New York City homeowners are starting to embrace solar power but must contend with obstacles like an abundance of less-than-ideal flat roofs. (New York Times)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators will hold hearings to keep communities nationally informed about decommissioning of local nuclear plants, including near Indian Point, Oyster Creek and Pilgrim. (Lohud.com) 

ENERGY COSTS: A national study of energy pricing trends says Connecticut has reclaimed the unenviable spot of having the most expensive energy costs in the nation. (Journal Inquirer)

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EFFICIENCY:
A bill has been filed in Massachusetts to set energy efficiency performance standards for all buildings 15,000 square feet or larger regardless of age. (MetroWest Daily News)
A $10 million welcome center at Millersville University is the first building in Pennsylvania to be certified net-zero energy by an international institute. (StateImpact Pensylvania)

COMMENTARY:
An electricity supply association says a move in Massachusetts to end retail customer choice will ultimately hurt the consumers it is intended to protect. (CommonWealth Magazine)
A columnist says clean energy laws passed in the recent legislative session reasserts Maine’s claim as a founder of the modern environmental movement. (Bangor Daily News)
The chair of Sustainable Woodstock in Vermont says the climate crisis is nearing “panic time.” (VT Digger)
A Pennsylvania environmental group for the first time takes a stand against natural gas development as an unsustainable response to climate change. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

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