Northeast Energy News

Maine transmission opponents try new referendum tactic

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a Maine transmission line corridor propose a new referendum that would require legislative supermajorities for similar projects. (Maine Public)

EMISSIONS:
A new study incorporating updated reporting methods says New York greenhouse gas emissions were virtually unchanged from 1990 to 2015. (RTO Insider, subscription required)
New Jersey’s Public Service Enterprise Group is one of the five largest utilities to commit to zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Greentech Media)

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CLIMATE:
More than 100 businesses and organizations in a letter urge the Maine Climate Council to develop an aggressive strategy to confront climate change. (MaineBiz)
Two Maine cities draft a joint climate action plan that includes a proposal to have all new buildings powered by renewable energy within 12 years. (Portland Press Herald)
Proposed updated science education standards in Pennsylvania would acknowledge climate change for the first time. (WITF)

SOLAR:
• The new owner of a Maine ski resort proposes a 30-acre solar array as part of an overall revitalization of a facility that has lost money since its inception. (Sun Journal)
• A New York town tables a proposed moratorium on solar development on concerns over the measure’s language. (RiverheadLocal)
• A Connecticut farmer gets intervenor status for review of a proposed solar array that she says does not adequately address environmental concerns. (Record Journal)

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CLEAN ENERGY: New Hampshire senate Republicans sustain all of Gov. Chris Sununu’s vetoes, including several related to clean energy expansion. (InDepthNH)

COMMENTARY:
• The director of Renewable Energy Vermont says more renewable resources would help improve electric system resilience in the wake of extreme weather events. (Brattleboro Reformer)
• An editorial board says a Pennsylvania bill to create a tax credit for investors in renewable energy is a thinly disguised attempt to kill solar and wind development in the state. (Citizens’ Voice)
• An energy attorney says public pressure and litigation may force federal regulators to reevaluate how they approve natural gas pipelines. (Utility Dive)

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