Northeast Energy News

Maine utility CEO: ‘Everyone should put solar panels on their roof’ (if they want)

SOLAR: The new CEO of Maine’s largest utility says “everyone should put solar panels on their roof if that’s what they want to do.” (Maine Public)

ALSO:
• Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “pocket vetoes” a bill that would have raised the state’s solar standard, meaning the legislature cannot override it. (PV Magazine)
• Connecticut is the #2 state in the country for PACE funding for commercial solar development. (PV Magazine)
• A grassroots effort on Cape Cod urges business and residents to adopt solar panels to fight high energy bills. (Cape Cod Times)

POLLUTION: New York and Connecticut are are suing the EPA for failing to crack down on power plant emissions from upwind states. (The Hill)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Maryland’s attorney general provides a handwritten waiver to a Trump administration official during a meeting regarding the president’s plan for offshore drilling along the northeast coastline. (Huffington Post)
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The General Assembly in Rhode Island has introduced legislation that would make it harder to approve offshore drilling projects. (ecoRI news)

NATURAL GAS:
• New England’s grid operator says growing demand for natural gas is raising reliability concerns in the region. (New Haven Register)
• Developers of a proposed Rhode Island power plant withhold a tax payment, saying local officials are using the money to oppose the project. (Providence Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline rejected by New York officials appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Kallanish Energy)
• A religious order of nuns in Pennsylvania will get a second chance in federal court to argue that building a pipeline on their property violates their religious freedom (Lancaster Online)
A gas transmission company is seeking federal approval to build and operate a pipeline that will move natural gas from northern Pennsylvania to Ohio. (Times Reporter)

NUCLEAR:
• A New Jersey utility continues to pursue a rate increase to support its nuclear plants despite an expected federal tax windfall. (NorthJersey.com)
More comments were filed this week over the future of the Millstone nuclear plant in Connecticut. (Litchfield County Times)

TRANSMISSION:
• Officials in a Maryland county have introduced a resolution to stop the development of a new transmission line, saying it isn’t needed and crosses conservation lands. (Baltimore Sun)
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A group opposed to the power line project, which also includes part of Pennsylvania, has started a letter-writing campaign aimed at the state’s utility commission. (Chambersburg Public Opinion)

GRID: How energy storage could help address high demand during the tourist season on Nantucket Island. (Utility Dive)

ADVOCACY: Residents in 30 Vermont towns are pushing to have climate change added to town meeting agendas. (The Commons)

COMMENTARY:
• A Maryland legislator says proposed wind farms off the coast of Ocean City will change the landscape of the state permanently and in the long run hurt tourism, residents, and wildlife. (Delmarva Daily Times)
• A Delaware advocate says residents need to make their voices heard in opposition of the Trump administration’s plans to allow offshore drilling along the Atlantic coast. (Delaware State News)
• Building more natural gas pipelines is not the answer to New Jersey’s recent cold snap, rather, investing in renewable energy would be better, says the leader of a conservation group. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Maine newspaper urges President Trump to push for cleaner energy rather than “playing games with offshore drilling.” (Bangor Daily News)

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