Northeast Energy News

Maine utility hired investigator to tail transmission opponent

TRANSMISSION: Activists accuse Central Maine Power of intimidation after learning that the utility hired a private investigator to follow a transmission line opponent. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO:
• A Maine legislator files an emergency bill to prohibit Hydro-Quebec from spending money to influence the referendum. (Maine Public)
• A planning meeting to consider the company’s zoning request in one town has been postponed until additional information related to the project is submitted. (Sun Journal)

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EFFICIENCY: A Connecticut bill backed by regulators and environmental groups would require homeowners and property managers to disclose energy costs when selling a residence. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• A gas driller pulls out of settlement talks in its $5 million lawsuit against a Pennsylvania anti-fracking activist, who claims the suit is an attempt to silence him. (Sun-Gazette)
• President Trump says his administration will continue to fight New York’s effort to block natural gas pipelines that would connect Pennsylvania to New England. (Times Herald-Record)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Business, labor and environmental groups support New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to streamline permitting for renewable energy projects that has sparked fierce opposition from some local officials. (New York Daily News)
• Massachusetts officials kick off a series of public meetings to describe how the state goal to achieve net-zero energy by 2050 is attainable. (Worcester Telegram)

STORAGE: Energy storage in New York has grown even faster than state officials anticipated when an incentive program was launched two years ago, with the interconnection queue growing from 100 to 1,000 MW. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• The New Hampshire Senate votes to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s third veto of a bill raising the state’s net metering cap; it will now be considered by the House. (InDepthNH)
• A developer of solar and energy efficiency projects geared toward low-income customers obtains a $100 million credit facility from private investors and the Connecticut Green Bank. (Solar Industry)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• An unexpected federal delay of a Massachusetts project last year prompts a lobbying blitz by the offshore wind industry. (E&E News, subscription required)
• A poll sponsored by an offshore wind developer finds a vast majority supports building projects off the Maryland shore with tourists saying the turbines’ presence would not influence their decisions to vacation there. (Maryland Matters)
• International offshore wind developer Orsted could remain the unchallenged leader for several years in part due to its project queue of 2.9 GW in project clusters in the Northeast. (Greentech Media) 

DIVESTMENT: Brown University will sell all of its holdings in fossil fuel companies in its endowment — not because of student pressure, but because they are now bad investments. (ecoRI)

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REGULATION: Delaware officials say 5,000 commercial customers have been overcharged for electricity discovered when regulators conducted a rate review. (Delaware Business Now)

COMMENTARY: A senior leader of the Rhode Island Senate says a bill he is sponsoring will require utilities to submit emergency response plans, which will help prevent a recurrence of a gas outage that affected several communities a year ago. (Providence Journal)

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