Northeast Energy News

Maine utility offers more incentives in exchange for transmission line

TRANSMISSION: The developers of a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts offer new incentives to sway environmental advocates in Maine, including $15 million for an electric vehicle charging network and $200 million to improve interconnections for clean energy projects. (Maine Public Radio)

WIND: The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission criticizes two of his Democratic colleagues for publicly tweeting that they were disappointed the agency failed to address a request by Vineyard Wind to halt New England’s annual power capacity auction. (Bloomberg)

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SOLAR:
• A New York senator is demanding answers from Tesla after former employees detailed grim conditions at the Gigafactory II plant in Buffalo, where the company’s solar roofs are manufactured. (WIVB)
• City officials give master plan approval to two proposed solar farms outside Providence, Rhode Island. (Providence Journal)
• A former New Jersey CEO could face at least 10-years in prison for taking more than $485,000 from a private school, church and homeowner in exchange for solar systems he never installed. (WOBM)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court says New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation failed to provide evidence to support a ruling that ultimately blocked the construction of a 97-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania through western New York. (The Buffalo News)
• Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban new oil and natural gas pipelines. (VT Digger)
• A county outside Philadelphia votes to intervene in a lawsuit filed by seven residents against Sunoco over alleged risks associated with its Mariner East natural gas pipeline. (Daily Times)

CLIMATE: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urges a congressional committee in Washington to support federal emissions targets and fund research on climate change. (MassLive)

EFFICIENCY:
• Energy efficient lights and solar power will cause residential electricity use to decrease on Long Island in the next five years, according to utility officials. (WCBS 880)
• A Long Island environmental group wants businesses that receive tax breaks to publicly disclose how much energy their buildings use. (Newsday)

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NUCLEAR: Nuclear power supporters gather at the Pennsylvania capitol to voice support for legislation that would subsidize the state’s struggling nuclear plants. (The Morning Call)

COMMENTARY:
• New York should have joined a major regional transportation effort that is working to reduce carbon pollution from transportation, says the state director of the Nature Conservancy. (Crain’s New York Business)
• The results of an annual Northeast power capacity auction show that a controversial natural gas and diesel power plant proposed in northwest Rhode Island isn’t needed, says the president of the Environment Council of Rhode Island. (Uprise RI)

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