Northeast Energy News

Maine utility says competitor trying to thwart transmission line

TRANSMISSION: Central Maine Power alleges in a federal complaint that a competing utility is delaying projects that would be needed to connect a proposed power line from Canada. (Bangor Daily News) 

CLIMATE:
• A climate report by New Jersey environmental officials says the state must make massive cuts in fossil fuel use within the next several years to meet its mid-century emissions goals. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Rhode Island researcher says climate change will have a disproportionate effect on the poorest and most vulnerable residents. (ecoRI)
• The Cape Cod Commission says all towns on the Massachusetts peninsula need a climate action plan in anticipation of increasing risks of weather-related disasters. (Cape Cod Times)
• A conservation organization says Maryland legislators failed to address climate and emissions proposals in the pandemic-shortened session. (Maryland Matters) 

OFFSHORE WIND: Offshore wind advocates are concerned the federal agency tasked with permitting projects is underfunded and understaffed, causing further delays in moving projects forward. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: An environmental group charges county officials in Delaware are illegally excluding public input on the siting of proposed anaerobic digesters. (WMDT)

UTILITIES:
• Two years after a winter cold snap left an island in Rhode Island without gas, National Grid presents alternatives to address fuel shortages statewide. (UpriseRI)
• Two utilities and the State University of New York are developing a tool to develop better predictions for storm-related outages. (Albany Times Union)

GRID: Federal regulators approve restarting the capacity market in PJM next year but a dissenting member says the new rules will still undermine the competitive position of renewable resources. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: A solar farm at a municipal sewer authority site is halted as residents object to losing a popular recreation area. (Buffalo Business First)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania regulators fine a landfill $59,000 for faulty record keeping and allowing leaks of fracking waste. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

HEATING: A Vermont law requiring oil tank inspections by this summer leaves hundreds of homeowners scrambling to replace faulty tanks before winter sets in. (VT Digger)

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