Northeast Energy News

‘Major’ gas leak reported as settlement emerges for 2018 explosions

NATURAL GAS:
A “major” gas leak this morning has forced evacuations in the same Massachusetts community where a person was killed in a series of natural gas explosions last year. (Boston Globe)
Lawyers litigating the 2018 incidents have proposed a $143 million settlement, with lump sum payments ranging from $50 to $15,000 would be made to 175,000 residents and businesses in three towns. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The first gas station in the U.S. to completely change over from petroleum products to electric vehicle charging opens in Maryland. (CNBC)

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POWER PLANTS:
• Why did Connecticut and Rhode Island regulators reach different conclusions on the need for two power plants just 20 miles apart? The answer has to do with capacity contracts. (Energy News Network)
• A letter from 26 Connecticut legislators is sent to Gov. Ned Lamont opposing his backing of a gas-fired power plant that they say undermines his executive order to decarbonize the state’s electric grid by 2040. (Norwich Bulletin)
• A coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire that is a flashpoint in New England’s debate about fossil fuels rarely runs due to cheaper energy sources like natural gas. (Concord Monitor)

UTILITIES: A last-ditch effort by opponents of a change in the ownership structure of Vermont utilities fails when state regulators deny a stay on their order to approve the move last week. (VT Digger)

SOLAR:
• A county executive in a Washington D.C. suburb will introduce a law to require solar panels on new single family homes and possibly some multi-family or commercial construction. (Washington Post)
• Hundreds of applications are made in New Jersey to a program to develop 650 MW of community solar projects. (NJ Spotlight)

NUCLEAR: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sues federal regulators who approved the sale of the closed Pilgrim nuclear power plant to a company that promises a speedy decommissioning. (Boston Globe)

OFFSHORE WIND: Developers tell a conference that a supply chain to support offshore wind in the Northeast is being built with contracts with manufacturers and component assemblers either signed or under negotiations. (WorkBoat)

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ACTIVISM:
Protesters opposed to additional pipelines greet New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy at a town hall where he touts his environmental record. (NJ.com)
• Protestors who shut down streets in Washington D.C. to bring attention to the climate crisis say they will again block traffic today. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says New York’s “war on pipelines” produces perverse results including dangerous truck transport of compressed natural gas and denial of service to new customers. (New York Post)
• A New York state senator who co-sponsored a bill to increase incentives for existing renewable energy resources should be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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