Northeast Energy News

Mariner East pipeline problems focus of Pennsylvania hearing

PIPELINES: A joint state Senate hearing in Pennsylvania about pipeline safety ended up focusing mostly on the embattled Mariner East pipeline project. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

• Canton, Connecticut officials are considering a proposal to place solar rooftops on two school buildings, which would provide as much as 26 percent of the buildings’ electricity. (Hartford Courant)
Town officials and residents of Brandon, Vermont are concerned about a lack of screening and other issues associated with a proposed 2.2-megawatt solar project. (Rutland Herald)
A water treatment plant in Peters Township, Pennsylvania has received $318,461 in state funding to install a solar array on two acres that will generate approximately 540,127 kilowatt hours of electricity. (Herald-Mail Media)

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• A federal bill making its way through Congress would compensate all cities and town across the country, such as Wiscasett, Maine, for the long-term storage of nuclear waste inside town boundaries. (Coastal Journal)
• A federal nuclear regulator says some nuclear plants “are not economic” but that the problems affecting the sector differ from region to region. (Washington Examiner)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Local business leaders, activists and elected officials gathered at a renewable energy summit in Berkshire County, Massachusetts to discuss how the county can move toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. (

CARBON EMISSIONS: Nine states, including a handful in the Northeast, continue to pursue carbon pricing legislation. (Governing)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: As part of its ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, Medford, Massachusetts officials are considering purchasing electric vehicle charging stations and starting a campaign to solarize homes and businesses. (Wicked Local)

• New Haven, Connecticut officials have passed an ordinance that prohibits the acquisition, storage, and sale of natural gas or oil waste associated with fracking. (New Haven Independent)
An ordinance to ban the storage of fracking waste in Norwalk, Connecticut will get a public hearing next month. (

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two bus systems in Maine are considering applying jointly for state and federal grant money to replace their diesel buses with electric ones. (Press Herald)

• The Trump administration’s cuts to renewable energy and climate research will harm Maine, say two ecologists. (Bangor Daily News)
The passage of an omnibus Senate energy bill in Massachusetts could be a  gamechanger in addressing climate change while at the same time creating jobs, says a state senator. (
A Press of Atlantic City editorial says ratepayers would be on the hook for subsidy bills being considered by the New Jersey legislature.

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