Northeast Energy News

Maryland court: State has final say on wind, solar siting

RENEWABLES:
• Maryland’s highest court rules that state utility regulators, not local governments, have the final say on solar and wind project siting. (Baltimore Sun)
• A Maine town board considers a moratorium on energy permitting and development as it considers whether to consolidate its ordinances. (Sun Journal)

POLICY: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a landmark climate bill Thursday, when he is also expected to announce the winner of an offshore wind procurement. (Albany Times Union, Crain’s New York)

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WIND:
• Vineyard Wind will appeal a local conservation board’s decision to deny a permit for two underground cables for its planned wind farm off of Martha’s Vineyard. (Martha’s Vineyard Times)
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the federal government has provided a “fair amount of guidance” with the state about its decision to delay a key permit for the Vineyard Wind project. (South Coast Today)
• The governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts discuss the potential of a joint, three-state bid to purchase offshore wind power. (CT Mirror)

SOLAR:
• Developers announce plans for two Rhode Island community solar projects that represent a combined 19.1 megawatts of capacity. (Solar Industry)
• “I wouldn’t want it in my backyard.” Local officials in a Maryland town debate regulations and tax breaks for solar arrays. (Hagerstown Herald-Mail)
• A solar company under investigation by Vermont regulators asks for a new hearing officer because of his past work representing the utilities commission. (Rutland Herald)
• Pennsylvania climate activists rally in Coatesville calling on Philadelphia Electric Co. to commit to at least 20% solar power by 2025. (Public News Service)
• A Bel Air, Maryland, church celebrates a ribbon cutting for a new 235 kilowatt solar array that will meet all of its electricity needs. (Baltimore Sun)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The number of electric vehicles registered in Connecticut surpasses the 10,000 mark thanks in part to a state rebate program. (Republican-American)
• A Pennsylvania company installs a wireless “inductive” charging station to help power Chattanooga, Tennessee’s electric bus fleet. (Energy News Network)
• Vermont lawmakers and the state’s largest utility boost efforts to promote electric vehicles and reduced greenhouse gases. (Daily Energy Insider) 

COAL: The Sierra Club threatens to sue the owners of a coal-fired power plant near Pittsburgh for releasing water that is too hot into the Allegheny River. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NUCLEAR: The Three Mile Island Unit 1 nuclear reactor, set to close by Sept. 30, will take nearly 60 years and $1.2 billion to decommission. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania county wants state regulators to mandate annual public safety and awareness meetings by pipeline operators in local communities. (The Sentinel)

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UTILITIES: A hearing on Central Maine Power rates draws mostly unhappy customers, including some who want it replaced by a consumer-owned utility. (Bangor Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• Environmental advocates question why Connecticut approved a new natural gas power plant when it should be moving to renewables. (Hartford Courant)
• A New Hampshire lawmaker says increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standard would yield many economic benefits. (New Hampshire Business Review)

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