Northeast Energy News

Maryland, despite a ban, is fracking’s gateway to the world

NATURAL GAS: While fracking is banned in Maryland, a newly converted $4.4 billion export facility in the state is a gateway to ship natural gas around the world. (Baltimore Sun)

ALSO: A moratorium on new natural gas hookups is having a ripple effect in the suburbs north of New York City. (New York Times)

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• A developer is chosen for a 1.4 MW solar project atop a Manhattan convention center, which will be the largest rooftop array in New York City. (Solar Power World)
• A solar carve-out is included in a Maryland bill to expand the state’s renewable energy standard. (PV Magazine)
• A Maryland county incorporates solar into its master plan, which opens the door to new funding opportunities. (Carroll County Times)
• A Maine nonprofit issues a guide to help communities develop solar power. (news release)
• The pastor of a Massachusetts church that unveiled its new solar array says “we’re thrilled to be no longer dependent on fossil fuel.” (Patriot Ledger)
• A town board in Vermont is juggling two competing offers to build solar projects on town land to save hundreds of thousands on its energy costs. (Rutland Herald)
• A community solar farm broke ground on 22 acres of farmland in the Finger Lakes region of New York. (The Evening Tribune)

• FirstEnergy revealed in a bankruptcy court filing that it would cost $900 million to decommission the beleaguered Beaver Valley nuclear plant. (The Times)
• The memories and the effects of the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown still linger in Pennsylvania. (PennLive)

• A court rules that a Massachusetts town cannot use its wetland ordinance to block a compressor station. (Reuters)
• Consumer advocates question a New Jersey utility’s plan to spend nearly $900 million on new natural gas pipelines to back up existing ones. (NJ Spotlight)
• State siting board officials have scheduled a public hearing for March 27 on a proposed pipeline expansion in western Massachusetts. (

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BIOMASS: A coalition of environmental organizations said biomass is not a clean energy source, so Massachusetts should stop providing assistance. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

David Roberts says New York City, Washington D.C. and Massachusetts are among the national leaders for decarbonizing buildings. (Vox)
• A solar developer fears a “gold rush mentality” has overtaken the community solar movement, endangering its long-term viability. (Greentech Media)

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