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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SOLAR:
• 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)

NUCLEAR:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
• 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. (Masslive.com)

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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)

COMMENTARY:
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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