Northeast Energy News

Maryland law to make it easier to sue for offshore oil spills

OIL AND GAS: The Maryland General Assembly on Monday approved proposed legislation making it easier to bring lawsuits against companies who cause offshore oil spills. (Baltimore Sun)

Pennsylvania’s attorney general is asking a federal bankruptcy court to holdoff approving a bankruptcy deal for Philadelphia Energy Solutions – citing $3.8 million in back taxes the company owes the state. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
More and more northeastern states are passing laws making offshore drilling difficult – a counter move against the Trump administration plan to allow oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic coast (Associated Press)

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WIND: A pilot offshore 24-megawatt wind farm project in Atlantic City – rejected twice by the Christie administration – may finally get built under a proposed clean energy bill being considered in the New Jersey legislature. (NJ Spotlight)

• Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Monday unveiled two climate change bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy. (Connecticut Post)
• A proposed bill in Rhode Island enforcing the state’s carbon emissions reduction goals has brought out both detractors and supporters. (ecoRI news)
• Keene, New Hampshire exceeded its goal of reducing greenhouse emissions, however, a community-wide effort fell short. (

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A majority of voters in swing states, like Pennsylvania, support state policies mandating 100 percent renewable energy for electricity needs, according to a study. (The Hill)

• A solar developer has agreed to a vegetation buffer zone that would screen its Bennington, Vermont solar project from nearby businesses. (Bennington Banner)
An advocacy group will host a series of public meetings on community solar in Maine. (Sun Journal)

BIOMASS: Maine utility regulators want a biomass company to return a portion of its $1 million state subsidy for not meeting the conditions associated with receiving the money. (Maine Public)

REGULATION: Federal regulators have approved renewable generation as part of ISO-New England’s auction process. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

UTILITIES: Federal regulators agree that corporate tax cuts approved by Congress last year should be passed on to ratepayers – essentially backing a coalition of states fighting to ensure that happens. (

• Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would fine drivers of non-electric cars for parking at charging stations. (News 12)
• Baltimore Gas and Electric will has secured two battery-electric buses to shuttle employees between its office locations. (NGT News)

• New York lawmakers should reject a bill prohibiting state funding for wind energy projects near a military reservation because it would hamper the state from achieving its clear energy goals, say two analysts. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s climate change and clean energy plan is narrow and his actual accomplishments to date are minimal, says a co-director of advocacy group. (

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