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)

ALSO:
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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)
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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)

CLIMATE:
• 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. (SentinelSource.com)

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)

SOLAR:
• A solar developer has agreed to a vegetation buffer zone that would screen its Bennington, Vermont solar project from nearby businesses. (Bennington Banner)
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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. (MassLive.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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)
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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. (LoHud.com)

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