Northeast Energy News

Maryland lawmakers pass resurrected clean energy bill

NUCLEAR: Supporters and opponents of a nuclear subsidy bill in Pennsylvania squared off in a legislative hearing on Monday, with former Gov. Tom Ridge citing national security concerns. (The Times, Post Gazette)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Maryland lawmakers passed an increase in the renewable energy requirement to 50 percent by 2030 on the last day of the legislative session. (Baltimore Sun)
• Experts say Massachusetts’ policies to fight climate change have been a net economic gain. (Voice of America)

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GRID: New England’s grid operator is considering a new market mechanism to improve energy security. (Utility Dive)

ENERGY STORAGE: Eversource will install a 25 MW battery on Cape Cod to avoid building a 13 mile transmission line. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: A Maine homeowner says changing zoning to accommodate a solar project will hurt property values in the community around it. (Morning Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
• President Trump is poised on Wednesday to issue an executive order intended to curtail state oversight of pipelines through enforcement of the Clean Water Act. (Bloomberg)
• A pipeline in upstate New York that National Grid says is needed to improve reliability has encountered opposition from environmentalists. (Times Union)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire biomass plants have gone to the state’s Supreme Court to compel the Public Utilities Commission to enforce a new law that requires utilities to purchase their energy output. (NHPR)

POLICY: A new report facilitated by Royal Dutch Shell envisions different scenarios of Pennsylvania’s energy future. (Post Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A think tank writes that a Vermont move to increase the tax on home heating oil to fund low-income weatherization programs will hurt the same people it is trying to help. (VT Digger)
• A former editor in Maine says the state laid the groundwork for its current controversy over imported electricity when it decided to dismantle an extensive system of small hydropower dams to protect fish populations. (The Forecaster)
• A columnist says the Green New Deal mistakenly ignores nuclear power as a way to come close to achieving any of is goals. (Star-Ledger)

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