Northeast Energy News

Maryland officials reject plans for controversial gas pipeline

PIPELINES: A board of Maryland officials votes against an easement for a proposed natural gas pipeline that would have run under the Potomac River in the western part of the state. (Baltimore Sun)

Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce 12 bills to reform the state’s pipeline regulatory process to improve safety. (Daily Local News)
New Jersey’s attorney general asks the federal government to reconsider a ruling allowing developers of the PennEast natural gas pipeline to take possession of properties in eastern New Jersey through the use of eminent domain. (WFMZ)
Some residents in southeast Pennsylvania are fearful about the startup of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline, saying they “have to worry about being blown up.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

A Vermont utility halts plans to expand natural gas service to a town in the central part of the state due to a pending lawsuit. (VTDigger)
A New Jersey utility asks state regulators for approval to increase its energy tariffs by 5 percent due to a 44 percent surge in wholesale natural gas prices this winter. (Smart Energy International)

GRID: Massachusetts energy officials announce that no clean peak resources are providing energy during seasonal peak load hours, which will be used to set the baseline for a new Clean Peak Energy Standard in the state. (State House News Service)

POLITICS: A green group in Maine is hopeful that incoming Gov. Janet Mills will protect the environment and promote renewable energy. (North American Windpower)

WIND: Only 10 percent of beachgoers say their experience would be worsened by wind turbines placed 20 miles offshore, while 17 percent said it would be improved, according to a survey by University of Delaware researchers. (University of Delaware)

New solar co-ops are working to expand solar access in western Pennsylvania. (WESA)
How activists helped turn a shuttered coal plant in central Massachusetts into the largest solar-plus-storage project in the state. (Fast Company)

Employment in the clean energy industry jumped from 12,335 in 2016 to 13,266 in 2018 in four western Massachusetts counties, according to a new report. (The Reminder)
A town in southern Maine sets a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 100 percent by 2050, and 50 percent by 2030.

A caucus of Pennsylvania lawmakers recommends supporting the state’s nuclear power plants, saying their closure “would be a devastating and permanent blow to Pennsylvania’s communities, economy and environment.” (Natural Gas Intelligence)
Federal nuclear energy regulators file a complaint against Holtec International for using newly designed radioactive waste storage casks at Vermont’s shuttered Yankee nuclear plant without prior federal approval. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

POWER PLANTS: A new 940 MW natural gas plant begins operating in southwest Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

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