Northeast Energy News

Maryland rejects solar project proposed by Georgetown

SOLAR: Maryland environmental officials denied permits for two major solar projects, including one sponsored by Georgetown University that would have cleared hundreds of acres of forestland. (Baltimore Sun)

ALSO:
Massachusetts solar advocates are proposing a new energy justice rate as a means to improve low-income residents’ access to community solar projects. (Energy News Network)
Homeowners’ insurers are filing lawsuits against Tesla alleging unsafe solar panels, following a similar complaint by owners of large-scale systems at Walmart and Amazon. (Bloomberg)
New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is conducting an audit of the state’s high-tech development programs, including the state’s $750 million assistance to lure a Tesla solar panel manufacturing plant to Buffalo. (New York Post)
A New York farmer is proposing an on-site brewery and solar array despite a town moratorium on ground-mounted solar developments. (Post-Star)
• A New Hampshire high school now has the largest roof-mounted solar array in the state. (Fosters.com)

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OIL & GAS: The former CEO of a Philadelphia oil refinery closed after a June explosion and fire has joined an effort to buy the plant and convert it into a renewable fuel producer. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:  
Long Island business and labor groups are asking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve a pipeline that a local utility says is needed to end a moratorium on new natural gas service hookups. (Newsday)
National Fuel asked federal regulators to issue an order overturning New York’s denial of a pipeline permit, hoping the move would prevent it from returning to court. (Buffalo News)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Five East Coast governors urge the Trump administration to remove delays that they say threaten the development of offshore wind. (Hartford Courant)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he is confident Vineyard Wind will eventually be approved by federal regulators, and is not concerned by President Trump’s comments deriding the technology. (SouthCoastToday)

EMISSIONS: Federal officials are poised to roll back regulations on methane emissions, which would no longer require inspections  for leaks at wells and pipelines. (New York Times)

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REGULATION: An energy center at the University of Pennsylvania will give this year’s Carnot Prize to outgoing former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Cheryl LaFleur. (Hydro Review)

COMMENTARY:
• A New Jersey legislator and union officials says wind power is the future and the state is ready to welcome the industry. (NJ.com)
• A renewable energy company executive says renewable natural gas created from biowastes is overlooked as a clean energy resource. (Utility Dive)

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