Northeast Energy News

Maryland to receive $6 million from Fiat Chrysler settlement

EMISSIONS: Maryland will put part of a $6 million settlement over Fiat Chrysler’s alleged diesel emissions test cheating toward electric school buses. (Baltimore Sun)

ALSO:
Bills seeking to put a price on carbon emissions from transportation are gaining momentum in Massachusetts. (Energy News Network)
More than 80 Massachusetts lawmakers sign a “New Year’s resolution” to support legislation calling for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (State House News Service)

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OIL & GAS:
A judge rules that Pennsylvania regulators unlawfully issued air-quality permits to Sunoco for a natural gas liquids plant outside Philadelphia. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Plans move forward for a controversial natural gas compressor station south of Boston, but the blowback may prevent developers from getting approvals for future natural gas expansion projects. (Boston Globe)
Opponents criticize a newly released study that concluded the Massachusetts compressor station posed no health risks, despite finding elevated levels of benzene and formaldehyde in the air. (NBC Boston)

PIPELINES: Vermont regulators order the owner of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline to prove that a professional engineer signed off on construction plans. (VT Digger)

POWER PLANTS:
A New Jersey utility sells two shuttered coal plants to a Chicago developer that plans to convert them into industrial parks. (NJ Spotlight)
Attorneys cross-examine Invenergy‘s expert witness about whether New England needs a proposed natural gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island. (Uprise RI)

HYDRO: Massachusetts and Delaware companies are among 12 recipients to share $25 million in federal funding to promote next-generation marine energy projects. (news release)

RENEWABLES: Yale University launches an online certificate program to train professionals on how to finance and deploy clean energy projects. (Yale)

SOLAR: A solar developer will install a 304 kW community solar project in Staten Island, New York. (news release)

WIND:
Recreational fishermen who fish near Rhode Island’s Block Island wind farm generally perceive the five turbines positively, while commercial fishermen see them as mostly negative, according to a recent survey. (ecoRI News)
The Danish turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind selects Boston for its U.S. headquarters. (Boston Globe)

COMMENTARY:
Solar energy paired with battery storage is poised to be a clean, reliable power source for Massachusetts businesses, says the CEO of Enel X North America. (Boston Business Journal)
If states continue to oppose offshore drilling and seismic testing, they will lose hundreds of millions in royalties and tax revenues each year, says a former EPA assistant administrator. (InsideSources)

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