Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts admits compressor permit issued with incomplete data

PIPELINES: Massachusetts officials admitted that an air quality permit for a proposed compressor station was issued based on incomplete data, and that they waited until the day before a final hearing on the project before releasing the information. (State House News Service)

ALSO: Opponents of a natural gas pipeline in upstate New York are using the same arguments that helped deny a permit for an undersea pipeline in New York Harbor. (Times Union)

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• Environmental justice advocates say a Massachusetts program has failed to extend solar power access to low-income communities. (Energy News Network)
• New Hampshire legislators quintupled the state’s net metering cap in legislation that passed with a veto-proof majority. (Utility Dive)

HYDROPOWER: Quebec Premier Francois Legault is on a trade mission to New York City and Washington, D.C. to promote hydropower from the province as the “battery of North America.” (CBC)

NUCLEAR: With less than two weeks until its final shutdown, the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts was closed by a pump failure. (Cape Cod Times)

NATURAL GAS: A study at a western Pennsylvania school campus says there were no health risks found associated with nearby gas drilling. (Observer-Reporter)

POWER PLANTS: A Rhode Island town fighting a proposed natural gas plant argued it is unneeded in the last filing it made before a state siting board. (UpriseRI)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a power line proposed for the Pennsylvania-Maryland border challenged a cost estimate by PJM that says an alternative is too expensive. (RTO Insider)

WIND: Cables connected to the offshore wind farm off Block Island in Rhode Island will be buried to their proper depth after they became briefly exposed last summer. (Cape Cod Times)

TRANSPORTATION: Pennsylvania expanded its network of alternative fuel corridors by 500 miles with grants to expand compressed natural gas and electric vehicle charging stations. (BCTV)

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CLIMATE CHANGE: A sign program in Maine coastal cities is highlighting high water marks set during extreme conditions to identify the effects of climate change. (The Forecaster)

• An environmentalist says if Pennsylvania is to meet its commitments from joining a multi-state climate alliance it must take decisive action, including more tightly regulating methane emissions. (Lehigh Valley Live)
• An editorial board has endorsed a Maine Climate Council, saying it is not executive overreach but a necessary way for branches of government to work together. (Press Herald)
• A financial commentator says Pennsylvania is making a costly climate mistake if it balks at providing assistance to its nuclear fleet. (The Motley Fool)

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