Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts bill would allow fossil fuel divestment

DIVESTMENT: Massachusetts legislators consider a bill that would make it easier for local retirement systems to divest from fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Developers begin clearing land for an $86 million natural gas pipeline expansion between northwest Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio. (Star Beacon)
• A subcontractor working on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline sends letters to landowners threatening to place liens on their properties if it is not paid for work by the main contractor. (Lancaster Online)

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UTILITIES:
• A western Canadian firm agrees to buy Bangor-based Emera Maine for $959 million. (Associated Press)
• Grassroots efforts are intensifying in support of a Maine legislator’s proposal for a state takeover of two investor-owned utilities. (The Times Record)
• The New York Power Authority is aiming to become the nation’s first fully digitized utility. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: A town in central Maine votes to rescind its support for a controversial transmission project that would carry Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Bangor Daily News)

NUCLEAR: An anti-nuclear advocacy group blasts the nuclear industry for misleading and misinforming the public about the partial meltdown at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear plant in 1979. (The Patriot-News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: University of Maine trustees approve spending $5.7 million to advance a plan to convert the school’s campuses to 100 percent renewable energy (Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel)

SOLAR:
• A Rhode Island town passes its first solar ordinance, but some fear it will be an impediment to homeowners. (The Westerly Sun)
• The New Hampshire Legislature takes up a net metering bill this week that must overcome opposition from Gov. Chris Sununu. (NHPR)

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EFFICIENCY: National Grid customers in Rhode Island took advantage of $87 million in energy efficiency incentives in 2018. (WPRI)

COMMENTARY:
• A bailout sought by Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry would unfairly raise electricity rates and benefit corporations already making millions in profits, says the state director of AARP Pennsylvania. (Delaware County Daily Times)
• Nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania cannot be allowed to close if decarbonizing the energy sector is the ultimate goal, says the climate director of Third Way. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Pennsylvania has the technology and public support to transition to 100 percent renewable energy, but it still needs the political will to do so, says a climate activist and Pennsylvania State University professor. (The Patriot-News)
• A climate activist says the Vermont legislature is wasting its opportunity to take decisive action to confront the crisis in the current session. (VT Digger)

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