Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts’ clean energy spending outpaces financial support

CLEAN ENERGY: Massachusetts faces a reckoning as it spends more on clean energy programs than has been collected through utility bill surcharges. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: As New Jersey attempts to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy, fundamental questions remain, especially about funding. (NJ Spotlight)

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PIPELINES:
• A year of pipeline fights looms along the East Coast including one headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. (InsideClimate News)
• The Gateway Expansion pipeline project in New Jersey is completed 11 months ahead of schedule and is serving the state’s utilities. (Power Engineering) 

CLIMATE:
• The Hartford insurance company cites climate change as it limits coverage of companies that derive much of their revenue from fossil fuels. (Associated Press)
• Lawmakers and advocates support Rhode Island’s lawsuit against oil companies that claims damages like sea level rise caused by climate change. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: A former New Hampshire representative says erecting wind turbines off the state’s coast would damage the tourism industry, which has not been the experience in Rhode Island. (Seacoastonline, Energy News Network archive)

NUCLEAR: The owner of the closed Three Mile Island nuclear plant asks federal regulators for permission to end maintenance of a warning zone and scale back emissions monitoring. (PennLive)

SOLAR: Advocates debate whether solar panels should be required on new municipal construction in Massachusetts. (Boston Globe)

STORAGE: A British company proposes a novel energy storage technology in Vermont that freezes energy from renewable sources in a liquid state for future use. (E&E News) 

OIL & GAS: An oversupply of natural gas causes hundreds of job cuts in the fracking region of western Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire regulators consider lowering requirements for biomass energy as plant closures have cut the available supply under the state’s renewable portfolio standard. (Biomass Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• A former EPA administrator says a spike in carbon emissions after the closure of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey shows the urgency of preserving nuclear power. (NJ Spotlight)
• The director of an apartment owners’ association in New York City says a new emissions law risks punishing small building owners by not considering challenges faced by those structures. (New York Daily News)

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