Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts gas explosion lawsuits settled for $143 million

PIPELINES: Columbia Gas and Massachusetts plaintiffs have reached a $143 million settlement for damages caused by a pipeline explosion last year that killed one and damaged dozens of homes. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A Pennsylvania opponent of the Mariner East pipeline will contest in a state appeals court an attempt by regulators to keep secret calculations about the potential effects of a gas explosion. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

EFFICIENCY:
• A contractor says a lack of qualified installers may prevent Maine from hitting its goal of 100,000 new heat pumps by 2025. (Energy News Network)
Efficiency Vermont announced details about expanded programs in the state that a higher income threshold for weatherization funds. (VT Digger)

WIND: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker met with federal officials to help develop a “cure plan” to satisfy objections that have stalled permits for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project. (CommonWealth Magazine)

OIL & GAS:
• Neighbors of oil facilities in South Portland, Maine are increasingly concerned about airborne pollutants. (InsideClimate News)
• Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey led federal EPA officials on a tour of a Philadelphia-area refinery as he continued his push to weaken ethanol mandates for gasoline. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

POWER PLANTS:
Company and city officials formally opened a 485 MW natural gas power plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut that will replace a coal-fired generator on the same site. (CT Post)
An infrastructure group got an advance tour of a $1 billion natural gas power plant in western Pennsylvania that will start producing energy in September. (WJAC) 

UTILITIES:
Maine’s public advocate told legislators on Monday that any rate increase for Central Maine Power should be delayed until the utility also addresses recurring problems related to billing and service quality. (Maine Public)
Con Edison says a flawed connection in a relay system triggered a July 13 blackout in New York City that dimmed the lights on Broadway and several dozen blocks. (Daily News)

CLIMATE CHANGE:
• Five years after passage of the Resilient Rhode Island law to address climate change, there is little to show except studies and reports. (ecoRI)
• Climate activists demonstrated at the Massachusetts state house demanding action saying the state hasn’t done enough to address the crisis as legislators prepare for a month-long recess. (Taunton Gazette) 

TRANSPORTATION: The Transportation Climate Initiative will hold a day-long live-streamed workshop today to advance its efforts to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

COMMENTARY: New Hampshire’s consumer advocate has joined the call for a regional approach to solve New England’s energy woes in the wake of the collapse of the Northern Pass transmission project. (InDepthNH)

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