Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts issues moratorium on utility’s work after new gas incident

OIL & GAS: Massachusetts officials impose a moratorium on work across National Grid’s service territory after a natural gas pressurization incident occurred while the company was doing routine maintenance work on Monday. (WWLP, Associated Press)

ALSO: A fiery explosion at a Canadian oil refinery could affect Maine’s supply of gasoline, diesel fuel and heating oil. (Portland Press Herald)

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• A Danish company’s acquisition of Deepwater Wind is not expected to delay the timelines of planned offshore wind projects. (Baltimore Sun)
• Environmentalists and energy experts say the merger of the two wind developers will be positive for Connecticut by furthering the state’s efforts to create clean energy jobs. (New Haven Register)

SOLAR: The Planning Board and Town Council of a southwest Rhode Island town butt heads over utility-scale solar development in the area. (ecoRI News)

EFFICIENCY: A Pennsylvania state lawmaker introduces a bill to lift a 2 percent cap on how much utilities can invest in energy efficiency initiatives. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

BIOGAS: After several delays, a 3.2 MW anaerobic digester is scheduled to open this fall outside Providence, Rhode Island. (Waste Dive)

• New Hampshire’s congressional delegation asks the EPA to adopt a proposed rule that would allow biomass energy to qualify for the Renewable Fuel Standard, saying the change would grow the electric vehicle market and reduce emissions. (Ethanol Producer Magazine)
• The U.S. Department of Energy awards $12.8 million to the University of Delaware to support research on converting biomass into chemicals and fuels. (news release)

NUCLEAR: Massachusetts’ Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has cost its owners tens of millions of dollars this year due to shutdowns stemming from equipment problems. (Cape Cod Times)

TRANSPORTATION: Private automobiles account for 23 percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions, and there are signs that the problem is getting worse. (Curbed New York)

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CLIMATE: If global temperatures rise 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2030, as predicted in a new report, experts say it will affect Vermont’s major industries, including ski resorts and maple syrup. (WCAX)

POLLUTION: Rhode Island environmental officials say 400 gallons of gasoline that spilled from a tanker truck into the Providence River last week had a minimal environmental impact. (ecoRI News)

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