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Massachusetts launches long-awaited solar incentive program

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SOLAR: After years of planning, Massachusetts officially launches a solar incentive program designed to add 1,600 MW of solar to the state’s energy portfolio. (The Republican)

ALSO: Developers announce plans to install a 2 MW community solar project on an island near Annapolis, Maryland. (Solar Industry)

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STORAGE: Developers break ground on a 20 MW lithium-ion battery storage project north of Albany that is slated to be the largest in New York. (The Saratogian)

PIPELINES: A recipe of fear-inducing elements helps explain why Pennsylvania residents are so wary of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OIL & GAS:
• Pennsylvania environmental regulators are drafting a new set of regulations to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds from existing oil and natural gas operations. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• Massachusetts utility regulators will hire an independent evaluator to assess the state’s natural gas distribution system after a series of home explosions outside Boston. (Associated Press)
• Columbia Gas has not responded to queries from U.S. senators and representatives about the cause of the natural gas explosions. (Boston Herald)
• A recent poll shows Massachusetts voters have a lack of confidence in natural gas infrastructure, while half say the electric grid is good or excellent. (State House News Service)

ADVOCACY: About 40 demonstrators rally against a proposed natural gas compressor station outside Boston. (WBUR)

POWER PLANTS: Rhode Island officials postpone hearings over a controversial 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant for two months. (ecoRI News)

TRANSMISSION: A proposed transmission line from Pennsylvania to Maryland would raise electric bills for Pennsylvania consumers, according to a utilities expert. (Chambersburg Public Opinion)

RENEWABLES: A group of 20 organizations releases a document that contains six principles it believes Maine should follow to benefit from clean energy. (Portland Press Herald)

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NUCLEAR: The remaining fuel rods at New Jersey’s shuttered Oyster Creek nuclear plant are removed from the reactor and placed into a spent fuel pool. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Opponents of Baltimore’s waste-to-energy program fail to understand its environmental benefits, says the director of the Maryland Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association. (Baltimore Sun)
• A moratorium on all pipeline construction in Pennsylvania would strain the existing pipeline system, cause energy supply shortages and increase prices, says an attorney specializing in energy and transportation safety. (The Patriot-News)

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