Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts lawmakers propose 100% renewable energy by 2035

POLICY: Massachusetts lawmakers introduce legislation to require 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and 100 percent clean power for transportation and heating by 2045. (State House News Service)

ALSO:
• Several groups want Connecticut lawmakers to follow the lead of neighboring states and adopt community choice aggregation, which allows local governments to buy clean power on behalf of residents. (Energy News Network)
• New Hampshire senators will hold a public hearing on a bill that could lead to a competitive energy bidding process, paving the way for more renewable energy procurements in the state. (NHPR)

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WIND:
• Tufts University will offer the country’s first offshore wind energy graduate program dedicated to structural and geotechnical engineering. (TuftsNow)
• Rhode Island regulators delay a review for an 84-turbine wind project proposed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (ecoRI News)

SOLAR:
• Farmers in Massachusetts, Maryland and other states must decide whether to welcome solar projects on their land. (Reuters)
• Farmers in central New York are contracting with developers to lease their land for community solar projects. (WWNY)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire utility regulators refuse to order the state’s largest distribution utility to purchase power from six wood-fired power plants, despite a law requiring such purchases. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

POWER PLANTS: Local resident protest the development of a 1,100 MW gas-fired power plant in Upstate New York. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

PIPELINES:
• A Pennsylvania lawmaker asks two state officials to open investigations into Sunoco’s Mariner East gas pipelines, including an audit of the Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection. (Delaware County Daily Times)
• New York business leaders say the economy will suffer without natural gas pipeline development, which has stalled under Gov. Cuomo’s administration. (Press-Republican)

EMISSIONS:
• Electric vehicle adoption, energy efficiency and nuclear power will all play a role in helping Pennsylvania meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Vermont’s failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a reminder that more sweeping changes are needed to meet climate goals. (Boston Globe)
• Boston University researchers release a plan for the city to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. (BU Today)

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UTILITIES:
• A Maine lawmaker wants to create a nonprofit, consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility that would replace the state’s two largest utilities. (Maine Public)
• A Pennsylvania utility asks state regulators for permission to impose a $71.1 million base-rate hike on natural gas to pay for infrastructure improvements and operational costs. (Times Leader)

COMMENTARY: Oil and gas drilling off the coast of Massachusetts would have a disastrous effect on the fishing industry, endanger marine life and threaten the tourism industry, according to an editorial in The Daily News of Newburyport.

CORRECTION: A Vermont utility is installing 14 MW of solar and 6 MW of battery backup. An item in yesterday’s digest mischaracterized the plan.

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