Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts lawmakers urge do-over of pipeline permit

PIPELINES: A group of Massachusetts lawmakers say state environmental officials have lost public trust after an air permit was approved for a compressor station based on incomplete data, and the process should be restarted. (Patriot-Ledger)

BIOMASS: The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a revised plan to save the state’s biomass plants that must now go back to the House for consideration. (NHPR)

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NUCLEAR: With only eight days left before its final shutdown, the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts is operating at 41% capacity due to clogged filters. (Cape Cod Times)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Nearly eight in 10 trash incinerators are located in or near low-income communities, with two in the Philadelphia metropolitan area among the most toxic. (WHYY)

TRANSMISSION: The Maine House failed to pass a bill that would have forced the state to first conduct a climate change impact study before approving a power line that would import Canadian hydropower. (Bangor Daily News)

COAL: Part of a former Pennsylvania coal plant site is being converted into a marijuana growing operation. (NPR)

SOLAR:
• A town in southern Maine has bid $1 to acquire a former 12-acre Superfund site with the intent to turn it into a solar energy plant. (VillageSoup)
• Officials in central Pennsylvania will vote next week on a contract to approve a 1.2 MW solar array at a county correctional facility. (StateCollege.com)

WIND:  
• Maine environmental officials have approved the 22-turbine Weaver Wind project that was first proposed in 2014 and later withdrawn over bird migration concerns. (Ellsworth American)
• The New England grid operator is conducting three economic studies to evaluate the impact of up to 12 GW of offshore wind on prices, the wholesale market and the transmission system. (Platts)
• An energy expert told a forum in Massachusetts that 1 GW of offshore wind development creates 8,000 jobs. (South Coast Today)

BIOGAS: A utility in Maine has struck an agreement with eight dairy farms to turn their manure into heating fuel by using an anaerobic digester. (Bangor Daily News)

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STORAGE: GE Research has won an Energy Department grant to study the viability of using excess solar and wind generation to pump water into reservoirs for use when electricity is needed by the power grid. (Times Union)  

COMMENTARY:
• A climate change activist says Connecticut has failed to address exposure to chemical toxins and must do more to end its dependency on fossil fuels. (New Haven Register)
• A New York state senator is urging enactment of a climate change plan that would eliminate fossil fuel use in the state by 2050. (Syracuse.com)
• A New Jersey attorney says a recent report makes a compelling case that all fossil fuel infrastructure projects in the state must be stopped to mitigate the effects of climate change. (NJ Spotlight)

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