Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts makes unsteady progress on carbon emissions

EMISSIONS: Updated data show that Massachusetts emissions were 19.2% below 1990 levels in 2015, reflecting an uptick over previous years. (CommonWealth)

• Vistra Energy announces plans to close a 51 MW Pennsylvania coal plant. (Bloomberg)
• Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy calls President Trump’s proposed Clean Power Plan rollback a “backwards rule” that will disproportionately impact states downwind of Midwestern coal plants. (CT Post)

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EFFICIENCY: The Jersey City Housing Authority has cut energy consumption by 20 percent across its properties. (

• A Pennsylvania court rules that state fracking restrictions near playgrounds are “void and unenforceable.” (Natural Gas Intelligencer)
• Fracking opponents in New York organize to oppose a compressor station. (Daily Messenger)
• A push to reduce reliance on natural gas is emerging as a factor in the New York governor’s race. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

• Opponents of a Vermont natural gas pipeline push state regulators to investigate construction practices on the project. (VT Digger)
• Federal regulators approve the Pennsylvania branch of the Rover pipeline. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

WIND: A Rhode Island program aims to train workers for the offshore wind industry. (Standard-Times)

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UTILITIES: The CEO of a Maine utility under fire for storm response and ratepayer issues acknowledges “we’re probably the most mistrusted company” but deflects blame to social media and news coverage. (Portland Press Herald)

• Editorials and op-eds in New Hampshire, Maryland, New Jersey, and Maine criticize the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of the Clean Power Plan, which will likely increase emissions and lead to more preventable deaths. (Concord Monitor, Baltimore Sun, Star-Ledger, Times Record)
• A New Hampshire lawmaker urges fellow legislators to overturn a veto of bills supporting biomass and net metering. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• A natural gas proponent says Massachusetts lawmakers should do more to increase gas capacity in the state. (CommonWealth)


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