Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts Senate approves climate change resiliency bill

POLICY: The Massachusetts Senate approves a bill that includes up to $2 billion in bonds to help the state adapt to climate change, including improving public infrastructure. (Associated Press)

WIND: Attorneys for Maine Gov. Paul LePage ask a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging his executive order to stop issuing wind turbine permits indefinitely. (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY: A group of MIT researchers leads an initiative to construct modern buildings out of wood in order to reduce construction-related energy consumption. (Interesting Engineering)

POWER PLANTS: Green groups say a proposed fossil-fuel power plant in northwest Rhode Island would cause permanent damage to a critical wildlife corridor. (ecoRI News)

FRACKING:
• A court of appeals overturns a ruling that prevented a company from fracking in the Delaware watershed. (The Citizens’ Voice)
• A Pennsylvania environmental group threatens to sue the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources if it doesn’t revise of a management plan to forbid fracking in state forests. (Bay Journal)

PIPELINES:
• A former FERC chairman questions the need for new pipelines in the Northeast during a Senate committee hearing, saying the current system is adequate for “all but 12 days of the year.” (Utility Dive)
• New York Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon criticizes a natural gas pipeline running from Pennsylvania to Upstate New York, saying the project “should never have been built.” (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

UTILITIES: A New Jersey utility files a four-year plan with state regulators that includes $387 million in upgrades to its distribution network. (Asbury Park Press)

TRANSMISSION: New Hampshire’s largest utility files a motion to revive a proposal related to the Northern Pass transmission line. (Maine Public)

COMMENTARY:
• A FERC decision to increase electricity rates in New England will sabotage the region’s climate goals by helping to keep uneconomical fossil fuel plants online, says an editorial in the Boston Globe.
• Massachusetts lawmakers should vote to raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, say directors at two clean energy nonprofits. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Embracing clean energy will lower electricity costs in Massachusetts and help businesses thrive, says the president and CEO of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. (Telegram)
• A columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doubts the city can reach its goal to run entirely on renewable energy by 2030.

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