Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts towns seeing payoff from clean energy purchases

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A new report says Massachusetts cities participating in municipal energy aggregation programs are “shattering expectations” of the amount of money they are saving in direct purchases from renewable energy providers. (Energy New Network)

ALSO: Vassar College in New York signs a contract for 100% renewable energy for its 2.3 million square foot campus as it strives toward its goal to become carbon neutral by 2030. (Environment + Energy Leader)

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PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators fine Sunoco $200,000 for a 2017 leak of the Mariner East 1 pipeline and order a “remaining life” study for the 89-year-old section. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

SOLAR:
Solar installations fell by about 50% and employment fell in Massachusetts last year as the industry copes with regulatory barriers and landowner resistance. (Utility Dive)
A 200 MW solar farm proposed in central New York would cover 1,400 acres and be by far the largest in the state. (Syracuse.com)
A Maine town enacts a moratorium on commercial solar installations to give itself time to develop regulations after a potential project was discussed. (Ellsworth American)
A New York town hears a presentation about a 50 MW solar farm that would occupy 450 acres. (GazetteXtra)

STORAGE:
A New Jersey utility continues its exit from the power generation business, selling its half-interest in a 420 MW hydro-pumped storage plant to concentrate on its regulated businesses. (NJ Spotlight)
Energy storage shows promise in limited installations in New Hampshire but progress has been slow in getting programs launched. (NH Business Review)

FRACKING: A new poll says Pennsylvanians are about evenly divided on banning fracking with a large number of respondents undecided. (Morning Call)

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CLIMATE: Rising temperatures and shorter winters endanger Vermont’s ski industry, especially smaller slopes, as a changing climate produces temperature extremes of shorter duration. (Middlebury Campus)

COMMENTARY:
BP America says Pennsylvania can lead the next energy revolution in America by joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which has shown to be an effective tool to reduce carbon emissions. (PennLive)
• A columnist says the retiring Speaker of the Pennsylvania House is giving a wasteful and environmentally damaging “going away present” to the natural gas industry in a series of tax credit and regulatory bills. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star) 

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