Northeast Energy News

Methane rules rollback would leave most emissions unregulated 

EMISSIONS: A Trump administration plan to replace federal regulations for methane emissions would leave a only a patchwork of state rules to regulate the gas. (E&E News) 

PIPELINES: Developers of the PennEast pipeline in Pennsylvania tell federal regulators they found evidence of early Native American habitation at three sites and will take steps to minimize disruption during construction. (Platts)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
• Vineyard Wind supporters rally Thursday and call for federal officials to end a delay for a key permit the project needs. (Cape Cod Times)
• Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey urge federal officials to reverse their course on Vineyard Wind. (North American Windpower)

SOLAR:
Sheep are being used for the first time at a Massachusetts solar array to control vegetation on 20 acres, which is part of a larger farm. (Worcester Telegram)
• New laws in Philadelphia offer rebates to homeowners and businesses that install solar panels on their buildings. (WHYY)

NUCLEAR: The Seabrook power station in New Hampshire has a new resident inspector, which has been required by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission since 1978. (Seacoast Online)

CLIMATE CHANGE: U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle told a Pittsburgh forum on climate change that he is optimistic about future action on the crisis because current opponents in power now are “not going to be there forever.” (WESA)

TRANSMISSION: A new report says most states have undertaken grid modernization actions related to energy storage, data access, system planning and other topics. (Solar Industry)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A bill to require Pennsylvania to acquire 100% renewable energy by 2050 has 100 cosponsors. (PV Magazine)

EFFICIENCY: An open house will be held today at a new energy efficient dormitory at Williams College in Massachusetts that is one of two in the state that meet Passive House Institute standards. (Berkshire Eagle)

COMMENTARY:
• A former state economist says if Vermont is to electrify its transportation sector it will have to decide where the needed electricity will come from. (VT Digger)
• Environmentalists say New Jersey is taking a measured and inclusive approach to offshore wind development that will help protect the ocean environment. (NJ.com)

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