Northeast Energy News

Mystery ad attacks Maine governor for transmission deal

TRANSMISSION: A television ad accuses Maine Gov. Janet Mills of a “backroom deal” on a hydropower transmission line, but it is not known who paid for it. (Portland Press Herald)

CLIMATE:
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wants to shift the state’s proceeds from a regional carbon market to adaptation measures, rather than efficiency and clean energy. (Boston Globe)
The Vermont House will not have enough time this session to consider two bills to tax carbon that were just introduced, the chamber’s speaker said. (VT Digger)
Some advocates say a tax credit for carbon capture may be critical to limit global warming. (USA Today)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: How Pennsylvania’s electric vehicle roadmap fits into the national picture. (Energy News Network)

OVERSIGHT: A Massachusetts official who helped push for the state’s renewable energy standard is expected to be named to lead Maine’s energy office. (Portland Press Herald)

NATURAL GAS:
A Pennsylvania environmental official recently testified that the switch to natural gas-fired electricity generation has helped the state meet its goals under the Clean Power Plan. (Pennsylvania Business Report)
A business columnist says it’s unlikely for now that other Massachusetts communities will follow suit with gas moratoriums. (Boston Globe)

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer plans to resume construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline in an area where water wells were damaged in 2017. (WITF)

WIND:
Residents of a Rhode Island community tell city officials that placement of wind turbines at a landfill is a violation of their civil rights. (Cranston Herald)
A fishing industry leader says a recent deal with Vineyard wind is “lousy,” “insulting,” and “poorly, poorly designed.” (ecoRI)

SOLAR:
An early push for solar power has enabled a Maine city to offset nearly 90 percent of its energy costs. (Bangor Daily News)
The Maryland Senate held its first hearing on a bill that would create a statewide “blueprint” for solar energy intended to balance clean energy requirements and protecting natural resources. (KPVI)

POWER PLANTS:
A developer has canceled a project to convert a defunct coal-fired plant to natural gas that would have required a new pipeline to traverse 22 miles of a forest preserve. (NJ Spotlight)
Advocates say 43 mayors support resolutions opposing a new natural gas plant in New Jersey. (Hudson Reporter)

POLICY:
Supporters of a Maryland bill to allow community energy aggregation say it will help local governments clean up their energy supplies. (Patch)
A Long Island town board has voted to explore community choice aggregation to help it reach its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. (Patch)
Connecticut regulators fine a third-party energy provider $1.5 million over deceptive business practices. (Hartford Courant)

EFFICIENCY: A dispute over lighting state highways will slow a Rhode Island city’s conversion to LED streetlights. (Valley Breeze)

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ADVOCACY: Youth activists push a Massachusetts congressman to support the Green New Deal. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
A newspaper editorial praises progress on a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower: “Modern civilization is impossible without infrastructure to deliver the energy it requires.” (Providence Journal)
Maryland has become a clean energy leader with its “customer-centric” policies to encourage solar power, energy storage and electric vehicle adoption. (Clean Technica)
Advocates say requiring solar on all new homes in Maine could increase the state’s capacity 15-fold by 2045. (Environment Maine)
An official from the city that is home to the Three Mile Island nuclear plant urges Pennsylvania lawmakers to help keep it running. (PennLive)
A Massachusetts advocate says “We are at the forefront of an opportunity to truly modernize the Commonwealth’s energy economy.” (CommonWealth Magazine)

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