Northeast Energy News

Mystery group helping Maine transmission line opposition

BIOMASS: New Hampshire lawmakers vote to overturn Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill subsidizing biomass plants but fail to overturn another veto that would have raised the cap on large-scale net metering. (NHPR)

TRANSMISSION:
• Dark money and opaque alliances are making it difficult to know the true identity of Maine’s opponents to a transmission line that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)
• A controversial proposal to build high-voltage transmission lines through two counties in southern Pennsylvania still makes economic sense, according to an analysis presented to a PJM Interconnection committee. (WITF)

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SOLAR:
• Developers announce plans to build a solar project on a capped landfill in northern New Jersey. (news release)
• Town officials in southwest Vermont accept a settlement to resolve issues relating to controversial solar project proposal. (Bennington Banner)

WIND:
• A Boston-based developer revives a proposal to construct a 22-turbine wind project in eastern Maine. (Bangor Daily News)
• The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is poised to start accepting applications to build up to 1,100 MW of offshore wind. (NJ Spotlight)

RENEWABLES: New York City officials announce a goal to double the city’s pension fund investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other climate solutions to $4 billion over the next three years. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Faulty gas lines cause a series of explosions and fires in at least 39 homes north of Boston, killing a teenager and injuring a handful of others. (Associated Press, WCVB5)
• Environmentalists urge New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to block a proposed rule that would allow the discharge of fracking wastewater in the Delaware River watershed. (NJ Spotlight)

COAL: Connecticut joins an international alliance dedicated to ending reliance on traditional coal-fired power plants, which includes a commitment to ban any new plants from being built in the state. (Hartford Courant)

ADVOCACY: Energy contractors and environmental advocates head to federal court for a lawsuit challenging the authority of Connecticut officials to divert clean energy funds to meet a budget shortfall. (The Day)

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EFFICIENCY: Rhode Island will give away 1,200 trees as part of a program to help residents save energy and lower their utility bills by strategically planting trees for shade and insulation from wind. (Newport Daily News)

COMMENTARY: New York should commit to 100 percent renewable energy and support a corporate polluter penalty and reinvestment policy, says a climate justice organizer based in Buffalo. (The Buffalo News)

CORRECTION: A proposed solar array outside Trenton, New Jersey, would take up about 12.5 acres on a 39-acre parcel of land. An item in Thursday’s digest misstated the size of the array as 39 acres.

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