Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire court to hear transmission project appeal

TRANSMISSION: The New Hampshire Supreme Court agrees to hear Eversource’s appeal of a siting committee vote to block construction of a 192-mile transmission line that would carry hydro power from Canada to Massachusetts and Southern New England. (The Republican)

NATURAL GAS:
• A series of fatal home explosions outside Boston last month is intensifying calls to phase out natural gas and boost renewables. (Boston Globe)
• Massachusetts orders Columbia Gas to suspend all work in light of a troubling federal report on the explosions. (NBC Boston)
• A Senate oversight panel schedules a hearing next month to further investigate the explosions. (Bloomberg)

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PIPELINES: A podcast episode tells the story of a Pennsylvania family fighting to regain a piece of land that courts gave to pipeline developers. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

DIVESTMENT: Vermont’s Middlebury College is again considering divesting its endowment from fossil fuels — a move that students and faculty activists have been calling on for six years. (VT Digger)

SOLAR: The departure of several solar-leasing companies from Long Island creates a business opportunity for a local firm to provide maintenance and repair service to solar customers. (Newsday)

WIND:
• A consultant tells New Jersey regulators to reject a pilot wind project off the coast of Atlantic City, saying it’s too small and would cost ratepayers too much. (NJ Spotlight)
• An eastern Pennsylvania community college will power its campus entirely with renewable energy by buying 11 million kWh of electricity from a provider in Texas. (The Morning Call)

RENEWABLES:
• Massachusetts awards 41 grants totaling over $505,000 for the development of clean energy projects in designated “Green Communities.” (Cape Cod Today)
• Over 90 percent of voters in Erie County, Pennsylvania, would like to see more solar and wind power, according to a recent poll. (Erie News Now)

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NUCLEAR: Federal regulators approve the sale of Vermont’s shuttered Yankee nuclear plant from Entergy to NorthStar, clearing the way for its sale and decommissioning. (Brattleboro Reformer)

COMMENTARY:
• The company behind a controversial 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island blames opponents for delaying the project’s permitting, says a reporter for UpriseRI.
• Northeastern states should ensure offshore wind projects use as few seabed transmission cables as possible while creating a plug-and-play opportunity for wind developers, says the head of an energy transmission company. (CommonWealth)
• To lower emissions, Vermont must find more ways to replace gasoline powered vehicles with electric ones, says a senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation. (VT Digger)

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