Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire rejects Northern Pass transmission project

TRANSMISSION: New Hampshire regulators have rejected a permit to allow Eversource’s Northern Pass to construct power lines through its state for a Quebec to Massachusetts hydropower project. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

ALSO: A proposed power line project in Maryland to ease grid congestion has begun the early stages of the permitting process. (Herald-MailMedia.com)

NUCLEAR: Connecticut officials will give Dominion Energy another chance to show that its Millstone nuclear plant needs public support, noting the company “has not yet released verifiable data related to the fiscal health” of the facility. (Connecticut Mirror)

OIL AND GAS:
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will join other Northeast governors in supporting a ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin. (New Jersey Herald)
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A drilling upswing has led to a $46 million revenue increase for Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A new community solar garden in New York will help up to 400 subscribers save on their electric bills. (Star Gazette)
• Revised net-metering rules in Vermont have led to a significant decline of new local net-metered solar projects, according to state data. (Vermont Biz)

CARBON PRICING:
• Vermont lawmakers will push forward on a carbon pricing plan despite rejection of a study by Gov. Phil Scott. (VT Digger)
• The future of a state carbon-pricing bill in Rhode Island is unclear due to mixed signals by the governor. (ecoRI news)

NATURAL GAS:
• Activists in Massachusetts are organizing to oppose the construction of a 350-megawatt natural gas-fueled turbine. (CapeCod.com)
• Connecticut Natural Gas has been fined $1.5 million by state regulators for safety violations spanning over a seven-year period. (New Haven Register)

WIND: Despite obstacles, two wind energy companies are moving forward with plans to install offshore wind farms near Ocean City, Maryland. (Ocean City Today)

CLIMATE POLICY:
• A New Jersey lawmaker wants the state to get all its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2035 – speeding up the original goal of 2050. (WBGO)
• New Haven, Connecticut officials unveiled a new climate and sustainability plan with the goal of reducing emissions by 2030. (Yale News)

OVERSIGHT: A Vermont agency says it would need more money to crack down on energy project permit violations. (Vermont Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• The Cuomo administration should demand better energy efficiency targets from National Grid so the state can meet its clean energy and climate change goals, say an attorney and a sustainable energy advocate. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Central Hudson should lower its fixed charge and should be not allowed to increase its electricity and gas rates again, says a nonprofit director and a grassroots leader. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Ratepayers should continue fighting against states’ decision to bail out aging nuclear power plants in the name of meeting renewable energy goals, say an attorney and a nonprofit executive director. (AlterNet)
The Providence Journal editorial board says a decision by Rhode Island’s attorney general to oppose the construction of a new natural-gas-fired power plant is misguided and harmful to the state’s economic future.

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