Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire Supreme Court rejects Northern Pass

TRANSMISSION: A unanimous New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a state siting board’s rejection of the Northern Pass transmission line from Canada, effectively killing the project. (Union Leader)

ALSO: Opponents along the proposed route expressed relief that the project was thwarted but are concerned it could be revived in a different form. (Union Leader)

BIOMASS: Public Citizen is asking federal regulators to force disclosure of the identities of members of a nonprofit that has thwarted state subsidies for struggling biomass plant in New Hampshire. (Energy News Network) 

• The owner of the Philadelphia oil refinery that was closed by an explosion in June has filed for bankruptcy protection, its second filing in less than two years. (Bloomberg)
• A Massachusetts town has hired an attorney to represent it in proceedings for the proposed construction of an LNG terminal in a neighboring community. (Worcester Telegram)

• A Maryland court ruling that said state regulators have the ultimate say on a solar project could impact a proposed development that has been rejected in a different county. (Frederick News Post)
• Two large solar farms in a coastal Massachusetts town are moving closer to approval by officials. (SouthCoastToday)

NUCLEAR: A report commissioned by the nuclear industry says closing plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio could lead to 126 deaths from increased pollution from more fossil fuel burning generation. (The Times)

OFFSHORE WIND: New York’s offshore wind contracts announced last week cost less than estimates made only a year ago. (WNYT)

UTILITIES: In an unusual newspaper opinion article, Maine regulators say they will take action against the state’s largest utility for the botched rollout of a new billing system that overcharged customers. (The Telegram)

• An editorial writer in Connecticut is skeptical of proposed lessened federal oversight of nuclear power plants as past history shows owners have failed to adequately police themselves. (The Day)
• A New Hampshire journalist says the rejection of Northern Pass should prompt officials to consider a multi-state approach to electricity project development throughout New England. (InDepthNH)
• The Union of Concerned Scientists says offshore wind development is “hopping right along” with continued progress in several states on the East Coast. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A conservative think tank says New York’s rejection of natural gas pipelines harms New England’s energy supplies and forces more burning of oil for power generation. (Worcester Telegram)

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