Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire Supreme Court upholds approval of controversial wind farm

WIND: New Hampshire’s Supreme Court has ruled that a controversial 28.8-megawatt wind energy project in Antrim can move forward. (SentinelSource.com)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A New York county is proposing a local law that would eliminate tax exemptions for certain energy system such as solar energy and farm waste energy. (The Daily News)
• Vermont’s Supreme Court rejects a case seeking to restore price protection set-asides for renewable energy projects. (WCAX)

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SOLAR:
• A solar advocates outlines details of Connecticut’s new renewable energy law and how he anticipates it will impact the industry. (PV Magazine)
• North Brookfield, Massachusetts voters have passed several measures aimed at restricting the construction of solar projects. (Telegram.com)
• A new solar district was approved by Westhampton, New Hampshire voters, as well as new regulations for small and medium-size solar installations in town. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
• Town officials in Islip, New York plan to convert two landfills into solar farms that will produce enough energy to power 2,500 homes a year. (Newsday)
• A Rhode Island solar firm has teamed up with a Michigan company to develop a solar-powered refrigerated truck trailer. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

COAL: The Sierra Club says it intends to sue over pollution from a Pennsylvania coal plant. (The Allegheny Front)

NATURAL GAS: Eversource Energy plans to request a natural gas service rate hike from Connecticut utility regulators with the increased revenue going toward upgrading its distribution network. (New Haven Register)

OIL AND GAS:
• A pro-fracking Pennsylvania state lawmaker who leases his own land to fracking companies denies that there is a conflict of interest. (EcoWatch)
• Penn Township, Pennsylvania officials are expected to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would limit injection wells to industrial zones only. (TribLive.com)

PIPELINES:
• At a public hearing last week, Sunoco rejected a state lawmaker’s arguments that the Mariner East 2 pipeline is unsafe. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• An environmental group has filed two petitions challenging federal regulator’s approval of the proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline. (Oil&Gas Journal)

NUCLEAR: Connecticut lawmakers have guarded optimism over a bill in Congress to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage site. (The Day)

POLITICS: Republican candidates running for Pennsylvania governor discuss climate change and pipeline construction. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

BIOMASS: A New Hampshire county gets a state grant to replace an oil-fired boiler at a nursing home with one fueled by biomass. (Keene Sentinel)

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HYDROPOWER: A small hydropower system is helping to power a Vermont farm. (Manchester Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Concord, New Hampshire should adopt a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 to pave the way for clean energy future, says a city councilman. (Concord Monitor)
• Cities’ global warming lawsuits should be dismissed, and the issue should instead be dealt with by the various branches of our federal government, says an attorney. (The Hill)
How consumers could benefit from a Massachusetts bill establishing tougher efficiency requirements for computers and other equipment. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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