Northeast Energy News

New Jersey bill to assist environmental justice reviews advances

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A New Jersey Assembly committee advances a bill that would give environmental justice communities more say in the permitting of pollution sources. (NJ Spotlight)

EMISSIONS: Massachusetts and 19 other states sue the Environmental Protection agency over a new rule that limits federal regulation of toxic emissions from power plants. (The Hill)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
Despite challenges caused by COVID-19, the six New England states say they are able to pursue their clean energy agendas. (RTO Insider, subscription required)
A consumer owned cooperative works in the Northeast to bring clean energy projects to members’ communities. (Institute for Local Self-Reliance)

PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators approve the Leidy South pipeline project in eastern Pennsylvania. (Power Engineering)
• A pipeline operator in Pennsylvania provides water to several homeowners after a chemical leak at a compressor station poisons drinking water wells. (PublicHerald.org)

SOLAR:
• Maryland officially breaks ground on a solar array on the state fairgrounds. (WMAR)
• Penn State Extension urges caution as farmers are approached by solar developers with complex long-term leases for projects on agricultural lands. (Farm and Dairy)

COAL: Attorneys general from New York and three other states sue the Trump administration to stop coal leases on federal lands. (The Hill)

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TRANSMISSION: Despite its constitutional uncertainty, supporters of an anti-transmission corridor referendum say the vote will put project supporters in the state legislature on notice. (Bangor Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• A coalition of renewable energy companies says Pennsylvania can become a nation leader in clean energy with only a modest statewide requirement due to its size. (Pennlive.org)
• A clean energy advocacy says the energy efficiency industry can provide an economic boost post-pandemic by immediately putting people back to work. (NH Business Review)
• A former utility executive says New Hampshire legislators should override the latest veto of a rise in the net metering cap as opponents misrepresent the costs and benefits of the program. (Concord Monitor)

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