Northeast Energy News

New Jersey governor calls for ban on fracking waste

FRACKING: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy calls for a total ban on fracking and fracking waste in the Delaware River Basin, saying it would protect the drinking water of 13.3 million residents in the region. (NJ Spotlight)

NATURAL GAS:
• New York utility regulators plan to analyze and report on natural gas shortages that prompted Consolidated Edison to impose a moratorium on new natural gas customers in a county outside New York City. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• Analysts say extremely cold temperatures this week may temporarily reduce gas production from fracking operations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia by causing liquids in gathering lines to freeze. (Reuters)

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EMISSIONS: Boston will begin efforts to reduce transportation emissions as part of a Climate Action Plan designed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (NGT News)

SOLAR:
• Developers reach an agreement with town officials to build a 4.2 MW solar project in northwest Rhode Island. (news release)
• A farm outside Boston is seeking approval to install solar panels on the roofs of a historic house and barn. (The Winchester Star)
• New Jersey is remaking its system for subsidizing solar power amid criticism that current price rules are hindering the industry’s growth. (Asbury Park Press)

TECHNOLOGY: MIT engineers develop machine-learning solar software that analyzes imagery from drones and diagnoses problems with solar installations down to the level of individual cells. (MIT News)

WIND: A school district in Upstate New York will use an energy purchasing cooperative to buy its electricity from a wind farm in Texas. (Patch)

RENEWABLES: Three experts share thoughts on energy storage, decarbonizing Pennsylvania and local microgrids at a clean energy forum in Pittsburgh. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts utility regulators approve the state’s efficiency plan, which directs utilities to focus on peak demand reduction and gives homeowners incentives for fuel switching. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Pennsylvania’s statewide goals to curb emissions are based on outdated science and should have gone further, says a law professor of at Temple University. (JURIST)
• Recent climate and clean energy developments are making it easier for places like Vermont’s Middlebury College to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies, says climate activist Bill McKibben. (The Guardian)
• The electricity industry’s troubling trend to overbuild gas-fired power plants is only getting worse, says a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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