Northeast Energy News

New Jersey governor signs offshore drilling ban

OFFSHORE DRILLING: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill on Friday banning drilling off the state’s coast. (NJ.com)

EFFICIENCY:
In an anticipated announcement, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets a new state target for energy efficiency at 3 percent annually by 2025. (Utility Dive)
An effort in Connecticut aims to promote interest in passive house construction. (The Hour)

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PIPELINES:
Pennsylvania officials are not ready to restart the Mariner East 1 pipeline despite Sunoco’s assurances that it is safe. (Philadelphia Business Journal)
New York regulators reject a permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: An advocacy group outlines a series of objections to the proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee plant. (VT Digger)

CLEAN ENERGY: 27 projects, including a $1 billion offshore wind farm, are under consideration to meet Connecticut’s clean energy targets. (Hartford Courant)

WIND:
Despite a slow start, “America can still be a celestial body in the offshore wind universe.” (American Prospect)
Developers of an inland Massachusetts wind farm have one more chance to appeal after their building permit was rejected. (Berkshire Eagle)

SOLAR:
The Maine company that publishes the Farmers’ Almanac says its solar array is offsetting 100 percent of its electricity use. (Sun Journal)
The growth of solar development “has caught a lot of local governments by surprise” in rural New York. (Times Herald-Record)
A New Jersey developer plans 5 MW of new solar projects in western Massachusetts. (MassLive)
A Maryland county moves forward on new guidelines for community solar projects. (Capital Gazette)

COAL: Pennsylvania officials develop guidelines for repurposing former coal plant sites. (Associated Press)

POLITICS:
Cynthia Nixon, a candidate for governor in New York, says the state should commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. (New York Times)
Candidates for governor in Maryland pledge to fight new pipeline infrastructure. (Baltimore Sun)

COMMENTARY:
New Jersey has been “vaulted into the ranks of top U.S. climate leaders, alongside California and New York.” (Vox)
A Maine physician outlines the health risks of increased reliance on natural gas. (Portland Press Herald)
A Boston Globe editorial says “needless environmental damage” has resulted from blocking natural gas pipeline projects.
A New Hampshire lawmaker defends the state’s biomass industry. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
A writer outlines the ecological impacts of a Massachusetts pumped-hydro storage facility. (VT Digger)

 

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