Northeast Energy News

New Jersey joins the push for offshore wind

WIND: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy sets a goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and revives an incentive program that had been shelved by former Gov. Chris Christie. (NorthJersey.com)

CARBON PRICING:
• A group of seven Northeast states, along with Washington and Oregon, form a coalition to push carbon pricing at the local level. (ThinkProgress)
• However, in one of those states, Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott has rejected a plan to study a carbon tax, saying it should be a federal issue. (VTDigger)

TRANSMISSION:
Tourism and property values were topics of discussion at a New Hampshire committee meeting to determine whether to approve the Northern Pass project. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
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The project is garnering controversy in Massachusetts, showing how fighting climate change is not an easy proposition – even when there is agreement that it must be combated. (Greentech Media)
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Officials in a New Hampshire have adopted an ordinance they say gives them authority to ban Northern Pass from building within their borders. (The Union Leader)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Hampshire lawmakers are considering creating a commission that would study the charging infrastructure needs of the state. (New Hampshire Business Review)

NATURAL GAS: Opponents against the construction of a $180-million liquefied natural gas processing plant in Rhode Island made their case to state officials at a hearing on Wednesday. (Providence Journal)

SMART GRID: An electric cooperative in Vermont is looking to test a new device that would regulate the amount of electricity pulled from the grid for water heaters. (news release)

HYDROPOWER: A federal agency has started the relicensing process for hydroelectric projects in Vermont and New Hampshire. (Greenfield Recorder)

EFFICIENCY:
• Portland, Maine will save $1 million annually by switching its streetlights to LEDs. (MaineBiz)
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A Connecticut program that offers long-term financing for clean energy upgrades has exceeded 200 projects totaling more than $114 million. (Hartford Business Journal)
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Vermont lawmakers have preliminarily approved a bill that amends the type of products that can fall under the state’s energy efficiency standards. (Vermont Biz)

UTILITIES: A request by Eversource Energy to raise rates in Connecticut is being met with opposition by residents. (New Haven Register)

PIPELINES:
• A company constructing a 120-mile natural gas pipeline has given property owners in the pipeline’s path a choice: accept its final easement offer or risk going to court. (The Morning Call)
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More pipelines will be needed in the future to transport natural gas liquids to market from natural gas fields such as the Marcellus Shale, according to a report. (Kallanish Energy)

DIVESTMENT: New York’s pension fund will double its investment in companies with plans to reduce their carbon emissions. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
• The River Reporter says federal lawmakers and the current administration are going “against the tide of history” when it comes to fossil fuels.
• A guest columnist calls Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s rationale for a wind moratorium “hogwash in a butter churn.” (Bangor Daily News)
• The Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposal to ban fracking not only would affect natural gas production, but also solar and wind power, says a retired professor of petroleum engineering. (PennLive.com)
• The Press of Atlantic City editorial board says coastal states along the Atlantic Ocean should band together, rather than working individually, to fight the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan.
• Two sustainable energy advocates are calling on local communities in Massachusetts to commit to a goal of 100 percent renewable energy, and take steps to achieve that goal. (Martha’s Vineyard Times)
• A former New York governor says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy deserves credit for understanding that fighting climate change and growing the economy are not mutually exclusive ideas. (NorthJersey.com)

 

 

 

 

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