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. (

• 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)

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)
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)
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)

• Portland, Maine will save $1 million annually by switching its streetlights to LEDs. (MaineBiz)
A Connecticut program that offers long-term financing for clean energy upgrades has exceeded 200 projects totaling more than $114 million. (Hartford Business Journal)
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)

• 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)
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)

• 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. (
• 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. (





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