Northeast Energy News

New Jersey regions RGGI; Massachusetts clean energy bill in the works

CLIMATE: New Jersey will rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multi-state pact aimed at fighting climate change, reversing a Christie administration decision. (NJ.com)

ALSO:
• The New Jersey decision is part of a growing effort by states to take action reducing emissions as the Trump administration rolls back federal climate initiatives. (New York Times)
• Massachusetts state senators anticipate “a substantial piece of legislation” following a report showing broad public support for advancing clean energy. (MassLive)
• Three state Pennsylvania legislators have introduced a bill that would commit the state to achieve the goals set out in the Paris climate agreement. (Public News Service)
• Vermont utility Green Mountain Power has doubled its carbon reduction goals for 2018. (news release)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: A state park in Maryland has received energy-saving upgrades, including solar rooftop panels, that is expected to reduce the park’s energy use by almost half. (Patch.com)

WIND:
• A new bill would eliminate Maine’s fast-tracked permitting process for commercial wind power projects in the state – with the exception of one county. (Press Herald)
• How Northeast states are leading the push for offshore wind on the Atlantic coast. (Bloomberg BNA)
• Transmission constraints could complicate New York’s push for 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030. (RTO Insider)

UTILITIES: Groups in Syracuse, New York are opposing a proposed electric and gas rate increase, arguing that the increase would negatively affect low-income residents. (Daily Orange)

OIL & GAS: Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ bankruptcy depends on the company not having to purchase some $180 million worth of compliance credits. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• A solar company in Vermont is shuttering after eight years, citing in part the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. (Brattleboro Reformer)
• Cumberland, Maine officials are considering installing a solar array atop of a capped landfill. (The Forecaster)

TRANSMISSION:
• Another company that lost out on a Massachusetts renewable energy project is moving forward with its own plans to bring clean energy from Atlantic Canada to Massachusetts. (Mainebiz)
• 
Eversource’s Northern Pass may have won the contract for the project but the transmission line still needs to be approved in New Hampshire – where there is resistance to the project among environmentalists. (VT Digger)

NATURAL GAS:
• The application for a natural gas power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island is moving forward after facing several legal challenges. (ecoRI news)
• A utility company wants to construct a 27-mile natural gas pipeline in New Hampshire to resolve capacity issues with another of its pipelines. (The Union Leader)
Opponents are lining up against a proposed natural gas pipeline that will run from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. (Salon)

COMMENTARY:
• New Jersey officials can fix what the federal regulators got wrong when they conditionally approved the PennEast pipeline project, says an executive director of a conservation foundation. (CentralNewJersey.com)
• The New York Times editorial board says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy needs to devise a creative way to deal with the state’s aging nuclear power plants – and throwing money at them is not the solution.
• The Union of Concerned Scientists says Massachusetts lawmakers need to continue to lead on clean energy by increasing the state’s renewable energy targets, build equity for solar energy use, and provide clarity on climate goals.
• An editor for an upstate New York newspaper says a recent wind farm approval reveals a strategy for opponents of other projects. (Watertown Daily Times)

 

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