Northeast Energy News

New Jersey studies whether it needs more pipelines

OIL AND GAS: New Jersey launches an investigation on whether it has enough natural gas capacity for the next decade in a study advocated by utilities and conservation groups. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: The U.S. EPA limits states’ ability to use the Clean Water Act to block interstate pipeline projects as New York did recently. (New York Times)

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
Advocates in a small Massachusetts city say residents need to be listened to as they suffer adverse effects from energy and industrial projects. (Energy News Network)
Two environmental groups file a federal civil rights complaint against Massachusetts officials for failing to provide translation services to communities with large populations of non-English speakers impacted by a proposed electric substation. (WBUR)

GRID: Time is running out for states to decide whether to leave PJM as federal regulators may approve conducting a capacity auction that is at the heart of the dispute. (E&E News, subscription required)

SOLAR: A Massachusetts utility reports that a boom in small-scale solar installations would not disrupt grid operations in an ongoing review of how state incentives impact electricity distribution. (E&E News, subscription required)

TRANSMISSION: A 13-mile transmission line costing $84 million to improve reliability along the New Hampshire coast is completed. (Union Leader)

TRANSPORTATION: A Maine company proposes a high-speed solar-powered ferry to connect two islands that could be operational in two years. (Waldo Village Soup)

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TECHNOLOGY: A State University of New York professor wins a $625,000 Department of Energy grant to research cost reductions of silicon-carbide power electronic devices, which are used in electric vehicles, wind turbines and other devices. (Albany Times Union)

COMMENTARY: A local official in Maine says COVID-19 cannot distract voters from tackling the climate crisis as initiatives at various levels of government near critical decisions. (Seacoastonline) 

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