Northeast Energy News

New Jersey unveils plan for zero emissions by 2050

CLIMATE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy unveils his much-anticipated state energy plan for zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a requirement for officials to craft regulations over the next two years. (NorthJersey.com) 

ALSO: Activists criticize New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget at a hearing, saying it fails to adequately address the climate crisis. (New York Daily News)

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PIPELINES: Pennsylvania residents living near a Mariner East pipeline construction accident have since had foul, undrinkable well water that they say was contaminated by the incident. (The Guardian)

TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker proposes a $1 trip fee on ride-sharing services like Uber to raise money for Boston’s subways. (E&E News, subscription required)

WIND:
• The developer of offshore wind projects in New England funds a study to examine project impacts on endangered right whales. (ecoRI)
• Maine has enough wind energy potential to provide all of its electricity needs, but policy and development hurdles remain. (Bangor Daily News)

STORAGE: The New York Power Authority will test zinc-air storage as a possible alternative to the predominant lithium-ion batteries. (Utility Dive)

HYDROPOWER: A cryptocurrency firm that located in northern New York to take advantage of cheap hydropower fights local officials over a $1 million security deposit that it says was miscalculated. (NCPR)

TRANSMISSION:
• A Maine town passes a six-month moratorium on transmission projects in an attempt to thwart a proposed power line to import Canadian hydropower. (Daily Bulldog)
• Hydro-Quebec steps up its public relations efforts in Maine to promote the line. (Mainebiz) 

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OIL & GAS: Delaware officials fine a refinery $70,000 for the release of toxic chemicals that occurred over several months. (Delaware News Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental organizer says election results in Philadelphia suburbs last fall show that climate concerns are more prominent with voters than conventional wisdom generally says. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce says the state needs to continue its pipeline build-out to expand the economic benefits of its gas resources. (Observer-Reporter)
• A conservative think tank says a proposed climate law in Vermont will impose massive costs on residents administered by bureaucrats without legislators having to make unpopular votes. (VT Digger)

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