Northeast Energy News

New York carbon plan could challenge federal regulators

CLIMATE: New York’s proposed carbon pricing plan could pose a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has been reluctant to address climate change. (E&E News) 

• Increasingly severe rainfalls — a consequence of climate change — are dislodging oil and gas pipelines in Pennsylvania; engineers warn current standards may not be strong enough. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• A Massachusetts agency has again delayed its review of a proposed compressor station. (Patriot Ledger)
• Neighbors are organizing to oppose a proposed compressor station in rural Pennsylvania. (WFMZ)

• Pennsylvania lawmakers say a proposed severance tax on oil and gas could help restore a contaminated plot of land in Nanticoke into a recreational complex. (Citizens’ Voice)
• Construction crews rupture a natural gas main in Boston, forcing evacuations and causing a brief scare at the state capitol building. (State House News Service)
• President Trump yesterday called off plans to visit a petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: Pennsylvania regulators have delayed hearings that were scheduled this week for a proposed transmission line until October. (Record Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Advocates are criticizing Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for a plan to use Volkswagen settlement money to fund upgraded diesel school buses. (StateImpace Pennsylvania)

BIOMASS: The Republican sponsor of a New Hampshire biomass subsidy bill says Gov. John Sununu’s veto “is really going to cause havoc” in areas dependent on forestry. (Valley News) 

• A progressive group in Cranston, Rhode Island is raising money to study forming a municipal utility in an effort to speed renewable energy adoption. (ecoRI)
• A Rhode Island bill that would have imposed tougher penalties on National Grid for outages failed to make it out of committee. (Newport Daily News)

POWER PLANTS: Environmental activists plan to protest Connecticut officials’ recent approval of a 650 MW natural gas plant. (Norwich Bulletin)

• Property owners are challenging Rhode Island cities that tax solar arrays as well as the land they’re built on. (ecoRI)
• A solar facility that uses mirrors to heat water for steam is being unveiled at a New York dairy farm. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: New York utility Con Edison is partnering again with local food banks to distribute 250,000 high-efficiency light bulbs. (Staten Island Advance)

COMMENTARY: Advocates urge Northeast states to consider communities most impacted by transportation pollution as they make plans to reduce emissions. (Baltimore Sun)


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