Northeast Energy News

New York closing in on aggressive climate legislation

CLIMATE CHANGE: New York legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are close to a deal that would codify the state goal to reduce emissions 85% by 2050. (Times Union)

FRACKING: Hundreds of organizations and individuals have asked Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to investigate possible links between shale gas development and  childhood cancers. (Post-Gazette)

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EMISSIONS: New Jersey has issued regulations that help clear the path for its reentry into a regional greenhouse gas reductions compact. (NJ Spotlight)

PIPELINES:
• Williams Co. has refiled its permit application in New Jersey for an undersea pipeline that was rejected by environmental officials earlier this month. (Courier News)
• Residents near a proposed compressor station in Massachusetts tell federal regulators the site has inadequate safety precautions due to its location on a peninsula. (Patriot Ledger)
• Gas leaks near five schools in Worcester, Mass. should be fixed immediately, residents told city officials. (The Telegram)

OIL & GAS: Facing up to $1 billion in claims, NiSource may sell its natural gas unit in Massachusetts that was responsible for a deadly explosion last year. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
Maine’s Senate gives near-unanimous support for a bill that would encourage more solar development in the state. (WABI)
A Rhode Island town has ordered a developer to remove pilings at a solar array site that has not received required permits. (ecoRI)
Western Massachusetts legislators at a town forum say solar development should occur only where its environmental impact is lessened. (Berkshire Eagle)

BIOMASS: Massachusetts officials have extended for a second time the comment period on new biomass eligibility rules for clean energy subsidies. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE WIND: A federal report on the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project will be released in July, about a month late, as officials review public comments. (Cape Cod Times)

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EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire legislators have passed a law that would create a statewide energy database that would allow consumers to monitor their energy use and give them the opportunity to lower their costs. (Union Leader)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmentalist says bipartisan majorities in a Pennsylvania poll want regulation of carbon pollution. (Daily Times)
• A Delaware state representative says joining a multi-state effort to limit emissions from transportation will only increase costs to consumers. (Delaware Online)

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