Northeast Energy News

New York landowners plan to bypass state’s fracking ban

OIL & GAS: A company hopes to drill on 53 acres in New York using a process it says circumvents the state’s fracking ban. (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)

ALSO:
• Developers of a proposed liquefied natural gas storage facility in New Hampshire hold a science demonstration to explain how the material is handled. (Seacoast Online)
• Crews this week will start neutralizing thousands of gallons of toxic hydrofluoric acid at a Philadelphia refinery that is shutting down. (WHYY)

WIND:
• A fishing industry advocate says it may be too late to compile an accurate “before” study of conditions areas under development for offshore wind as some work has already begun. (South Coast Today)
• Developers of a Connecticut offshore wind supply hub say changes in the state’s Port Authority leadership haven’t delayed the project. (The Day)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine will develop new charging stations and launch a $2,000 rebate for electric vehicles using Volkswagen settlement money. (Energy News Network)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu vetoes a bill that would have required utilities to buy power from the state’s biomass plants. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

EMISSIONS: Connecticut officials are seeking proposals for an additional $7.5 million in Volkswagen settlement funds. (Hartford Courant)

UTILITIES:
• Maryland regulators fine an energy retailer $560,000 for signing up natural gas customers without their consent. (Baltimore Sun)
• A class-action lawsuit against a Maine retail supplier is on hiatus as parties pursue a settlement. (Bangor Daily News)

HYDROPOWER: The New York Power Authority announced plans last week to spend $1.1 billion to extend the life of the 2.5 GW hydro plant powered by Niagara Falls. (Utility Dive) 

NUCLEAR: An employee of the Beaver Valley nuclear plant has become an outspoken proponent of a bill to subsidize the facility. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

OVERSIGHT: Delaware regulators fine Bloom Energy $40,000 for turning on a bank of fuel cells before it had permission. (Delaware Online)

SOLAR: Pennsylvania farmers share their experiences with solar energy. (New Castle News)

COMMENTARY: A newspaper publisher says New York is increasingly relying on imported electricity, which could leave communities at risk. (Post-Journal)

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