Northeast Energy News

New York lawsuit says Exxon misled investors about climate risks

CLIMATE:
New York’s attorney general sues Exxon Mobil, saying the company defrauded shareholders by downplaying the risks of climate change. (New York Times)
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — which oversees a bus terminal, rail system, six airports and other transportation infrastructure — says it will join the Paris climate agreement and cut emissions 35 percent below 2006 levels by 2025. (ThinkProgress)

POLITICS: Pennsylvania is the third largest carbon emitter in the country, but the state’s gubernatorial candidates aren’t making climate change a priority. (WESA)

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EFFICIENCY: Ski resorts in Vermont are cutting emissions by switching from diesel-powered snow machines to electric versions. (NECN)

SOLAR:
Connecticut residents are more likely to install solar panels if neighbors tout the benefits of their own systems, versus pitches from outside solar companies, according to a new study. (The News-Times)
A farm in central Connecticut installed 735 solar panels with the help of a federal grant and is saving 40 percent on its electric bills. (Greenhouse Grower)

MICROGRIDS: A Maryland county outside Washington, D.C., activates solar-powered microgrids at two public facilities. (Power Engineering)

NATURAL GAS:
At a shale gas conference in Pittsburgh, acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler says the formula for successful energy production is to “incentivize innovation, not stifle it with regulation.” (Tribune-Review)
Environmental activists marched through downtown Pittsburgh to protest the conference. (Pittsburgh’s Action News 4)

NUCLEAR: New Jersey’s three nuclear power plants do not need subsidies to remain open, according to briefs filed by critics. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSMISSION:
Members of snowmobiling and hunting groups in Maine are speaking out against a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts. (Maine Public)
The total cost of the project could exceed $1.1 billion with interest, according to an order issued by federal regulators. (Bangor Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
Pennsylvania lawmakers should act to keep the Three Mile Island nuclear plant open because its closure would have a devastating impact on the local community, says a member of the Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania coalition. (Press & Journal)
The economic and environmental benefits Maine would receive from a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts “are simply too good to pass up,” says a Maine lawmaker. (centralmaine.com)

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