Northeast Energy News

Northeast states urge FERC to consider climate impacts of pipelines

PIPELINES: Seven states urge FERC to consider climate impacts when approving natural gas pipeline projects, including attorneys general from Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and Rhode Island. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• State regulators clear Sunoco to restart work on the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline in a central Pennsylvania township. (WITF)
• A federal appeals court rules against a group of nuns who are trying to stop a natural gas pipeline from being built on their rural Pennsylvania property. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS:
• Significantly fewer acres of Pennsylvania forest were impacted by natural gas development between 2013 and 2016 due to a slowdown in Marcellus Shale drilling, according to a new report. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry is on hand for the unveiling of a natural gas export terminal in Maryland, which is the first of its kind on the East Coast and the second natural gas export terminal in the country. (StateImpact Pennsylvania, Washington Examiner)

BIOMASS: Burning woody biomass for electricity helped Rhode Island earn a D grade for its renewable energy programs, according to a recent report. (ecoRI News)

RENEWABLES: Pennsylvania lawmakers speak at a forum about transitioning the state to 100 percent renewable energy. (Digital First Media)

WIND: New Jersey utility regulators want to create an offshore wind funding mechanism that would allow developers to pay back creditors that finance project construction. (Press of Atlantic City)

SOLAR:
• Power sale contracts are approved for four solar projects in western Vermont. (VT Digger)
• A town in western Massachusetts approves a permit to build a 1 MW solar array at an industrial park. (Taunton Gazette)
• A 714-panel solar array at an “energy hogging” water treatment plant in central Connecticut is projected to provide 85 percent of the facility’s electricity. (The Middletown Press)

HYDRO: Massachusetts’ utilities file contracts to buy Canadian hydropower at a levelized price of 5.9 cents per kWh, but the deal depends on a controversial transmission line being built through Maine. (The Republican)

UTILITIES: New Jersey orders the state’s electric utilities to bolster efforts to prevent widespread power outages from storms. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY:
• Maine needs new policies to shift away from natural gas, which is tied to harmful methane emissions, according to an op-ed in the Portland Press Herald.
• New Hampshire’s $1.4 billion forest economy is reeling from Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a critical bill to help six biomass plants, says a wood energy representative for the N.H. Timber Harvesting Council. (Concord Monitor)

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