Northeast Energy News

Northern Pass given another shot; Massachusetts reveals backup plan

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Northern Pass is getting another shot at winning approval from New Hampshire regulators, otherwise Massachusetts will pursue a contract with New England Clean Energy Connect for its renewable energy project. (The Lowell Sun)

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The fate of upgrading a transmission system in Berlin, New Hampshire is unclear following New Hampshire’s denial of the Northern Pass project. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• A $68.7 million transmission-line buried deep under Lake Champlain has been completed and will carry power to and from Vermont. (The Press-Republican)

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POLLUTION: The Trump administration is expected to deny a petition by Connecticut officials that would force the federal government to halt pollution from a coal-burning power plant in Pennsylvania. (Hartford Courant)

WIND: New York residents are concerned about the impact that nine proposed wind laws could have on their communities. (Watertown Daily Times)

UMAINE: New information again puts the spotlight on how the University of Maine awarded an energy company a power contract. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: New Jersey officials are asking federal regulators to reconsider approval of the PennEast pipeline project. (Burlington County Times)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: An offshore waters rulebook may help Rhode Island officials challenge the Trump administration’s oil and gas drilling project along the Atlantic coast. (ecoRI news)

POLICY: New Hampshire officials plan to release a draft plan later this month or early March detailing options for spending $31 million the state received as part of a settlement. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

OIL AND GAS: A refinery company in Delaware is renewing plans for a $100 million upgrade to produce hydrogen, which is used to remove sulfur from fuels. (The New Journal)

ENERGY STORAGE: A decision by federal regulators to allow energy storage to compete with generators in wholesale power markets may impact natural gas and other carbon fuels in the future. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

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UTILITIES: The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to award an energy company more than $800,000 in damages and attorney’s fees. (Sun Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• New Jersey officials should put funds from rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative toward making homes and businesses more energy efficient, says the Press of Atlantic City editorial board.
• The Concord Monitor editorial board says approving a proposed 54-acre solar farm would run counter to the city’s master plan which calls for preserving agricultural land for agricultural projects.

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