Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania a step closer to joining RGGI

EMISSIONS: Pennsylvania regulators release a draft of proposed rules for the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

CLEAN ENERGY:
A federal international trade commission starts an investigation of New England’s renewable energy policies including the impact of importing Canadian hydropower. (E&E News, subscription required)
Experts predict a long legal battle over a federal regulator’s order in PJM that disadvantages clean energy sources. (E&E News)

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CLIMATE:
• A study says snow cover in New England is expected to decline by half, further stressing ski resorts that increasingly rely on energy intensive snowmaking equipment. (BU News Service)
• While the Trump administration withdrew from the Paris Accords, nearly half the states, including most in the Northeast, are acting to uphold the pact. (Business Insider)
• Western Massachusetts towns and their partners receive $1.5 million state grants for climate resiliency projects that strengthen infrastructure and promote carbon capture. (Greenfield Recorder)

TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pushes back on assertions that funds from a regional transportation initiative will primarily benefit Boston. (MassLive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla begins leasing cars in Connecticut, but state law still prevents it from setting up retail outlets in the state. (News 12)

OIL AND GAS:
• A federal study did not find evidence that fracking is impacting Pennsylvania streams. (Pennsylvania Business Report)
• A bankruptcy court approves the sale of a closed Philadelphia refinery to a redevelopment company that has no plans to restart the facility. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

STORAGE: A federal regulator highlights work being done to integrate storage into the wholesale electricity markets. (Utility Dive)

OFFSHORE WIND: The developer of an offshore wind project in Delaware meets with local contractors hoping to get work on its construction. (Coastal Point)

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UTILITIES: Maine’s top utility regulator says Central Maine Power is fit to provide electricity service to the state despite recent controversies that include a $10 million fine for mismanagement. (WGME)

COMMENTARY: A state representative says a Pennsylvania plan to give tax breaks to the petrochemical industry squanders public resources as it will “socialize risks and privatize gains.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 

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