Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania governor keeps door open for RGGI

CLIMATE: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes a bill that would have required legislative approval for the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, saying it would “effectively deny that climate change is an urgent problem.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

• The mayors of New York and Pittsburgh join ten other global cities in a pledge to divest from fossil fuel companies. (Utility Dive)
• New York financial regulators order insurance companies to begin developing plans for disclosing how climate change will affect their operations. (Politico)
• Delaware officials say the state will fall short of its climate target if additional steps aren’t taken. (Cape Gazette)

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• Federal regulators give final approval for a contested Massachusetts compressor station to begin operation. (WBUR)
• Pennsylvania regulators give the OK for repairs to begin on a pipeline that was the site of a 2018 explosion. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• A retired steelworker wins a dispute with developers of the Mariner East pipeline over a canceled public meeting. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• NiSource’s charitable foundation will provide $10 million to nonprofits in Massachusetts communities impacted by a series of 2018 explosions and fires. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: Advocates remain divided over the potential climate impact of a proposed hydropower transmission line through Maine. (The Revelator)

WIND: An online symposium this week explored the latest research on whether offshore wind farms impact the fishing industry. (Providence Journal)

SOLAR: Developers earlier this month announced power purchase agreements for 50 MW of new solar power in Delaware. (Dover Post)

• Maryland lawmakers push regulators to extend a moratorium on utility shutoffs. (Baltimore Business Journal)
• New York’s Museum of Modern Art is more than $200,000 behind on its electric bill. (Crain’s New York Business)

GRID: New York regulators require utilities to enter a minimum three-year agreement for energy storage resources. (Utility Dive)

• Newark airport officials say their transition to an all-electric shuttle fleet will be finished three months ahead of schedule. (
• Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council is launching a process to encourage adoption of electric school buses. (Wicked Local)

• Pittsburgh releases data on building energy use that it began collecting under a 2016 ordinance. (Public Source)
• New York officials consider a bill that would allow restaurants to use outdoor propane heaters as the energy-intensive practice falls out of favor in other countries. (Streetsblog)

COMMENTARY: Two New York City Council members say a proposed natural gas plant “flies in the face of every historic commitment we’ve made to renewable energy, environmental justice and clean air.” (Queens Daily Eagle)

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