Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania House passes bill to block joining emissions compact

EMISSIONS: The Pennsylvania House passes a bill to prevent the state from joining a regional emissions compact as environmental officials release a report that says membership would save hundreds of lives. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

FINANCE: Connecticut’s green bank unveils $1,000 “mini green bonds” that allow the public to help fund clean energy projects. (Energy News Network)

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TRANSMISSION:
• The New York Power Authority releases a transmission plan to “unbottle” about 1,000 MW of proposed renewable energy projects in the northern part of the state. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Maine’s secretary of state finalizes wording for a ballot question that seeks to reverse regulators’ approval of a powerline to import Canadian hydropower. (NewsCenterMaine)
• PJM dusts off a never-used mechanism to allow states to pay for transmission needed to help meet their renewable energy goals. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

PIPELINES:
• PennEast Pipeline developers say they are committed to the project as they await a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, which asked for additional filings from federal officials. (CentralJersey.com)
• Hearings open on an 18-mile natural gas pipeline in eastern Maryland that has been in the works for 20 years. (WMDT)

EFFICIENCY:
• A New York real estate firm seeks proposals to turn its office campus into “smart buildings” retrofitted with innovative technologies to enhance sustainability. (Smart Cities World)
• New England’s largest utility restarts in-home energy efficiency services with COVID-19 protocols in place. (news release) 

SOLAR: Delaware increases grants for residential solar installations and raises the cap for individual projects to $25,000. (DelawarePublic.org)

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TRANSPORTATION: A riders’ group says half of New York City’s subway system is at risk of elimination unless billions in federal aid helps it overcome a drop in revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (E&E News, subscription required)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says a Pennsylvania grand jury report on the fracking industry succeeds in state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s goal to “hold the frackers accountable.” (Herald Standard)

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