Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania is falling behind on solar, lawmakers seek a fix

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SOLAR: Pennsylvania lawmakers struggle with how to rework the state’s renewable energy requirement to encourage more solar development. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• A Massachusetts company is helping nonprofits and low-income homeowners install rooftop solar systems by connecting them with financiers. (BostInno)
• Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals agrees with a lower court’s decision to give state regulators authority over a solar project slated for 86 acres in northern Maryland, rather than local officials. (Herald-Mail Media)
• A town in western New York will hold a meeting to consider a community solar project that would provide electricity to 1,500 homes. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)

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WIND:
• Faith leaders from New England gather in Rhode Island to bless the Block Island wind farm. (North American Windpower)
• New York state looks to Europe to determine the cheapest way to build transmission systems for its budding offshore wind industry. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: Pittsburgh will install smart plugs in city facilities as part of an energy-saving pilot program. (SmartCitiesWorld)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania residents living directly above Sunoco’s Mariner East pipelines have a one in 81,000 chance of dying if there’s a leak or explosion, according to an independent safety study. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

TRANSMISSION: A county in western Maine asks a state utility for $26 million in benefits in exchange for accommodating a hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts. (Bangor Daily News)

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TECHNOLOGY: A Cornell University startup develops a method to convert carbon dioxide into fuel that can be used for transportation, energy, heating and cooking. (Forbes)

COMMENTARY:
• New Hampshire businesses should be encouraged to reduce their energy costs by looking into distributed energy generation, says the director of the New Hampshire Clean Tech Council. (New Hampshire Business Review)
• A columnist for the Delaware County Daily Times explains why she supports a Pennsylvania woman who received up to six months in prison for interfering with the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline on her property.
• Pipeline risk assessments done by a single consultant, such as one released this week in Pennsylvania, shouldn’t be taken as gospel, says a former geologist for the Texas Railroad Commission. (Delaware County Daily Times)
• Vermont is falling behind on its climate change goals, with emissions increasing 16 percent since 1990, says  a senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation. (VT Digger)

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