Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania lawmaker seeks to shut down pipeline construction

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania state lawmaker files an emergency petition with state regulators to stop construction of the Mariner 2 East pipeline. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO:
E&E News explains FERC’s pipeline policy review.
• An opposition group forms to fight a proposed Maryland natural gas pipeline. (WMDT)

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WIND:
• A report released last week says offshore wind could have as much as $800 million in economic impact in Massachusetts. (State House News Service)
• The second phase of a wind farm in Massachusetts is generating health-related complaints, while the first phase is not. (Quincy Patriot Ledger)

SOLAR:
• New York plans incentives for solar projects that avoid farmland. (lohud.com)
• Delaware officials unveil a new solar array at a state park that replaces a diesel generator that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy. (Dover Post)
• Maine regulators sign off on a pair of 20 MW solar projects. (Portland Press Herald)
• A Quaker church in New Hampshire will share excess electricity from its solar array with neighbors through a “group net metering” arrangement. (Concord Monitor)
• Officials in Troy, New York announce completion of the first phase of the city’s 2.1 MW solar project. (Troy Record)
• Developers consider three Vermont brownfield sites for new solar arrays. (VT Digger)
• A Maine town considers a solar project in cooperation with its school district. (Portland Press Herald)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Rhode Island officials say the state is on track to meet its goal of 1,000 MW of renewable energy. (Rhode Island Public Radio)

GRID:
• A forum in New Hampshire explores the role states have in preserving system reliability in New England. (Vermont Public Radio)
• The possible shutdown of a Massachusetts natural gas plant raises new concerns about New England’s grid reliability. (Concord Monitor)
• New York will launch a utility registry this summer to gather information on customer energy usage. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: Pennsylvania regulators will hold a series of public hearings on a proposed transmission project. (Record Herald)

NUCLEAR: Environmentalists are concerned that shutting down Pennsylvania nuclear plants will bring more natural gas onto the grid. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

HYDROPOWER:
• A bill to raise New Hampshire’s net metering cap could be a boost for small hydropower projects. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• Maryland officials will require the operator of the Conowingo Dam to develop a plan to trap nitrogen and other pollutants in the water. (Baltimore Sun)

COMMENTARY:
• The Portland Press Herald says Maine regulators should uphold a power purchase agreement with a proposed offshore wind project.
• The president of a grid development firm says New Jersey should ensure open access to offshore wind transmission lines. (NJ.com)
• An advocate says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s support of a fracking ban hides other pro-gas policies. (Capital Gazette)
• How electric buses will change cities. (Vox)

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