Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania sets target to slash emissions 80 percent by 2050

EMISSIONS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

POLITICS: More than a dozen new members of the Massachusetts legislature commit to refuse campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry, support carbon pricing and promote renewable energy in the state. (DeSmog)

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OIL & GAS:
A group of Democratic lawmakers from New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and three other coastal states say they will try to block attempts to allow offshore drilling. (Cape Cod Times, Associated Press)
The Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal by ExxonMobil to block the release of internal documents, allowing Massachusetts to investigate whether the company misled investors about climate change. (Natural Gas Intel)

PIPELINES: A judge finds three protesters who locked themselves inside a natural gas pipeline in Upstate New York in 2016 guilty of trespassing, but does not hand down a punishment. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

UTILITIES: A Washington, D.C.-based gas utility offers flexible payment options to help federal employees during the government shutdown. (WTOP)

WIND: Rhode Island fishermen are worried that a proposed wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard will snag their nets and cause vessels to crash into turbines. (NBC 10 News)

SOLAR: A town in New York’s Finger Lakes region adopts new zoning regulations and a streamlined permitting process to make it easier for homeowners to install solar panels. (Livingston County News)

RENEWABLES: Maine lawmakers introduce bills to eliminate restrictions on solar projects, create a “Green New Deal for Maine” and promote investment in renewable energy. (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY: A Massachusetts man discovers a method for turning plant waste into affordable and renewable transportation fuels. (Earth.com)

NUCLEAR: A power trade group petitions the Supreme Court to review lower court rulings that upheld nuclear subsidy programs in New York and Illinois. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY:
It’s unclear whether Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will support legislation to double the state’s wind and solar power by 2030, says the director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. (The Daily Record)
New Jersey must reduce fossil fuel use and fully embrace offshore wind energy, says the president of the New Jersey Senate. (Press of Atlantic City)

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