Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania struggles to keep pace with fracking monitoring

EFFICIENCY: Plagued for decades with reliability issues, Block Island wants to continue its energy transformation with an efficiency program added to its interconnection to the mainland and a nearby offshore wind farm. (Energy News Network)

OIL AND GAS:
• With lax enforcement of environmental laws during the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania regulators struggle to fill the gap monitoring activities such as fracking. (Grist)
• An analysis shows that the buyer of a closed refinery in Philadelphia has a mixed record in fulfilling its promises to redevelop polluted industrial sites. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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OFFSHORE WIND: A power contract between Vineyard Wind and Connecticut utilities for 804 MW of offshore wind is filed with state regulators. (reNEWS)

CLIMATE:
The Maine Climate Council notes that the shift to workers telecommuting forced by the coronavirus pandemic can account for a change in the state’s emissions profile even if only partially made permanent. (Portland Press Herald)
Rhode Island seeks public comments on carbon pricing as it begins a study of the concept. (ecoRI)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine ethics panel rules that an anti-transmission line group must disclose its donors as an investigation into possible campaign finance law violations continues. (Bangor Daily News) 

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FINANCE: Cornell University trustees place a moratorium on new fossil fuel investments and vow to increase support for alternative energy technologies. (E&E News, subscription required)

COMMENTARY:
• Anti-nuclear activists say federal regulators are endangering plant workers with relaxed standards and longer work shifts caused by COVID-19. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A doctor treating coronavirus patients says one of the best prescriptions available is cleaner air from sustainable transportation as the virus disproportionately affects those exposed to dirtier air. (Boston Globe)
• Renewable energy advocates say a petition to rewrite federal jurisdiction over net metering prompted by a New Hampshire group would have major implications on state policies. (Greentech Media)
• An editorial board endorses a proposal to put idled oil and gas workers on the job of capping abandoned wells, with at least 8,500 existing in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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