Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania to pursue charges over Gasland pollution 

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania’s attorney general will pursue charges, including nine felonies, against an oil and gas operator for pollution incidents made notorious by the 2010 film Gasland. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO: Environmentalists from four states urge the Delaware River Basin Commission to reverse its approval of a liquified natural gas export terminal in southern New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

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SOLAR:
• A new study of New Hampshire and other states finds a lack of clarity on community solar policy is holding back development. (Energy News Network)
Solar generation investors, and environmentalists and social justice advocates tell federal regulators that a petition by a New Hampshire group asking them to assert control over net metering violates federal law and wrongly asserts control over retail energy markets. (Platts, PV Magazine)
• New Hampshire officials petition regulators to intervene in the case. (NHPR)
• Critics say a Rhode Island forest plan does not go far enough to address the threat from commercial development pressure, especially from ground-mounted solar arrays. (ecoRI)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
• New Jersey increases efforts to bring energy to disadvantaged communities including a proposal to create an Office of Clean Energy Equity. (NJ Spotlight)
• The Rhode Island climate council recognizes a connection between environmental racism, coronavirus and the climate crisis. (ecoRI)

WIND: Inspired by shrimp, researchers develop an anchoring system that could make floating offshore wind more viable. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Central Maine Power begins issuing $25 credits to customers with late or inaccurate bills as part of a state-ordered program to mitigate a problem-filled billing system rollout. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: Work begins on a 30-mile natural gas pipeline in New Jersey that a utility says will improve reliability. (Burlington County Times)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A developer proposed to turn a closed Pennsylvania power plant into a trash recycling facility that would manufacture plastic pellets and fuel. (Reading Eagle)

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COMMENTARY: A Vermont municipal utility describes how its Green Stimulus Program addresses COVID-19 while continuing to transition to renewable energy resources. (Utility Dive)

CLARIFICATION: An item in yesterday’s digest was misattributed to the Cape Cod Times. It was from CapeCod.com, a different publication.

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