Northeast Energy News

Petitions validated for Maine anti-transmission referendum

TRANSMISSION: Maine officials say enough valid signatures have been collected to qualify a statewide referendum seeking to rescind approval of a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower. (Portland Press Herald)

OIL & GAS:
• A Pittsburgh state legislator who opposes tax breaks for petrochemical plants holds a town hall for stakeholders to discuss the economics and health impacts of fracking. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• The Delaware River Basin Commission schedules a hearing on a plan to build a liquified natural gas export terminal in southern New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

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NUCLEAR: Federal regulators will review the approval process that allowed permits for a natural gas line near the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York. (E&E News, subscription required)

SOLAR:
• An environmental justice nonprofit brings solar energy to affordable housing cooperatives in New York City with its lessons shared with other multi-family housing units. (NextCity.org)
• A solar developer wants to acquire 25 acres at a local airport from a New York county development agency to build a build a 5 to 6 MW array  that would cost $10 to $12 million. (Post-Star)

WIND: Longer wind turbine blades produce more energy that could help constrained transmission areas like New England but they also require longer permitting cycles. (E&E News, subscription required)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New Jersey township installs two electric vehicle charging stations at its library and municipal complex. (Northjersey.com)

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MARKETS: A pilot program in Vermont seeks to determine the fair price of distributed energy in private transactions between producers and end-users. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:  
• The Natural Resources Defense Council says a New York proposal to streamline siting for renewable energy projects also includes needed changes to transmission development processes to move renewable energy to load centers.
• An editorial board says a $53 million federal fine paid by Columbia Gas for a Massachusetts pipeline explosion should go to the communities affected by the blast rather than a U.S. government fund that compensates crime victims. (Eagle Tribune)
• An environmentalist says collecting enough signatures for a referendum against a transmission project is a major effort in a Maine winter, so the legislature must act to put it on the ballot. (Portland Press Herald)
• A former Maryland legislator says simple steps to conserve energy are an antidote to feelings of despair about the climate crisis. (Capital Gazette)
• The owner of a small dam says hydropower is ignored in discussions of a clean energy future and celebrations of dam removal are misguided. (VT Digger)
• An energy efficiency advocate says New Jersey should use its share of funds from a regional cap-and-trade compact for efficiency programs to meet the state’s ambitious climate goals. (NJ Spotlight)

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