Northeast Energy News

Pipeline expansion splits Massachusetts city leaders

PIPELINES: Natural gas pipeline constraints are forcing difficult decisions as a Massachusetts mayor and the city’s municipal utility are on opposite sides of a proposed expansion. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Pennsylvania county judge drops trespass charges against seven protestors who were arrested during a pipeline protest two years ago. (WITF)

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OIL & GAS:
Pennsylvania employment officials begin offering assistance to workers laid off by the closure of a Philadelphia refinery due to last month’s explosion. (CBS Philly)
A Harvard study says 50,000 people in six states, including Pennsylvania and New York, live within a block of a gas storage facility. (Bloomberg)

JOBS: Renewable energy job growth slowed last year in Rhode Island, but a state report says offshore wind will provide a major boost in 2019. (ecoRI)

STORAGE: New York and utilities on Long Island are offering incentives to install home battery storage systems. (Newsday)

HYDROPOWER: Small hydropower plants are producing locally based clean energy to communities in New York’s Hudson Valley. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

DIVESTMENT: The Maryland state treasurer says early discussions have begun on whether the state should start divestment of fossil fuels in its pension funds. (Maryland Matters)

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COMMENTARY:
A union official says an eastern Pennsylvania county’s opposition to the Mariner East gas pipeline would force reliance on more dangerous highway and rail shipment. (Daily Times)
An environmentalist says even if the Philadelphia refinery damaged by an explosion stays closed, the state and residents will be dealing with its toxic legacy for years to come. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
An editorial board says a Maryland tax credit for electric vehicle purchases that was exhausted in a week shows the program should be expanded. (Baltimore Sun)
The director of a solar company in New Hampshire says the state is falling behind its neighbors due to Gov. Chris Sununu’s reluctance to embrace clean energy. (NH Business Review)
A business magazine says Delaware, once an early leader in offshore wind, can only watch its neighbors as development of the resource moves ahead. (Delaware Business Now) 

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