Northeast Energy News

Pipeline fines will be used to restore Pennsylvania watersheds

PIPELINES: A $12.6 million fine against Sunoco for permit violations related to its Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline will be used to improve Pennsylvania watersheds that were impacted by the project. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OIL & GAS:
• Dominion Energy scraps plans to build a controversial natural gas compressor station south of Washington, D.C. (Maryland Independent)
• Heating oil prices are on the rise in Maine, with the average price nearing $3 per gallon. (Associated Press)

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RENEWABLES:
• New York announces $27.5 million in funding to help recruit and train workers for the state’s growing clean energy jobs sector. (Solar Industry)
• A state report says New York had more than 151,000 clean energy jobs as of December, and employers plan to hire another 8,000 this year. (NYSERDA)

SOLAR:
• Developers break ground on a 2.7 MW community solar project in Upstate New York. (news release)
• A novel solar-powered boat that was paid for using a federal grant will trawl the Long Island Sound and pump sewage from other boats. (WSHU)

WIND: Developers select MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to supply turbines for a wind project off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. (news release)

TRANSMISSION:
• A coalition of Maine business and labor groups give their support to a controversial transmission line project that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts by cutting through western Maine. (Maine Public)
• Maine’s gubernatorial candidates have voiced skepticism about the proposed transmission project. (Maine Public)
• Maine’s Public Utilities Commission will hold its last public hearing on the project today. (Bangor Daily News)

UTILITIES: Massachusetts’ attorney general sues a Connecticut energy supplier for allegedly using deceptive tactics to overcharge more than 100,000 Massachusetts residents for electricity. (Boston Globe)

GRID: New York’s grid operator floats a carbon pricing proposal that would remove financial uncertainty for consumers. (RTO Insider)

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EFFICIENCY: A new report ranks New York the most energy efficient state, followed closely by Vermont, Utah, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. (Wallet Hub, GoLocalProv News)

COMMENTARY:
• Central Maine Power has not done enough to address the environmental impacts that would result from its proposed transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts, say directors of state environmental groups. (Bangor Daily News)
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf needs to ramp up efforts to fight climate change, says a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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