Northeast Energy News

Pipeline operator fined $30 million for 2018 explosion

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators fine a pipeline operator $30.6 million for a 2018 explosion in western Pennsylvania precipitated by a landslide caused by improper construction. (WPXI)

ALSO: A state senator says the fine fails to address poor oversight of pipeline construction, particularly in the eastern part of the state that has been plagued by construction accidents. (Times of Chester County)

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ACTIVISM: For the sixth time in about a month, protesters block a train headed for a New Hampshire coal power plant, hoping to convince its owners to shut it down. (CommonWealth Magazine)

Maine regulators this week will begin deliberations on what actions to take after a 12-month inquiry into a botched billing system rollout by Central Maine Power. (Portland Press Herald)
A Vermont study says the state’s electric utilities could partner with internet service providers to bring broadband to underserved communities. (VT Digger)
Heating and air conditioning contractors on Long Island say a competitor’s apparent affiliation with a local utility that includes using a company logo gives it an unfair advantage. (Newsday)

Avangrid is trying to burnish its clean energy credentials throughout the Northeast by developing two large offshore wind projects and promoting a Maine power line to import Canadian hydropower. (Lewiston Sun Journal)
New York regulators promote the adoption of clean energy resources by clarifying billing systems for community distributed energy customers. (Oneida Daily Dispatch)

POWER PLANTS: New York’s last coal generator could close in March as the state’s grid operator completes a study to determine if the plant is needed to ensure system reliability. (E&E News, subscription required)

OFFSHORE WIND: Maryland regulators schedule a hearing on Jan. 18 in Ocean City to consider an offshore wind developer’s request to use larger turbines than were approved in its original project proposal. (Cape Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey legislators consider an end-of-session bill that electric vehicle advocates say is one of the best incentive programs in the nation. (

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GOVERNMENT: Carol Grant retires after two years as Rhode Island’s energy commissioner after overseeing the state transition to achieving one-third of its energy from renewable resources. (ecoRI)

• A Massachusetts state legislator says the expired federal tax credit for wind energy must be restored to level the playing field with solar energy. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• The Heritage Foundation says nuclear power has been ignored as a resource that can provide clean electricity at a scale much greater than wind or solar. (Press of Atlantic City)
• An environmental activist says Vermont’s legislative climate caucus proposes small steps in the pending session that fail to adequately address the climate crisis. (VT Digger)

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