Northeast Energy News

Pollution data doesn’t sway Massachusetts on compressor station

PIPELINES:  Massachusetts environmental officials say newly revealed data on toxins from a proposed compressor station do not require additional study. (CommonWealth Magazine)

TRANSMISSION: A newspaper’s analysis of a proposed contract to import Canadian hydropower through Maine shows Hydro-Quebec would sell $486 million of electricity in its first year of operation. (Bangor Daily News)

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OIL & GAS:
• Investors are planning to turn a former dynamite factory site in Philadelphia into a natural gas export terminal. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Some Pennsylvania lawmakers are opposing a massive infrastructure plan funded by a natural gas extraction tax because it commits the state to relying on that resource for the next 20 years. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

SOLAR:
• A trio of bills have been proposed to install a solar farm at the site of the Rikers Island prison complex that could help close a number of small polluting power plants in New York City. (Huffington Post)
• Concord, New Hampshire is considering a contested series of measures intended to regulate land use practices of solar development in the city. (Concord Monitor)
• A solar developer has proposed 1,000 MW of development worth $1 billion of utility scale projects in New Jersey. (ROI-NJ)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Philadelphia transit authority rolled out its first 25 electric buses and has plans to electrify its entire fleet. (WHYY)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The new owner of a Massachusetts waste-to-energy plant intends to bid on a new contract when its current one expires in about a year. (Berkshire Eagle)

OFFSHORE WIND: As offshore wind power developments proliferate along the East Coast, advocates in Maine fear the state has missed its opportunity to cash in. (Press Herald)

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POWER PLANTS: A coal plant owner making a pitch to New York to turn the site into a data center says it is unlikely the conversion could maintain the 60 jobs currently supported there. (Buffalo News)

COMMENTARY:
• A New Hampshire clean energy advocate says the governor’s veto message of a net metering bill sends a confusing message based on misinformation. (Concord Monitor)
• An editorial board says recent changes have recharged Maine’s solar industry but additional barriers need to be removed. (Press Herald)
• An environmental group says Pennsylvania needs to update its renewable energy policies, including enacting a bill that would allow community solar projects. (NRDC)
• A socialist and environmental activist in Vermont suggests a number of actions the state needs to take to revive its climate change policies. (VT Digger)
• An advocate says nuclear power plant owners in Pennsylvania have failed to justify their need for ratepayer-funded subsidies when they are profitable corporations. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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