Northeast Energy News

Portland, Maine considers teaming up with businesses on solar

SOLAR: A Maine city will consider a proposal to allow large energy users to band together for joint purchases of solar power that would also create a revenue stream with sales of excess energy. (Maine Public / Bangor Daily News)

ALSO: A 1,200 acre solar array is proposed on a former strip mine in Pennsylvania. (WJAC)

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CLIMATE: Pennsylvania labor groups and Republicans unite in opposition to the state joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, imperiling its prospects. (E&E News, subscription required)

EFFICIENCY:
• Burlington, Vermont scales down its planned district energy system to meet its goal of carbon neutrality and now plans to spend $16 million instead of $40 million. (Seven Days)
• The Yale Divinity School receives a $15 million donation that will be used to build a 155-unit residence that purports to be the largest green building residential complex in the world. (New Haven Register)

NATURAL GAS: This year’s warm winter has reduced demand for natural gas and heating oil, pushing prices down. (CT Post)

OFFSHORE WIND: Rhode Island legislators seek answers to why a transmission cable connected to the Block Island wind farm at a beach continues to become exposed. (ecoRI)

TECHNOLOGY: Massachusetts researchers have developed a way to make electricity from air using a unique microbe. (Science Alert)

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ACTIVISM: Parents in South Portland, Maine take a lead role in fighting pollution from an oil storage facility. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental activist says a Pennsylvania hearing on the state joining a regional emissions reduction pact was a “farce” with testimony taken only from the proposal’s opponents. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• A gas industry consultant says changes made to the Mariner East pipeline project in Pennsylvania are sufficient to lessen its impact and construction should move forward. (PennLive)
• A former utility manager says a public takeover of electric distribution in Maine would cost consumers with significant financing expenses and the loss of tax revenue paid to the state and localities. (Bangor Daily News)
• A former union official says New York should not succumb to “extremists” that oppose natural gas power. (Buffalo News)
• Propane industry advocates say a shift to electric buses in New Jersey will help reduce emissions in the future but propane buses can meet the challenge immediately. (NJ.com)

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