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Power plant owners join Maine transmission line battle

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• Two Texas companies that own natural gas power plants in Maine form a political action committee called Mainers for Local Power to oppose a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower. (Maine Public)
• Quebec’s provincial utility reinvents itself as it tries to develop a larger presence in northeastern U.S. energy markets. (National Observer)

OIL & GAS: New York’s decision five years ago to ban fracking was praised by environmentalists but others say it represents a missed economic opportunity. (Times Telegram)

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EFFICIENCY: The New York Power Authority will spend an additional $1.5 billion over seven years to improve energy efficiency in state-owned buildings. (New York Daily News)

• Tesla finds a work around from Connecticut’s ban on its direct sales by offering leases to prospective buyers. (Electrek)
• A utility proposal to build an electric vehicle charging network in New Jersey raises concerns that it would burden ratepayers as the state pursues other clean energy initiatives. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE WIND: A long-term extension of the federal tax credit for offshore wind did not make the cut in final negotiations in the budget bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. (CommonWealth Magazine)

EMISSIONS: The Sierra Club drops its lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency as 12 states including several in the Northeast submit emissions plans to the agency. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: Two companies propose a 50 MW storage facility in northern Vermont that uses a “liquid air” technology. (Granite Geek)

SOLAR: A solar developer proposes a Maryland city annex land from an adjoining town to accommodate development of its project. (Frederick News-Post)

MICROGRIDS: A Maine island that couldn’t afford to replace an obsolete undersea cable switches to solar energy and storage to power its microgrid. (Boothbay Register)

UTILITIES: Connecticut finalizes rules to prevent utility shut-offs for some hardship cases after their numbers doubled in portions of the state. (Hartford Courant)

COMMENTARY: Hydro-Quebec says that indigenous people speaking out in Maine and elsewhere against its proposed power line have no ties to the province and do not speak for native peoples in Quebec. (Bangor Daily News)

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