Northeast Energy News

Private lenders step in as Massachusetts solar loan program ends

SOLAR: A Massachusetts solar loan program credited with jump-starting the residential market ends its five-year run this month, and advocates worry underserved residents will be left behind by private lenders. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Solar development shows signs of recovery from the pandemic as states like New York and New Jersey that experienced the sharpest drop-off also came back faster. (Utility Dive)
• A Maryland county will construct three community solar arrays on a former landfill. (WDVM) 

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FRACKING: A Pennsylvania town that passed a law banning the disposal of fracking waste is sued for the second time by a gas exploration and development company. (Common Dreams)

TRANSMISSION: A federal judge denies an injunction to halt construction of a Maine power line; Central Maine Power says work will begin next month. (Portland Press Herald)

EMISSIONS: Federal officials schedule a hearing on Northeastern states’ complaints on ozone blamed on Pennsylvania power plants that likely delays any final action until well into the Biden administration. (E&E News, subscription required)

CLIMATE: Exxon takes a new tack in a filing in its challenge to a Massachusetts climate suit saying the litigation punishes it for its views on a public policy matter. (Bloomberg)

CLEAN ENERGY: New Jersey regulators again delay a cost analysis of the state’s Energy Master Plan for several months, saying COVID-19 changes many of the components of the projections. (NJ Spotlight)

COAL: The new operators of the third-largest coal mine in Pennsylvania remain a mystery more than a week after they took over. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The first phase of the New Jersey electric vehicle incentive program is ending with the state expecting to disburse about $30 million in rebates. (Daily Energy Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• The Sierra Club says electrifying New Jersey homes will create healthier indoor environments by eliminating natural gas heat while also boosting local economies. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Pennsylvania Democratic legislator says the climate crisis requires the state to resist Republican efforts to derail the state’s membership in a regional agreement to reduce power plant emissions. (Tribune-Democrat)
• A local green jobs organization says a Philadelphia-area utility stalls development of a climate plan that also delays a transition to solar projects and employment. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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