Northeast Energy News

Prospects for Central Maine Power’s power line project improve

TRANSMISSION: New Hampshire regulators’ delay in making a final decision on Northern Pass’ permit appeal has improved Central Maine Power’s chances of winning a contract to supply hydroelectricity from Quebec to Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO: A pre-conference hearing regarding Transource Energy’s high-voltage power lines project in Pennsylvania brought out 200 people – even though public comments were not being accepted. (Herald-Mail Media)

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NUCLEAR: Rather than move ahead with a nuclear subsidy bill, New Jersey lawmakers have decided to split the controversial bill into three separate bills instead: subsidize nuclear power, promote clean energy and revive an offshore Atlantic City wind project. (NJ Spotlight)

GAS-TO-ENERGY: A partnership between Waste Management and the University of New Hampshire is converting landfill gas into energy, which the university is using to heat and power its campus. (Waste 360)

SOLAR:
• New York’s largest community solar project – a 2.7 MW facility in Sullivan County – is now online and expected to reduce energy costs for roughly 350 homes and small businesses. (Solar Industry)
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A solar-powered brewery in Waterbury, Vermont has decided to donate its extra solar power to a local senior center. (Associated Press)
• A proposed solar roof installation at a Massachusetts school would provide close to 100 percent of the school’s electricity needs year-round. (Berkshire Eagle)
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A New Jersey agency has approved the construction of a $1.4 million ground-mounted solar energy facility at Atlantic City International Airport. (Press of Atlantic City)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A biowaste company is proposing a project that would convert sludge from the Schenectady, New York wastewater treatment plant into energy using a thermal heating system. (Daily Gazette)

GRID: A Pennsylvania bill that allows utilities to build microgrid pilot projects while also recovering costs through rates has made it out of committee. (Microgrid Knowledge)

OIL AND GAS: A Philadelphia refinery that filed bankruptcy has reached an agreement with the federal government that lessens its liability for buying renewable fuel credits – preventing its possible closure. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

COMMENTARY: Maine needs additional natural gas pipeline capacity to ensure its economic future and also help protect residents during harsh winter weather, says the president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. (Bangor Daily News)

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