Northeast Energy News

Providence climate plan aims to rectify past injustice

CLIMATE: Providence, Rhode Island unveils a climate justice plan that aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 while ensuring resources are targeted to “frontline communities.” (Providence Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
• A Massachusetts agency opens a new investigation into a series of natural gas line explosions that killed a person in 2018. (Associated Press)
• Opponents of a Massachusetts compressor station plan a new legal challenge after key permits are upheld. (WBUR)
• Plans for a new gas-fired power plant in Connecticut have become a flashpoint in the state’s debate over climate change. (CT Mirror)
• Developers of a proposed pipeline withdraw their proposal to New Jersey regulators but say they will refile soon. (Associated Press)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Two Connecticut auto industry leaders say the state’s goal of 500,000 electric vehicles by 2030 is unattainable. (New Haven Register)
• Maine Gov. Janet Mills says 23 cities around the state will receive funds for electric vehicle charging stations. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: A Connecticut Republican worries that a regional effort to cut transportation emissions will burden lower-income households. (Hartford Courant)

WIND:
• New Jersey officials seek to partner with Scottish firms on offshore wind development. (NJTV)
• New Jersey regulators are holding a series of meetings to explore transmission options for offshore wind development. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR:
• Maryland regulators will hold a hearing this week on a proposed $17 million solar array. (Frederick News-Post)
• Vermont landowners say conflicting regulations on wetlands make it difficult to develop solar projects. (VT Digger)
• Pilots oppose a plan to close a small Maine airport and convert the land to a 4 MW solar facility. (Bangor Daily News)

BIOMASS:
• The operators of a Maine waste-to-energy plant plan a new $15 million processing facility to export wood chips to Europe. (Bangor Daily News)
• Utility officials in Burlington, Vermont, say biomass has been key to the city’s status as the first to run on 100% renewable energy. (KGUN)

NUCLEAR: A bill in New Hampshire would establish independent, real-time monitoring of radiation releases from the Seabrook power plant. (Seacoast Online)

FINANCE: As other states adopt property assessed clean energy financing, officials with Connecticut’s Green Bank worry the state could lose its edge. (Hartford Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY:
• New Hampshire’s first net-zero apartment building is opened for tours. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• A Massachusetts school district says energy upgrades will help it save $80,000 per year. (Greenfield Recorder)
• It will likely take decades for Maine to reach its home weatherization goals as worker retention remains a challenge. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• A hiking enthusiast says a proposed hydropower transmission line “is not the threat to Maine’s wilderness that opponents claim.” (Portland Press Herald)
A lawmaker and an advocate say a Massachusetts climate bill “is a bold response to the crisis currently at our doorstep.” (Commonwealth Magazine)
• Writers list ten things Philadelphia can do to fight climate change. (Philadelphia Magazine)
• A Pennsylvania legislator describes five myths about the Mariner East pipeline. (Daily Times)

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