Northeast Energy News

Questions raised about ‘independent study’ of Maine power line

TRANSMISSION: A consultant hired by Maine to study the economic benefits of a proposed power line from Canada was simultaneously working for the Canadian provincial company that would benefit from the project. (Bangor Daily News)

GRID: Federal regulators issue orders for the New York energy market that critics say will prop up fossil fuel generators at the expense of renewables. (Reuters)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
• New England utility Eversource tells analysts in an earnings call that it expects to have 1,714 MW of offshore wind operational by the end of 2024. (Platts)
• A technology startup accelerator and an offshore wind company team up to encourage the development of technologies to monitor endangered right whales. (Taunton Daily Gazette) 

EMISSIONS: A new study says a Massachusetts law to encourage the use of clean energy technologies at times of peak demand may not be effective in lowering emissions. (Greentech Media)

BIOFUELS: A developer says it will expand its renewable natural gas projects in western New York to include six dairy farms. (news release)

CLIMATE: Indigenous people say the Green New Deal and other climate efforts locally and nationally shut them out of discussions and policies to address the crisis. (ecoRI)

SOLAR:
• The New Hampshire House passes a compromise net metering bill that detractors say still unfairly impacts ratepayers and could face another veto by Gov. Chris Sununu. (Union Leader)
• Vermont lost solar jobs for the third consecutive year and a third overall since its peak in 2016. (Vermont Biz)
• Maine town planners consider a 3 MW solar farm that would be the largest in its county. (Bangor Daily News)

OIL & GAS: Neighbors of a closed Philadelphia refinery anxiously await redevelopment of the site as the new owner wants to close its purchase within 60 days and begin remediation. (WHYY)

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UTILITIES: An executive of the Spanish owner of Central Maine Power says the company wants to put its past problems behind them and look to improving its performance. (WGME)

COMMENTARY:
• A transportation planner in Vermont says rejection of a multi-state tailpipe emissions plan would be “penny wise and pound foolish” to avoid gas taxes now and allow an inefficient and expensive transportation system to remain in place. (VT Digger)
• The New Jersey Sierra Club says Gov. Phil Murphy says all the right things concerning climate but there is no sense of urgency in enacting helpful policies. (NJ.com)

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