Northeast Energy News

Rejected transmission line goes before New Hampshire Supreme Court

TRANSMISSION: Eversource’s claim that the Northern Pass transmission line was unfairly rejected will be heard by the New Hampshire Supreme Court today. (NHPR)

WIND: The Connecticut House overwhelmingly passed a plan that could lead to the construction of 1,000 wind turbines off the state’s coast over a 10-year period. (Hartford Courant)

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BIOMASS: A plan by New Hampshire legislators to rescue biomass plants is modeled after nuclear power subsidies created in other states. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania environmental officials have ordered Energy Transfer to restore streams and wetlands at the site of a pipeline explosion before continuing with repairs. (Post-Gazette)

OIL & GAS:
• The Vermont Senate has scrapped a plan to increase the heating oil tax to fund weatherization programs, and offered an alternative by shifting efficiency funds. (VT Digger)
• The Pennsylvania House debated a bill that would compensate landowners for lost income if a moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Delaware Basin becomes permanent. (KYW)
• A federal judge is expected to rule soon whether to stay a lawsuit filed by an environmental organization that says a Massachusetts oil and gas terminal contributes to climate change. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: The CEO of Maine’s largest utility says a proposed law for a state takeover of its operations would be a seizure of private company assets as well as a danger to public safety. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a bill that eliminates the cap on the number of members in community solar projects and raises their size to up to 2 MW. (PV Magazine)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A New Hampshire Senate committee considering an amendment to rescue the state’s biomass industry excluded a waste-to-energy plant that had been included in previous versions of the plan. (Concord Monitor)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A partnership between automakers and states to raise public awareness about electric vehicle charging stations was launched this week. (Seacoastonline)

COMMENTARY:
• A critic of biomass energy says Massachusetts is poised to rewrite regulations limiting its limit eligibility under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A policy analyst says the proposed law in Maryland to expand its offshore wind potential would create 25,000 jobs during construction of 1,200 MW. (Maryland Matters)
• An editorial board says an undersea pipeline to supply natural gas to Long Island is needed in the short term to solve energy shortages as the state transitions to cleaner sources. (Newsday)
• A climate advocacy organization says the time is now right to update “regressive” solar energy policies in Maine. (Sun Journal)

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