Northeast Energy News

Report: Pipeline work triggered deadly explosions outside Boston

OIL & GAS: A series of home explosions outside Boston last month were triggered by over-pressurized gas lines resulting from a scheduled pipe replacement in the area, according to a preliminary report. (The Hill, USA Today)

ALSO: A Pennsylvania business consortium releases an economic development report as part of an initiative to expand natural gas use in the state. (Ellwood City Ledger, Philadelphia Inquirer)

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PIPELINES: County commissioners in central Pennsylvania ask state utility regulators to require Sunoco to hold public meetings on its Mariner East II natural gas pipeline. (WHTM)

TRANSMISSION: The New York Power Authority will spend $124 million rebuilding an 86-mile portion of an aging transmission line in the northern part of the state. (news release)

RENEWABLES:
• New Hampshire lawmakers and clean energy advocates release a roadmap for powering the state with renewable energy by 2040. (NHPR)
• Vermont and Maine are among 10 states that generated more than 20 percent of their power from wind and solar last year, according to a new report. (North American Windpower)

SOLAR:
• A developer installs a 1.7 MW solar system at Bose Corporation’s headquarters outside Boston. (news release)
• Local officials and stakeholders attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a solar project on a capped landfill in southeast Vermont. (Brattleboro Reformer)

WIND:
• The former president of the Conservation Law Foundation says New England can learn from Kansas about harnessing wind power. (WNPR)
• Ørsted’s acquisition of Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind cements the hold of European players on the U.S. offshore wind market. (Greentech Media)

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HYDRO:
• A judge rejects Exelon’s lawsuit against Maryland environmental regulators over a state permit requiring that it do more to reduce pollution flowing through its hydroelectric dam on the Susquehanna River. (Baltimore Sun)
• An electric utility is working to revive a shuttered hydroelectric facility in southern Maine. (Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

COMMENTARY: In two op-eds, a Massachusetts environmental leader and an executive explain why they respectively oppose and support a proposed transmission line that would bring Canadian hydropower to the state. (Boston Globe)

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