Northeast Energy News

Reports back more aggressive climate actions in Maine, Vermont

CLIMATE: Vermont regulators say the state must spend more money on efficiency programs for heating and transportation to meet the climate goal of reducing emissions by 75%. (Energy News Network) 

ALSO: Maine’s efficiency utility issues a report that says renewable energy and efficiency alone won’t help the state reach its climate goals so transportation and heating must be included. (Portland Press Herald)

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SOLAR:
• Rhode Island utilities buy solar power from a 50 MW project under development in Connecticut under a 20-year contract. (Providence Journal)
• A federal report says nine Northeastern states added 800 MW of small-scale solar projects in 2019. (PV Magazine)
• Solar advocates endorse a carbon price in New York to boost renewable energy generation. (PV Magazine)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Environmental Protection Agency joins the list of creditors objecting to the sale of a bankrupt Philadelphia refinery saying it is owed millions in unpaid ethanol credits. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• The now-closed refinery tops a list of facilities in the U.S. that emitted unsafe amounts of benzene in 2019. (Reuters)

EMISSIONS: A Pennsylvania legislative hearing about the state joining a regional cap-and-trade program heard from coal miner opponents but no supporters. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

GRID: The sole Democrat on a federal energy regulator says the majority should shift course and make more accomodations for renewable resources and state policies as it manages regional capacity markets. (Platts) 

TRANSPORTATION: Participants at a Maryland forum call for more rapid transit options and electrification of vehicle fleets in the Washington D.C. suburbs. (Maryland Matters)

POLICY: A Massachusetts quasi-public agency created a decade ago to spur clean energy development may switch its focus to climate change as it faces depleted funding. (Boston Globe)

BIOFUELS: A bill is introduced in New Jersey to qualify methane derived from landfills to create electricity a renewable resource. (Biomass Magazine)

PIPELINES: Opponents of a Massachusetts compressor station meet Friday with state regulators to voice concerns about the project, including allegations of careless construction work spreading hazardous materials. (Patriot Ledger)

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CLIMATE: Massachusetts awards $11.6 million to cities and towns in a grant program to prepare for climate hazards. (WWLP) 

COMMENTARY:
• Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora says all New Jersey residents, including low-income ones, should be able to participate in the state’s solar energy revolution. (NJ.com)
• An editorial board says a report issued in the aftermath of a pipeline explosion in Massachusetts is a roadmap for improvements that are desperately needed. (Newburyport News)

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