Northeast Energy News

Rhode Island adopts initiatives to promote solar development

SOLAR: Rhode Island announces new initiatives to encourage solar development on brownfields, rooftops and carports. (ecoRI News)

TRANSMISSION: A battle is brewing over which company will build the high-voltage power lines needed for New Jersey’s future offshore wind farms. (NJ Spotlight)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• Massachusetts plans to spend its share of Volkswagen’s emissions fraud settlement on new electric buses, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other projects to reduce air pollution from the transportation sector. (The Republican)
• An advocacy group’s new report offers a blueprint for a clean and modern transportation system in the Northeast, which includes more electric cars, buses and trains. (news release)

POWER PLANTS: A FERC decision to rescue a struggling natural gas power plant in Massachusetts proves there is “a desperate need” for a proposed $1 billion power plant in Rhode Island, says the head lawyer for developer Invenergy. (Providence Journal, ecoRI News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Marcellus Shale drilling and processing facilities have a limited impact on air quality and pose few risks to healthy residents, according to a study by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Climate activists in Pittsburgh ask political leaders to oppose a new Shell ethane cracker plant and stop the expansion of fracking in Allegheny County. (Tribune-Review)

PIPELINES:
• FERC approves a natural gas pipeline that will cross under the Potomac River in western Maryland. (Associated Press)
• A New York congresswoman asks FERC to consider a state-sponsored risk analysis about the expansion of a natural gas pipeline running from Pennsylvania to Upstate New York, where it will come in close range of spent nuclear fuel. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

HYDRO: A county in eastern Pennsylvania will allow a hydropower company to place a small-scale hydropower plant along the Delaware and Lehigh Historic Canal Corridor. (69 News)

POLITICS: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and challenger Matt Brown are accusing one another of accepting money from the fossil fuel industry. (Providence Journal)

CLIMATE: Shell Oil files a motion to move a climate change lawsuit brought by Rhode Island’s attorney general from district court to federal court. (Providence Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Expanding oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast and elsewhere “will grow the economy, create jobs and further reduce carbon emissions,” says the executive director of the Alaska Policy Forum. (Abilene Reporter News)
• An ethane storage and distribution hub in Appalachia could take Southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy “to entirely new levels,” says the president of Washington County Chamber of Commerce. (Observer-Reporter)
• New Jersey should look to renewables for its energy future—not natural gas—says the campaign director for a renewable energy nonprofit. (Star-Ledger)

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