Northeast Energy News

Rhode Island governor calls for tougher natural gas rules

NATURAL GAS: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo calls for tougher regulation on natural gas utilities following a report blaming a utility for a gas outage earlier this year. (Providence Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY: Officials from 27 Massachusetts communities write to state officials to ask for greater inclusion of low-income residents in clean energy programs. (MassLive.com)

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SOLAR:
• Rhode Island researchers conduct focus groups to gauge public attitudes toward large ground-mounted solar projects as they prepare a statewide survey. (Westerly Sun)
• A central Pennsylvania community considers installing a solar field to serve municipal facilities and save taxpayer money. (Centre Daily Times)
• A New Jersey town awards a 10-year contract to build a 10 MW solar farm on a former landfill. (WOBM)

OIL & GAS:
• The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will review a case that alleges a natural gas producer misled landowners on the value of their leasing rights. (Bloomberg)
• Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s comments against further petrochemical development in western Pennsylvania underscores fault lines in the business attitudes in the region. (Pittsburgh Business Times, subscription required)
• Public health advocates say an industry-supported study that extolls lower emissions while natural gas production in Pennsylvania has soared mischaracterizes government data used in the report. (DeSmog)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Long Island customers will pay 14.1 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity from a 130 MW wind farm being built off its eastern shore. (East Hampton Star)
• Maryland may reopen previous approvals of offshore wind developments because newer and larger wind turbines make the projects visible from shore. (The Dispatch)

BIOFUELS: Two Vermont companies won the 2019 American Biogas Council Up-and-Coming Biogas Project award for their anaerobic digester that will convert farm animal waste to serve Middlebury College (news release)

EFFICIENCY: New Jersey stakeholders in a hearing debate how many incentives should be provided to utilities to promote energy efficiency while saving consumers money. (NJ Spotlight)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Penn State researchers demonstrate that in some circumstances electric vehicle batteries can be charged in 10 minutes. (Penn State News)

CLIMATE:
• Providence, Rhode Island’s climate plan can provide a template for other cities on how to incorporate environmental justice. (Grist)
• A climate researcher tells a Pittsburgh climate conference that if unchecked, the climate in western Pennsylvania will resemble Knoxville, Tennessee’s by mid-century. (WITF)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy-labor cooperative in metropolitan New York says natural gas has a role in a clean energy transition while providing economic benefits in the near term. (Crain’s New York Business)
• A columnist says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is undaunted in her climate change lawsuit versus ExxonMobil despite repeated roadblocks set up by the company. (Boston Globe)

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