Northeast Energy News

Ruling forces Pennsylvania drillers to pay millions in impact fees

NATURAL GAS: A Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision will force about 17 natural gas companies to pay millions of dollars in impact fees from low-producing shale wells. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

WIND:
A wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts would have lowered emissions and wholesale electricity prices last winter, but not enough to offset the region’s pipeline constraints, according to a recent analysis. (CommonWealth Magazine)
Developers of a wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard have yet to offer a compensation package for the state’s commercial fishermen. (Providence Journal)

SOLAR:
A Minnesota nonprofit works with a group in Vermont to provide solar power to 50 low-income households there. (Energy News Network)
A solar-powered microgrid will help an urban agriculture startup grow vegetable greens inside a converted New Jersey warehouse. (Energy News Network)
Seven families in Brunswick, Maine ask the state’s supreme court to overturn a town solar panel tax of roughly $200 per panel. (Portland Press Herald)
Massachusetts saw a 25 percent increase in solar project approvals after requiring pre-application for its interconnection process for larger projects, according to a government analysis. (PV Magazine)
More than 7,400 small solar systems totaling 143 MW were added in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia last year. (PV Magazine)
New Jersey solar advocates are hopeful about a draft plan issued by utility regulators to  overhaul the state’s current solar financing system. (NJ Spotlight)

RENEWABLES: More renewable energy in New England has increased rates for a small Vermont utility by diminishing the value of renewable energy credits. (VPR)

CLIMATE: Researchers at Brown University in Rhode Island launch a project to expose the people and money behind the climate-denial movement. (ecoRI News)

POWER PLANTS: A lawyer litigating against a controversial natural gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island says it’s likely that a siting board will vote to deny a permit to developers. (Uprise RI)

COMMENTARY:
• Commercial fishing in southern New England may be threatened by the installation of the largest and most extensive array of ocean-based wind turbines in the world, says a Massachusetts state representative. (The Standard-Times)
• Developers should focus on building wind projects well outside New Jersey’s sensitive coastal zone, say representatives for two conservation groups. (NJ Spotlight)
• It’s time for Massachusetts to pursue feasible alternatives to burning fossil fuel at every civic level, says a steering committee member for Climate Action NOW. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

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