Northeast Energy News

Russian tankers flare Massachusetts natural gas debate

OIL AND GAS: Experts say two recent tanker shipments of Russian natural gas to a Massachusetts port were isolated occurrences, as the incidents fuel a broader debate over infrastructure. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• A Massachusetts business group says the state is at “a severe competitive disadvantage” without more natural gas capacity. (Salem News)
• The U.S. Dept. of Justice is among those objecting to a bankruptcy plan for a Pennsylvania refinery. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
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Environmental groups object to the proposed addition of a third unit to a Massachusetts power plant. (Sandwich Enterprise)

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PIPELINES:
• Liberty Utilities has chosen two consulting groups to help them with its Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline project, which will run through New Hampshire. (New Hampshire Business Review)
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A stalled natural gas pipeline project may get a second chance as lobbying efforts for increased pipeline capacity have ramped up in Massachusetts. (Boston Globe)
• Federal regulators have denied a stay and a rehearing on the Millennium Pipeline Co. Eastern System Upgrade project that had been sought by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

WIND:
• A proposed bill curtailing construction of wind energy projects near a military base failed to get out of committee in the New York State Assembly. (news release)
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Vineyard Winds is partnering with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to study the impacts of offshore wind development. (CapeCod.com)
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The winds blowing off the Atlantic Coast could generate enough electricity to power those coastal states, says a new report by Environment America and Frontier Group. (news release)

SOLAR: A Maine solar company has received a $1.5 million federal loan to offset the cost of a 1.5-megawatt solar farm installed at a former Navy base. (Press Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A resolution has passed in Tannersville, New York to allow for the installation of an electric car charging station in the village. (HudsonValley 360)

COMMENTARY:
• Middlebury College should endorse the Higher Ed Carbon Pricing Initiative – a national campaign urging lawmakers to support carbon pricing and also institute an internal carbon charge on campus, says a writer from The Middlebury Campus.
• The solar industry is in crisis, but New Jersey lawmakers can approve a recently introduced energy bill that would stabilize the solar market, says the president of a solar association. (NJ Spotlight)

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