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)

• 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)
Environmental groups object to the proposed addition of a third unit to a Massachusetts power plant. (Sandwich Enterprise)

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• 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)
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)

• 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)
Vineyard Winds is partnering with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to study the impacts of offshore wind development. (
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)

• 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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