Northeast Energy News

Saving energy with ‘co-housing’ in Connecticut

SUSTAINABILITY: A Connecticut development shows the energy efficiency advantages of European-style “co-housing.” (Energy News Network)

• Providence, Rhode Island’s climate plan gives equal footing to environmental justice with greenhouse gas reductions. (Environmental Health News)
• Maine scientists and officials say the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 gives a glimpse of how oceans and the atmosphere react to a post-carbon world. (Maine Public)
• Major oil companies ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower federal appeals court ruling that allows Baltimore to pursue a climate lawsuit against them in state court. (Bloomberg, subscription required)
• A Maryland farmer is part of a growing trend of earning credits for storing carbon by using ecologically sound agricultural practices. (YaleEnvironment360)

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EFFICIENCY: Critics of New Jersey’s proposal to revamp its energy efficiency programs say lower incentives paid to utilities will discourage investment. (NJ Spotlight)

Work is complete to turn a section of a former coal power plant on the Massachusetts coast into an offshore wind staging area. (reNEWS)
• A Dutch company starts soil examinations of two offshore wind zones off New York’s coast. (

TRANSMISSION: Maine’s Secretary of State did not disqualify enough signatures to knock an anti-transmission line question off the ballot so a state judge will again rule on the petitions’ validity. (Bangor Daily News)

• New York funds a campaign to raise public awareness of clean heating and cooling technologies in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Reporter)
• A clean energy advocate describes lobbying for 100% renewable energy at the Massachusetts State Capitol. (Environment America)

OIL & GAS: A Pennsylvania town fends off a proposed injection well of fracking wastewater by using a novel legal theory creating “rights of nature.” (Rolling Stone)

NUCLEAR: Delaware health officials cancel regular distribution of potassium iodide to residents living near the Salem-Hope Creek nuclear power plants due to coronavirus. (Delaware News Journal)

STORAGE: New York regulators release an annual report that says the state is on track to reach its energy storage goal of 3,000 MW by 2030. (Niagara Frontier Publications)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is correct to veto a petrochemical tax subsidy bill especially in light of the revenue loss the state will suffer from the coronavirus pandemic. (The Citizens’ Voice)

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