Northeast Energy News

Schneiderman resignation not expected to derail climate lawsuits

CLIMATE: The resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over sexual misconduct allegations is not expected to derail climate-related legal actions his office has led. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: The Connecticut Senate passes a bill setting a target of reducing emissions 45 percent below 2001 levels by 2030. (CT Post)

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PIPELINES:
• A business group backed by pipeline interests releases a report saying new natural gas infrastructure is needed to reduce pollution from coal and oil generation. (HuffPost, State House News Service)
• A Pennsylvania lawmaker says the ongoing fight to protect citizens and property from the dangers of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project is a modern-day “David vs. Goliath” battle. (Patch.com)

OIL AND GAS:
• Environmental groups are urging New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to reject a proposal to build a gas-fired power plant in the Meadowlands. (NorthJersey.com)
• U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) met with President Trump on Tuesday to discuss aid for local refineries. (Delaware County Daily Times)
• Truck traffic related to drilling operations is accelerating the spread of invasive plant species in Pennsylvania state forests. (Bay Journal)

SOLAR:
Four proposed large solar projects in Maine could provide 165 megawatts worth of power across southern, central and western Maine. (Maine Biz)
• Solar panels are becoming more popular in Brooklyn, New York thanks to incentives, but unique architecture can make installations challenging. (Brownstoner)

ENERGY STORAGE:
• New York City agencies and officials have created guidelines for the installation of outdoor lithium-ion batteries. (Utility Dive)
A U.S.-Canadian project developer has acquired 40MW of flywheel energy storage already in operation in New York State and Pennsylvania. (Energy Storage News)

WIND:
• New York officials will ask the federal government to exclude areas off of eastern Long Island from offshore wind development. (Newsday)
• An advocate says New Jersey is spending too much time holding meetings on offshore wind: “We have studied wind to death. We need to get moving.” (Press of Atlantic City)
• Eversource hopes to continue its earnings growth through offshore wind contracts from its partnership with Bay State Wind. (RTO Insider)

EFFICIENCY: The owners of a Connecticut dairy farm say efficiency upgrades are not only saving money, they’re making the cows happier. (Journal Inquirer)

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GRID: The owners of microgrid installed in Bridgeport, Connecticut city hall are embroiled in a tax fight with the city. (Connecticut Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Maryland policymakers need to prioritize modernizing the state’s electric grid to handle more clean energy and electric vehicles, say two Republican college students. (Delmarva Daily Times)
• An energy storage project in New Jersey is “a harbinger of the green-energy future that will arrive soon.” (Press of Atlantic City)
How offshore wind could help overcome the challenges of integrating solar into New England’s grid. (PV Magazine)

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