Northeast Energy News

Sinkholes force shutdown of Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators order the immediate shutdown of the Mariner East 1 pipeline after sinkholes exposed the pipe near a Philadelphia suburb. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

STORAGE:
• Why policy proposals in four Northeast states could push the region to rival California on energy storage. (Northeast Energy News)
• General Electric unveils a 1.2 MW grid-scale storage battery. (Daily Gazette)
• Sunrun expands its home solar battery service to Massachusetts. (PV Magazine)

CLIMATE: Thirty-five Vermont communities adopted climate resolutions at town meetings this week. (Vermont Public Radio)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A public hearing in Maine draws strong opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling. (Portland Press Herald)

TRANSMISSION: Canadian officials approve the Quebec segment of the Northern Pass transmission project. (Utility Dive)

WIND: Officials from Ocean City, Maryland urge state lawmakers to require offshore wind turbines to be built farther from shore, citing concerns about disrupting tourism. (Delmarva Now)

SOLAR:
• A Massachusetts entrepreneur launched her own solar finance company when she was having trouble finding funding for a rooftop array. (Greentech Media)
• A faith-based partnership is helping expand solar power in North Philadelphia. (Generocity)
• A Maine town considers reviving its solar-purchasing program. (The Forecaster)

NUCLEAR: Following a state settlement, officials in a Vermont town approve an agreement for the purchase of the Vermont Yankee plant. (VT Digger)

OIL AND GAS: A Delaware refinery will pay $218,000 in penalties for environmental violations. (Associated Press)

POLLUTION: Pennsylvania regulators are investigating health complaints after yellow smoke is emitted from a natural gas-fired power plant that is under construction. (NPR)

COAL: OSHA fines two companies after a hydrogen sulfide gas leak killed two workers at a Pennsylvania power plant last year. (WESA)

COMMENTARY:
• A Berkshire Eagle editorial praises Massachusetts’ progress on renewable energy.
• A Timberland executive says clean energy is good for New Hampshire businesses. (New Hampshire Business Review)
• A Massachusetts state senator says “it’s time for a state-based, market-driven approach to reduce the use of carbon.” (MassLive)
• An environmental advocate and transit union leader urge New Jersey to electrify its transportation sector. (NJ.com)

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