Northeast Energy News

Solar company says it will sue towns over delayed projects

SOLAR: A solar developer says it will sue two Rhode Island towns for $285 million for allegedly illegally depriving it of its rights to build projects. (Providence Journal)

ALSO: A city north of New York City will build a 6 MW community solar project on a closed landfill equivalent to 1,000 residential rooftops. (CBS New York)

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PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators say PennEast can use eminent domain in New Jersey to acquire land needed for the pipeline, contrary to an appeals court ruling. (Reuters)
• The developer says it will construct the project in two phases, temporarily terminating it in Pennsylvania as the New Jersey controversy is resolved. (LehighValleyLive.com)
• Massachusetts regulators will install permanent air monitors at a compressor station now under construction. (WBUR)

OIL & GAS: Proponents of reviving a bankrupt Philadelphia oil refinery say deed restrictions from a previous sale require its continued use as an industrial site and specifically prohibit recreational activities. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

TRANSMISSION: The attorneys general of Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut in a letter to federal regulators say the regional grid operator is anti-competitive for limiting bidding on transmission projects. (WSHU)

CLEAN ENERGY: A New York tax court disallows previously awarded credits for geothermal heating and cooling systems, forcing homeowners to repay the state $5,000. (Albany Times Union)

WIND: Maine environmental officials will hold a public hearing next week on a proposed expansion of an existing wind farm that will add five turbines and triple its capacity. (Ellsworth American)

REGULATION:
• AARP releases a survey in Connecticut that says 85% of respondents want more regulation of third-party energy suppliers. (WSHU)
• State regulators rule Central Maine Power must repay customers for past billing errors and pay a $10 million penalty for is shoddy customer service. (Bangor Daily News)

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EFFICIENCY: The Massachusetts Senate passes an appliance efficiency bill that is intended to restore standards that are being scaled back by the Trump administration. (CapeCodToday)

COMMENTARY:
• The League of Conservation Voters says New Jersey must cement its recent progress on energy and the environment by passing laws that back up recent policy initiatives. (NJ.com)
• A conservative think tank says a Pennsylvania prosecutor bringing charges against state constables used as pipeline construction security is a slippery slope. (Daily Times)

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