Northeast Energy News

Solar tax exemption may end up costing Massachusetts communities

SOLAR: Massachusetts communities may miss out on tax revenue from commercial solar farms due to a recent appeals board decision that grants exemptions to solar companies. (Telegram & Gazette)

ALSO:
A church north of New York City becomes the first in the area to install solar panels, which are expected to save $6,000 annually over the next 30 years. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)
A town in southern Maine unveils a 132 kW solar array on a capped landfill that will supply 95 percent of the town’s municipal electricity. (Portsmouth Herald)

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WIND: Five developers tell New York officials they will submit bids in the state’s solicitation for 800 MW of offshore wind capacity. (Renewables Now)

ADVOCACY: South Portland, Maine, will form a municipal coalition to push for an overhaul of outdated energy policies at the state level, including more pro-solar legislation and energy efficient construction. (Portland Press Herald)

UTILITIES: Nearly 100,000 ratepayers in Maine who saw their electric bills increase at least 50 percent last year are still angry after an audit of Central Maine Power’s billing and metering systems. (Portland Press Herald)

NATURAL GAS: Massachusetts had more than 34,000 reported gas leaks in 2017, according to state records. (Boston Herald)

PIPELINES:
Federal regulators issue a favorable environmental assessment for a proposal to convert part of an 84-mile pipeline in eastern Pennsylvania from oil to natural gas. (news release)
A TransCanada spokesperson says the company is looking at other options to move forward with the construction of a controversial natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to West Virginia that was blocked by Maryland officials last week. (MetroNews)
A county in eastern Pennsylvania appoints a special prosecutor to help investigate if any laws were broken during construction of Sunoco’s Mariner East natural gas pipelines. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A trash-to-energy plant in Connecticut is overflowing with an estimated 20,000 tons of garbage after two of its turbines failed in November. (Hartford Courant)

COMMENTARY:
Maryland officials’ decision to block a proposed natural gas pipeline in the western part of the state “makes little economic or environmental sense,” says the president of a regional natural gas trade association. (Baltimore Sun)
Connecticut Gov.-elect Ned Lamont has a historic opportunity to put residents to work by embracing a “Green New Deal,” say a former union leader and a climate and energy attorney. (Connecticut Post)
New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate shares 10 ideas to help the state’s residential utility customers in 2019. (Seacoast online)
The director of the New Jersey Sierra Club explains why 57 community groups are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to put a moratorium on all new fossil-fuel projects in the state. (Star-Ledger)

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