Northeast Energy News

Some clean energy groups seek veto of Maryland bill

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Some environmental groups want Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to veto a bill increasing the state’s renewable energy standard because it includes subsidies for carbon-emitting waste-to-energy projects. (Baltimore Sun)

TRANSMISSION:
Maine utility regulators are scheduled to vote Thursday on the New England Clean Energy Connect project that would import Canadian hydropower destined for Massachusetts. (Press Herald)
New York’s grid operator chose two transmission projects to relieve system congestion that its says add the greatest amount of capacity in 30 years. (RTO Insider)

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SOLAR:
The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act that increased the state’s renewable energy standard requires 14.5% that to come from solar, which is believed to be the nation’s largest such requirement. (PV Magazine)
A new report ranks Burlington, Vermont as one of the top cities for solar growth in the U.S. (news release)
A solar array is expected to help a Vermont library save money after unexpected soil contamination costs during a renovation. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS:
• Pennsylvania legislators are floating an alternative to Gov. Tom Wolf’s infrastructure plan that does not rely on an additional tax on natural gas extraction. (The Times)
• Opponents of a compressor station in Massachusetts urge residents to think more broadly about the risks of natural gas infrastructure. (ecoRI)

OFFSHORE WIND:
New Jersey will create a registry to pair the offshore wind energy with companies in the state looking for business opportunities. (NJ Spotlight)
An offshore wind advocacy will receive part of a Rhode Island grant designed to capture job opportunities for workers in industries growing in the state. (OffshoreWIND)
At a gathering in New York, industry proponents say more federal policy certainty and coordination between states is needed for the industry to grow. (WorkBoat)

OIL & GAS: The leader of Vermont’s Senate says he is uncomfortable with a proposed heating oil tax increase that would fund low-income weatherization projects. (VT Digger)

CLIMATE: A five day, 65-mile march to build climate action awareness ended with with a rally at the Vermont State Capitol. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY:
• A New York housing advocate says a moratorium on new natural gas hookups in parts of the state is a wake-up call that energy efficiency needs to play a bigger role in any solution. (Crain’s New York Business)
• A labor organization says New York needs to require prevailing wages for clean energy construction projects to extend their benefits to those building them. (City Limits)
• A former federal official says closing nuclear plants in New Jersey and elsewhere would be a costly mistake, increasing energy prices and emissions. (NJ.com)
• Recent revelations that a Pennsylvania pipeline project benefitted from a rushed environmental review should lead to its cancellation. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A petroleum industry representative says plans to subsidize New Jersey’s nuclear power should be denied because the plants are profitable. (NJ.com)

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