Northeast Energy News

Supreme Court allows Baltimore climate lawsuit to proceed

CLIMATE: The U.S. Supreme Court rejects an emergency stay requested by oil producers and allows the city of Baltimore’s climate lawsuit to proceed in state court. (The Hill)

ALSO: A Massachusetts city considers putting warnings on gas pumps to remind consumers of the impacts of burning fossil fuels on the climate. (Energy News Network)

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• The head of the federal agency that oversees offshore wind development says the Trump administration is committed to the resource amid uncertainty caused by the delay of the first large-scale U.S. project. (E&E News, subscription)
• The U.S. Department of Energy awards $17 million in offshore wind energy research grants, including one to a floating turbine project in Maine. (Recharge)

NUCLEAR: While shutting down for refueling, the Peach Bottom nuclear plant in Pennsylvania suffers an equipment malfunction that triggered an emergency declaration. (York Dispatch)

• Bipartisan legislation is introduced in Pennsylvania to expand solar adoption to include apartment dwellers and others who cannot install panels on their homes. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
A town in Rhode Island bans commercial solar developments from residential neighborhoods. (ecoRI)

PIPELINES: The CEO of the Williams Co. says an undersea pipeline into New York City could help the state’s climate goals and solve a stalemate with utilities unwilling to connect new natural gas customers. (Bloomberg) 

• President Trump will speak at a shale gas convention today in Pittsburgh to tout his energy and jobs policies in the center of the fracking boom. (TribLive)
• The Trump administration proposes the shipment of liquified natural gas by rail as an alternative to pipelines. (Kallanish Energy)

MARKETING: The New York attorney general and an energy service company settle charges of misleading marketing practices that include payment of $1.95 million in restitution. (Lexology)

EFFICIENCY: U.S. Sen Angus King of Maine calls for low-cost financing of home energy efficiency improvements. (Maine Public) 

• An environmental organization says Pennsylvania can take a leadership role by advancing its proposed methane regulations while the federal government abdicates its responsibility. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• An energy analyst says Pennsylvania joining a regional cap-and-trade emissions compact is ineffective, so the state should take bolder action by supporting more renewable energy and banning fracking. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star) 

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