Northeast Energy News

Transit ‘really catching on’ in rural Maine community

TRANSPORTATION: A bus service in Presque Isle, Maine shows the viability of alternatives to driving in rural areas and is the type of project that could benefit from the Transportation Climate Initiative. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: State legislators want New York to commit $2 billion to building upgrades, saying the state cannot meet its climate goals without added support for efficiency. (WSKG)

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CLIMATE:
A federal appeals court rules that Baltimore’s lawsuit against oil companies for climate impacts can move forward in state court. (InsideClimate News)
A New Hampshire state senator introduces a bill to create a youth climate council that would make recommendations on policies and laws. (Concord Monitor)
Members of the public weigh in as Delaware kicks off a series of meetings on its climate action plan that includes 25% emissions reductions by 2025. (Delaware Public Media)
A climate bill in Rhode Island to codify emissions reductions faces resistance in a legislative environment committee. (UprisdeRI)

OIL & GAS: A Pennsylvania appeals court sides with a township in its dispute with state regulators over an injection well for the storage of fracking wastewater. (Indiana Gazette)

TRANSMISSION:
• The staff of the Maine ethics commission recommends investigating two groups opposed to the Central Maine Power transmission line. (Bangor Daily News)
• Eight developers propose 36 transmission upgrades to offset the loss of a 2,000 MW plant in Massachusetts that will close in the next few years. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Towns on Long Island say a state proposal to streamline renewable energy permitting will take away their control over local solar developments. (Newsday)

NUCLEAR: For only the second time, federal regulators approve an extension of a nuclear power plant’s license beyond its original 60 years, allowing the Peach Bottom plant in Pennsylvania to operate until 2053. (York Dispatch)

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POWER PLANTS:
Workers at the largest power plant in New England strike over what they say are unsafe conditions. (Associated Press)
The site of the oldest coal-fired power plant in New Jersey, which closed last year, has been cleaned up and is awaiting decisions regarding its redevelopment. (Press of Atlantic City)

COMMENTARY:
A small business owner in Maine who was driven into bankruptcy by billing problems at Central Maine Power welcomes a proposed state law that would turn the utility over to a public authority. (Bangor Daily News)
An editorial board says a streamlined siting plan for renewable energy projects in New York favors developers over local residents and their concerns over land use. (Livingston County News)
An environmental attorney says New York has added enough clean power and efficiency programs to dispel fears of an energy shortage when the Indian Point nuclear plant closes. (Gotham Gazette)
The head of an academic research center says critics have been too quick to dismiss a plan by federal regulators to rein in subsidies for clean energy in PJM that distort the energy market. (The Center Square)

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