Northeast Energy News

Transmission alternative to Northern Pass moves forward

TRANSMISSION: Central Maine Power signs a contract with Massachusetts electricity distributors that sets prices for a proposed $950 million transmission line to deliver hydropower from Canada to New England, a key step for the alternative to the contentious Northern Pass line. (Bangor Daily News, InDepthNH)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators uphold a judge’s ruling to stop construction on the Mariner East 2 and Mariner East 2x pipelines, but give developers permission to restart the existing Mariner East 1 pipeline. (Daily Times)

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New Jersey lawmakers push back on House Republicans’ plans to penalize New Jersey and other states for opposing oil and gas drilling off their shores. (
The governors of five states, including New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island, ask Congress to reject a plan to impose heavy fees on states that oppose offshore drilling. (The News & Observer)

WIND: Vineyard Wind breaks ground on Massachusetts’ first offshore wind farm, beginning with soil sample tests to determine the best transmission cable route. (WCAI)

A New York school district, will save more than $125,000 in electrical costs in 2018 thanks to a new solar power array. (news release)
Pennsylvania solar installers have weathered the Trump administration’s tariffs on imported solar panels relatively well. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

New York-based Convergent Energy and Power wants to double its 66 MW portfolio of energy storage projects by the end of 2019. (Bloomberg)
Philadelphia-based Viridity Energy breaks ground on two 20 MWh battery storage projects in New Jersey. (news release)

POLICY: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu may veto two energy bills — one that promotes biomass and another that raises the cap on large-scale net metering. (NHPR)

FUEL CELLS: Connecticut’s biggest fuel cell plant will be built in New Britain with support from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. (Hartford Courant)

POLLUTION: U.S. district court judges in Maryland and New York say the EPA must force five upwind states to limit smog pollution to comply with a Clean Air Act provision. (The Hill)

A 785 MW gas-fired power plant comes online in Connecticut, becoming the second-largest single generator in the state. (Connecticut Post)
Residents urge Maryland environmental regulators to deny a water drainage permit that developers need to complete a compressor station for two large natural gas turbines in the southern part of the state. (SoMdNews)

COMMENTARY: New Jersey is reclaiming its role as a leader on clean energy, say experts in conservation and energy policy. (Asbury Park Press)

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