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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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
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. (NJ.com)
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)

SOLAR:
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)

STORAGE:
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)

POWER PLANTS:
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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