Northeast Energy News

Transmission project is focus of Maine’s first virtual Supreme Court hearing

TRANSMISSION: Lawyers debate the validity of signatures for a proposed ballot referendum on the Clean Energy Connect transmission line, in Maine’s first online Supreme Court hearing. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Advocates urge New Jersey to drop a $24 billion road expansion plan, saying that encouraging more driving does not align with the state’s climate ambitions. (NJ Spotlight)

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PIPELINES: In a federal court case over approval of a Pennsylvania pipeline, advocates say FERC’s use of “tolling orders” to delay rehearings has meant projects have been completed before litigation can proceed. (Utility Dive) 

SOLAR:
• New Jersey regulators give solar developers more time to secure renewable energy certificates amid the coronavirus shutdown. (NJ Spotlight)
• Officials in Lewiston, Maine, approve three solar projects totaling more than 11 MW of capacity. (Sun Journal)
• Massachusetts is suing a Pennsylvania-based solar developer, alleging water and wetlands violations. (WWLP)

GRID: The New York Power Authority has entered an agreement to develop a zinc-air battery storage project. (news release)

WIND:
• Developers of a proposed offshore wind farm present plans to officials in Martha’s Vineyard. (MV Times)
• Growing interest in microgrids could be reviving the market for distributed wind energy, nearly half of which is developed by a Rhode Island company. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE:
• Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources appeals a decision by state regulators to freeze the state’s renewable energy standard. (Coastal Point)
• Two Pennsylvania colleges say they’ve reached their goal of carbon neutrality this month. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY:
• Advocates urge New Jersey regulators to investigate a waste-to-energy plant in Newark that has become notorious for emitting purple smoke, which could indicate combustion of iodine. (Tap Into Newark)
• Researchers find soil and water contamination downwind from an incinerator in upstate New York that has been burning toxic firefighting foam. (Albany Times Union)

UTILITIES: Amid a moratorium on shutoffs, Pennsylvania utilities say they’re unclear on how many of the customers might be struggling financially. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• “The solution to one crisis could be the solution to another”: A New York lawmaker urges investments in clean energy to revive the state’s economy. (New York Daily News)
• A climate advocate says Vermont solar customers should be allowed to donate net metering credits to help others pay their utility bills. (VT Digger)
• A progressive group says a state-owned energy system would make Rhode Island more economically resilient. (GoLocalProvidence)

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