Northeast Energy News

Transportation and Climate Initiative takes first steps

TRANSPORTATION: Northeastern states take the first step to limiting tailpipe emissions in releasing the first draft of regulations for the13-state Transportation Climate Initiative. (The Hill)

ALSO:
• The owner of a Maryland gas station that has converted to electric vehicle charging says he is “learning as he goes” after a few days of operation and seeing what customers expect. (Maryland Matters)
A volunteer group in a New Hampshire town passes the halfway point in an online fundraising campaign to finance a fast-charger for electric vehicles. (SentinelSource.com)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Green Mountain Power wants to switch to 100% renewable power but advocates say the Vermont utility needs to increase the amount of in-state sources it draws from. (Energy News Network)

WIND: An uncertain policy landscape has so far stymied offshore wind development in the U.S. with no clear path forward, advocates say. (Bloomberg) 

NATURAL GAS:
Ethane, a gas that is also harvested in natural gas fracking and used to manufacture plastics, is fueling an export boom to European petrochemical plants. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A new $1 billion natural gas power plant in Pennsylvania less than three miles from a nuclear station held its ribbon cutting on Tuesday. (Citizens’ Voice)

PIPELINES:
Massachusetts regulators slammed Columbia Gas for a leak last week that revived memories of a fatal explosion a year ago, demanding detailed work plans and threatening daily fines of $1 million. (Eagle-Tribune)
A recent court ruling in New Jersey gives anti-pipeline activists hope that states can curb the use of eminent domain developers have relied on to pursue projects. (InsideClimate News)

DIVESTMENT: The new sustainability officer at the University of Vermont will not push for divestment of fossil fuels from college investments despite student calls for such an action. (VermontCynic)

EFFICIENCY:
New Jersey, once a leader in energy efficiency, is now ranked seventeenth in an annual national survey watched closely by clean energy groups. (NJ Spotlight)
A Pittsburgh center becomes the second organization in the world to join a United Nations effort to bring greater energy efficiency to the built environment. (Utility Dive)

REGULATION: A new report views Pennsylvania utility regulation as the most constructive in the country, in part due to most rate cases being settled while being silent on the the utilities’ profits. (Platts)

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SOLAR: Improved technology will allow a New York town to install solar panels on a capped landfill after a previous attempt failed due to concerns about damage to the cap. (Post-Star)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says that although tiny on a global scale, Maine shows international leadership on climate with Gov. Janet Mills’ recent speech at the United Nations. (Portland Press Herald)

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