Northeast Energy News

Trump administration takes aim at pipeline rejections

PIPELINES: An economic adviser said President Trump will soon sign an executive order that would ease construction of natural gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas terminals, though it’s not clear how the administration plans to override state authority. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Federal regulators have denied New York’s request to reconsider their approval of the Northern Access pipeline that will transport natural gas from Pennsylvania to Ontario. (Buffalo News)
• The owner of the Mariner East 1 pipeline in southern Pennsylvania has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine and to study risks. (Associated Press)

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NUCLEAR:
• A second bill to save nuclear plants through ratepayer subsidies has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate. (Pennlive)
• Subsidies paid to upstate New York nuclear plants are higher than predicted due to lower that expected power prices. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

TRANSMISSION: Maine Gov. Janet Mills says she’s talking with lawmakers who oppose the Clean Energy Connect transmission line, saying she’s leery of legislation that targets a specific project. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR:
Advocates say New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu isn’t doing enough to promote low-income solar projects that bring benefits to residents who wouldn’t otherwise receive them. (NHPR)
• Developers say a Maine law restoring net metering returns the state’s solar industry to more solid footing but more needs to be done. (Press Herald)
• A solar array at a Connecticut animal rescue center is expected to save $1 million over the life of the project. (Solar Industry)

WIND: About three-quarters of New Jersey residents support the development of an offshore wind industry in the state in a poll released by Monmouth University. (NJBiz )

ENERGY STORAGE: A new partnership led by the New York Power Authority is seeking ways to assist startup businesses in energy storage and electric vehicles. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Maine legislators introduced a home heating fuel tax that they say will help fund energy efficiency programs. (WPFO)

POWER PLANTS: Siting board hearings for a controversial natural gas power plant in Rhode Island have concluded, with a decision expected by mid-summer. (UpriseRI)

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UTILITIES: ConEd in New York is offering incentives for customers to switch to electricity while a moratorium is in place on new natural gas customer hookups. (Real Estate Weekly)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says New England’s aversion to natural gas infrastructure construction has deprived the region of sharing in a national energy boon. (Providence Journal)
• Recent legislation to restore net metering is only a first step to bring Maine back to participating in the region’s clean energy boom, the state’s largest newspaper says. (Press Herald)
• The New England grid operator’s winter fuel security plan ignores the contributions offshore wind can play and relies too heavily on fossil fuels, an environmental advocate says. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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