Northeast Energy News

Utility faces $1 million fine for lax maintenance

PIPELINES: On the eve of the first anniversary of a fatal gas line explosion, Massachusetts regulators send a letter to Columbia Gas saying the company faces a $1 million fine for improperly maintained abandoned lines. (Masslive.com) 

ALSO:
• Following the explosion, Massachusetts passed a law making it one of only a few states to require licensed engineers to approve pipeline construction plans. (Eagle-Tribune)
• Vermont regulators say a utility violated rules when it blasted through a road during a pipeline construction project. (VT Digger)

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TRANSPORTATION: Advocates push for the full electrification of public transit buses in New Jersey by 2040. (Northjersey.com)

UTILITIES: A first-of-its-kind offer from a Vermont utility combines solar, battery storage and a rebate for an electric car. (Times Argus)

OIL & GAS:
• A third suitor emerges to acquire a Philadelphia oil refinery shuttered by a June explosion. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• An oil and gas producer argues before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for the retention of a 19th Century legal doctrine that says resource extractions belong to the entities drilling for them. (Platts)

TRANSMISSION: Officials in a Maine town took no action on a request to hold a referendum on a power line through it to import Canadian hydropower. (Portland Press Herald)

NUCLEAR: An anti-nuclear power group that formed in response to the proposal to build the Seabrook power station in New Hampshire celebrates 50 years of activism. (Seacoastonline.com)

CLIMATE CHANGE: A coalition of activist organizations is urging Vermonters to take part in a national climate strike next Friday. (Brattleboro Reformer)

SOLAR:
• A Maryland county considers zoning regulations that would steer solar development toward industrial sites and away from farmland. (Herald-Mail)
• A solar farm at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania feeds electricity to the grid and doubles as an educational site about clean energy. (Yale Climate Connections)

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OFFSHORE WIND: A Massachusetts town is using Block Island in Rhode Island as a model as it explores how communities adapt to an offshore wind farm. (Block Island Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The owner of three small hydropower stations in New York says the state is losing renewable energy generation like hers because neighboring states have better incentives for those plants. (Crain’s New York Business)
• An pro-pipeline group says New York’s opposition to natural gas pipelines impedes economic growth in the state. (New York Post)

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