Northeast Energy News

Vermont governor vetoes climate bill

CLIMATE: Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoes a bill requiring the state to meet emissions targets that would have given citizens the right to sue the state if it failed. (VT Digger)

ALSO: New York environmental groups will release a report that says the state can help meet its climate goals by eliminating some tax breaks for fossil fuels and encouraging more use of renewable resources. (City & State)

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EMISSIONS: A board in Pennsylvania passes a draft resolution for the state to join a regional emissions cap-and-trade agreement, opening a 60-day public comment period. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES:
• An analyst says a Pennsylvania order for the rerouting of a section of the Mariner East pipeline will delay but not stop the project as the developer will need to acquire new rights-of-way. (Platts)
• A Massachusetts congressman calls for the shutdown of a pipeline compressor for further oversight after an unplanned natural gas release during testing. (Patriot-Ledger)

SOLAR:
• A solar developer will pay a Rhode Island town $802,000 as they reach an agreement to allow a project to be built and drop all lawsuits stemming from it. (Providence Business News)
• A state regulator says a Maryland solar project can be built on 100 acres of farmland, ruling that a county law regulating such projects was too restrictive. (Frederick News-Post)
• New Hampshire regulators start hearings today on a 30 MW solar array, which would be the largest project in the state. (SentinelSource)
• A new poll says 80% of Pennsylvania voters approve pending legislation that would allow community solar projects in the state. (Solar Power World)

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OIL & GAS: Opponents of a liquified natural gas export terminal hope a decision by three governors to delay the project leads to its eventual demise. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says regulators should kill a liquified natural gas export terminal in New Jersey that would rely on a Pennsylvania liquefaction facility without adequate transportation infrastructure.  (Citizens’ Voice)
Connecticut is drilling a “dry well” in its lawsuit against Exxon as climate change is too complex of an issue to lay blame on one company, an editorialist says. (The Day)
• A labor advocate for infrastructure investment says recent storms in New York and New Jersey highlight the vulnerability of an energy system that still needs construction of natural gas pipelines. (Northjersey.com)

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