Northeast Energy News

Vermont seeks to steer solar away from farmland

SOLAR: Vermont is steering solar development to brownfields and former landfills in an effort to preserve farmland and rural landscapes. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A new state report says larger solar farms are slowly starting to appear in western Pennsylvania. (TribLive)

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TRANSMISSION: Residents in remote parts of Maine say their lives will be forever changed if a planned transmission line from Canada is built in the western part of the state. (Press Herald)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire legislators are proposing an amendment to an energy bill to overcome a legal challenge to prior legislation intended to save the state’s biomass plants. (Union Leader)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A trash-burning facility in western Massachusetts once slated for closure will instead be sold and all employees will be retained. (Berkshire Eagle)

NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf toured areas that would benefit from his infrastructure plan that would be funded by a tax on natural gas extraction. (WHYY)

GRID:
The organization that coordinates the power supply for the Northeast and parts of Canada says enough electricity will be available this summer as a decade-long trend of declining demand continues. (New Haven Register)
New York’s electricity market is at an “inflection point” as its grid operator adapts to aggressive public policy goals and integrates new technologies, a report says. (RTO Insider)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators have approved a proposed expansion of existing pipelines in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York to deliver more natural gas to New York customers in time for the 2020-21 heating season. (press release)

WIND: The Nature Conservancy has finalized its purchase of 3,500 acres in Vermont that were once considered as the site for 27-turbine wind farm. (VT Digger)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Groups presented petitions to state lawmakers to oppose the repeated practice of diverting money allocated for energy efficiency to instead balance the Connecticut budget. (Register Citizen)

NUCLEAR: A congressional field hearing outside Pittsburgh discussed how nuclear power is important in limiting carbon emissions. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says New Jersey regulators chose not to gamble with the future of the state’s nuclear fleet by lowering the subsidy the industry says it needs to keep operating. (Press of Atlantic City)
• An outdoor clothing manufacturer based in New Hampshire says it’s time to expand solar net metering as proposed by pending legislation now being considered. (NH Business Review)
• Climate activists are urging Gov. Larry Hogan to sign the just-passed Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act intended to transform the state’s clean energy landscape over the next decade. (Washington Post)
• An environmental organization says an undersea pipeline to supply natural gas to New York City would also damage ecosystems in New Jersey. (NJ.com)

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