Northeast Energy News

Vermont transmission project may be back in the running

TRANSMISSION: A Vermont-based electrical transmission project passed over for a renewable energy plan in Massachusetts may get a second chance. (VT Digger)

• New York will spend $24 million on two power transmission improvement projects. (Watertown Daily Times)
• Northern Pass plans to file a motion for reconsideration after New Hampshire regulators rejected its permit for the Massachusetts renewable energy project. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

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• About 40 towns in Vermont plan to vote on a nonbinding resolution to reduce the state’s dependence on fossil fuels – an effort to send lawmakers a message. (Vermont Public Radio)
• Massachusetts college students and faculty plan to gather Tuesday at the Statehouse to pressure local colleges and universities to obtain 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources such a wind and solar. (Associated Press)
• Secret recordings reveal that a top University of Maine official provided insider information that helped a company land a power contract with the university. (Portland Press Herald)

OIL & GAS: State attorneys general of coastal states are threatening legal action if the Trump administration does not terminate it offshore oil and gas drilling plan. (Washington Post)

• The Connecticut General Assembly has until March 1 to decide whether a nuclear power plant should be allowed to compete for contracts normally only available for solar, wind, hydropower projects. (Connecticut Post)
• A New Jersey proposed law that offers subsidies to nuclear power plants would cost taxpayers more than $4 billion over 15 years, according to an economic analysis. (NJ Spotlight)

• Sussex County officials in New Jersey are considering legal action following a failed solar project that left taxpayers on the hook for a $2 million per year payment. (New Jersey Herald)
• A draft plan in Connecticut to limit the combined power generated by solar rooftops and the elimination of net metering is raising concerns about the state’s fledgling solar industry. (Hartford Courant)
Solar installers say state and federal policies are holding back renewable energy development in Vermont. (Burlington Free Press)

• A city council in Pennsylvania has tabled a pipeline study after consensus could not be reached on a couple of issues. (Delaware County Daily Times)
• Developers of a natural gas pipeline in Maryland are expected to begin the next phase of the project – seeking approval from state and federal regulators, as well as residents in the path of the project. (Delmarva Now)

UTILITIES: Massachusetts state regulators are ordering utilities to cut their rates to reflect the reduction in the federal corporate tax approved by Congress. (Associated Press)

• A newspaper editorial says the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection needs to continue to reject a pipeline project that is expected cut across various waterways and other environmentally sensitive areas. (
• The South Jersey Times editorial board says that as New Jersey reboots the state’s wind energy program, state officials should consider resurrecting a plan for a wind turbine manufacturing hub in Paulsboro – an idea floated during the Christie administration.
• Anne Arundel County officials should exempt small solar projects from a solar moratorium so residents can receive credits on their electricity bills, says a nonprofit founder and director. (Capital Gazette)

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