Northeast Energy News

Vote expected today on veto of New Hampshire energy bills

POLICY: With a vote scheduled for today, local officials are pushing for New Hampshire’s legislature to overturn a veto of two energy bills that would have supported solar and biomass in the state. (Fosters.com, NHPR)

SOLAR:
• A Connecticut town board votes in favor of a deal to allow a 26 MW solar project to be built on a large section of farmland, despite opposition from some residents. (Hartford Courant)
• The USDA grants $431,725 to nine Maine businesses to help pay for roof-mounted solar panels and other energy efficient investments. (Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel)
• The developer of a proposed 39-acre 12.5-acre solar array outside Trenton, New Jersey, says the project has “no negatives,” but the township’s planning board still needs to be convinced. (The Trentonian)

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WIND: Town officials in eastern Massachusetts reject a second offer from Vineyard Wind to compensate the community for the construction of a transmission cable that would be built from its offshore wind farm. (Cape Cod Times)

RENEWABLES:
• Rhode Island will issue a request for proposals to procure up to 400 MW of renewable energy. (news release)
• Over 200 New York communities have earned Clean Energy Community designations for completing “high-impact clean energy actions,” such as energy efficiency upgrades, streamlining approvals for solar projects and installing electric vehicle chargers. (news release)
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joins a governors’ coalition that seeks to promote wind, solar and other clean energy development. (news release)

OIL & GAS: An EPA proposal that would weaken methane rules by allowing companies to survey well sites for leaks just once a year isn’t expected to affect Pennsylvania’s new air quality permits, which require leak checks four times a year. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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PIPELINES: The Delaware River Basin Commission asked FERC to stop a natural gas developer from cutting down trees before receiving approvals for its PennEast pipeline project, but the agency says it didn’t consider the request because it was improperly submitted. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

COMMENTARY:
• A gas pipeline explosion that destroyed a home in western Pennsylvania is sparking fears about the Mariner East pipeline, which would likely cause more destruction should a similar incident occur in the eastern part of the state, says an editorial in The Delaware County Daily Times.
• Massachusetts’ leadership in energy efficiency may be in jeopardy due to a lack of new technology like energy storage and heat pumps, says an executive at Solect Energy. (Boston Business Journal)
• Regulators haven’t required an environmental impact statement for a proposed natural gas power plant in Rhode Island because they know it would kill the project, says a former coordinator for the state Department of Environmental Management. (ecoRI News)

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