Northeast Energy News

‘We don’t have time to wait’: Massachusetts bills seek to slash emissions

CLIMATE: Massachusetts lawmakers introduce a bill package that sets a target of net-zero emissions by 2050, a goal that Gov. Charlie Baker has expressed support for. (MassLive)

ALSO:
• Environmentalists and the Hogan administration are at odds over whether early climate leader Maryland is still doing enough to combat the crisis. (Bay Journal)
• Vermont businesses descend on the Statehouse to petition legislators to more actively fight climate change. (WCAX)

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OIL & GAS:
• Creditors of a bankrupt Philadelphia oil refinery say a proposed sale to a redeveloper should be rejected in favor of a larger bid by a rival group. (Reuters)
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes legislation to make the state’s ban on fracking permanent. (WBNG)
• A New Jersey poll sponsored by a labor union says two-thirds of respondents oppose a possible ban on natural gas for home heating. (New Jersey Globe)
• The Pennsylvania Supreme Court preserves a century-old rule that says gas extracted from underneath a neighbor’s property belongs to the driller. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

PIPELINES:
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker proposes stiffer fines for gas pipeline operators who violate state regulations. (Daily Gazette)
State grants expand natural gas service by building pipelines in several central Pennsylvania communities. (Morning Call)

OFFSHORE WIND: Larger turbines proposed for a Maryland offshore wind farm reignite debates about the future of the energy source for the state. (E&E News, subscription required)

NUCLEAR: New York’s attorney general questions a plan by Entergy to turn over the Indian Point nuclear plant over to another company for decommissioning. (Bloomberg)

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UTILITIES: Maine legislators are debating a bill that would ban competitive energy suppliers and provide all customers with power in standard offer contracts negotiated by the state. (WGME)

COMMENTARY:
• A Vermont town where historians say the first electric vehicle was invented  will hold an initial international electric vehicle festival this year. (VT Digger)
•  An editorial board says a Maryland hearing about the increased size of offshore wind turbines off Ocean City shows that more information is needed before the project can proceed. (The Dispatch)
• An editorial board says both Republicans and Democrats endorsing net-zero emissions in Massachusetts puts the state on the “right road.” (Eagle-Tribune)
• A power supply association says arguments about states’ ability to choose their own energy supplies disguise efforts to prop up expensive plants at ratepayers’ expense. (Utility Dive)

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