Northeast Energy News

Where will renewables fit in Massachusetts climate push?

CLIMATE: The Massachusetts Senate last week passed a bill that includes a carbon tax and sets more aggressive timetables for emissions reduction. (WBUR)

ALSO: Advocates say proposals for net-zero emissions are incomplete without an equally robust commitment to 100% renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: A relatively small 7.3-mile pipeline in upstate New York languishes in an approval process as it becomes a proxy in the state’s battle over how to power itself now and in the future. (InsideClimateNews)

Pennsylvania natural gas companies are writing down assets as low prices make their gas reserves uneconomic to extract. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Two towns that comprise the site of a steel mill that wants to frack natural gas take opposite approaches to the proposal, which could force developers to redo permits. (Public Source)

TRANSMISSION: New York approves $341 million to begin rebuilding an 86-mile power line that connects hydropower and other clean resources to the state’s power grid. (NNY360)

POWER PLANTS: The developer of a gas-fired power plant in rural Connecticut expects to break ground this spring as protests against it continue. (Middletown Press)

SOLAR: A town on Cape Cod may study turning a money-losing municipal golf course into a solar farm. (Cape Cod Times)

NUCLEAR: New York objects to Entergy’s staff reduction plans as the Indian Point nuclear plant is shut down, saying its proximity to New York City warrants higher levels. (

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UTILITIES: Pennsylvania regulators seek an $8.8 million fine of a third-party energy provider for “egregious” marketing practices. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

• The National Hydropower Association says clean energy incentives in many states exclude or ignore the technology’s benefits. (Greentech Media)
• A consumer advocate says Vermont Gov. Phil Scott must match his past rhetoric and join the legislature in promoting climate action. (VT Digger)
• An environmentalist says New Jersey must accelerate the timetable of its recently announced energy master plan to confront the looming climate crisis. (Asbury Park Press)
• A columnist says an $800,000 electric bus in Vermont is counter to the state’s reputation for frugality as well as an inefficient way to spend money to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Bennington Banner)
• Educational researchers say fracking in Pennsylvania has had a negative financial impact on rural schools.(Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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