Northeast Energy News

Will some public roads remain vehicle-free after the pandemic?

TRANSPORTATION: The coronavirus pandemic accelerates a trend in Boston to turn roadways into public spaces for pedestrians, bicycles and businesses for cleaner urban environments. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Several states, including many in the Northeast, are promoting electric vehicle adoption in the absence of federal direction. (The Hill)

FRACKING: A former Pennsylvania environmental official says the political importance of fracking in the state “is greatly exaggerated.” (E&E News, subscription required) 

UTILITIES:
Central Maine Power brings back a popular CEO from 20 years ago to shore up its reputation after a series of controversies make it the least popular company in the state. (CentralMaine.com)
Energy use in New York fell 4.5% in the second quarter due to the pandemic as greater home use did not offset an 11% decline by businesses. (Albany Times Union)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania officials are poised to fine the Mariner East pipeline developer for its sixth violation in one county since August that led to a spill on Oct. 19. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

EFFICIENCY: Letter grades for energy efficiency will be posted at New York City buildings larger than 25,000 square feet at the end of the month. (Habitat Magazine)

SOLAR: A Maine town will consider applications for two solar farms, including one that will occupy 42 acres. (Ellsworth American)

COMMENTARY:
An evangelical environmentalist says fixing methane leaks from natural gas extraction is not just a public health issue but a moral imperative. (TribLIVE)
Propane advocates say Volkswagen settlement funds available for reducing transportation emissions in Pennsylvania should be used to shift school buses from diesel to propane. (Pennlive)
• A former electrical workers union official says western New York should become a center for the commercialization of adding hydrogen to the natural gas pipeline system to increase productivity and continue lowered emissions. (Buffalo News)
• A columnist says an emphasis on Joe Biden’s comments about oil misreads changing Pennsylvania attitudes about natural gas in well-populated and booming suburbs. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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