Northeast Energy News

Wind industry sues Maine governor over moratorium

WIND: A state renewable energy association has filed a lawsuit challenging Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s constitutional authority to place a moratorium on wind energy projects. (Portland Press Herald)

TECHNOLOGY: A utility that serves three Northeast states is among those who say blockchain – the digital code that is used to create cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin – could also play a role in advancing clean energy. (Northeast Energy News)

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TRANSMISSION: A decision by New Hampshire regulators to reject the Northern Pass hydro-electric project has begun impacting business in the state, says a state business association. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

NUCLEAR: A Trump administration plan could see some nuclear plants operating to 2050 and even beyond. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania court has held up an earlier county court ruling that found that a pipeline’s status as a public utility trumps local regulation. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Hanover, New Hampshire is nearly a quarter of the way toward using only renewable electricity by 2030, according to a new report by the Sierra Club. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
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The New Hampshire House has passed a bill that would limit the amount of solar and wind required in a utility’s energy portfolio. (New Hampshire Business Review)
• Two Maine cities – Portland and South Portland – are in discussions to collaborate on a plan with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. (The Forecaster)

BIOENERGY: Sussex County officials in Delaware have delayed making a final decision on a project that would convert chicken manure into energy after residents voiced concerns. (The News Journal)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: A Maine town expects to recover its costs in about three years by purchasing its own LED streetlights instead of leasing existing lights from a utility. (The Forecaster)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY:
• Residents in the Finger Lakes region of New York are calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject plans for a waste-to-energy facility in their community. (WRVO)
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Jessup, Maryland may become the new home to a waste-to-energy facility that would use area food distribution businesses as fuel suppliers. (The Frederick News-Post)

COMMENTARY:
• A group of Massachusetts solar energy executives say solar is under assault in the state and that the Baker administration needs to take bold action to rectify the problem. (Cape Cod Times)
• An advocate says Maryland lawmakers should support the 100% Clean Renewable Energy and Equity Act because it ends the subsidy system underpinning the state’s current renewable portfolio standard. (Maryland Matters)
• A Press of Atlantic City editorial says Northeast states should work together to maximize benefits from wind energy.

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