Northeast Energy News is one of five regional services published by the Energy News Network. Today’s edition was compiled by Bridget Reed Morawski.
Correction: The owner of more than a dozen Long Island gas stations was fined $250,000 for violating federal hazardous waste regulations. An earlier version of this digest misstated the fine amount.
Correction: New Hampshire’s state Senate approves a bipartisan legislative proposal to develop an electric school bus pilot program. An earlier version of this digest incorrectly reported the state.
HYDROGEN: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York are jointly organizing a bid to receive federal funding to develop a regional clean hydrogen hub. (Bloomberg)
SOLAR: Connecticut introduces legislation to address frequent consumer protection complaints related to solar companies, but industry leaders say the proposal to curtail aggressive sales tactics is too broad and impractical. (Energy News Network)
• Rhode Island officials continue to pledge offshore wind will bring jobs to the state, but neither the governor’s office nor the state commerce agency can detail how many. (Providence Business News)
• National Grid tells Rhode Island legislators that proposed offshore wind financial incentives aren’t enough to satisfy the risk the company assumes with the projects, but some lawmakers question if that’s true. (Providence Journal)
• Shell reports a 2,500-gallon sulfuric acid wastewater spill at an ethane cracker in Pennsylvania’s Beaver County over the weekend, potentially caused by a faulty valve. (Beaver County Times)
• The owner of the Salem Harbor Power Station in Massachusetts files for bankruptcy after a court orders it to pay $236 million to another power company over its construction. (Reuters)
• The company behind over a dozen Long Island gas stations must pay $250,000 in fines for violating federal hazardous waste regulations, primarily at locations in environmental justice communities. (City Limits)
• A proposal fails in Massachusetts’ Senate to suspend the state’s gas tax in light of rising pump prices. (Telegram & Gazette)
EQUITY: New Jersey lawmakers consider making state transit officials form project accessibility plans that consider those with physical intellectual and developmental disabilities. (NorthJersey.com)
• New Hampshire’s state Senate approves a bipartisan legislative proposal to develop an electric school bus pilot program before 2024. (New Hampshire Bulletin)
• Boston transit officials allow $157 million to be spent on 160 diesel-electric public buses — a purchase the agency characterizes as a stepping stone to complete electrification. (WBUR)
UTILITIES: Maine’s utility regulators mull potential new performance and notification requirements that nearly mirror those being considered by the state’s legislature. (Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel)
• A new study projects the Northeast’s spring allergy season will lengthen and strengthen in tandem with the climate crisis. (Gothamist)
• The town of Oswasco, New York, is the first in Cayuga County to receive climate smart community certification from state officials for its climate task force’s work. (Auburn Citizen)
• A Pennsylvania bill with bipartisan support would help fund state residents’ home repairs, including efficiency projects. (Penn-Capital Star)
• A Massachusetts school district will receive nearly $100,000 in state sustainability grants to install efficient cafeteria vents. (news release)
PIPELINES: Utility workers may begin replacing roughly 3,000 feet of gas pipeline in Scarborough, Maine, as soon as next week — a project that will take about three months to complete. (Portland Press Herald)