This week in regional energy news …
- The $4.7 million Northeast Utilities-NStar merger is moving forward following the approval of Massachusetts regulators yesterday. The utilities hope to close the deal this month.
- A natural gas pipeline that may be extended from Windsor, Maine, to Rockland got a boost this week from an agreement between the state and natural gas supplier Self-Gen to supply gas to a prison in Warren.
- FERC has rejected Calais LNG’s application to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Washington County due to repeated delays in obtaining financing for the development, among other things. Project developers are holding out hope for the proposed terminal.
- Modern heat pumps, which heat homes at the equivalent of approximately $1.50 per gallon of oil, are seen by the LePage Administration as a key to energy savings in Maine.
- The legislatures of both Massachusetts and New Hampshire are looking at ways to expand those states’ renewable energy portfolios.