New York solar panel factory switching to ventilator production

SOLAR: Elon Musk says Tesla’s New York factory that fabricates solar panels will convert to manufacturing ventilators “as soon as is humanly possible.” (Energy Live News)

Oil & GAS: Pennsylvania regulators revoke a permit for an oil and gas wastewater well that a township had sought to ban. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

COAL: A labor union is seeking emergency rules to protect coal miners from the spread of COVID-19. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

STORAGE: Eversource nixes a proposed 1.7 MW battery storage project after New Hampshire regulators suggest expanding its scope. (Sentinel Source)

EMISSIONS: Emissions levels of two pollutants are down up to 30% from a year ago but New Jersey environmental officials say it is too soon to attribute that to stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NJ Spotlight)

• Energy producers can apply to participate in supplying resources for the Massachusetts Clean Peak Standard in July.

New Jersey sues feds over transmission project costs

TRANSMISSION: New Jersey regulators sue the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in federal court to challenge a ruling that leaves New Jersey residents paying for a multi-state transmission line. (NJ Spotlight)

GRID: New York’s grid operator says the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s stay-at-home order create a “historically unprecedented” shift in energy consumption. (E&E News, subscription required) 

• Massachusetts regulators ban all utility shutoffs during the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Eagle-Tribune)
• In response to a dispute over solar tariffs, Delaware regulators rule that utilities should automatically move business customers to the lowest possible rate class rather than wait for a request. (Delaware State News)
• New York regulators delay National Grid’s previously approved $111 million rate increases for electric and natural gas service until July 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pennsylvania says some pipeline work can continue

OIL AND GAS: Energy Transfer receives a waiver from Pennsylvania to continue some work on sections of the Mariner East pipeline for safety reasons. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

ELECTRIFICATION: Efforts to impose natural gas bans in new construction in several states, including Massachusetts, stall as activists are limited to virtual meetings and officials are preoccupied by COVID-19. (Platts)

EFFICIENCY: New Jersey regulators have developed a proposal to help encourage utilities to adopt more aggressive energy efficiency programs. (NJ Spotlight)

POWER PLANTS: A power plant just commissioned in Pennsylvania is capable of using a blend of natural gas and ethane, a fracking byproduct used in the petrochemical industry. (Utility Dive)

• A western Canadian utility closes its deal to acquire Emera Maine a week after it receives approval from state regulators. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker orders all electric, gas and water utilities to cease shutoffs of service for nonpayment during the coronavirus crisis.

Forged signatures found in Maine power line petitions

TRANSMISSION: A Maine judge sends petitions for an anti-transmission line referendum back to the Secretary of State for further validation after two residents say their signatures were forged. (Bangor Daily News)

• Advocates in New York and other states argue that solar developers provide essential services and should be exempt from restrictions on worker movements during the coronavirus pandemic. (Greentech Media)
• New York’s recently completed solicitation for large-scale renewable energy projects selected more solar capacity than what exists in 34 states. (PV Magazine)
• Teams from New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s Solar Innovation Network. (news release)

CLIMATE: A federal court in Massachusetts pauses the state’s climate lawsuit against an Exxon terminal until federal environmental regulators act on a related permit application.

New Jersey breaks solar installations record in 2019

SOLAR: New Jersey installed a record 447 MW of new solar capacity in 2019 as developers rushed to finish projects before expiring incentives wound down. (NJ Spotlight)

GRID: Massachusetts finalizes rules for the Clean Peak Standard intended to promote clean energy adoption during the most expensive hours of electricity production. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS: A Massachusetts court orders Columbia Gas to expedite lump sum payments to victims of a 2018 pipeline explosion with the first round of checks to be sent by mid-May. (WHDH) 

OFFSHORE WIND: Federal and academic researchers study the movements of spawning cod off Massachusetts in waters designated as potential offshore wind development areas. (Cape Cod Times)

NUCLEAR: The Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire is operating with limited staff during the coronavirus outbreak, with federal regulators doing some of their inspections remotely.