New York utilities ordered to conduct energy efficiency audits

UTILITIES: New York regulators are ordering three National Grid gas and electric utilities to conduct an efficiency audit as part of the state’s ongoing focus on combating climate change. (Albany Times Union)

POLICY:
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has yet to sign a trio of energy bills after the legislature approved the measures a little over a month ago. (PV Tech)
• Massachusetts lawmakers are hopeful that a clean energy bill will make it to the governor’s desk before the end of July. (Telegram.com)

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WIND:
• Turbine foundations will be manufactured at a former power plant station if Bay State Wind wins a Massachusetts offshore wind energy contract. (SouthCoastToday.com)
• Political will and falling prices are positioning the East Coast to becoming a hub for offshore wind energy projects.

New York plans tougher emissions rules for existing power plants

COAL: New York regulators are proposing new stricter carbon emission limits for existing power plants – a move toward meeting the state’s goal of phasing out coal by 2020. (Utility Dive)

BIOMASS: A controversial Rhode Island biomass energy bill, which adds biomass to the list of renewable-energy sources in the state, passes out of a House committee as environmentalists staged a silent protest. (ecoRI news)

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SOLAR:
• Solar workers rally at the Massachusetts capitol calling for policies to support “long-term stable growth” in their industry. (Salem News)
• A former fossil fuel plant is now home to a 1.3 MW solar array in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. (Telegram.com)

WIND: The halfway point has been reached on a three-year study of offshore marine and bird life that will help inform offshore wind project development.

Environmental, business groups over diversion of Connecticut efficiency funds

NUCLEAR: A Bloomberg analysis finds nuclear power plants in the Northeast are expected to make money before taxes, even though nationwide one-fourth of them may retire early. (Bloomberg)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
• Several Connecticut environmental groups and businesses are suing the state over the legislature’s decision to remove $165 million in state energy funds to balance the state’s budget. (Connecticut Post)
• Energy efficiency measures are expected to ease demand on the Northeast’s grid this summer. (State House News Service)
• National Grid will give more than $1 million in energy efficiency rebates to the owners of a housing cooperative in Jamaica Queens, New York – the largest in the world. (Daily Energy Insider)
Officials in a Massachusetts town overhaul a zero-energy bylaw over concerns an earlier version was too stringent.

Fuel cell industry celebrates new Connecticut energy law

FUEL CELLS: While Connecticut’s new energy law has been criticized by solar advocates, the fuel cell industry is celebrating. (Stamford Advocate)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Concord, New Hampshire officials have delayed voting on whether to adopt a resolution that would require the city to get all of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. (Concord Monitor)

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SOLAR:
• Developers of a Massachusetts solar project temporarily withdraw their permit as they try to resolve legal issues from unauthorized tree cutting. (MassLive)
• Why community solar is a “game changer” in Long Island and elsewhere. (Long Island Business News)
• A Massachusetts vocational high school launches a new solar job training program.

New Hampshire Supreme Court upholds approval of controversial wind farm

WIND: New Hampshire’s Supreme Court has ruled that a controversial 28.8-megawatt wind energy project in Antrim can move forward. (SentinelSource.com)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A New York county is proposing a local law that would eliminate tax exemptions for certain energy system such as solar energy and farm waste energy. (The Daily News)
• Vermont’s Supreme Court rejects a case seeking to restore price protection set-asides for renewable energy projects. (WCAX)

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SOLAR:
• A solar advocates outlines details of Connecticut’s new renewable energy law and how he anticipates it will impact the industry. (PV Magazine)
• North Brookfield, Massachusetts voters have passed several measures aimed at restricting the construction of solar projects.