Northeast Energy News

Adviser to Massachusetts governor played role in energy contracts

POLITICS: A political adviser to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker helped two firms win major energy contracts in the state; however, utilities, not the governor’s office, made the final selections. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: A Maine gubernatorial candidate touts the benefits of energy storage — the focus of a “dormant” company he owns a major stake in. (Bangor Daily News)

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WIND: Key details of a recently announced Rhode Island offshore wind contract have yet to be revealed. (ecoRI)

BIOMASS: A government accountability group is among the critics of legislation in Rhode Island that would benefit the biomass industry. (ecoRI)

TRANSMISSION:
• FERC rules that New Jersey must bear the cost of a $1.2 billion transmission line that state regulators have said would also benefit New York. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Pennsylvania couple discusses their legal fight with developers of a transmission line. (Waynesboro Record Herald)

EFFICIENCY:
• Critics raise questions over whether a federal tax break for energy efficiency is disproportionately benefiting consulting firms that handle the paperwork. (New York Times)
• A Maine developer hopes high housing prices can spark interest in net-zero homes. (Portland Press Herald)
• Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signs legislation that establishes new efficiency standards for a range of products. (VT Digger)

GRID: State regulators discuss ways to meet ISO-New England’s concerns about future fuel constraints. (RTO Insider)

TECHNOLOGY:
• A Connecticut fuel cell company wins a $1.5 million federal research grant. (New Haven Register)
• Digital currency firms provide economic hope to small towns, but increased electricity rates could outweigh any benefits. (NPR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: State officials announce $4.2 million in new charging stations for the New York State Thruway system. (Inside EVs)

PIPELINES: A county official in New Jersey criticizes plans for a new compressor station. (Patch)

OIL AND GAS:
• New Jersey is leading the resistance to the Trump administration’s push for offshore drilling. (Washington Post)
• A fact check debunks claims that a proposed severance tax in Pennsylvania would burden state residents. (PolitiFact)
• A small New York town is seeking assistance to connect to the natural gas system. (Business Journal News Network)

SOLAR:
• A large landfill solar project in Vermont is on track to begin generating electricity by the end of June. (Brattleboro Reformer)
• A New Jersey Catholic parish completes a 412 kW rooftop solar installation. (Solar Industry Magazine)

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NUCLEAR: Changes may be coming to an advisory board that focuses on the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY:
• How a recent state Supreme Court decision could impact the future of deregulation in New Hampshire. (InDepthNH)
• A Boston Herald editorial raises concerns that offshore wind may be too reliant upon federal tax credits.
• “Momentum is now gathering in earnest” for offshore wind in the United States. (Vox)

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