Northeast Energy News

Advocates challenge dire New England grid report

GRID: A report from New York’s grid operator says the system will need major upgrades to handle an increasingly distributed energy mix, but overall demand is expected to decline through 2028. (Gannett, Reuters)

ALSO:
• Environmental and consumer advocates raise questions about the New England ISO’s warnings of blackouts by 2024, saying it is based on overly pessimistic assumptions. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• A new study ranks New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey among the most active states for grid modernization. (Solar Industry)

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OIL AND GAS:
• The director of an oil industry group calls Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax proposal “misguided.” (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• A lawsuit challenging a Maine city’s ban on oil exports will go to trial in June. (Portland Press Herald)

NUCLEAR: Unplanned shutdowns have cost the Pilgrim nuclear plant $31 million in net revenue so far this year. (Cape Cod Times)

NET METERING: Vermont regulators defend cutting rates for net metering, saying “there are more cost-effective ways for Vermont to develop solar resources.” (Rutland Herald)

WIND: The Danish offshore wind firm Orsted opens its office in Atlantic City. (Press of Atlantic City)

SOLAR: A Connecticut powder coating company is using PACE financing to fund a 99 kW solar array. (Solar Industry)

EFFICIENCY: A New Hampshire town considers converting to LED streetlights. (Seacoast Online)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Vermont utility will offer its customers discount pricing on a new Chevy Volt or Bolt. (Vermont Biz)

HYDRO: Federal regulators won’t extend a pilot license for a New York tidal energy project. (Energy Policy Update)

TRANSPORTATION: Cutting emissions from international shipping will be a major challenge, but the technology exists to do so. (Ensia)

POLITICS: Climate change is expected to be a major factor in a closely watched Pennsylvania congressional race. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• Three academics say that the EPA’s recent decision to declare biomass carbon neutral is “neither scientifically justified nor economically efficient.” (New York Times)
• An energy writer says efforts to fight climate change in Massachusetts are falling short. (Wicked Local)

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