Northeast Energy News

Advocates say Pennsylvania methane regulations don’t go far enough

EMISSIONS: Supporters of new rules to regulate methane emissions at Pennsylvania gas wells say loopholes still exist for low-producing facilities. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

CLIMATE: Power generators in New England release a new study that advocates for a price on carbon that increases from $25 to $70 per ton over a decade. (E&E News, subscription required) 

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SOLAR:
• New York announces $10.6 million in grants to help offset pre-development costs for solar projects that benefit disadvantaged communities. (Grist)
• A 20 MW solar project is planned for 70 acres outside Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Business Times, subscription required)

TRANSMISSION: Lawyers for Central Maine Power ask a state judge to remove an anti-transmission line referendum from the fall ballot as both sides agree the matter will eventually be decided by the Maine Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: The New York Power Authority will replace 500,000 street lights in the state with LEDs. (Smart Cities)

OFFSHORE WIND: Federal regulators will hold a technical conference in the fall to consider how best to integrate burgeoning offshore wind development with the onshore transmission grid. (Riviera)

POWER PLANTS: A 1,000 MW natural gas power plant in western Pennsylvania is now operating. (Kallanish Energy)

STORAGE: Battery providers and Northeastern utilities are collaborating on approaches to integrate residential “bring your own devices” with distributed energy resources. (Greentech Media)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A Vermont utility launches a program to allow customers to share credits earned through net metering with nonprofits and small businesses. (Rutland Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• The chair of the New Hampshire Senate energy committee says the House must override Gov. Chris Sununu’s third veto of net metering legislation that was passed this session. (Concord Monitor)
• The director of a new Pennsylvania organization says wise use of energy resources is a conservative value. (TribLIVE)

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