Northeast Energy News

Auction results in big boost for solar in New England

SOLAR: New England approves the addition of 145 MW of solar to the region’s grid, including a number of solar-plus-storage projects. (Bloomberg, Vermont Business Magazine)

ALSO: An expected surplus of electricity in New England through 2023 caused prices at the region’s forward capacity market auction to reach six-year lows. (Concord Monitor)

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EFFICIENCY: Some environmental advocates say Massachusetts officials missed an opportunity to make energy efficiency more accessible and innovative while drafting a new state plan. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Northeast utility National Grid agrees to pay 9.8 cents per kWh for power from a 400 MW wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, which is projected to save the state about $90 million in energy costs over 20 years. (Providence Journal)

RENEWABLES: A community choice aggregation policy and a lack of natural gas is enabling a small New York town to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity. (Greentech Media)

NATURAL GAS: A Pennsylvania utility reported record-breaking natural gas deliveries during a 24-hour period at the end of January, when a recent cold snap was at its peak. (WBRE/WYOU-TV)

• A public meeting in central Pennsylvania about Sunoco’s troubled Mariner East 2 pipeline is canceled after developers refuse to show up. (WHTM)
• A bill introduced in Maryland would require the state to conduct water quality certification reviews for any proposed “fracked gas pipelines.” (Herald-Mail Media)
• Activists deliver over 14,400 petition signatures asking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to block a pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania across the Lower Bay of New York’s harbor. (news release)

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POWER PLANTS: A 650 MW natural gas power plant proposed in eastern Connecticut is awarded a key contract in ISO New England’s capacity auction. (Hartford Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Vermont’s rising emissions illustrate why a “Green New Deal” needs to include nuclear power to be effective, says the president of an environmental research and policy organization. (Forbes)

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