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Campaign launches to pressure grid integration of renewables

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GRID: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and the Barr Foundation launch a campaign to pressure the New England grid operator to integrate more renewable energy. (CommonWealth Magazine) 

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OFFSHORE WIND: Three New England states express strong support for offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine as a task force meets to explore development of the resource. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES: New U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette criticizes New York for its refusal to allow new gas pipelines that would bring more fuel into New England. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
• A Maine legislator says a proposed rate deal with one of the state’s utilities does not provide enough guarantees to promote renewable energy. (Maine Public)
• Connecticut regulators move to make utility shut-offs for nonpayment by hardship cases more difficult. (Hartford Courant)

HYDROPOWER: The owner of several hydroelectric facilities in New York awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature on a bill that would extend renewable energy subsidies to existing power plants. (Post-Star)

STORAGE: A fire chief in a New Hampshire town raises concerns about fire risks at battery storage facilities as a developer seeks permission to build one in his community. (Union Leader)

TRANSMISSION: Hydro-Quebec joins development partner Central Maine Power as they try to defeat a referendum that seeks to halt their power line to import Canadian hydropower. (Maine Public)

SOLAR: A New Jersey utility places a 15.2 MW solar farm in service, its largest to date. (Solar Power World)

COMMENTARY:
• An MIT researcher says batteries are critical to the future of energy storage but still face limitations, especially in climates with less solar energy available. (PV Magazine)
• An asset manager says New York wasted time and resources in its failed climate suit against Exxon when imposing a carbon tax would have been a more effective policy tool. (Albany Times Union)
• A Massachusetts mayor says his city’s switch to renewable energy saves residents money. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• The Environmental Defense Fund commends several Northeast states for a commitment to put hundreds of thousands of electric trucks and buses on state roads. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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