Northeast Energy News

Conflicts of interest seen in Massachusetts utility audit

UTILITIES: An investigation of a Massachusetts audit of utility National Grid found several apparent conflicts of interest between the lead auditor and the company. (WBUR)

ALSO:
• A Philadelphia-area utility and state regulators say a state court ruling adverse to a smart meter rollout plan put billions of dollars of investment at risk. (Utility Dive)
• A Rhode Island community that faces a natural gas shortage will discuss alternatives to a utility plan to supply it using temporary liquified natural gas storage. (Daily News)
• Eversource begins a pilot program in New Hampshire to trim trees along power lines using helicopters in remote areas with difficult-to-reach terrain. (Union Leader)

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GRID: Analysts say power generators that initiated the cases that led to a federal ruling on renewable energy prices that sparked a revolt among some member states of PJM are now moving toward an embrace of carbon pricing. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Environmentalists who praised a New Jersey Transit plan to use renewable energy to power a backup energy system now question the authority’s commitment to the plan. (NJ.com)

CLIMATE: It is unclear whether the incoming Biden administration will revive plans for a 6-mile seawall to protect New York and New Jersey harbors from storm surge. (E&E News, subscription required)

NATURAL GAS: The eventual head of the Philadelphia gas utility faces challenges of providing service while the city moves away from fossil fuel use. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Two Congress members urge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fund an offshore wind turbine assembly plant on 72 acres of empty industrial land in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Paper)
• The Connecticut Port Authority launches a website to provide real-time monitoring of activities at a state pier that is under redevelopment as an offshore wind staging area. (The Day)

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SOLAR: A town board in New Hampshire tonight will discuss a proposed 75 MW solar project, by far the largest in the state. (Concord Monitor)

COMMENTARY: A Vermont advocacy group says large pro-environment and climate action majorities were elected to the legislature. (Rutland Herald)

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