Northeast Energy News

Connecticut considers competition for utility efficiency programs 

PIPELINES: A series of spills at a construction zone along the Mariner East pipeline raise questions whether Pennsylvania should order another rerouting of the pipeline as it recently did at a troubled site. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

EFFICIENCY:
Connecticut legislators wonder why a proposed utility regulation bill now before them includes a provision to allow third parties to compete in energy efficiency programs. (Energy News Network)
A popular home weatherization program in New Hampshire goes virtual next week. (Seacoastonline)

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GRID: New Jersey stakeholders debate whether the state should abandon the wholesale electricity market run by PJM and strike out on its own to pursue its clean energy goals. (NJ Spotlight)

CLEAN ENERGY: Environmental advocates raise concerns that money used to fund a New York clean energy agency would be diverted to fill the state budget gap caused by COVID-19. (Albany Times Union)

OIL & GAS:
U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette visits a petrochemical plant under construction in western Pennsylvania and calls it the “future of the American economy” while also questioning the scientific consensus on climate change. (The Times, StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A new study by an environmental group says the plant will create fewer jobs than advertised and a similar investment in clean energy would have created thousands more. (Yubanet.com)

EMISSIONS: A $500,000 federal grant in Maine will be used to repower diesel motors in boats and vehicles with cleaner sources. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: A battery recycling firm chooses Rochesrter, New York as the site of its first lithium-ion battery recycling hub. (PV Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• Massachusetts climate activists say energy efficiency is the most direct way to address emissions locally and state legislators should advance bills to promote it. (Herald News)
• The Union of Concerned Scientists says Massachusetts legislators hammering out language in a final climate bill should include a commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 and environmental justice provisions. 

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