Northeast Energy News

Connecticut governor wants carbon-free grid by 2040

CLEAN ENERGY: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order directing state energy regulators to explore ways to create a carbon-free electricity grid by 2040. (NEPR)

ALSO:
Environmentalists say New Jersey’s energy master plan falls short of what is needed for the state to have impact on the climate crisis. (WNYC)
An analysis puts a $5.7 billion price tag on PJM’s proposed policy to counter the effects of state clean energy subsidies on the capacity market. (Utility Dive) 

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EFFICIENCY:
• Pittsburgh’s city council considers a plan to dramatically cut energy use in public buildings. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• A Connecticut heating equipment supplier says it has been recognized as the first net-zero energy building in the state. (Journal Inquirer)

ENERGY MARKETS: Maine’s Public Advocate recommends a $1 million fine against a retail electricity supplier for deceptive marketing practices. (Portland Press Herald)

REGULATION: Staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission say extraordinarily high bills nearly two years ago were caused by extra energy use caused by cold weather and not a new utility billing system. (Portland Press Herald) 

PIPELINES:
• Analysts say the Constitution pipeline in New York revived by federal regulators last week could enter service in 2021 if there are no further delays. (Reuters)
• Several natural gas infrastructure projects are still under development in southern New England as the region transitions to renewable energy. (ecoRI)

OFFSHORE WIND: A crew transfer training station for offshore wind workers has been completed in Massachusetts. (WorkBoat)

TRANSMISSION: A power line developer asked for a 30-day extension from Maryland regulators as it says more time is needed in settlement talks with environmental officials. (Baltimore Sun) 

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NUCLEAR: Exelon said Three Mile Island Unit 1 is slowly reducing output as it prepares to permanently shut down later this month. (Platts)

COMMENTARY:
Northern New England states are slowly adopting policies to increase use of renewable energy in a region that relies on imported fossil fuels for two-thirds of its energy. (Triple Pundit)
An energy advisor says New Jersey’s proposed energy master plan shares a shortcoming with previous versions in that it operates in a too-short time horizon.(NJ Spotlight)
• An activist says Philadelphia should declare a climate emergency, which would allow it to take decisive actions more quickly. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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