Northeast Energy News

Connecticut Senate passes sweeping clean energy bill

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A bill that would increase Connecticut’s renewable energy standard to 40 percent passes the state Senate, but still faces opposition over proposed changes to net metering rates. (CT Post, Connecticut Mirror)

SOLAR:
• Environmental groups oppose a Rhode Island bill that would prohibit solar developments in forests, noting the bill does not similarly restrict real estate development or power plants. (ecoRI)
• A 500-kilowatt solar project is being proposed for a business park in Bennington, Vermont. (VT Digger)

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OIL AND GAS:
Why a Pennsylvania court decision could have a “chilling effect” on future fracking operations. (Bloomberg BNA)
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission will conduct a full investigation of an aide to Gov. Tom Wolf over conflicts of interest with her lobbyist husband’s gas industry clients. (StateImpact Pennsyvlania)

TRANSMISSION: New Hampshire regulators have rejected a request for a rehearing for the Northern Pass transmission line project. (InDepthNH)

GRID: A new microgrid in Woodbridge, Connecticut will be powered by a fuel cell and serve seven critical town facilities in the event the town loses power. (Patch.com)

WIND: Bay State Wind, which is vying for an energy contract in Massachusetts, will develop a training center for future offshore wind workers in New Bedford. (SouthCoastToday.com)

UTILITIES: Pennsylvania regulators are considering broad changes to its distribution rate structures – moving away from the one-size-fits-all model. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: The storing of radioactive spent fuel from the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant has resumed after a nearly two-month hiatus. (VT Digger)

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OVERSIGHT: A new proposed bill in the Rhode Island legislature would revamp the state’s energy siting board. (Uprise RI)

COMMENTARY:
Maine regulators should not reopen a 2014 wind energy contract because it could jeopardize future plans for pioneering floating offshore wind turbines, says an editorial. (Bangor Daily News)
The Boston Globe editorial board is in “panic” mode regarding its editorials pushing for the construction of natural gas pipelines, even though there are no projects pending, says a guest columnist. (CommonWealth)
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy should follow New York’s lead and reject a fracked gas pipeline and compressor station project in central Jersey, says an editorial. (Food & Water Watch)
An update to Pennsylvania’s building code will lead to significant savings on energy for future homeowners. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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