Northeast Energy News

Connecticut utilities to sign up low-income solar customers 

SOLAR: Connecticut utilities — rather than solar developers — will be tasked with finding and signing up low-income residents for a newly approved shared solar program. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A Maryland town that belongs to a municipal electric cooperative wants to be exempt from a proposed law that would require a minimum of solar power, saying it can’t afford compliance. (Frederick News Post)
• Landowners adjacent to a Rhode Island solar project now under construction reject a $30,000 offer from the developer to drop their lawsuit against it. (Westerly Sun) 

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CLIMATE:
• A Rhode Island town that experiences more frequent flooding at high tide gives up on maintaining a section of a road and will replace it with landscaping and a water permeable driveway. (Providence Journal)
• Pennsylvania’s draft plan to join a regional climate initiative would exempt power plants that burn leftover coal from the state’s legacy mining operations. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: An event in Pennsylvania to gauge interest in companies wanting to take part in an electric transmission construction project drew as many protesters as contractors. (Record Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Consolidated Edison in New York City is rolling out a $13 million demonstration project of 60 public charging stations across the five boroughs. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
• Massachusetts regulators say additional testing for asbestos in waste generated at the construction site of a compressor station is not needed. (Patriot-Ledger)
• Attention at a closed Philadelphia refinery shifts to what is underground at the site, which includes benzene and other toxic chemicals accumulated over the 150 years the facility was operating. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

EFFICIENCY: The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut completes an energy efficiency remake of its campus that cuts energy consumption by 50%. (Military.com)

OFFSHORE WIND: The last chimney at a former Massachusetts coal power plant will come down this week as the site is transformed into an offshore wind center. (SouthCoastToday)

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ELECTRIFICATION: The head of Efficiency Maine says the state is in the beginning stages of major changes to electrify its heating and transportation systems. (Maine Public) 

COMMENTARY:
• A Boston University professor who staged a two-week hunger strike against a compressor station under construction says it was worth the effort because of the attention it drew to the project’s dangers. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• New Hampshire’s consumer advocate says the state is backsliding in its commitment to energy efficiency. (INDepthNH)
• An editorial board says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy makes important statements on climate and clean energy but fails to follow through when decisions are made by state agencies. (NorthJersey.com)
• A Pennsylvania climate activist says the move to renewable energy is irreversible and provides much more economic opportunity than the state’s coal industry. (Centre Daily Times) 

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