Northeast Energy News

Critics say PJM’s energy storage rules are ‘unworkable’

STORAGE: PJM has proposed to allow energy storage to participate in its capacity market, but critics say its rules are “unworkable, arbitrary and discriminatory.” (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Engie Storage has developed a product in the New England wholesale market that will pay developers upfront for dispatch rights. (Greentech Media)

EMISSIONS: A new study says a price on carbon emissions could help New York meet its climate goals with little impact on consumer prices. (Platts)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation wrote to federal regulators this month expressing concerns about the pace of the Vineyard Wind project review days before a delay was announced. (Boston Globe)
Massachusetts lawmakers from Cape Cod are pressing for federal legislation to protect endangered right whales, which are present in proposed offshore wind areas. (GazetteNet)
A community outreach coordinator for the failed Cape Wind project said important lessons about stakeholder engagement have benefitted later developments. (Windpower Engineering)
Fishermen in New England say offshore wind turbines will make navigating coastal waters even more dangerous than it already is. (WNPR)
A western New York congressman says a proposed wind farm on Lake Erie poses a security threat due to interference with Homeland Security radar. (Spectrum News)

OIL & GAS:
• A federal bankruptcy court judge approved a $65 million loan sought by the owner of a damaged refinery in Philadelphia in its attempt to restart the facility. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A Pennsylvania commission approved three leases to allow natural gas drilling beneath state game lands. (Wyoming County Examiner)

REGULATION: Laura Olton has withdrawn from consideration as Rhode Island’s top utility regulator after it was revealed she had side-stepped a law that required nominees to be registered state voters. (Providence Journal)

SOLAR:
In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company is “spooling up” production of its solar roof panels at its Buffalo factory after it has failed to meet previous production targets. (Buffalo Business First)
A Maine court upheld a town’s $200 per panel tax on solar installations that had been challenged by seven homeowners. (Times Record)

COMMENTARY:
An environmental studies professor in Maine says carbon capture deserves serious study as a way to combat climate change. (Press Herald)
• An editorial board says Connecticut made progress in promoting clean energy in the legislative session, including putting an end to sweeping efficiency funds to fill budget gaps in future years. (CT Post)

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