Northeast Energy News

Despite pandemic, New York still pushing forward on climate

CLIMATE: New York’s state Department of Financial Services has hired its first climate director, a sign the state is increasingly serious about addressing climate change even amid the coronavirus pandemic. (City & State New York)

UTILITIES:
• An audit finds that a New Jersey utility earned far less than regulators allowed, in part because of increased expenses from extreme weather events, which forced it to repeatedly seek rate increases. (NJ Spotlight)
• The Energy Information Agency says power demand in New York fell up to 14% below projections in March and April due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

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EMISSIONS: New York will next year include emissions from combustion turbines smaller than 25 MW in its calculations of allowable CO2 tonnage. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Federal regulators grant a 30-day extension for comments on a petition by an elusive group challenging state net metering policies, well short of what states and grid associations requested. (Daily Energy Insider)

STORAGE: A new report says New York and Massachusetts are among the national leaders in adopting new policies in the first quarter of this year to encourage energy storage. (PV Magazine)

OIL & GAS: State officials investigate a natural gas surge that damaged appliances in more than 200 homes in a western Pennsylvania community. (Indiana Gazette)

EFFICIENCY:
• Energy efficiency jobs have declined in New Hampshire but an analyst says investment in energy infrastructure is one way to lead to an economic recovery in the state. (NHPR)
• Efficiency Vermont extends a home appliance replacement program believing more residents will take advantage of it when COVID-19 stay-in-place orders expire. (Rutland Herald)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A northern New York city adds 10 electric vehicle charging stations mostly paid for by state and utility grants. (Post Star)

COMMENTARY:
• A wind industry advocate says offshore wind provides a “generational opening” to create a new industry that can lead to an economic revival post COVID-19. (Maritime Executive)
• A business group that promotes offshore wind is heartened by continued progress in developing Northeastern projects despite the challenges forced upon the industry by the coronavirus pandemic. (Recharge)

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