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Developers complete Massachusetts’ largest energy storage system

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STORAGE: Developers install Massachusetts’ largest utility-scale energy storage system, which is connected to a 5.8 MW community solar farm near Boston. (S&P Global)

SOLAR: Con Edison proposes a demonstration project that would give 350 low- and moderate-income households in New York City access to rooftop solar for a discounted price, saving tenants an estimated $78 a year on their energy bills. (news release)

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EFFICIENCY:
• New York gives $1 million in prize money to a Rochester-based company that manufactures aerodynamic devices designed to improve the fuel efficiency of trucks. (news release, Associated Press)
• The company plans to use the prize money to open an aluminum fabrication facility in New York’s Southern Tier. (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)

TECHNOLOGY: Utility company Eversource Energy will invest $7 million to help researchers at the University of Connecticut create a power grid simulator. (New Haven Register)

PIPELINES:
• New Jersey environmental regulators deny a permit application for the construction of a fracked gas pipeline expansion project, which would include a controversial compressor station. (TAPinto)
• First responders in Pennsylvania train to handle worst-case scenarios along the route of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline, which has the industry’s second highest total of pipeline incidents. (WESA, StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• In Pennsylvania no approval is necessary for siting certain pipelines that don’t cross state lines. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POWER PLANTS:
• The fight over a controversial 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island is expected to drag on for years. (GoLocalProv News Team)
• Developers and opponents of the plant ask state regulators to suspend final hearings for the project, pending a decision on the termination of a capacity agreement with ISO-New England. (RIPR)

REGULATION: Half a dozen New England senators urge federal energy regulators to end the New England Power Pool’s ban on public and press attendance at stakeholder meetings, saying consumers deserve to know about decisions that affect their energy bills. (RTO Insider)

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NUCLEAR: A Massachusetts-based nuclear reactor startup, Transatomic Power, will shut down operations and open-source its intellectual property. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: New York City needs to make it worthwhile for building owners to install rooftop solar, according to an editorial in Crain’s New York Business.

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