Northeast Energy News

Developers say New Jersey’s solar financing overhaul harms industry

SOLAR: Developers say New Jersey’s attempt to overhaul the way solar is financed threatens the economic viability of more than 100,000 projects. (NJ Spotlight)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Massachusetts House unanimously passed a climate bill that would inject $30 million into an electric vehicle rebate program that is set to expire in September. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: A New York storage consortium says state regulators underestimate how many gas peaking units can be replaced by battery storage. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: Residents opposed to a natural gas compressor station in Massachusetts want new soil tests done at the site by an independent firm with no ties to the project developers. (Patriot-Ledger)

CLIMATE CHANGE:
• Investors are recognizing climate risks and demanding companies in their portfolios acquire renewable energy for their operations. (Greenbiz)
• A coastal Maine town alarmed by rising sea levels will start a climate action plan to put it on a more sustainable footing and commit to 100% renewable energy. (Seacoastonline)

WIND:
Massachusetts legislators and Gov. Charlie Baker rushed through a budget amendment to eliminate a price cap for offshore wind that they feared would imperil bids due next week in the next project round. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A new study says that the threat to impose additional tariffs on wind turbine towers would put at risk several projects that are taking advantage of an expiring federal tax credit. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A bill that supporters say would support existing renewable energy resources by encouraging the sale of their credits in-state is awaiting the signature of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Public News Service)

POWER PLANTS:
Talen Energy Corp. has agreed to a $1 million civil penalty, to stop leakage from a coal ash pile and remediate the site of a Pennsylvania power plant. (Associated Press)
Officials say a new combined cycle gas power plant in rural Pennsylvania is an example of how the state is shifting  away from coal. (TribLive)
A developer has set his sights on defunct coal power plants as venues for upscale urban commerce, including a station in Boston. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: An energy conservation specialist says addressing the climate crisis will require greater housing density in urban centers. (CityLimits.org)

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