Northeast Energy News

Does utility-scale storage count as a power plant?

STORAGE: A decision by Rhode Island on whether a proposed battery storage facility is a power plant will determine how much say local officials have over the project. (ecoRI)

PIPELINES: The owner of a Pennsylvania compressor station that was the site of massive leak in 2012 has proposed a $125 million replacement that conforms to stricter environmental regulations. (Reading Eagle)

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EFFICIENCY:
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have shifted some proceeds of a regional cap-and-trade program to energy efficiency, saying it would ultimately lead to higher consumer costs. (Union Leader)
Maine Gov. Janet Mills has called a special legislative session next week to consider several bond issues, including $15 million for environmental cleanup and energy efficiency loans. (Maine Public)

UTILITIES:
Three days of hearings about a botched billing system rollout by Central Maine Power failed to produce a conclusive answer to its cause. (The Times Record)
New York legislators have called a hearing in September to examine Con Ed’s preparedness for two blackouts that affected parts of New York City in July. (Daily News)

OIL & GAS: The U.S. Department of Justice is opposing the hiring of a law firm as bankruptcy counsel for a damaged and closed Philadelphia oil refinery because the firm also represents its largest shareholders and creditors. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: A 12-year cleanup has been completed at an upstate New York facility that was used for processing nuclear materials for use in weapons and power plants. (Albany Times Union)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Democratic members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation along with three Louisiana Republicans have written to federal officials asking for a faster review of the Vineyard Wind project. (Cape Cod Times)
• Speakers at a New Jersey offshore wind event said the state is poised to become a national leader in the industry. (ROI)

SOLAR: Conversion of farmland to solar fields is an increasing phenomenon and has generated controversy in Rhode Island. (CleanTechnica)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Grid operators say integrating intermittent resources like solar and wind will require more sophisticated weather forecasting tools. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
Energy efficiency advocates in Maryland say poorly maintained homes disproportionately impact low-income residents and they welcome a pledge by political leaders to tackle the issue in next year’s legislative session. (Baltimore Sun)
An editorial board endorses Vermont’s support of electric vehicles as an important step in the fight against climate change. (Brattleboro Reformer)

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