Northeast Energy News

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UTILITIES: Utility bill surcharges introduced in New Jersey a decade ago to fund infrastructure improvements have become pervasive and add millions to customers’ bills to pay for operations formerly included in ordinary rates. (ProPublica)

STORAGE: Green Mountain Power in Vermont wants to expand its home battery storage pilot program and make it permanent. (Energy News Network)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: A pro-renewable energy group in New Jersey releases a poll showing widespread support for clean resources in the state, and nearly two-thirds of registered voters willing to pay extra for solar and wind power. (NJ1015)

MICROGRIDS: Pittsburgh International Airport unveils plans to develop its own microgrid and become energy self-sufficient by 2021. (Airport-Technology)

OFFSHORE WIND:
The Massachusetts House passes a budget amendment that creates a state office to study how offshore wind interacts with fisheries and marine mammals. (SouthcoastToday)
An offshore wind developer hires a former executive of a lobstermen’s association as its liaison to the fishing industry as it prepares to pursue a federal lease off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. (reNews)
A Connecticut manufacturer will supply power cables to a proposed state-sponsored development of up to 800 MW. (CT Post)

SOLAR: Developers complete the first floating solar array in the state for a New Jersey town that will power some municipal facilities. (Solar Industry)

PIPELINES:
Seven residents of eastern Pennsylvania will argue in court that state regulators should shut down the Mariner East natural gas pipeline because it presents a danger to the public. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Three New Jersey agencies ask federal regulators to dismiss PennEast’s petition to overturn a federal court ruling that stopped the pipeline developer from taking state lands through eminent domain. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSMISSION:
• Federal regulators will study the risks of coordinated cybersecurity attacks on widely distributed energy assets on the electric grid. (PV Magazine)
Central Maine Power criticizes fake signs promoting its proposed power line from Canada through western Maine, including those posted at the site of a recent fatal propane explosion. (Sun Journal)
The company forms a political action committee to counter a statewide referendum on the project that could be on the ballot in 2020. (Maine Public)

OIL & GAS: An environmental group appeals New Jersey officials’ approval of the state’s first LNG export terminal, saying the state failed to adequately review its effects on coastal waterways. (NJ Spotlight)

BIOMASS: New York’s new climate law does not recognize biomass as a renewable energy resource but instead sees the state’s forests as a means to sequester carbon dioxide. (Adirondack Explorer)

COMMENTARY: An editorial says Pennsylvania Republicans are still moving backwards on emissions despite the availability of market-based solutions. (York Dispatch)

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