Northeast Energy News

Education could be key to stopping Connecticut efficiency fund raids

NUCLEAR: The owner of Three Mile Island Unit 2, which has been shut down since 1979, is negotiating the sale and dismantling of the plant. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

EFFICIENCY: In Connecticut, advocates say educating lawmakers on the benefits of energy efficiency will be key to prevent them from raiding ratepayer funds again; Vermont’s experience suggests the approach will work. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
• The Massachusetts budget increased an annual assessment on the state’s utilities, which is used to fund a regulatory agency, by 50%. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• State legislators will hold a hearing to examine Con Edison’s preparedness after two recent blackouts occurred in New York City. (New York Post)
• Maine’s public advocate says a rate case for Central Maine Power should be put on hold until it completes its investigation of a botched billing system rollout. (CentralMaine.com)

OIL & GAS:
Experts told a Pennsylvania legislative committee that the recent refinery explosion and fire highlighted the need for improved air monitoring in the Philadelphia area. (WHYY)
A bankruptcy court approved a $65 million loan to the closed refinery as it says it is seeking to resume operations. (WHYY)

HYDROPOWER: New York City officials are consulting with indigenous people in Quebec on the potential effects of a hydropower deal it is seeking with the provincial utility. (Montreal Gazette)

CLIMATE CHANGE: The Massachusetts House unanimously passed the $1.3 billion GreenWorks plan for grants to municipalities statewide to fund climate change programs. (MassLive.com) 

PIPELINES: A Massachusetts city currently under a moratorium on new natural gas hookups is considering a council resolution in support of expanded capacity. (MassLive.com)

STORAGE: Con Edison is seeking at least 300 MW of energy storage to comply with new state regulations requiring utilities statewide to adopt the technology. (Energy Storage News)

SOLAR: A Vermont business owner scaled back his solar project when town officials refused to declare it is on a “preferred site,” which would have qualified it for a higher net metering rate. (Rutland Herald)

WIND: A Pennsylvania man who was raised in coal country and saw environmental degradation is now managing two wind farms in the state. (Yale Climate Connections)

COMMENTARY: An environmental group says New Jersey has demonstrated leadership in its response to the climate crisis with recent amendments to its Global Warming Response Act. (NJ.com)

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