Northeast Energy News

Electric buses fall short in initial Massachusetts tests

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Massachusetts transit officials say five electric buses put into service last year do not run as far as predicted and take too long to recharge. (CommonWealth Magazine)

CLIMATE:
Connecticut sues Exxon over climate change, alleging the oil giant knew the effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment. (Hartford Courant)
• A Connecticut city declares a climate emergency and vows to eliminate city generated greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2030. (CT Post)

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NUCLEAR: Federal officials extend the license of the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire with additional conditions to monitor and maintain deteriorating concrete at the facility. (Seacoastonline)

UTILITIES: Eversource in a post-Tropical Storm Isaias analysis in Connecticut says its performance was much stronger than what critics maintain. (CT Mirror)

OFFSHORE WIND: Rhode Island ratepayers are on the hook for repairs to the cable connecting the Block Island offshore wind farm that must be rebuilt because of persistent exposure to the elements. (ecoRI)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania reports drillers extracted a record amount of natural gas last year, nearly 10% more than in 2018. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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CLEAN ENERGY: New Hampshire legislators meet Wednesday in their annual veto day session, with little chance of success predicted for bills expanding net metering, increasing the renewable portfolio standard and more funding for energy efficiency. (InDepthNH)

COMMENTARY:
• A solar developer says community solar projects in Pennsylvania would inject billions of dollars into local economies to help with pandemic recovery. (Lehigh Valley Business)
• A state legislator and clean energy advocate say New Hampshire must act now to take advantage of opportunities presented by the offshore wind industry. (Union-Leader)
Experience from other states shows Pennsylvania would improve public health, cut emissions and provide funds for clean energy and efficiency if it joins a regional cap-and-trade program. (Natural Resource Defense Council)
• Using a Connecticut plan to prop up the Millstone nuclear plant as a benchmark, a conservative think tank says the state’s commitment to offshore wind will drive consumer rates even higher. (Yankee Institute)

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