Northeast Energy News

Energy storage developer eyes New York and Massachusetts

GRID:
• A behind-the-meter battery startup company, which has raised $80 million in funding from investors, is working in New York and Massachusetts on battery and energy storage projects. (Greentech Media)
• Six months after Massachusetts set a target for energy storage, more projects are getting off the ground but regulations are still unclear. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Tesla’s “Gigafactory 2” in Buffalo, New York could benefit from the Trump administration’s tariff on imported solar panels, even though the company lobbied against the proposal. (Buffalo Business First)
 Solar installers in Philadelphia say the tariff will drive up installations cost, lead to job loss, and hinder renewable energy growth. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Vermont solar companies are also concerned that the industry will slow down. (Vermont Public Radio)

WIND: Analysts say falling prices will help drive a boom in offshore wind along the Atlantic coast. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker touts state’s commitment to renewable energy during his state of the state address. (WCVB)

CARBON TRADING: New Jersey lawmakers take a step closer to rejoining the Regional Greenhouses Gas Initiative as they discuss how funds could be allocated. (NJ Spotlight)

NUCLEAR: New Jersey’s senate president says he’s open to making changes to a nuclear subsidy bill in order to get the governor and other lawmakers on board, including adding provisions for renewable energy. (NorthJersey.com)

UTILITIES: Vermont Gas plans to give customers a monthly credit on their heating bills throughout 2018 as a result of the tax reform legislation passed in Congress. (Vermont Biz)

POLICY: Bennington, Vermont officials have approved an energy plan, making it one of the first cities to comply with a state law giving municipalities more influence over siting decisions. (Bennington Banner)

EFFICIENCY: A county in New York is proposing to use a $100,000 grant to install LED lighting at county office buildings, two county parking areas, and also install an electric vehicle public charging station. (Watertown Daily Times)

BIOFUELS: A judge in Delaware has temporarily blocked the expansion of a biofuel refinery, ruling in favor of two civic groups who claim the project violates the Coastal Zone Act. (Delmarva Public Radio)

PIPELINES:
• The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected several appeals from landowners fighting an energy company that wants to take their land for a pipeline project. (The Legal Intelligencer)
• After gaining approval from federal regulators, the PennEast Pipeline Company now plans to seek permits in New Jersey for its project. (Pike County Courier)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Officials in a New Jersey township have passed a resolution opposing the Trump administration’s plan for offshore drilling along the northeast coast. (Shore News Network)

FRACKING: Voters in Redding, Connecticut will vote on a proposed ordinance that would ban the storage of fracking waste in town. (Danbury News Times)

TRANSMISSION:
Vermonters are being wooed by bidders of a power line project that will bring renewable energy from Canada to Massachusetts, via Vermont. (Vermont Public Radio)
• The state Senate in Delaware has voted unanimously to a give state regulators new authority over electric transmission utilities.  (The New Journal)
• A subcontractor involved in proposed overhead power line project in Pennsylvania is accused of harsh tactics to gain access to residential properties. (York Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• The AM New York editorial board says the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan along the northeast coast is “shortsighted” and its effort to remove environmental safety regulations is “wrongheaded.”
• An executive from clothing retailer Eileen Fisher argues for a carbon tax in New York. (Crain’s New York Business)
• Approving a nuclear subsidy bill in New Jersey would compete with the renewable energy projects championed by the new governor, says a lawyer. (NJ Spotlight)
• Energy costs in Massachusetts are high because the state doesn’t have sufficient infrastructure to meet increasing consumer demand, says a chamber of commerce president. (South Coast Today)

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