Northeast Energy News

Environmental, business groups over diversion of Connecticut efficiency funds

NUCLEAR: A Bloomberg analysis finds nuclear power plants in the Northeast are expected to make money before taxes, even though nationwide one-fourth of them may retire early. (Bloomberg)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
• Several Connecticut environmental groups and businesses are suing the state over the legislature’s decision to remove $165 million in state energy funds to balance the state’s budget. (Connecticut Post)
• Energy efficiency measures are expected to ease demand on the Northeast’s grid this summer. (State House News Service)
• National Grid will give more than $1 million in energy efficiency rebates to the owners of a housing cooperative in Jamaica Queens, New York – the largest in the world. (Daily Energy Insider)
Officials in a Massachusetts town overhaul a zero-energy bylaw over concerns an earlier version was too stringent. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
Three controversial bills, including bills on net metering and biomass, are headed to New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk. (New Hampshire Business Review)
• Concord, New Hampshire officials want the business community on board before approving a resolution requiring the city to get all its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

WIND: An analysis explores why offshore wind may be a better value in the Northeast than land-based turbines. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• An energy company is proposing a 68-acre solar installation in Tiverton, Rhode Island that would generate 9 megawatts of power. (Associated Press)
• Officials in a Maine town approve a solar farm over objections from some neighbors. (The Forecaster)
• A Vermont town considers a solar project atop a former quarry dump site. (Rutland Herald)

CLIMATE: Maine regulators hear differing viewpoints on a proposal that would require cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent annually. (Portland Press Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A majority of Maryland residents, 76 percent, are in favor of the state expanding its electric vehicle charging infrastructure, according to a survey. (Daily Energy Insider)

PIPELINES:
• The infrastructure buildout to support the Marcellus Shale has caught many local residents off guard, and critics say state agencies in charge of oversight are understaffed. (E&E News)
• Crews begin work to bury the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Pennsylvania. (Lancaster Online)

POLITICS: Former vice president Joe Biden spoke about energy issues, such as natural gas pipelines and electrical grids, at a forum at the University of Delaware. (The News Journal)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on state regulators to reject a proposed $365 million trash-to-energy facility that would be constructed in Seneca County. (PressConnects.com)

HYDROPOWER: The Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts has become a testing ground for long-elusive tidal power technology. (WCAI)

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UTILITIES: Mary Powell, the CEO of Green Mountain Power in Vermont, receives a national environmental award. (news release)

COMMENTARY: Rather than suing the oil and gas industry for its contribution to climate change, the state should “steer them in a greener direction” instead of bankrupting them, says a former Maine attorney general. (Bangor Daily News)

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