Northeast Energy News

Eversource bets big on offshore wind

WIND: Eversource Energy announces a $225 million joint venture with a Danish company to develop offshore wind in New England. (New Haven Register)

ALSO:
• A business columnist says Eversource’s clean energy push is in part due to the unlikelihood of a major natural gas expansion anytime soon. (Boston Globe)
• A Massachusetts town delays a noise study of a local wind turbine. (Patriot Ledger)

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NUCLEAR:
• Exelon’s CEO says Pennsylvania lawmakers need to approve subsidies before May in order to keep the Three Mile Island nuclear plant open. (RTO Insider)
• An independent economist questions whether New Jersey needs to subsidize its nuclear plants to keep them open. (NJ Spotlight)
• With the future of a nearby nuclear plant in question, a New Jersey town faces losing its status as an oasis of low property taxes. (NJ.com)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania halts all construction permits for pipeline developer Energy Transfer LP, with Gov. Tom Wolf saying the company has failed “to respect our laws and communities.” (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: New York regulators last week questioned Consolidated Edison’s moratorium on new natural gas service. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• At the unveiling of a new solar array, New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan criticizes Gov. Chris Sununu for vetoing a net metering bill last year. (Concord Monitor)
• Developers discuss the potential — and limitations — for large-scale solar projects in the Northeast. (PV Magazine)

RENEWABLES: New York lawmakers are holding hearings this week on a proposed 100 percent renewable energy standard. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was noncommittal last week on whether he supports a proposed new gas-fired power plant. (North Jersey Record)

TRANSPORTATION:
Transportation policy that prioritizes cars will make it much more difficult for Rhode Island to achieve its climate goals. (EcoRI)
• Vermont officials say a bill exempting many of the state’s vehicles from emissions testing may violate the Clean Air Act. (VT Digger)

UTILITIES: A Vermont co-op says it has met, and in some cases exceeded, state renewable energy requirements. (Stowe Reporter)

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TECHNOLOGY: Yale researchers develop a solar-powered electric boat that has a very dirty job to do. (Electrek)

COMMENTARY:
• An advocate says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf “can’t have his cake and eat it too” by supporting climate action and boosting natural gas. (PennLive)
• The president of PJM Interconnection says new capacity investments in Pennsylvania helped the grid remain reliable during a recent cold snap. (PennLive)
• A Maryland solar advocates urges Gov. Larry Hogan to support a stronger renewable energy standard. (WTOP)

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