Northeast Energy News

FirstEnergy’s coal and nuclear unit files for bankruptcy

UTILITIES: A subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. has filed for bankruptcy – only days after petitioning the Trump administration to save coal and nuclear power plants from closing in the northeast region of the country. (Washington Post)

TRANSMISSION: New Hampshire regulators, in a written ruling, have rejected the Northern Pass project – two days after Massachusetts abandoned its hydropower project with the project’s developers. (Associated Press)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: A proposed bill in Rhode Island would require developers of new fossil fuel plants to also invest in renewable energy. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
The Long Island Power Authority is moving forward with its new solar compensation plan despite objections from solar installers. (Newsday)
A church in Lebanon, New Hampshire has donated a piece of its land to a mobile home park for the construction of a solar array. (Valley News)
The future of a $10 million, 7-megawatt commercial solar array in Lenox, Massachusetts hinges on changes to zoning laws. (Berkshire Eagle)

POLLUTION: A $225 million pollution settlement between New Jersey and Exxon is being challenged by environmental groups. (Associated Press)

NET METERING: A New Hampshire bill to expand net metering to businesses and municipalities met both praise and opposition during a House committee meeting. (New Hampshire Business Review)

HYDROPOWER: A Maine company has developed a submersible generator that collects power from shallow rivers and tidal basins. (VOA news)

WIND:
Developers of a floating wind farm off the coast of Maine are concerned that reopening its power contract could jeopardize the project’s future. (Sun Journal)
Moody’s Investor Services predicts that U.S. offshore wind will grow rapidly, especially in Northeast states such as New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY:
Vineyard Winds, one of three bidders for a wind energy project, is the only one that would provide Cape Cod with direct economic benefits, says an editorial. (Cape Cod Times)
The Baker administration should keep in mind its experience with Northern Pass when selecting the operators of future energy projects, says an editorial. ( Lowell Sun)
New Hampshire needs to harness local renewable energy rather than seeking energy imports from abroad, says an energy marketer. (New Hampshire Business Review)
FirstEnergy’s bailout scheme for its coal and nuclear power plants would cost taxpayers billions of dollars and should be rejected by the U.S. Department of Energy, says a sustainable energy analyst. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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