Northeast Energy News

Former coal plant to become offshore wind hub

WIND: A grid connection and 400 MW energy storage facility is planned for a former Massachusetts coal plant that is currently being dismantled to accommodate offshore wind development. (Herald News)

PIPELINES:
Time is running out for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to decide whether to support a natural gas pipeline that goes under New York Harbor to Long Island. (Crain’s New York Business)
Protesters delivered petitions to Cuomo in opposition to utilities’ plans to build pipelines to deliver natural gas to areas of the state. (Times Union)
Pennsylvania regulators approved a pipeline expansion project that will go under the Susquehanna River to bring natural gas service to areas that are currently without it. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

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TRANSMISSION:
• A Maine community that twice has supported construction of a controversial power line through it will not hold a special town meeting petitioners had asked for after a tie vote by the town board. (Sun Journal)
• An environmental group has appealed a New Hampshire siting board’s approval of a transmission project to the state’s Supreme Court. (Seacoastonline)

BIOMASS: A proposal to convert a prison on the Eastern Shore in Maryland from biomass to natural gas power would undermine maintenance of a healthy ecosystem in privately owned forests, according to industry groups. (Bay Journal)

NUCLEAR: Despite the announced closure of Three Mile Island, supporters in the Pennsylvania legislature of a nuclear subsidy say pending legislation will be passed. (RTO Insider)

GRID: Lower fuel prices and milder weather reduced congestion costs in the first quarter in PJM. (Utility Dive)

OVERSIGHT: Mark Vannoy, the chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, resigned earlier this month, several weeks after his term expired, but no successor has been named by Gov. Janet Mills. (Sun Journal)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has two weeks left to decide whether to sign a bill that increases the state’s renewable energy commitment to 50% but also continues to support a controversial waste-to-energy plant. (Baltimore Sun)

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MICROGRIDS: A proposal to study the potential for microgrids is making its way through the New Hampshire legislature. (Concord Monitor)

COMMENTARY:
• For-profit transmission projects that do not provide electricity to Maine residents should be banned from using eminent domain, as a proposed state law would, says a local elected official. (Press Herald)
• A legal think tank supporting a Pennsylvania couple in its dispute with a pipeline owner says the U.S. Supreme Court should end the practice of “Build First, Pay Later” in eminent domain cases. (Forbes)
• Elected officials in New Hampshire say there is widespread support for a law to raise the net metering cap to 5 MW for municipalities and businesses to build larger clean energy projects. (NH Business Review)

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