Northeast Energy News

Gas hookup moratorium stressing homeowners and businesses

PIPELINES: New York City homeowners and businesses are caught in the middle of a dispute between the state and a utility that imposed a moratorium on new customers over constrained natural gas supplies. (Daily News) 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to broaden their investigation of the moratorium. (Crain’s New York Business)
Most public comments on proposed pipeline regulations in Pennsylvania say the state is not doing enough to ensure public safety. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch at a town hall reiterates his opposition to a proposed compressor station and highlights his bill intended to thwart it. (Wicked Local)

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OFFSHORE WIND: Rhode Island approves $900 million in tax credits to lure offshore wind service company Boston Energy to the state. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A university researcher says the closure of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey last year has shown immediate effects on the waterway’s ecosystem as cooling water is no longer drawn from it or discharged. (Asbury Park Press)

SOLAR: Construction delays that prevented completion of solar installations at three Connecticut schools during the summer have officials mulling whether to continue work as classes begin. (Norwich Bulletin)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New York town won a grant to install five electric vehicle charging stations but now wonders if there is enough demand for use in public spaces. (Post-Star)

REGULATION: The New Hampshire attorney general’s chief of staff, Dianne Martin, has been tapped by Gov. Chris Sununu to be the next chair of the state’s Public Utilities Commission. (NHPR)

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EFFICIENCY: City officials say Worcester, Massachusetts’ low ranking on a national efficiency survey was due in part to its conservative interpretation of what it could claim credit for. (Worcester Telegram)

• Clean energy advocates say Vermont can contribute to combatting the climate crisis by electrification of the transport sector through support of the Transportation Climate Initiative. (VT Digger)
• An executive of a biomass power startup says opponents of Dartmouth’s plan to convert to biomass for heat for its campus misunderstand the technology and its climate impacts. (Valley News)
• An environmental organization says New York’s ambitious climate goals will be hindered by state regulatory policy that still creates incentives for utility natural gas infrastructure construction. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• Massachusetts’ former top energy regulator says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to consider expanded natural gas infrastructure forces New England to rely on dirtier energy sources to avoid blackouts. (Daily News)

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