Northeast Energy News

In Connecticut, an ‘existential crisis’ for solar

SOLAR: Advocates say Connecticut’s solar industry faces an “existential crisis” if lawmakers don’t reverse a decision to eliminate net metering. (Hartford Courant)

ALSO:
• A solar advocate says despite sustained growth, New York will not meet its goal of 6 GW installed by 2025 at its current rate. (Solar Power World)
• Opponents speak out about a proposed 11.8 MW solar farm in Maryland, with one neighbor saying it will disrupt her “million-dollar view.” (Herald-Mail)

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CLIMATE:
• Maine legislators held a day-long hearing to discuss the impact of a proposed climate change action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent. (Portland Press Herald)
• Voters across New Hampshire passed a range of climate change ballot initiatives on the state’s annual Town Meeting Day this week; one such ordinance appears aimed to stop a pipeline project. (NHPR, Common Dreams)
• Environmental advocates say Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s record on climate change is a work in progress. (WGBH)

WIND: New Jersey regulators issued a report lauding the state’s actions to meet its wind energy goals over the past year. (Daily Energy Insider)

NATURAL GAS:
• Pennsylvania accounted for 25 percent of the growth of natural gas generation in the U.S. last year, according to federal data. (Pennsylvania Business Report)
• A former National Grid executive was removed from a review of Massachusetts’ natural gas system after the state learned a relative of his still works for the company. (DeSmog)

PIPELINES: Opponents of a proposed Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline say the project “evokes implications of class warfare.” (Waynesboro Record Herald)

GRID:
• New York released its implementation plan to reach 3 GW of energy storage by 2030. (Utility Dive)
• Consolidated Edison in New York has enrolled 15,000 customers in a time-of-use rate pilot starting next month. (The Gothamist)
• A New York Power Authority laboratory is studying how to better integrate renewables onto the grid. (Electric Light & Power)

NUCLEAR: An anti-nuclear group files a formal petition with federal regulators seeking an investigation into alleged issues with steam tubes at the Three Mile Island plant. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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UTILITIES: The AARP is opposing a broad range of rate increases proposed by New Jersey utilities, including a $300 million a year subsidy for nuclear plants. (Asbury Park Press)

COMMENTARY:
• A school superintendent urged passage of Pennsylvania’s nuclear bill, saying the closure of Three Mile Island would devastate his district. (Press and Journal)
• A Pennsylvania manufacturer’s association says “we trust that Adelphia Gateway and the involved regulatory agencies have done their due diligence” on a proposed compressor station project. (The Intelligencer)

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