Northeast Energy News

Law passed in 1915 could determine fate of Rhode Island power plant

POWER PLANTS: The fate of a proposed 1,000 MW gas-burning power plant in northwest Rhode Island will hinge on the interpretation of a century-old state water law. (Providence Journal, ecoRI News)

ALSO: Environmentalists are calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject permits for a gas-fired power plant in the Hudson Valley. (WAMC)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new online tool helps states coordinate the buildout of fast-charging stations on highways throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS: Scientists say offshore drilling could put the Chesapeake Bay at risk. (Bay Journal)

BIOFUEL: The Maryland Energy Administration increases funding for an animal waste-to-energy program by $2 million for 2019. (National Law Review)   

SOLAR: A developer prepares to break ground on a 10 MW solar project in Ocean City, Maryland, that will provide around 20 percent of the city’s energy needs. (news release, Salisbury Daily Times)

STORAGE: A Vermont utility offers free Tesla Powerwall batteries to 100 eligible low-income customers with the help of a $150,000 state grant. (news release)

WIND:
• Connecticut is slowly catching up to surrounding states by adding more offshore wind to its energy portfolio. (Connecticut Magazine)
• Rhode Island launches new programs to prepare high school, college and technical students for jobs in the offshore wind industry. (ecoRI News)
• New Jersey wants to open bidding for its first 1,100 MW of offshore wind energy by the end of 2018 so developers can qualify for 2019 federal tax credits. (Press of Atlantic City)

EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts awards up to $250,000 in grant money to improve energy efficiency in six towns. (Athol Daily News)

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REGULATION: New England power generators ask FERC to reject a request from electric utilities that would allow them to charge consumers for pipeline development, saying it would undermine the agency’s market-based approach to pipeline siting. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Eversource was right to appeal a New Hampshire committee decision to reject its high-voltage power line from Canada to Massachusetts, because the state is facing an “energy crisis,” says the lead developer of a New Hampshire resort. (Concord Monitor)
• New York exported its “nuclear subsidy scam” to New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and other states, says the Executive Director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. (Gotham Magazine)

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