Northeast Energy News

Local governments cry foul over New York renewables siting proposal

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Local governments say a proposed state office in New York to issue permits to larger renewable energy projects takes away their control of land use issues. (Buffalo News)

ALSO: The head of New York’s electric grid says recent orders by federal regulators seen as anti-renewable energy by advocates don’t appear to be as bad as initially feared. (Utility Dive)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Massachusetts offers $1.4 million in grants to test innovative solutions to advance transportation electrification. (Energy News Network)
An electric vehicle rebate signed into law in New Jersey in January is still not up and running so purchasers will have to wait for state regulators to officially approve the program to get a refund. (WHYY)

OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey proposes a timeline of offshore wind solicitations every other year starting this fall that would result in 7.5 GW by 2035. (NJ Spotlight)

EMISSIONS: The Environmental Protection Agency says New York’s lawsuit against it for failure to enforce regulations of upwind emissions is too vague. (Bloomberg, subscription required)

GRID: The New England grid operator in its annual report says the same competitive forces that created the wholesale electricity market can be harnessed to develop renewable energy resources. (Vermont Biz)

SOLAR: A solar cooperative relaunches in a western Pennsylvania county making it the ninth in the state to offer discounts to members for solar panels and electric vehicle chargers. (Indiana Gazette)

NUCLEAR: New York officials are demanding federal regulators explain how they concluded placement of a natural gas line near the Indian Point nuclear plant did not pose risks to nearby communities. (Lohud.com)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine state park distances itself from a newspaper ad from Hydro-Quebec promoting a power line that used an image of an iconic mountain to extoll emissions reductions. (Portland Press Herald)

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CLIMATE: Competing climate bills are emerging in the Vermont Legislature, with one giving residents the right to sue the state deemed more likely than one proposing a wealth tax. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY:
A minister and provider of daycare services to low-income people says the New Jersey Energy Master Plan would drive up costs for those least able to afford it. (NJ Spotlight)
• An advocate of a carbon price says that is the only way to quickly implement New York’s climate goals and shift the state to cleaner energy resources. (Buffalo News)

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