Northeast Energy News

Maine solar rules to kick in six weeks early

SOLAR: New rules reducing compensation for rooftop-generated power in Maine will go into effect six weeks earlier than originally planned – angering rooftop solar installers. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO: A profile of former Maryland energy official Abigail Ross Hopper, who is now one of the most influential voices in the solar industry. (E&E News)

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GRID:
• New Jersey’s bill to subsidize nuclear plants also includes a goal of 2,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. (NJ Spotlight)
• Fourteen microgrid projects in Massachusetts will each receive $75,000 to conduct feasibility studies in order to attract private investments. (Microgrid Knowledge)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz blasts federal biofuel policy at an appearance at a Pennsylvania refinery that has filed for bankruptcy. (StateImpact)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Officials in a New York town are considering restarting an alternative energy committee that disbanded almost four years ago after renewed interest from residents. (Newsday)

TECHNOLOGY: During a visit to a Connecticut fuel cell power company, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said a tax credit recently passed by Congress would lower the costs of fuel cells and help the industry. (Register Citizen)

CLIMATE:
• New Jersey is now officially a part of the U.S. Climate Alliance after Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill committing the state to the coalition. (Washington Examiner)
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During a council meeting, residents challenged Maryland’s Harford County council president over previous remarks he made calling climate change “bogus.” (Baltimore Sun)

UTILITIES:
• Beach Haven, New Jersey officials have introduced an ordinance that will allow the town to join an energy aggregation program. (SandPaper.net)
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Between 2012 and 2016, Maine electricity customers paid $77 million more than they should have when they purchased power from retail sellers called “competitive electricity providers.” (Bangor Daily News)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Four Maine towns could save between 75 to 80 percent on electrical costs by switching their streetlights to LEDs, according to a LED conversion company. (Lewiston Sun Journal)

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NUCLEAR: A proposed nuclear subsidy bill in New Jersey is pitting shareholders of a company with two nuclear plants against electric ratepayers. (NorthJersey.com)

COMMENTARY:
• New Jersey lawmakers should pursue legislation that tackles both nuclear and clean energy, but not in one bill, says a NorthJersey.com editorial.
• A Times of Trenton editorial says a proposed New Jersey law expanding the use of net metering will not only help solar users but also help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and other toxins in the air.
• In the Northeast, electric heat pump technology is leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions from buildings – a technology other states may want to employ as well, says the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Implementing a modernized clean transportation system in Maryland could go a long way toward meeting the state’s goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2030, says a conservation education fund program director. (Baltimore Sun)
The little known Jones Act could be an impediment to the development and maintenance of offshore wind energy projects, says a maritime, transportation and finance energy lawyer. (Marine Link)
New York utility companies should do more to support transportation electrification so the state can accelerate electric vehicle adoption, says a transportation analyst. (National Resources Defense Council)

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