Northeast Energy News

Maine’s high court allows referendum on November ballot

TRANSMISSION: Maine’s supreme court affirms a state official’s decision to allow an anti-transmission referendum on the November ballot. (Bangor Daily News)

NUCLEAR: The manager of a New Jersey nuclear plant says canceling a refueling operation due to Covid-19 is infeasible as extra measures are undertaken to keep workers safe. (E&E News, subscription required)

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• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf rebuffs a call by legislators to revoke his executive order to join a regional cap-and-trade emissions compact. (Indiana Gazette)
• A federal appeals court grills Environmental Protection Agency lawyers defending agency actions in a case brought by New York claiming inaction on downwind pollution drift. (Bloomberg Law, subscription required)

SOLAR: A New Hampshire legislator says owners of rooftop solar systems should register as a power generator with their utilities to allow them to collect payments for renewable energy credits. (NH Business Review)

GRID: On-peak power prices in April plunged by about one-third from the year before in PJM due to coronavirus shutdowns and cheap natural gas. (Platts)

MARKETING: Connecticut regulators approve a tougher set of rules for third-party energy marketers, ending a process that took six years to complete. (Greenwich Time)

PIPELINES: Attorneys general from 10 states, including five in the Northeast, write to federal regulators requesting a moratorium on approvals of natural gas infrastructure during the coronavirus pandemic. (The Hill)

DISTRIBUTED ENERGY: A Northeastern construction management firm says several opportunities exist for utilities in distributed energy production. (POWER Magazine) 

TRANSPORTATION: A New York legislator calls for an investigation of gasoline prices as they have not dropped as much as national averages during the coronavirus pandemic. (CSP)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Several towns urge the Long Island Power Authority to allow community choice aggregation. (East Hampton Star)

COMMENTARY: A former state official says Massachusetts could become a leader in the emerging fusion industry with a promising startup that was spun out of MIT. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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