Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts attempt to expand solar access falls short, critics say

SOLAR: Massachusetts advocates say a proposal to improve solar access for low-income residents fails to significantly expand existing programs. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Massachusetts church tries to measure the carbon tradeoff of potentially cutting down trees for a solar array. (WBUR)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
Rhode Island officials hope the creation of an offshore wind innovation hub will lead to other ocean-related ventures dedicated to combating climate change. (Energy News Network)
Massachusetts congressional representatives write to a federal agency complaining of a “double standard” for review of offshore wind projects by regulators, which the agency dismisses as unfounded. (CommonWealth Magazine)

TRANSMISSION: A political action committee funded by two Texas natural gas companies to oppose a Maine transmission line faces a $25,000 fine and perhaps more for ethics violations for late reporting. (Bangor Daily News) 

COAL: A federal report says coal power’s share has tumbled to less than 1% of electricity generation in New York and New England. (Daily Energy Insider)

GRID: A study says capacity market prices in PJM could collapse if four states that object to a price floor ruling for clean resources opt to leave the regional market. (Platts)

PIPELINES: A New Hampshire town meeting will consider a resolution to oppose the 27-mile Granite Bridge pipeline that would serve a liquified natural gas export hub. (Seacoastonline) 

HYDROPOWER: A local power district in Maine sells three hydropower dams to a New York firm that would upgrade the facilities and reduce costs to the communities they serve. (Seacoastonline)

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REGULATION: Maryland starts a pilot program to allow one utility to set multi-year rates based on revenue projections while giving customers more certainty on bills. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• A former Mane legislator says a plan to create a public authority to run the state’s electric service could lead to the same private companies operating the distribution system at much higher costs. (Portland Press Herald)
• A student advocate says a Maryland bill to address the climate crisis by putting a price on carbon deserves urgent action to lessen reliance on fossil fuels. (Daily Record)
• The Sierra Club says Vermont joining a regional effort to reduce tailpipe emissions will fight climate change and improve public health. (VT Digger)

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