Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts officials seeks energy rules for pot growers

EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts officials seek efficiency requirements for marijuana growing operations, which can have “extraordinarily high” energy consumption. (Boston Globe)

• Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is making a play for Vermont to have another shot at a renewable energy project in Massachusetts. (Vermont Biz)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says Northern Pass was “railroaded” by the committee that decided to reject its permit for the Massachusetts renewable energy project. (Concord Monitor)
• Massachusetts officials are giving utilities more time to decide whether to continue with a transmission project that cuts through New Hampshire that was rejected by regulators in that state. (Boston Globe)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has recommended the state double its renewable goal to 40 percent by 2030. (Utility Dive)

• Maine solar developers say high local property taxes are undercutting the economics of their projects. (Kennebec Journal)
• An unpopular plan to cap behind-the-meter solar generation is back as part of Connecticut’s new energy strategy. (Connecticut Mirror)
• A solar park in Newark, Delaware hit a milestone ahead of schedule – generating its millionth kilowatt hour of energy. (Delaware Business Now)
• A group of residents in Westbury, Massachusetts seek tougher zoning rules for large-scale solar farms in their neighborhoods. (Daily News of Newburyport)

UMAINE: The chancellor of the University of Maine system has financial ties to the company awarded a power contract with the university. (Portland Press Herald)

COAL: A Pennsylvania congressman has introduced a bill that would incentivize the cleanup of harmful coal waste. (Wilkes Barre Times-Leader)

CARBON PRICING: A clean energy bill is moving through the Massachusetts legislature that includes carbon pricing. (Lowell Sun)

BIOMASS: The Maine legislature is considering a bill that would ensure loggers and contractors get paid by the developer of two biomass plants expected to receive public subsidies. (Maine Public Radio)

UTILITIES: Half of the output of a propose Rhode Island power plant was excluded from a regional capacity auction, which opponents say shows the project isn’t needed. (ecoRI)

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WIND: Neighbors of a wind farm built in upstate New York in 2014 are still divided over the project. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)

• National Grid should consider building more public charging stations and rewarding electric vehicle drivers with discounted electric rates when charging during off-peak hours, says a nonprofit executive. (ecoRI)
As the federal government moves away from tackling climate change, Massachusetts has an opportunity to set a new standard for renewable energy leadership, says a state representative in Massachusetts. (Milford Daily News)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan needs to oppose the Potomac pipeline due to health and environmental risks associated with the project, says a University of Maryland junior. (The Diamondback)

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