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)

TRANSMISSION:
• Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is making a play for Vermont to have another shot at a renewable energy project in Massachusetts. (Vermont Biz)
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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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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)
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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)
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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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