Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts orders sweeping utility investigation

REGULATION: Massachusetts regulators order a broad investigation of National Grid management after questions surface about delayed solar installations, its electric vehicle program and cybersecurity preparedness. (Patriot-Ledger)

Two New Jersey congressmen ask federal regulators to issue a stop-work order for the PennEast pipeline because a recent court order will force the developer to revise its route. (Platts)
State regulators again deem the developer’s application inadequate, largely based on the same unfavorable court ruling. (NJ Spotlight)

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POWER PLANTS: Gov. Phil Murphy takes a position against a gas-fired power plant proposed in northern New Jersey after a year of prodding by environmentalists. (NJBiz)

UTILITIES: A report by Connecticut utilities says there is a lack of communication from federal authorities about incidences or threats of cybersecurity breaches in their networks. (Hartford Courant)

TRANSMISSION: Recently revealed documents in Maine revive the question of whether portions of a proposed power line over state lands would require a two-thirds vote in the legislature. (Maine Public)

SOLAR: A Maine town signs two leases with a solar developer who wants to construct 10 MW on a former landfill and a gravel pit. (Seacoastonline)

HYDROPOWER: A developer applies to build a hydroelectric power plant at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam in northwestern Pennsylvania. (

WIND: A coastal Delaware homeowners association objects to a land connection for a proposed offshore wind development, which they say belongs in Maryland where the energy contract was authorized. (Coastal Point)  

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Environmentalists advocate for wider adoption of electric buses, citing a study that shows good performance and public acceptance in three Massachusetts towns. (WBZ)

CLIMATE: At the second annual regional climate change conference on Cape Cod, attendees were told “there’s no single answer” to address the crisis. (Cape Cod Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A bankrupt energy supplier owes $2.2 million to New Hampshire’s Renewable Energy Fund, which could impair the state program and force customers to find alternative supply at higher prices. (NH Business Review)

• A Pennsylvania natural gas provider praises the state’s overhaul of a low-income assistance program that increases the number of eligible households. (PennLive)
• An editorial board says a Pennsylvania tax incentive in the legislature is merely a giveaway to manufacturing corporations that would already want to be near the state’s gas resources. (Citizens Voice)
• Pennsylvania needs a nudge to join a regional carbon cap-and-trade compact and Gov. Tom Wolf was right to force the issue, a newspaper says. (Lancasteronline) 

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