Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts rejects utility’s plan to subsidize EV chargers

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Massachusetts regulators on Friday rejected a plan by National Grid to subsidize thousands of electric vehicle charging stations throughout its territory. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE:
• With more carbon emissions than all of the other Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative states, Pennsylvania’s entry is the most significant change since the compact began in 2008. (InsideClimate News)
• New York City is considering turning Governors Island, a tiny patch off the tip of Manhattan, into a “living laboratory” to study the effects of climate change. (New York Times)

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SOLAR:
New laws and a climate policy push by the governor create a land rush in Maine for the best sites for community solar projects. (Portland Press Herald)
A 350 MW solar project in western New York, the largest in the state, is one of several sizeable developments proposed in the region. (Buffalo News)
Solar industry advocates say Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s 800 MW expansion of a new incentive program is too small to meet consumers’ interest. (CommonWealth Magazine)
A New Hampshire city will again debate the number of solar panels that is appropriate on properties. (Concord Monitor)

TRANSMISSION: As one of the largest landowners in Maine, Yale University plays a unique role in a transmission line controversy as one of its companies grants an easement to avoid a remote pond that stymied two state permits. (WGME)

WIND: Southeastern Massachusetts business leaders say the state is losing its edge over neighboring states if it doesn’t include greater economic development promises from offshore wind companies seeking state sanctioned power contracts. (SouthCoastToday)

PIPELINES:
The fates of Pennsylvania gas drillers and the owner of an exploded pipeline are tied together even as they trade accusations over the responsibility and damages of the mishap. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Climate activists demonstrated against a proposed pipeline and CNG storage tank that a New Hampshire regulator’s consultant recently said was not needed. (Seacoastonline)
A Massachusetts state agency again delays review of a proposed compressor station for a month, pushing permits for the facility issueded no earlier than November. (Patriot-Ledger)

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POWER MARKETS: A bankrupt energy supplier that assigns its customers to a competitor lists Connecticut and Massachusetts as some of its largest creditors, owing them a collective $52 million. (News Times)

COMMENTARY:
• With escalating operating costs and a wealth of in-house expertise, colleges and universities are in a unique position to lead innovations to fight climate change, an efficiency company says. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• An environmental organization says Pennsylvnaia legislators are backward-looking to give a tax break to petrochemical companies while ignoring the clean energy future represented by solar power. (Pocono Record)

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