Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts seeks another 1,600 MW of offshore wind

WIND: Massachusetts said it will double its commitments to offshore wind and pursue development of up to another 1,600 MW. (CommonWealth Magazine)

EMISSIONS: PJM will study how to integrate various emissions policies among its members into the wholesale power market. (Energy News Network)

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OIL & GAS:
• The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that towns can consider input from neighboring jurisdictions when they are reviewing zoning applications that could impact them. (Altoona Mirror)
• A Pennsylvnia judge has barred publication of a document related to the settlement of homeowners’ lawsuit against gas drillers pending a hearing this week. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POWER PLANTS:
• An opponent of a proposed natural gas power plant in Rhode Island predicts state siting officials will deny its permit on multiple grounds. (UpriseRI)
• Draft air quality permits for the Valley Energy Center in New York are complete and environmental officials have opened a public comment period. (WAMC)

NUCLEAR: The Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts shut down permanently at 5:28 p.m. on Friday. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New Jersey county will settle a lawsuit prompted by its illegal burning of sewage by installing three electric vehicle charging stations. (Courier-Post)

UTILITIES: Critics are worried about the proposed change in the ownership structure of two Vermont utilities that are partly owned by oil and gas interests in Canada. (VT Digger)

TRANSMISSION:
• A growing number of Maine towns are opposing the proposed Clean Energy Connect power line, and several will hold town meetings this month to consider votes against it. (Sun Journal)
• New York utilities are increasingly seeking ways to improve service that do not require building new transmission infrastructure. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Overall clean energy spending will remain constant in the current New Jersey budget but more money will be allocated to efficiency. (NJ Spotlight)

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SOLAR: Renewable Energy Vermont and a state utility have reached an agreement on a fee that would help upgrade the transmission system that critics call unfair to solar system owners. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY:
• The director of a sustainability center says Maryland is poised to lead in the battle against climate change with its enactment of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. (Capital Gazette)
• An environmental organization says Rhode Island and its leading utility have devised a model way to plan and pay for natural gas infrastructure. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• A former Texas regulator says opposition to natural gas development in Pennsylvania has resorted to hyperbole and misinformation to thwart development. (Daily Times)
• An affordable housing advocate says tackling climate change needs a coordinated response that should include a price on carbon. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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