Northeast Energy News

Modest utility bill increases predicted for New York offshore wind

OFFSHORE WIND: New York officials say two offshore wind projects slated to begin operations in 2024 will add 73 cents per month to a typical customer’s utility bill. (Newsday) 

ALSO: Two months after Vineyard Wind was delayed by federal regulators,the industry still has no idea when the project may finally win approval. (Greentech Media)

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CLIMATE:
• A report says New York’s climate law will spur $115 billion in investment in new energy resources by 2040. (Utility Dive)
• In a speech at a shale gas convention in Pittsburgh, President Trump reiterates his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

UTILITIES:
• Experts say a rumored merger between a Pennsylvania utility and the parent of Central Maine Power would give a small state like Maine even less say over the operations of an even larger utility. (Portland Press Herald)
• Eversource and the University of New Hampshire announce a partnership to promote sustainability at the university expected to reduce energy use 3% to 4%. (Seacoastonline)

NUCLEAR: The shutdown of a nuclear power plant on the New Jersey shore is returning waters to how they existed before the plant opened, including the revival of jellyfish populations. (Washington Post)

PIPELINES: 
• Several Pennsylvania residents make their case before an administrative judge that the Mariner East pipeline should be shut down over safety violations. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A planned release of natural gas from two sites angers residents of Massachusetts communities who are fighting a proposed compressor station. (Patriot-Ledger)

OIL & GAS: A New York City home heating oil billionaire is offering customers a financial plan to convert to oil heat as residents grapple with a natural gas crunch that limits new signups. (Crain’s New York Business)

DIVESTMENT: Student activists will again on Saturday present a petition to the University of Vermont trustees asking them to approve divestment of fossil fuel investments in the university’s endowment. (VT Digger)

EFFICIENCY: A Maryland utility starts a “smart home” pilot program that provides devices to monitor and encourage energy efficiency. (Star Democrat)

SOLAR:
• Work begins on a 717 acre commercial complex on former landfills in northern New Jersey that will include a solar farm. (North Jersey Record)
• A Pennsylvania mayor joins colleagues nationwide asking for an extension of a federal tax credit to promote solar development. (GoErie.com)

COMMENTARY: Energy consultants say aggressive state-sponsored renewable energy procurements are changing the risk profile for owners of power generation plants. (Utility Dive)

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