Northeast Energy News

Nearly half of Connecticut solar bids include storage

SOLAR: Developers submit a total of 71 utility-scale solar proposals, including 33 with storage components, in response to Connecticut’s request for clean energy bids. (PV Magazine)

ALSO: A Connecticut plastics company installs a 1,172-panel rooftop solar system with the help of a state solar incentive program, which is expected to save the business $1.5 million in energy costs over 25 years. (Solar Industry)

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WIND: New Jersey officials post a request for ideas on developing offshore wind port infrastructure and supply chain in the state. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A coalition of clean energy advocates asks Connecticut utility regulators to consider electric vehicles in their plans to modernize the state’s grid. (The Hour)

OIL & GAS:
• Connecticut lawmakers ask utility regulators to review the state’s natural gas infrastructure in light of deadly explosions in Massachusetts last month. (Associated Press)
• A Massachusetts lawmaker wants Columbia Gas to attend public hearings to address safety concerns after its gas lines were involved in a series of home explosions outside Boston. (The Republican)
• Con Edison wants to construct up to five natural gas storage sites north of New York City as part of a plan to incentivize customers to upgrade their heating equipment or install heat pumps to help reduce gas consumption. (Patch, news release)
• During a public meeting, residents of a Pittsburgh suburb speak out against a proposed injection well that would receive 25 million gallons of fracking waste a year. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES: Sunoco fails to meet a September deadline to complete its Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, citing “regulatory issues.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POWER PLANTS: A 680 MW, gas-fired electric generation facility begins operating about 70 miles northwest of New York City. (news release)

GRID: FirstEnergy’s plan to retire more than 4,000 MW of coal and diesel generating units in Ohio and Pennsylvania won’t harm reliability, according to a 30-day study conducted by grid operators. (S&P Global)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a proposed transmission line between Pennsylvania and Maryland are optimistic after three independent experts testified that the project is inefficient and unnecessary. (Baltimore Sun)

NUCLEAR: Vermont’s shuttered Yankee nuclear plant cuts its workers from about 150 to two dozen. (Associated Press)

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BIOMASS: A developer anticipates a spring groundbreaking for a $150 million biomass energy plant in central Massachusetts, following over ten years of litigation, regulatory approvals and local opposition. (The Republican)

COMMENTARY: A proposed pipeline project to move natural gas from Pennsylvania to the New Jersey-New York area is not needed, says an advocacy group based in New Jersey. (TAPInto)

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