Northeast Energy News

Net metering in question in Connecticut as energy bill advances

POLICY: Connecticut lawmakers move a clean energy bill out of committee but many still oppose a provision that would eliminate net metering. (Connecticut Post)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy Corp. on Thursday petitioned the Trump administration for an emergency order to save coal and nuclear power plants from closing in the northeast region of the country; the request is being criticized by energy groups and environmentalists. (The Hill)

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SOLAR:
• A second brewery in Stowe, Vermont plans to build a solar array on its property. (Stowe Reporter)
• The construction of community solar farms is increasing in New York – with a few hundred in development. (Albany Times Union)

RENEWABLES:
• A clean energy manufacturing institute in Rochester, New York has received funds as part of the omnibus spending bill recently passed by Congress. (Daily Energy Insider)
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A coalition of clergy are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support clean energy instead of natural gas generation for a planned microgrid. (Albany Times Union)

PIPELINES:
• A Pennsylvania judge is recommending that state regulators reject a plan to allow a segment of the Laurel Pipeline to reverse the flow of its refined gas. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
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Opponents of the Potomac pipeline project in Maryland are hoping an emergency bill can stop the project. (Herald-Mail Media)

TRANSMISSION: Pennsylvania regulators have scheduled hearings in Franklin and York counties to gather comments about the Transource power line project. (Herald-Mail Media)

CLIMATE: A majority of Pennsylvania voters agree that the effects of climate change are happening now and that the state should do more to address them. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

COMMENTARY:
• A guest columnist says public policy needs to anticipate the clean technological advances that are coming, such as an increase in electric vehicles. (New Hampshire Business Review)
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New Jersey lawmakers should demand PSEG open its books before making a decision to approve subsidies for nuclear power plants, says a guest columnist. (NJ.com)

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