Northeast Energy News

New England grid operator says new power plant not needed

POWER PLANTS: New England’s grid operator will tell FERC it “does not need and does not want” a controversial 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant proposed in northwest Rhode Island, effectively canceling its electricity supply commitment with developer Invenergy. (ecoRI, Uprise RI)

ALSO: At least eight New Jersey towns pass resolutions opposing a proposed 1,200 MW gas-fired power plant that would provide energy to Manhattan, saying it would be “one of the largest sources of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey.” (North Jersey Record)

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SOLAR:
• A coalition of solar energy advocates sues Maine’s Public Utilities Commission over new state rules that reduce net metering incentives. (Bangor Daily News)
• A coalition of solar industry groups asks Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to launch a solar development incentive program that has been under review for months, saying a lack of clarity on the issue is hurting the industry. (The Republican)
• Solar power sells for more on Long Island than anywhere else in the continental U.S., largely due to high wholesale power prices in New York City and limited exports to the island, according to a new report. (Bloomberg)
• A developer begins construction on what will be the largest net metered solar installation in New Jersey — a 23.5 MW project that will supply power to a Six Flags amusement park. (news release)
• A 2 MW solar project at Penn State will provide 1 percent of campus electricity needs. (Penn State News)

WIND: A group of fishermen speak out against wind turbines planned off the coast of New Jersey during a public meeting. (Asbury Park Press)

EFFICIENCY: Pittsburgh’s tallest skyscraper has seen a 40 percent drop in water and electricity consumption since 2010 thanks to energy efficiency upgrades. (WESA)

EMISSIONS: Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection moves forward with plans to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas sites. (WITF)

OIL & GAS:
• Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection wants to increase permit fees for shale wells, and a gas industry group believes taxpayers should help pay for it. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A South Philadelphia refinery complex is “likely” to face bankruptcy by 2022 and could shut down, leaving a mess of toxic pollution behind, according to a University of Pennsylvania report. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Delaware Gov. John Carney signs two bills protecting the state’s coastal zone from oil and gas drilling. (Cape Gazette)

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UTILITIES: Pennsylvania utility regulators fine a third-party energy supplier $1.5 million for deceptive sales practices and enrolling customers in contracts without their approval. (Hartford Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: It is essential for the country to expand and upgrade its aging natural gas pipelines, especially in New England, says the editor of RealClearEnergy.

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