Northeast Energy News

New England grid operator sees ‘dramatic shift’ to clean energy

GRID: The regional grid operator in New England says that 95% of its interconnection queue is occupied by wind, solar and energy storage projects, compared to mostly natural gas projects five years ago. (Utility Dive)

Critics say New England’s rapid embrace of solar energy is causing erosion and other environmental degradation as the states begin to impose stricter land-use regulations. (Bloomberg)
The developer of a solar project rejected by a Connecticut siting board two years ago resubmits a modified and scaled-back plan. (WSHU)
Two community solar farms serving 800 members in New York’s Hudson Valley are commissioned. (Solar Power World)

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey releases a white paper endorsing a price on carbon, echoing a similar call from the region’s grid operator. (CommonWealth Magazine)
Town meetings throughout New Hampshire today will feature resolutions to support a carbon fee promoted by youth climate activists. (NHPR)

Columbia Gas pleads guilty in federal court to charges stemming from a fatal explosion in 2018 in a previously announced settlement that includes a $53 million fine. (Eagle-Tribune)
• National Grid holds the first of six public sessions on Long Island to outline customer alternatives to natural gas as part of a state-ordered settlement of its failed attempt to impose a moratorium on new hookups. (Newsday)
• Anti-gas activists release a report that challenge’s National Grid’s assertion that there is a natural gas shortage in metropolitan New York City that requires new pipelines. (City Limits)
• Dozens of organizations hold a rally at Pennsylvania’s capitol against proposed tax breaks for petrochemical manufacturers using fracked natural gas. (Ellwood City Ledger)

TRANSPORTATION: A publicly owned waste-to-energy company in Maine will convert to electric trucks powered by its burning of household trash by the end of the year. (Portland Press Herald) 

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TRANSMISSION: Despite efforts to stop a Central Maine Power transmission line from Canada, the company has spent tens of millions on land acquisition, engineering and other activities related to the project. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY: A former utility regulatory attorney says some of the greatest emissions reductions can come from advanced coal and natural gas technologies under development. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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