Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire approves home battery pilot project

STORAGE: New Hampshire utility regulators approve a pilot project that lets residents install home batteries that will be subsidized and partially controlled by a local utility. (Concord Monitor)

POLICY:
• The mayor of Washington, D.C., signs legislation to transition the city to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2032. (news release)
• Massachusetts lawmakers file a bill to update the state’s emissions goals to 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
• Town officials in western Connecticut file a petition with the state to block a 60,000-panel solar project, saying it would threaten 54 acres of forestland and adversely affect stormwater runoff. (Associated Press)
• Maine’s governor solicits proposals to install solar panels on the Blaine House in Augusta, which serves as the official residence of the governor. (Portland Press Herald)
• New York utility regulators approve a project to install of up to 13 MW of solar at John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Renewables Now)
• Thanks to a rapid buildout of solar installations, New Jersey’s current system for financing solar is expiring without a new incentive program to take its place. (NJ Spotlight)
•  A town in eastern Vermont considers whether to allow developers to build a 500 kW solar system on a gravel pit. (Brattleboro Reformer)

WIND: A wind project in western Massachusetts enters a second round of construction to increase its capacity from 15 MW to 19.6 MW. (Telegram & Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Two large wind projects and hydropower from Canada are overloading the grid in northeast Vermont, forcing renewable energy to be ordered offline. (VPR)

UTILITIES: Connecticut utility regulators are expected to revise rates for several utilities that received a financial windfall due to federal tax cuts. (The News-Times)

NUCLEAR: Local officials and citizens grilled a company about its plans to decommission a nuclear plant on the coast of Massachusetts during a meeting last week. (Wicked Local Plympton)

PIPELINES: Sunoco will purge natural gas liquids from a section of its Mariner East 1 pipeline that was exposed by a sinkhole west of Philadelphia. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NATURAL GAS: Rhode Island’s governor declares a state of emergency after a natural gas outage leaves 7,100 without heat in one southern county. (ABC6)

POLITICS: A joint podcast from the Energy News Network and Greentech Media explores how clean energy is a winning issue for conservatives. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Pennsylvania is using natural gas to enhance air quality and stimulate economic growth, says the president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. (The Intelligencer)

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