Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire efficiency bill rejected; New York City to electrify buses

EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire’s Senate rejects a bill that would have directed proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative toward energy efficiency programs. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

BIOMASS: Rhode Island lawmakers advance a bill that would make wood biomass eligible for net metering alongside wind and solar. (ecoRI)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New York City plans to electrify its entire bus fleet by 2040. (InsideClimate News)

GRID: A new study from ISO New England says a cold snap in January pushed the region’s power grid to its limits. (The Hour)

NUCLEAR:
• FirstEnergy has filed paperwork with federal regulators to deactivate a Pennsylvania nuclear plant, along with two others in Ohio. (Beaver County Times)
Workforce reductions continue at the deactivated Vermont Yankee plant. (VT Digger)

SOLAR:
• New Hampshire lawmakers have advanced a bill to increase the size of projects allowed to participate in net metering from 1 MW to 5 MW. (Utility Dive / New Hampshire Business Review)
• General Electric plans to partner with New York communities to develop as much as 45 MW of new solar capacity. (Daily Gazette)
• Officials in a Vermont town withdraw support for a proposed solar array at a nearby dairy farm. (Rutland Herald)
• While acknowledging that solar growth has economic benefits, officials in a Massachusetts town endorse a one-year moratorium on new projects. (Worcester Telegram)

WIND: In an earnings call, NextEra’s CEO calls offshore wind a “terrible energy policy.” (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: New York’s second round of renewable energy proposals could drive $1.5 billion in new projects. (Utility Dive)

NATURAL GAS: Supporters of a proposed new Rhode Island power plant tell state regulators the project will result in reduced emissions, opponents say it isn’t needed. (Providence Journal)

UTILITIES:
• A New Hampshire utility will issue $636 million in bonds to recover stranded investments in power plants. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• A New Jersey utility will pay millions in penalties for failing to catch errors in bids made to PJM Interconnection markets. (Platts)

HYDRO: Dams in the Northeast will be part of a $2.4 million Department of Energy effort to improve fish passage technologies. (HydroWorld)

COAL: The EPA awards $400,000 in grants to help clean up coal ash at a former Maine power plant site. (Wiscasset Newspaper)

COMMENTARY:
• A law professor argues for limitations in states’ power to approve or reject natural gas pipelines, which he says are vital to national security. (Lawfare)
• An executive from Pennsylvania-based Presbyterian Senior Living explains why his organization is investing in solar power. (Central Penn Business Journal)
• A coalition of 12 environmental groups urges Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to move more quickly on offshore wind. (Commonwealth Magazine)

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