Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire governor vetoes biomass and net-metering bills

POLICY:
New Hampshire’s Republican governor vetoes two energy-related bills — one to promote biomass and another to expand solar net metering — saying they would have cost ratepayers more than $100 million over three years. (Associated Press, NHPR)
Republican state senators are seeking to override the veto, citing bipartisan support for both of the bills. (Concord Monitor)

WIND: The head of Gov. Paul LePage’s energy office refuses to identify the members of the Maine Wind Energy Commission, which is tasked with reviewing the impact of wind farms on state tourism. (Portland Press Herald)

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CARBON TAX: Rhode Island is seeking funding to study the possible impact of a statewide carbon tax. (ecoRI)

RENEWABLES: Pennsylvania’s clean energy jobs increased by 2 percent over the past year, led by the energy efficiency sector, according to a new report. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

SOLAR:
A nonprofit in New York City is working to make solar power and storage accessible to all residents. (Solar Power World)
Solar power has grown more than 1,000 percent in New York since 2011, but fewer than 2 percent of households have solar installations. (WHEC)
National Grid makes an online tool for researching and purchasing solar energy systems available to its electricity customers in Upstate New York. (news release)

STORAGE: New Hampshire regulators must decide whether a utility should be allowed to own customer-sited battery storage systems, which could set a precedent for other U.S. utilities. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Delaware extends a rebate program for electric and hybrid vehicles through the end of 2019. (Delaware Online)

EFFICIENCY: A new Connecticut law that will divert ratepayer money for energy efficiency to plug a state budget deficit instead takes effect next week. (WNPR)

EMISSIONS: Vermont is falling behind on its goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, largely due to fossil fuels used for transportation and heating. (VT Digger)

POWER PLANTS: FirstEnergy tells FERC that ISO-NE’s tariff waiver request to keep a Massachusetts gas plant running will be the first of many such requests if the agency doesn’t take action to support struggling coal and nuclear plants. (RTO Insider)

NUCLEAR: The shutdown of two troubled Pennsylvania nuclear plants won’t raise electricity prices, according to a researcher at Penn State. (TuniseSoir News)

ADVOCACY: A conservation group is bringing attention to underground gas leaks that have killed approximately 400 trees in a Boston suburb. (Wicked Local Brookline)

PIPELINES: An environmental group urges regulators on the Delaware River Basin Commission to withdraw a 2015 permit for Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline due to pollution concerns. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

COMMENTARY: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says he vetoed two energy bills because he wants to encourage renewable energy generation and fuel diversity “without unjustly burdening the ratepayers of New Hampshire.” (InsideSources)

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