Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire pipeline ruling could revive Northern Pass transmission project

PIPELINES: New Hampshire’s Supreme Court rules that utilities can pass costs for new natural gas pipelines on to ratepayers; contrasting with a recent decision in Massachusetts. (CommonWealth Magazine)

TRANSMISSION: A utility spokesperson says the New Hampshire court ruling should cause regulators to reconsider rejection of the Northern Pass transmission project; a decision is expected tomorrow. (Concord Monitor, InDepthNH)

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NUCLEAR:
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign a bill authorizing $300 million in ratepayer funds to support nuclear plants in the state. (Bloomberg)
• The results of PJM’s capacity auction, expected to be released today, will likely not affect plans to retire nuclear plants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to analysts. (Reuters)

BIOMASS: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo acknowledges “significant concern” from advocates over a bill that would make biomass eligible for net metering, as opponents of the bill rally at the state capitol. (Providence Journal, Uprise RI)

WIND: Offshore wind developers await a major decision, expected today, from Massachusetts officials. (Cape Cod Times)

SOLAR:
• A new report explores why solar installations tend to be smaller in the Northeast and what that means economically. (PV Magazine)
• A program in Philadelphia aims to make solar power more affordable for low-income households. (WHYY)

OIL: Developers abandon plans for a tar sands oil storage facility in Albany. (Times Union)

NATURAL GAS:
• New England’s grid operator warns a proposed Exelon plant shutdown could also cut off natural gas supplies to the region. (E&E News)
• New Jersey regulators approve a utility’s plan to spend nearly $1.9 billion overhauling natural gas infrastructure over the next 5 years. (news release)
• A majority of New Hampshire state senators back the proposed Granite Bridge pipeline. (Seacoast Online)
• The Energy Information Administration says increased pipeline capacity in the Northeast will prompt increased natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale this year. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Investors in new natural gas plants are not seeing the financial returns they had hoped for. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES:
• A series of regulatory and policy wins for a New Jersey utility has some advocates concerned about the impact on ratepayers. (NJ Spotlight)
• Massachusetts’ attorney general says the state’s utilities are playing “Monopoly” with tax savings that should be returned to ratepayers. (Daily News)

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COMMENTARY:
• Business and labor leaders from Pennsylvania say “the gains we’ve made in wind and solar will be completely wiped off the map” if the state’s nuclear plants close. (Allentown Morning Call)
• A union leader says “a dramatic expansion of public transit” will be key to cutting transportation emissions in the Northeast. (Crain’s New York Business)

CLARIFICATION: An item in yesterday’s digest said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York would speak at an energy affordability conference in Albany; that appearance was canceled. (Associated Press)

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