Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire’s largest coal plant to stay open four more years

POWER PLANTS: A New Hampshire coal-fired power plant successfully bid into the New England power grid auction, so it will remain open through May 2024 and receive capacity payments of $8.1 million. (Concord Monitor)

TRANSMISSION:
• A new study says proposed power lines from Canada to import hydropower live up to their billing as tools to reduce emissions, countering recent studies that claim no net carbon benefits. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Legislators are questioning the legality of a lease signed by Central Maine Power in 2014 for state land needed to build a transmission line from Canada as a committee approves a bill to cancel it. (Maine Pubic, Portland Press Herald)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Vermont senators consider a bill that would double the amount of locally produced renewable energy utilities must acquire, but state regulators voice concerns over its cost. (VT Digger)

PIPELINES:
• The Sierra Club wants New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to force a state commission to redo a vote that allows a pipeline to be built through the Pinelands National Reserve. (Burlington County Times)
• Activists are rallying against a pipeline through three Brooklyn neighborhoods that would be paid for in a pending rate case before state regulators. (Gothamist)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• A federal regulator speaking at a Boston conference suggests the delayed Vineyard Wind project could be operating in 2023 but said that date is not absolute. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A cable landing spot needed for an offshore wind interconnection on Long Island spawns an opposition group of wealthy benefactors who mounted an expensive campaign against it. (Politico)

SOLAR:
• A Rhode Island town’s attorney says a pre-Revolutionary War house and barn near a 15-acre solar array has no legal protections and could be razed if not moved. (Providence Journal)
• Rhode Island regulators approve an incentive for solar canopies built over parking lots that will be paid in addition to the standard rate usually paid for clean energy projects. (Providence Business News)
• A Maine town expects a solar array on a capped landfill to offset 70% of its municipal energy needs. (Portland Press Herald)

UTILITIES: An independent review of a proposed state takeover of Maine utilities says the plan would increase costs and lose tax revenue at the outset but eventually lead to lower electric rates. (Portland Press Herald)

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CLIMATE: Warming winters are affecting many outdoor activities, and in Maine that leads to a shorter winter sports season and a proliferation of ticks that are not killed off by colder weather. (NHPR)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says Vermont Gov. Phil Scott must take more aggressive action on climate change as core constituencies in the state’s business community are engaged on the topic. (VT Digger)

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