Northeast Energy News

New Jersey lawmakers advance nuclear subsidy bill

NUCLEAR: A controversial nuclear subsidy bill in New Jersey has advanced after renewables and energy efficiency incentives were incorporated; the cost of the proposal remains unclear. (NorthJersey.com)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire officials may start using funds collected through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for energy-efficiency programs rather than rebates for taxpayers. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Amid pressure from opponents, Albany County, New York officials are seeking to incorporate renewable energy into a microgrid project that would otherwise rely on natural gas. (Albany Times Union)
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Albany County legislators want New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to suspend a gas plant project that would provide power to the plaza so new proposals incorporating renewables can be considered. (WAMC)

CARBON PRICING: Even though carbon pricing proposals abound in numerous northeast states, it is uncertain if these proposals will have any impact on global temperatures. (Inside Sources)

UMAINE: The University of Maine plans to negotiate with a different energy supplier to power its Orono campus after its first choice, which became ensnared in controversy, bowed out of the project. (Bangor Daily News)

FRACKING: Residents are calling for a complete ban on fracking and related activities in the Delaware River Basin – contrary to a commission draft’s plan that retains the “related activities” language. (The Morning Call)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A new study suggests that electric vehicles will become mainstream and force the demand for additional charging stations. (Newbury Port News)
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Burlington Electric in Vermont has teamed up with three local credit unions to offer a new financing program to help its customers afford to purchase electric vehicles – a first-of-its-kind partnership in the state. (Vermont Biz)

PIPELINES: The Mariner East 2 pipeline project is on target to begin operations in southern Pennsylvania in June, despite being shut down for repeated environmental violations. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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TECHNOLOGY: During a forum on Thursday, hydrogen fuel cell companies in Connecticut asked legislators to support the importance of their products to the state’s energy grid. (Connecticut Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Public officials need to play a more vigilant role as Massachusetts continues the process of selecting an energy provider for its renewable energy project, says a former assistant state director. (MassLive.com)
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A new “sustainable energy” coalition in Massachusetts is more interested in pushing fossil fuels than renewable energy, says a writer for Huffington Post.
• Building an offshore wind energy industry won’t be possible without first laying the foundation for a transmission system, say an electric transmission executive and a research fellow. (Boston Business Journal)
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New Hampshire should consider supporting smaller projects as it builds it energy economy, including woodchip boilers and more charging stations for electric vehicles, says the executive director of the N.H. Sustainable Energy Association. (Concord Monitor)

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