Northeast Energy News

New Jersey lawmakers send offshore drilling ban to governor

OIL AND GAS:
• The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill that would ban oil and gas drilling off its coast; Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign it. (Press of Atlantic City)
• A federal court has approved a bankruptcy deal for Philadelphia Energy Solutions that will allow the oil refinery to continue operating. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

BIOMASS:
• A new bill in the Vermont General Assembly has added biomass to the list of eligible energy sources that qualify for net metering. (ecoRI news)
The New Hampshire Senate has passed two bills boosting the biomass plant industry, but as a result, electric customers’ rates will increase. (New Hampshire Business Review)

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GRID: A Pennsylvania bill to allow utilities to pass costs for microgrid projects to ratepayers is one of the few policy efforts to do so, despite a recent Illinois decision. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• State official says Vermont is on track to meet its renewable energy goals even though few wind projects are in the permitting process. (WCAX)
• The New York Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would curtail wind projects near a military base. (WWNY)
• How batteries can improve the economics of offshore wind projects. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Two rooftop solar projects have been completed in Hartford, Vermont – one at the town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and the other at its Public Works building. (Vermont Biz)
• A capped landfill in Dudley, Massachusetts will soon become a 2.2-megawatt solar farm. (Worcester Telegram)
• A solar developer is proposing three new arrays on former landfill sites in Pownal, Vermont – each with a capacity to generate 150 kilowatts of power. (VT Digger)
• The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill that will ensure solar devices are not taxed as personal property for homeowners. (South Coast Today)
• A group in the Hudson Valley is offering big discounts on solar arrays to churches. (Lohud.com)

NUCLEAR: Two companies are proposing building an interim spent fuel storage facility in Texas to house radioactive spent fuel from the decommissioning Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. (VT Digger)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania court has rejected an appeal to enforce a local ordinance that would restrict construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. (Delaware County Daily Times)

COMMENTARY:
• PSEG is not struggling financially and therefore doesn’t need a subsidy bailout from New Jersey lawmakers, says an energy coalition spokesman. (Asbury Park Press)
• New York utilities can play a significant role in advancing energy efficiency in the state, say an energy analyst and an attorney. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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