Correction: Washington, D.C., released a report proposing a new regulated entity to oversee microgrids, but it would not function as a utility. A summary in Wednesday’s digest mischaracterized the type of entity called for in the report.
PIPELINES: New Jersey environmental officials deny permits for an undersea pipeline that would run under New York Harbor but give the developer an opportunity to resubmit its plan. (Associated Press)
ALSO: Massachusetts regulators are conducting hearings on a stormwater management program for a proposed compressor station in addition to an ongoing dispute over its air quality permit. (Patriot-Ledger)
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OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf unveils a $4.5 billion infrastructure plan that would be funded by a natural gas extraction tax with near majority support in the legislature. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• Massachusetts residents with eligible connected devices can enroll in an Eversource program to earn payments for reducing electricity demand during peak hours. (Cape Cod Today)
• An eastern Pennsylvania county approves a financing tool for commercial properties to expand energy efficiency by placing a lien on the structures. (Times of Chester County)
BIOMASS: Springfield residents appear at a public hearing to oppose a Massachusetts plan to qualify biomass as renewable energy eligible for state incentives. (WWLP)
• The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds state regulators’ $1.8 million fine against an energy company over alleged price gouging during the polar vortex. (PennLive)
• Rhode Island’s governor nominates an energy lawyer as chair of the state’s Public Utilities Commission. (UpriseRI)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Delaware regulators approve a plan to increase the number of public charging stations for electric vehicles and offer a special rate for residents who charge their vehicles at home. (Delaware Business Now)
POWER PLANTS: Business, labor and elected officials promote a plant to turn a coal-fired power plant site in western New York into a data center. (Niagara Gazette)
CLIMATE CHANGE: Environmentalists dispute New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assertion that it is too late in the legislative session to pass sweeping climate change initiatives. (Daily News)
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NUCLEAR: A statewide poll shows 68% of Pennsylvanians oppose paying more for electricity to support the states’ nuclear power plants. (YourErie.com)
COMMENTARY: A Democratic representative and researcher say a consumer-owned utility in Maine would keep rates low and any profits would remain in-state. (Press Herald)