Northeast Energy News

New Jersey regulators say financing overhaul protects solar projects

SOLAR: New Jersey regulators try to reassure solar developers that new financing rules under review will not bankrupt existing projects. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: Massachusetts officials unveil the latest iteration of a plan to more accurately value solar generation when it shaves peak demand. (PV Magazine)

OIL & GAS:
At the first meeting of an advisory panel to discuss the fate of a damaged Philadelphia refinery, residents said they want the polluting site permanently closed while workers want to restore jobs. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A dangerous chemical that is being removed at the site still poses a danger to the surrounding community, fire officials say. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Massachusetts siting officials extend a deadline for parties to intervene in the review of an LNG terminal at the request of two communities near the proposed site. (Worcester Telegram)

EMISSIONS: New York City seeks to reduce emissions from apartment buildings as it transforms its reliance on fossil-fuel-burning boilers to more efficient units. (WHYY)

STORAGE: Three of the top 10 utilities nationally for energy storage deployment are located in Massachusetts. (PV Magazine)

POWER PLANTS:
A $150 million plan in New England to guarantee winter fuel supplies for power generation goes into effect after federal regulators fail to meet a deadline for action. (Bloomberg)
Protestors in Connecticut demonstrate outside state environmental offices against the recent approval of a gas-fired power plant that they say undermines the commitment to clean energy. (Hartford Courant)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Transit advocates in Greater Boston say a switch to electric buses will require infrastructure investment to accommodate garages outfitted to house and charge them. (CommonWealth Magazine)

BIOMASS: The sponsor of a biomass rescue bill in New Hampshire says momentum is building to override a veto of the plan by Gov. Chris Sununu. (Seacoastonline)

UTILITIES:
Center Maine Power unveils a series of steps to deal with customer service complaints related to a botched billing system, including a $6 million fund for those who were overcharged. (WGME)
Customers and workers at Emera Maine are concerned about service and job security as the utility is being sold by one Canadian company to another. (WABI)

COMMENTARY:
An environmental activist says Philadelphia refinery workers displaced by the plant’s closure should be given access to new jobs in the clean energy economy. (Plan Philly)
New Jersey’s former top utility regulator says the state can meet most of its clean energy goals with the use of local and distributed resources. (NJ.com)

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