Northeast Energy News

New Jersey seeks to ‘take control’ of its energy mix

CLEAN ENERGY: New Jersey regulators seek ways to meet the state’s clean energy goals amid a recent FERC ruling that could make wind and solar less competitive; steps could include forming a state power authority or leaving the PJM Interconnection. (NJ Spotlight, S&P Global)

POLLUTION:
• Maine Gov. Janet Mills signs a bill requiring oil storage facilities to remove and clean up unused tanks and prove they can cover the cost. (Portland Press Herald)
• A court throws out a Baltimore policy aimed at cutting pollution from a waste-to-energy plant, saying state law takes precedence. (Baltimore Brew)

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NATURAL GAS:
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes a bill that would have provided tax breaks to companies using locally produced natural gas to produce fertilizer and other products. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Pennsylvania regulators have canceled seven public hearings related to the Mariner East pipeline and other projects, citing coronavirus concerns. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POLICY:
Climate legislation and other bills are on hold as the Vermont legislature focuses on coronavirus response. (VT Digger)
New Hampshire lawmakers are unclear when the State House will reopen as advocates push the legislature to find ways to move forward. (Union-Leader)

SOLAR:
A Maine city tables discussion of a proposed solar ordinance, hoping to provide for more public input after coronavirus restrictions are eased. (Ellsworth American)
A Pennsylvania solar industry group wants the state to set a more ambitious clean energy target, but doesn’t expect any policies to move this year. (New Project Media)

WIND: The nascent offshore wind industry could see major setbacks because of the coronavirus. (InsideClimate News)

EFFICIENCY: Delaware’s first commercial PACE financing project is a $3.9 million upgrade of a historic Wilmington office building. (Delaware Business Now)  

UTILITIES:
The general manager of Norwich, Connecticut’s city utility turns down a bonus and raise until “every employee is back to work.” (The Day)
Central Maine Power is donating 6,000 protective masks to a state agency. (Portland Press Herald)
National Grid suspends its proposed rate increase in New York. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: Advocates say the coronavirus pandemic is showing us that energy is a public good that shouldn’t be left in the hands of for-profit companies. (The Hill)

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