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New Jersey solar companies endorse latest revisions to incentives

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SOLAR: Some solar companies say New Jersey regulators’ third revision to a proposed overhaul of state solar incentives may be just enough for them to remain in the market and not relocate to other states. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO:
• A statewide resource center in Pennsylvania to assist nonprofits and small businesses acquire solar power is now operating. (Solar Builder)
• The Maryland State Fair will install solar panels to supply about 25% of its electricity. (Baltimore Sun)

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SUSTAINABILITY: Maine Gov. Janet Mills signs an executive order directing  agencies to develop a sustainability plan by February 2021 to meet or exceed the state’s climate goals. (Portland Press Herald)

HYDROPOWER: Members of Canadian indigenous tribes speak at a Maine forum on the environmental effects of large hydropower dams like the ones that would supply electricity to a proposed transmission line. (Bangor Daily News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• New Hampshire seeks proposals to install electric vehicle charging stations along state highways using $2 million in Volkswagen settlement funds. (NHPR)
• A Cornell University researcher and a local utility are running a pilot program to study consumer preferences for in-home charging of electric vehicles and their impact on the power grid. (Cornell Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• A Philadelphia report calls for a “cleaner, safer” future for the site of a bankrupt and closed oil refinery damaged by an explosion in June. (Associated Press)
• New York regulators will appoint an independent monitor to measure National Grid’s compliance with a settlement ordering hookups for new natural gas customers in the New York City area. (CBS New York)

POWER PLANTS: Neighbors of the closed Brayton Point power plant in Massachusetts complain that a metals recycling operation at the site was expanded without proper permits. (ecoRI)

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BIOMASS: A federal agency drops an attempt to renegotiate a 20-year contract with a 22 MW biomass plant to provide electricity to Fort Drum in northern New York. (WWNY)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy analysts say the standoff between National Grid and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over natural gas capacity shows the folly of closing the Indian Point nuclear plant. (CityLimits.org)
• An editorial board endorses a Pennsylvania decision to study the health effects of fracking after the industry has received numerous concessions from state officials. (Times-Tribune)
• A columnist says divestment of fossil fuel industries is only one strategy in the climate crisis, which requires full engagement in policy and lifestyle changes. (CTPost)
• Vote Solar says New Jersey’s push for clean energy must include economic benefits as well as avoiding harmful emissions near disadvantaged communities. (news release)

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