Northeast Energy News

New Jersey sues to block PennEast pipeline

PIPELINES: New Jersey’s attorney general files a petition with a federal court challenging FERC’s approval of the PennEast pipeline. (NJ Spotlight)

BIOMASS:
• New Hampshire’s governor faces a difficult decision on whether to sign three bills that would benefit the state’s biomass industry. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• A 6 MW biomass plant, along with a 4 MW solar array, are part of a new energy plan for the University of Maine. (Portland Press Herald)

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NATURAL GAS:
• U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal calls Eversource Energy’s proposed rate increase to fund upgrades to natural gas infrastructure “blatantly unjustified.” (Hartford Courant)
• A new 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant in Maryland is now online. (Delaware Business Now)
• Some leaders in a Massachusetts town regret signing on to a water agreement for a proposed Rhode Island power plant. (ecoRI)

GRID:
• At a forum in New York, experts say battery storage is close to competing with natural gas on price. (Platts)
• New York regulators expect energy prices in the state to be near historic lows this summer. (Daily Energy Insider)
• At PJM’s annual meeting, advocates push the grid operator’s board to be more transparent about long-range plans. (RTO Insider)

TRANSMISSION: Pennsylvania regulators will hold hearings this week on a proposed transmission line. (Herald Mail)

UTILITIES: ConEd’s CEO says advanced grid technology will improve both reliability and the company’s bottom line. (Nasdaq)

EFFICIENCY:
• A bill to establish PACE financing in New Jersey is moving through the state legislature. (NJ Spotlight)
• A new study finds energy efficient bulbs are more expensive and harder to find in low-income neighborhoods. (Greentech Media)
• New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will speak today at the opening of a conference in Albany on energy affordability. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Some residential solar installations can complicate real estate transactions when the home is sold. (Long Island Business Journal)

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COMMENTARY:
Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, praises Massachusetts’ leadership on climate. (Boston Globe)
Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the state needs to work more closely with Canada on energy because “Massachusetts is blocking our ability to increase natural gas capacity.” (Maine Wire)
Two Massachusetts scientists call for “effective and equitable” carbon pricing. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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