Northeast Energy News

New Jersey utility proposes $5 billion in efficiency, grid upgrades

UTILITIES: New Jersey’s largest utility proposes more than $5 billion in capital projects, mostly for energy efficiency and grid upgrades, it says is necessary to comply with recently passed laws. (NJ Spotlight)

GRID: New York’s grid operator predicts declining demand in part because of distributed energy and increased efficiency. (PV Magazine)

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NUCLEAR: A federal official says companies are interested in decommissioning nuclear plants because “it’s the only growth area in nuclear power right now.” (Vermont Public Radio)

PIPELINES: Some homeowners along a Pennsylvania pipeline route have failed to disclose easements before selling, leaving new buyers with little recourse. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

NATURAL GAS: Gas production is still increasing in Pennsylvania, though not as fast as in previous years. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

SOLAR:
• A Massachusetts school district estimates a new solar installation could save nearly $1 million over 20 years. (MetroWest Daily News)
• What New Jersey’s new clean energy laws mean for the solar industry. (Solar Industry Magazine)
• A 1 MW community solar array is completed at a Massachusetts hospital. (Worcester Business Journal)
• The Archdiocese of Boston is working on a 1 MW solar canopy as part of a broader effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Aleteia)

WIND:
• Prices for offshore wind are likely to be higher than other forms of generation, despite claims by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Developers begin an environmental assessment for a proposed wind farm off the Maryland coast. (Renewables Now)
• A working group in Delaware is seeking public input on offshore wind. (WMDT)

HYDROPOWER: Exelon challenges a Maryland order requiring it to mitigate pollutants at the Conowingo Dam, noting that “the dam itself does not produce any pollution.” (Bay Journal)

EFFICIENCY:
• A Vermont nonprofit is providing affordable, net-zero modular homes for low-income residents. (Stowe News & Citizen)
• An online calculator can help Vermont residents figure out how much impact marijuana grow lights will have on their bill. (Burlington Free Press)
• A $250 million Rhode Island school renovation bill includes incentives for energy-saving technology. (Providence Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont plans to use its $18.7 million share of the VW settlement on electric buses and new charging stations. (VT Digger)

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TRANSMISSION: Maine’s governor is at odds with a bipartisan group of state legislators over a proposed transmission project to import Canadian hydropower. (The Free Press)

COMMENTARY:
An editorial praises New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy for taking it slow on offshore wind. (Press of Atlantic City)

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