Northeast Energy News

New Jersey utility wants three more years of nuclear subsidies

NUCLEAR: The owners of New Jersey’s nuclear power plants apply to state regulators for three more years of annual $300 million subsidies. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: A New Hampshire nuclear watchdog group installs a radiation detection monitor at a private residence near the Seabrook power plant, adding to the 15 it installed several years ago. (Seacoastonline)

PIPELINES: The owner of a Massachusetts compressor station agrees to pause its startup after two emergency shutdowns during testing last month. (NBC10)

SOLAR:
• A coalition of solar advocates say a provision in a pending Massachusetts law allowing utility ownership of projects will drive out independent solar installers. (Solar Power World)
• The two largest solar projects in Delaware are poised to break ground and be completed in 2021. (Delaware Business Times)
• The first multi-town solar project in Maine that will serve multiple public buildings nears completion. (Portland Press Herald)

POWER PLANTS: Critics deride proposals by owners of two gas-fired power plants in New York to operate until 2040 then switch to hydrogen produced by solar and wind. (Politico)

CLIMATE: Community activists in New Jersey worry that cleanup of a Superfund site near a city neighborhood is too slow as it faces increasing risks from climate-influenced storm surges. (NBC)

OFFSHORE WIND: The U.S. Commerce Department awards more than $2 million to Maine for it to develop an offshore wind roadmap. (reNEWS)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A city in upstate New York starts charging a small fee to offset electricity costs for use of its 13 public electric vehicle charging stations. (Post-Star)

UTILITIES: The Connecticut senate passes a post-storm utility reform bill that includes customers refunds for extended outages. (CT Mirror)

COMMENTARY:
• U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette says tougher state restrictions on pipelines in New England threatens reliability in the region. (MassLive)
• New Hampshire’s consumer advocate says the election of a former Maine regulator to the regional grid operator’s board is bad news for ratepayers, in part because of his past indifference to ratepayer interests. (InDepthNH)
• Climate advocates in Maryland say allowing community solar projects in agricultural areas is a matter of environmental justice as projects should not be confined to urban areas or where people of color live. (Maryland Matters)

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