Northeast Energy News

New York announces $40 million for solar-plus-storage

SOLAR: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces $40 million in funding to support commercial and industrial solar-plus-storage projects. (Energy Storage News)

ALSO: States like New York and Connecticut are embracing programs aimed at providing affordable solar power to low-income residents. (OZY)

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WIND:
• Massachusetts fisheries officials say wind farm developers should run a transmission cable ashore at a local beach, rather than through Lewis Bay. (Cape Cod Times)
• Connecticut officials are ramping up efforts to procure offshore wind energy now that the technology has matured and prices have come down. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A coalition of environmental advocates and local businesses want Boston to electrify its public transit system. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• New Jersey sues the U.S. Department of the Interior for refusing to explain why it exempted Florida and not New Jersey from a Trump administration plan to expand offshore drilling. (Tribune News Service)
• State energy officials say a refinery explosion in Canada is unlikely to cause serious gasoline and heating fuel shortages in Maine. (Portland Press Herald)
• Maine switches to cleaner, more efficient heating oil that contains 99 percent less sulfur. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES:
• Columbia Gas tells federal regulators that opponents’ requests for a rehearing on its proposed natural gas pipeline from Maryland to Pennsylvania “are without merit.” (Herald-Mail Media)
• Pennsylvania lawmakers seek co-sponsors for a bill that would force state environmental regulators to develop permit conditions and siting guidelines to ensure safer pipeline construction. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

BIOFUEL: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf asks President Trump to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard and “do the right thing for Pennsylvania’s refinery workers.” (USA Herald)

NUCLEAR: PSEG says it will provide detailed financial records that prove its three New Jersey nuclear plants need subsidies to stay open. (Press of Atlantic City)

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CLIMATE: A dire U.N. report prompts environmental leaders to issue a renewed call for climate action in Vermont, which saw an uptick in greenhouse gas emissions from 2012 to 2015. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY:
• A local battle over a proposed solar farm in Massachusetts is emblematic of the environmental trade-offs that go along with solar adoption, says a columnist. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
• Legislation that would force Pennsylvania residents to help pay for new gas pipelines is unfair to consumers and bad policy for the state, says the executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association. (The Patriot-News)
• As a downwind state, Connecticut deserves to weigh in on the Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Power Plan, says Gov. Dannel Malloy. (The Hill)

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