Northeast Energy News

New York approves massive battery to replace peaking units

STORAGE: State regulators approve a 316 MW battery storage project at a New York City power plant complex that will replace fossil fuel peak generating units. (New York Daily News)

OIL & GAS:
• ExxonMobil is scouting western Pennsylvania to site a second ethane cracker plant to take advantage of the region’s fracking boom as Shell nears completion of a similar plant. (Pittsburgh Business Times, subscription required)
• The future of energy is playing out in New York as gas interests run up against state restrictions and immediate customer demands. (Crain’s New York Business)
• New York utility regulators at their monthly meeting admit the state faces a gas shortage as it grapples with transitioning to cleaner energy sources. (New York Post)
• Two recent fatal crashes of trucks carrying compressed natural gas point out gaps in regulations for vehicles on the “virtual pipeline” carrying fuel on state highways. (DeSmog)
• Gasoline distributors who were accused of fixing prices for $100 million in northwestern Vermont settle a class action lawsuit for $1.5 million. (Seven Days)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
The National Climate Bank Act, based on successful models in Connecticut and New York, has been slow to gain congressional support. (Energy News Network)
New Hampshire Democrats unveil a legislative package for 2020 that includes a bill to address ratepayer protections, solar and net metering, offshore wind and clean transportation. (InDepthNH)

TRANSPORTATION: An advocacy group’s report on raising the gasoline tax in Massachusetts suggests providing tax credits to offset the impact on low-income households. (CommonWealth Magazine)

NUCLEAR: New Jersey stakeholders discussing the state’s energy master plan must determine how big a role nuclear power will play in the state’s clean energy future. (NJ Spotlight)

DIVESTMENT: The leader of the Vermont Senate asks the state treasurer to reconsider her opposition to divestment of fossil fuel holdings from the state’s pension fund. (VT Digger)

SOLAR:
A northern New York county says a solar array it leases has covered 59% of its municipal electricity costs over the past 15 months. (NNY360)
A Connecticut shopping center is installing a $9.2 million solar array that it expects to offset all of the electricity used in its common areas. (We-Ha.com)

TRANSMISSION: Transource files a revised route with regulators in Pennsylvania and Maryland for a transmission line project endorsed by opponents and using existing corridors. (York Dispatch)

POWER PLANTS: New Jersey environmentalists protest a plan by state officials to build a gas-fired power plant for its mass transit system and instead advocate for solar energy in its place. (NJ.com)

GRID: A Maine island community is installing a solar-powered microgrid to avoid the cost of replacing an expensive undersea power cable. (Pine Tree Watch)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist says Pennsylvania legislators are back with proposals to criminalize legitimate and peaceful protests against gas infrastructure projects. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• An editorial board says Massachusetts should speed up its solar project approvals as demand is outpacing the ability of the state and utilities to keep up with applications. (Haverhill Gazette)
• Academics at Bennington College in Vermont say once again train cars laden with pressurized oil and lacking adequate safety precautions are parked in residential neighborhoods. (Bennington Banner)
• Delays in developing New Jersey’s offshore wind resource have been fortuitous as improved technology provides the state even greater amounts of energy, a newspaper says. (Press of Atlantic City)

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