Northeast Energy News

New York pipeline rejection could have legal ripples elsewhere

PIPELINES: Legal experts say the recent rejection of a $1 billion natural gas connection to Long Island may be the first time a state emissions law has been used to defeat a pipeline. (InsideClimate News)

GRID:
• Some stakeholders debating New Jersey’s participation in PJM capacity markets are calling for the creation of a state power authority. (S&P Global)
• Federal regulators approve changes to PJM’s operating reserve market, but one member warns it could result in higher costs for consumers. (E&E News, subscription required)
• New England’s grid operator expects to have plenty of capacity to meet summer demand. (Vermont Business)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Settlement checks are being sent early for victims of a 2018 series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts. (Eagle-Tribune)
• While drilling activity has declined sharply, an analysis finds fracking crews are now more likely to be working in Pennsylvania than Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• Activists in Pennsylvania are making a virtual appeal to Irish politicians to reject natural gas imports from the U.S. (Leitrim Observer)

WIND: A Rhode Island company is continuing work on vessels to support offshore wind construction despite uncertainty about project timelines. (Workboat)

STORAGE:
• Vermont regulators approve two new home battery programs proposed by Green Mountain Power. (Vermont Business)
• An MIT study finds electric vehicle batteries that are no longer roadworthy could still provide grid-scale energy storage for more than a decade. (MIT News)

TRANSPORTATION: Senators from Rhode Island and Maine are calling for federal assistance for private bus operators. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Boston officials debate whether to require a net-zero carbon standard for new buildings. (North End Waterfront)

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UTILITIES:
• Pennsylvania is offering up to $800 in assistance with utility bills through August in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Lancaster Online)
Eversource and Con Edison continue to make investments in system reliability. (T&D World)

COMMENTARY:
• A Boston city council member says Eversource has failed to be transparent with community members about the location of a proposed substation. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A Pennsylvania-based energy attorney says efficiency investments will be critical to ensure an equitable economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. (ROI-NJ)

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