Northeast Energy News

New York plans tougher emissions rules for existing power plants

COAL: New York regulators are proposing new stricter carbon emission limits for existing power plants – a move toward meeting the state’s goal of phasing out coal by 2020. (Utility Dive)

BIOMASS: A controversial Rhode Island biomass energy bill, which adds biomass to the list of renewable-energy sources in the state, passes out of a House committee as environmentalists staged a silent protest. (ecoRI news)

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SOLAR:
• Solar workers rally at the Massachusetts capitol calling for policies to support “long-term stable growth” in their industry. (Salem News)
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A former fossil fuel plant is now home to a 1.3 MW solar array in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. (Telegram.com)

WIND: The halfway point has been reached on a three-year study of offshore marine and bird life that will help inform offshore wind project development. (Windpower Engineering & Development)

GRID: Massachusetts customers moving to third-party energy suppliers could complicate deployment of smart meters in the state. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A multi-state coalition aims to provide a blueprint for electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the Northeast. (news release)
• A New Jersey utility is partnering with BMW and Nissan to offer its customers special incentives to purchase electric vehicles. (Cape May County Herald)

EFFICIENCY: Bowdoin College will begin constructing four Passive House dorms this summer as part of its commitment to carbon neutrality. (Mainbiz.com)

PIPELINES:
• A state lawmaker says the Massachusetts House could defeat any legislation seeking to have electric ratepayers finance new natural gas pipelines. (CommonWealth)
• Federal regulators have approved expanded service on the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline, which affect five states including Pennsylvania and Maryland. (Kallanish Energy)

OVERSIGHT: A bill to overhaul Rhode Island’s Energy Facilities Siting Board won’t impact a proposed $1 billion natural gas plant near Burrillville. (Uprise RI)

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NATURAL GAS: Environmental advocates are skeptical about a report from ISO-New England that warns rolling blackouts could occur if a Massachusetts gas-power power plant is not subsidized. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY:
• Massachusetts should choose Bay State Wind for its 800-megawatt procurement contract because it is the only bidder committed to working with the local workforce, say a union official. (CommonWealth)
• The Environmental Defense Fund says FirstEnergy’s request for a federal bailout for its nuclear plants would set a dangerous precedent that would allow other power companies to seek help as well.

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