Northeast Energy News

New York regulators OK higher rates for Bitcoin miners

UTILITIES: Regulators in New York will allow municipal utilities to charge higher rates for cryptocurrency miners, which in some cases are consuming up to a third of towns’ total load. (Utility Dive)

• Maryland regulators have approved plans for a controversial proposed natural gas pipeline that would run under the Potomac River. (Associated Press)
A utility company has been given the green light by federal regulators to put its natural gas compressor station into service – even though residents and environmental groups oppose the move. (
• Developers of the Mariner East 2 pipeline are cited again for environmental violations. (Reuters)

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NUCLEAR: A concern about casks has delayed the move of Vermont Yankee’s spent fuel. (VT Digger)

• Developers of a wind farm proposal in New York will have to address numerous issues before the state can review the project. (Watertown Daily Times)
• Claiming the Block Island wind farm has hurt their business, fishing industry groups object to plans for even larger wind farms south of Martha’s Vineyard. (Boston Globe)
• Two companies are partnering to develop a 55MW energy storage system for the Bay State Wind offshore wind farm off the Massachusetts coast. (Energy Business Review)

• A climate adaptation bill proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker includes a clean energy standard for times of peak demand. (Greentech Media)
• How and when electricity and gas are delivered in New Jersey is expected to undergo a significant transformation – a consensus formed during an energy infrastructure forum. (NJ Spotlight)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Centre County, Pennsylvania officials are exploring upgrading county buildings with energy improvements. (

• Walpole, New Hampshire voters have approved exempting personal solar installations, such as solar electricity panels and solar hot-water system, from property taxes. (
More than $5 million in state solar energy grants and loans have been awarded to eight Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania business for solar generation or manufacturing projects. (The Morning Call)
• Bennington, Vermont officials have approved a town energy plan despite legal wrangling from a solar developer opposing it. (VT Digger)

DIVESTMENT: A state panel in New York is working to determine how to pull fossil fuel investments from the state’s pension system. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Rhode Island’s expanding renewable-energy development has ignited a debate over cutting down trees to make way for projects. (ecoRI news)

• Vermont’s policy regarding the sale and purchase of renewable energy credits lacks transparency in terms of costs, profits and benefits, says the executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment Inc. (VT Digger)
The proposed Central Maine Power transmission line project would bring little to no economic benefit to Mainers while harming the state’s forests, wildlife and rivers, says a town selectman. (
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s main foe toward the state meeting 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 is a fellow state lawmaker more interested in pushing for more fossil-fuel infrastructure, says an organizer. (Burlington County Times)

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