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)

PIPELINES:
• Maryland regulators have approved plans for a controversial proposed natural gas pipeline that would run under the Potomac River. (Associated Press)
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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. (GoErie.com)
• 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)

WIND:
• 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)

GRID:
• 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. (StateCollege.com)

SOLAR:
• Walpole, New Hampshire voters have approved exempting personal solar installations, such as solar electricity panels and solar hot-water system, from property taxes. (SentinelSource.com)
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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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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)
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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. (CentralMaine.com)
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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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