Northeast Energy News

New York rejects undersea natural gas pipeline

PIPELINES: New York regulators yesterday denied a water quality permit to a proposed undersea natural gas pipeline that would have connected New Jersey to Long Island. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• A New Jersey town in the path of the project urged that state’s environmental regulators to reject its permit there. (Tapinto)
• Massachusetts regulators began a three-day hearing on an appeal of an air quality permit issued to a compressor station as protestors staged a demonstration. (WGBH)

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TRANSMISSION:
• Eversource says it would consider revising its design for the Northern Pass transmission line after it and opponents had argued about the project’s rejection before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. (Union Leader)
• Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says that contracts under consideration to import Canadian hydropower through Maine do not guarantee that new sources of clean energy will be carried over the transmission line. (Bangor Daily News)

GRID: New England’s grid operator says it will have adequate power supplies for summer air conditioning demand despite the closure of the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts later this month. (Masslive)

CLIMATE CHANGE: A report showed the social justice impact of climate change in New York City neighborhoods. (Citylimits.org)

NUCLEAR:
• The New Jersey Rate Counsel has gone to state court to challenge regulators’ approval of a $300 million subsidy for emissions credits for three nuclear power plants. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Pennsylvania state senator whose district includes towns affected by the closure of Three Mile Island is circulating a draft bill that would provide state grants to communities hit by lost tax revenue. (Press & Herald)

SOLAR:
• Company documents show the vast majority of solar panels made at Tesla’s Buffalo, New York factory are exported and not being used for its solar roofs. (Reuters)
• Tesla reported that it has exceeded job targets at the plant by expanding its product lines to include components for energy storage and electric vehicles. (Greentech Media)
• A company says a recent change by New York regulators has allowed it to expand beyond residential installations into community solar projects. (Times Union)

EFFICIENCY: Maine regulators approved $158 million in “cost-effective” funding for energy efficiency over three years while critics call the program a step backward from previous commitments. (Bangor Daily News)

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TRANSPORTATION: Green Mountain Power in Vermont has unveiled a $200 rebate program for electric bicycles. (press release)

COMMENTARY:
• A power authority board member says natural gas is not the future energy source for Long Island as the region grapples with the effects of climate change. (LIBN)
• A prime legislative sponsor of Pennsylvania proposals to save the state’s nuclear fleet says the fight isn’t over, despite the announced closure of Three Mile Island. (Pennlive)

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