Northeast Energy News

New York rejects utilities’ demand response proposals

GRID:
• New York regulators reject two utilities’ plans to modify demand response programs, saying they would be too severe and discourage participation. (Utility Dive)
• New England’s grid operator files a request with federal regulators to incentivize power generators that store fuel on-site, saying the move would improve the region’s winter energy security. (State House News Service)

TRANSMISSION:
• New Hampshire’s highest court will hear oral arguments on May 15 over the proposed 192-mile Northern Pass transmission project, which was rejected by state siting officials last February. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• A proposed power line in Maine has divided residents in its path, with some seeing economic opportunities and others fearing a spoiled landscape. (Maine Public Radio)

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HYDRO:
• Scientists say there is no evidence that Hydro-Québec’s dams are damaging the Gulf of Maine’s food chain, contradicting claims by opponents of a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts. (Bangor Daily News)
• More than 50 municipalities sign a supply contract through 2040 with the New York Power Authority for cheap hydropower that will align them with state goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (news release)

PIPELINES: A cash strapped city council in Pennsylvania faces criticism for leasing city land to a Mariner East pipeline contractor, with opponents viewing the deal as an endorsement of the project. (Lancaster online)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The New Hampshire House votes to reinstate a ban on the burning of construction and demolition waste. (New Hampshire Business Review)

OFFSHORE WIND: A university and an offshore wind developer partner to offer worker training in anticipation of project construction along the New Jersey coast. (Press of Atlantic City)

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NUCLEAR:
• An anti-nuclear group tells federal safety officials that Exelon should not be allowed to extend a license for two reactors in southeast Pennsylvania for an additional 20 years. (York Dispatch)
• A unit at New York’s Indian Point plant that was shut down twice this month is evidence that the “plant’s time has come and gone,” says the head of a conservation group. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)
• Energy executives at a New York conference say preserving the U.S. nuclear fleet is imperative if the electric grid is to become decarbonized. (Power Magazine)

COMMENTARY: The fight against climate change is ample reason to support a Pennsylvania plan to subsidize the state’s nuclear power plants, says the editorial board of the Reading Eagle.

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