Northeast Energy News

New York utilities ordered to conduct energy efficiency audits

UTILITIES: New York regulators are ordering three National Grid gas and electric utilities to conduct an efficiency audit as part of the state’s ongoing focus on combating climate change. (Albany Times Union)

POLICY:
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has yet to sign a trio of energy bills after the legislature approved the measures a little over a month ago. (PV Tech)
• Massachusetts lawmakers are hopeful that a clean energy bill will make it to the governor’s desk before the end of July. (Telegram.com)

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WIND:
• Turbine foundations will be manufactured at a former power plant station if Bay State Wind wins a Massachusetts offshore wind energy contract. (SouthCoastToday.com)
• Political will and falling prices are positioning the East Coast to becoming a hub for offshore wind energy projects. (Forbes)
• Both climate and ecological concerns are raised at a Long Island public hearing over siting of a transmission cable for an offshore wind project. (Newsday)

SOLAR:
• Environmentalist are upset about the recent rash of proposed or developed solar projects in northern Rhode Island requiring the cutting down of trees. (The Valley Breeze)
• A completed 2.5 MW ground-mounted solar field at Lockeed Martin’s Moorestown, New Jersey office is the corporation’s largest solar project. (news release)
• A new solar storage project complete with lithium-ion batteries housed in the New Jersey public works department will keep the building operational during extended power outages. (Solar Power World)

PIPELINES: An energy company has resubmitted a water permit application for its $1 billion natural gas pipeline project from Pennsylvania to New York after its first permit was rejected by New York regulators last month. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS:
• A lawsuit says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is not following a recent state Supreme Court ruling related to the use of oil and gas revenues on state land. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A former congressman tells business leaders in a southwestern Pennsylvania county “you’re in the oil and gas business now, whether you like it or not.” (Observer-Reporter)

EMISSIONS: New York regulators are making $10 million in funding available for projects that reduce carbon emissions at commercial and industrial buildings (Daily Energy Insider)

EFFICIENCY:
• Warwick, New York has become the latest New York town designated a “Clean Energy Community” for its commitment to reducing energy and enacting clean energy policies and initiatives. (Warwick Advertiser)
• Three farms in Rhode Island have received state energy grants for energy efficiency and clean energy projects with two farms slated to install solar systems. (Providence Business News)

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TECHNOLOGY:
Two university researchers have devised a way to make batteries store more energy and last longer, which could have implications for electric cars and other battery-operated technology. (Penn Today)
• A Vermont startup helps utilities harness the potential of renewables such as solar and wind by using an algorithm the company designed. (UVM Today)

COMMENTARY: To become a global leader in renewable energy, Massachusetts need to aggressively permit and build offshore wind projects in the state, says a former state senator. (Cape Cod Times)

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