Northeast Energy News

New Yorkers cutting energy bills with white paint

EFFICIENCY: New York City has painted 6 million square feet of rooftops with reflective white paint to decrease indoor temperatures and lower air conditioning costs. (Business Insider)

ALSO: Philadelphia is one of the first cities in the country to adopt the 2018 IECC building code, which improves energy efficiency by more than 26 percent over the current standard. (Building Design + Construction)

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POWER PLANTS:
• Maryland environmental regulators will require three coal-fired power plants to limit the amount of toxic metals they release into local rivers starting in 2020, replacing decades-old water pollution standards. (Baltimore Sun)
• Environmentalists ask New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to kill a proposed gas-fired plant in the Finger Lakes region, calling it “unnecessary, expensive and polluting.” (Times Union)

WIND: New Jersey utility regulators release a draft of rules for offshore wind projects, including how offshore wind energy certificates will be used. (Press of Atlantic City)

SOLAR:
• An organization in Philadelphia is using solar energy projects to create jobs and lower electric bills for low-income residents. (Yale Climate Connections)
• Clean energy advocates and Queens officials want New York state to help them reach a goal to power one million homes with solar by 2023. (Patch)
• A county in central New York approves a land development agreement for a 6.5 MW solar project. (The Citizen)
• Residents in southern Massachusetts voice opposition to a proposed 5 MW solar farm that would require 30 acres to be cleared. (Telegram & Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New England governors and Canadian leaders agree to collaborate on policies to wean the region off fossil fuels, including more EV charging stations in Vermont to accommodate Canadian tourists. (VT Digger)

UTILITIES: A Maine utility runs a television ad apologizing for its poor response to customer complaints about a new billing system introduced after massive power outages last year. (Mainebiz)

OIL & GAS: President Trump makes a dubious claim that restrictions on fracking in New York have hindered job growth and led to high taxes for residents. (ThinkProgress)

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POLICY: Massachusetts’ new clean energy bill includes a 1,000 MW energy storage target, but offers limited opportunities for solar developers. (Solar Industry)

COMMENTARY:
• New Jersey should keep offshore wind generation and transmission separate to ensure fair competition, says an executive for a Dutch-German utility. (NJ Spotlight)
• Gas driller EQT should own up to its mistakes and compensate Pennsylvania property owners for using a gas storage field beneath their land, says the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
• Condo associations in Maine and elsewhere are major energy wasters and can be a barrier to improved energy efficiency, says the former director of finance for the Maine Public Utilities Commission. (Portland Press Herald)

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