Northeast Energy News

Northeast AGs join fight against utility’s ‘bailout’ proposal

GRID: Attorneys general from four Northeast states are among a coalition urging the Energy Department to reject FirstEnergy’s request for support for its power plants, saying it would “set a dangerous precedent that threatens all of our states.” (Toledo Blade)

ALSO:
• Massachusetts officials have authorized state utilities to spend $220 million over the next three years to upgrade the power grid, including accommodating renewables, but put off a decision to purchase smart meters. (CommonWealth)
New Hampshire regulators backtrack on a pilot project to study distributed resources after critics, including Eversource Energy, say it should include more than generation. (Utility Dive)

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SOLAR:
• Rhode Island lawmakers hold a public hearing on a bill restricting construction of solar farms on large, wooded areas, with critics noting it “ calls out restrictions only on renewable energy.” (Providence Journal)
An advocate says Connecticut’s recently passed energy bill will “significantly harm the state’s solar market.” (RTO Insider)
A Vermont school board has approved joining a solar project that will save the school district more than $400,000 over 25 years. (Associated Press)
Two studies, one focused on Maryland and the other on Montana, provide different perspectives on the value of solar. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a Pennsylvania transmission line testify before state regulators, with at least one raising health concerns that are not supported by science. (York Dispatch, Energy News Network archive)

WIND:
• Industry officials raise concerns about offshore wind farms along major shipping lanes leading into New York harbors. (Workboat)
• Three wind developers vying for an 800-megawatt procurement deal in Massachusetts are open to the idea of splitting the contract. (CommonWealth)

NUCLEAR:
• Seabrook, New Hampshire’s town manager highlighted at a meeting the impact that the declining value of NextEra Energy Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant could have on the town. (Seacoastonline.com)
• U.S. Representative Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) is urging the Trump administration to keep the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station online. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

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EFFICIENCY: Seven western Massachusetts cities have been awarded Green Communities designation grants totaling $948,200 to further in invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. (WWLP)

COMMENTARY:
• Backers of a Maryland carbon pricing bill say the benefits will far outweigh the costs. (The Hill)
• The development of microgrids in New Hampshire means a more resilient energy infrastructure for homes and businesses, says a guest columnist. (New Hampshire Business Review)
• David Roberts of Vox lays out a plan to keep nuclear plants running.
• The NAACP praises recently passed energy bills that will “assure that all people across the spectrum of New Jersey” have access to solar. (news release)
The CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce urges “robust competition” as Massachusetts explores offshore wind. (Cape Cod Times)

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