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Northeast states join lawsuit to block seismic testing

NOTE TO READERS: Northeast Energy News is taking a break for the holidays. The daily digest will return on Wednesday, January 2.

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Attorneys general from nine states sue the Trump administration to block seismic testing for oil and gas deposits off the East Coast. (Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Clean energy advocates were “shocked and disappointed” that New York was not among the nine Northeast states committing to join a new regional cap-and-trade system for transportation. (E&E News)
• A Long Island community is adding charging stations but has reservations about allowing prominent branding on them. (East Hampton Star)

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WIND:
• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu plans to request a federal study of offshore wind potential in the state, a first step to development. (NHPR)
• Connecticut regulators approve Ørsted’s power-purchase agreement with utilities for its Revolution Wind offshore wind farm. (New Haven Register)
• A report says public-private partnerships could be key to unlocking U.S. offshore wind energy potential. (Wind Power Engineering)

SOLAR:
• New Jersey regulators take steps to phase out solar RECs and transition to new initiatives that can get the state to 100 percent renewable energy. (Utility Dive)
• A central New York school district is set to vote next month on a $1.5 million project to add a 750 kw solar array to its campus. (Auburn Citizen)
• A Maryland planning commission rejects a rezoning request for a solar energy project. (DVM-TV)
• New York City’s largest community solar project, a 1.2 megawatt array in Brooklyn, is now operational. (Solar Industry)

GRID:
• The New England Power Pool faces criticism for lack of transparency, and for decisions that could be raising the cost of energy in the region. (NEPR)
• FERC rules that NYISO must revise its rules governing installation and reading of demand response meters. (RTO Insider)
• Maine regulators will hold a second pre-hearing conference for the New England Clean Energy Connect project on Jan. 17. (Republican Journal)

UTILITIES:
• A new report says that third-party energy providers have increased utility costs in Maryland, and low-income households have been hit hardest. (WJZ-TV)
• An audit shows that Central Maine Power’s new billing and metering system cannot be blamed for skyrocketing bills last winter. (Portland Press Herald)

BUILDINGS:
• A western Massachusetts utility announces an alternative heating grant program for communities where it can’t offer new service. (The Republican)
• The owner of a sustainable building supply company in Pennsylvania says it would be good for business if the state adopts carbon cap and trade. (WFMZ-TV)

EFFICIENCY: The New York Power Authority delivers 260 energy-efficient refrigerators to residents of a public housing complex. (Watertown Daily Times)

NUCLEAR: Critics say New York regulators overstepped their authority by authorizing $7.6 billion in subsidies to nuclear power plants. (Times Herald-Record)

NATURAL GAS: State regulators and gas company officials continue to sort through clues at the site of an October house explosion in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

COMMENTARY: The campaign director for a New Jersey conservation group says renewable power is good for residents’ health and wallets. (Asbury Park Press)

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