Northeast Energy News

Northeast states to cap emissions from transportation

TRANSPORTATION: Eight Northeast states, along with Virginia and Washington, D.C. launch a regional clean transportation initiative that aims to reduce emissions using a cap-and-invest program. (Associated Press)

POLICY: The Washington, D.C. city council passes a bill to source all the capital’s electricity from renewables by 2032 and set aggressive energy-efficiency standards for existing buildings. (Huffington Post)

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BIOMASS: New Hampshire’s largest utility says it won’t follow a state law requiring it to purchase power from the state’s wood-burning power plants. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

SOLAR:
• Philadelphia’s mayor signs legislation for the city to purchase power from a proposed 70 MW solar facility, which is expected to provide about 22 percent of the city government’s annual electricity needs. (Philly Voice)
• The mayor of Portland, Maine, praises the completion of a solar farm on a capped landfill, saying the project will contribute enough energy to power City Hall. (Portland Press Herald, Maine Public)

STORAGE: A New Hampshire energy storage pilot program will pair in-home batteries with time-of-use rates to try to shave peak loads and save customers money. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Developers of an 800 MW wind farm planned off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard file a final environmental impact report with the state of Massachusetts. (Cape Cod Times)
• Amid objections from some residents of a neighboring community over a proposed wind farm, a Rhode Island mayor says “it’s none of their business.” (WPRI)
• New Jersey utility regulators deny funding for a 25 MW wind demonstration project off the coast of Atlantic City, citing a lack of economic and environmental benefits. (reNEWS)

EFFICIENCY: A city in western New Hampshire is taking the lead on clean energy by conducting energy audits, installing LED lights and generating renewable electricity on city-owned property. (NHPR)

PIPELINES: Two environmental groups ask New Jersey officials to stop a utility from building a 30-mile natural gas pipeline through three counties. (Erie Times-News)

NATURAL GAS:
• Massachusetts utility officials say Columbia Gas must fix damages caused by a series of natural gas explosions outside Boston by Oct. 31, 2019. (Patch)
• Massachusetts officials want to ease restrictions on shipments of liquefied natural gas to New England to bring down heating costs and improve grid reliability. (State House News Service)

UTILITIES: Connecticut utility regulators are considering new rules to make electricity suppliers give more notice of upcoming rate changes on customers’ bills. (Newstimes)

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