Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania lifts utility shut-off moratorium

UTILITIES: Pennsylvania regulators lift a moratorium on utility shut-offs imposed during the pandemic but place additional safeguards to protect financially  stressed customers and small businesses. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ALSO: Thousands of customers in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island remain without electricity after a windstorm on Wednesday. (WAMC, Boston Herald, Providence Journal, CT Post)

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TRANSMISSION:
An environmental group files a complaint with federal officials charging that a proposed power line from Canada to New York City buried under the Hudson River would harm sturgeon habitat. (Albany Times Union)
The head of the transmission company building a power line in Maine for Canadian hydropower says construction could start in a month if one final permit is obtained. (Portland Press Herald)

POLITICS:
President Trump pushes fracking as a wedge issue in his campaign, but it is not a top concern among voters, even in Pennsylvania. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A U.S. House candidate seeking reelection in New Jersey as a Republican cites the Green New Deal as a reason for leaving the Democratic Party. (E&E News, subscription required)

OFFSHORE WIND: A floating wind turbine under development at the University of Maine is expected to begin testing next year. (WABI)

PIPELINES: Columbia Gas Transmission agrees to pay $156,000 for sedimentation and erosion violations at a pipeline construction project in southweatern Pennsylvania. (Kallanish Energy)

SOLAR:
Developers propose leasing a portion of a dragway in New Hampshire to build a 10 MW solar farm. (Seacoastonline)
A solar advocate says by 2025 in New York 25% of behind-the-meter solar will be paired with energy storage. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Rochester, New York’s transit agency and a Massachusetts school district put new electric buses into service. (Mass Transit, School Transportation News)

CLIMATE: A compilation of reports on climate impacts on Rhode Island shows higher energy costs and lost work days due to increasing frequency of strong storms. (ecoRI)

COMMENTARY: A Jersey City official says the state’s gasoline tax should be replaced by a mileage tax as vehicles transition away from fossil fuels. (NJ Spotlight)

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