Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania seeks to catch up on renewable energy standards

CLEAN ENERGY: A bill in Pennsylvania would expand the state’s renewable energy standard to 30 percent by 2030. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

ALSO: Boston officials move forward with a provider to supply cleaner energy to as many as 190,000 residential customers and 31,000 businesses. (Boston Globe)

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WIND: A domestic supply chain will need to develop quickly for the Vineyard offshore wind project to be completed. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Maine lawmakers last week approved a bill that would restore net metering in the state. (Utility Dive)
• Officials in Bangor, Maine are seeking proposals for solar installations on city properties after a study projects $4 million in energy savings. (Bangor Daily News)
• Industry groups say a wage proposal in New York could slow residential solar growth. (Albany Times Union)
• A state decision rejecting stormwater plans has stalled a 20 MW solar project in Connecticut. (Hartford Courant)
• The benefits of Connecticut’s shared solar program to non-subscribers can be difficult to tabulate. (WNPR)
• Developers plan a 17 MW solar array in eastern Connecticut. (Hartford Courant)
• A 745 kW brownfield solar project is completed in Vermont. (Solar Industry)

STORAGE: Experts say Maryland’s tax credit for energy storage is working, but may not be enough for the market to reach full potential. (Greentech Media)

TRANSMISSION: Starting April 1, five days of hearings will be held at the University of Maine on the Clean Energy Connect transmission project. (Daily Bulldog)

NUCLEAR:
• A unit at the Indian Point plant in New York was shut down Friday because of a generator malfunction. (Journal News)
• Retiring two Pennsylvania nuclear plants would not likely have an impact on reliability or prices, but emissions would rise as generation is replaced by natural gas. (PennLive)

OIL AND GAS:
• At a protest on the Jersey Shore, offshore drilling opponents warn of the impacts of seismic testing on wildlife and tourism. (Press of Atlantic City)
• A judge rules that the Pennsylvania attorney general’s case alleging two natural gas companies cheated landowners out of royalty payments can proceed. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Vermont officials reach a settlement with oil companies over pollution from a gasoline additive. (VT Digger)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• New York City analyzed vehicle costs and concludes electric cars are now the cheapest option for its fleet. (Quartz)
• Pennsylvania regulators say third-party electric vehicle charging is not considered a resale of electricity under utility code. (Daily Energy Insider)

POLICY: Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor seeks stronger protection for customers of third-party energy providers. (WPRI)

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ACTIVISM: Advocates in Maryland are using drones to keep track of pipeline construction. (Bay Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A county official and a state lawmaker in Maryland say allowing community energy choice will be key to meeting climate goals; meanwhile an editorial board says lawmakers are moving too fast on deregulation. (Washington Post, Baltimore Sun)
• A nuclear engineer says nuclear power is needed to meet climate goals. (Hartford Courant)

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