Northeast Energy News

Power plant owners say saving FirstEnergy creates unfair competitive advantage

NUCLEAR: Power plant owners are urging the Trump administration not to approve a plea by FirstEnergy to save its coal and nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania – saying it creates a unfair competitive advantage. (Washington Examiner)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that Exxon Mobil must hand over documents related to a state investigation regarding fossil fuels and climate change. (Associated Press)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A New Jersey agency finds the state still has numerous obstacles to electric vehicle adoption. (NJ Spotlight)
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is offering its customers reduced pricing during off-peak hours. (Concord Monitor)
Frederick County, Maryland officials are considering adding more electric buses to its fleet. (Frederick News Post)

GRID: In Maryland, a utility and an independent power company are in a dispute over whether ratepayers can be charged for a microgrid project. (Microgrid Knowledge)

SOLAR:
A solar rooftop being installed at a homeless shelter and administrative building in New Haven, Connecticut is expected to cover as much as 13 percent of the facility’s electrical needs. (New Haven Independent)
Three Pennsylvania mayors have signed a pledge to bring solar to their communities with one town already installing solar panels on its municipal and wastewater treatment plant. (The Intelligencer)
The Borough of Manhattan Community College has installed rooftop solar panels — the largest array of solar panels in Manhattan. (New York Daily News)
A Maryland landfill solar site is seen as an example of how to expand solar power without sacrificing farmland. (Bay Journal)

TECHNOLOGY: A proposed fuel cell generation facility in New Britain, Connecticut is expected to generate 20 megawatts of power. (New Haven Register)

WIND:
Under a state agency proposal, ratepayers from across New York would pay for credits to subsidize wind energy development proposals through new charges on their energy bills. (Newsday)
New York landowners who’d hoped to profit from fracking could see new revenue from wind turbines instead. (Press & Sun Bulletin)
A federal lawsuit brought by fisherman may upend New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans for offshore wind energy development. (City & State New York)
Public hearings will take place this week on a proposed wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
Environmental activists are urging the Boston Red Sox to commit to relying entirely on energy from renewable sources. (Associated Press)
Pennsylvanians from across the state gathered over the weekend to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to move the state toward renewable energy. (WTRF)

COMMENTARY:
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says offshore wind is a key part of the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” policy. (Boston Globe)
An editorial says the federal government is creating unhealthy air for residents in the northeast region of the country by not controlling pollution. (Concord Monitor)
Massachusetts needs to announce its offshore wind energy contracts sooner rather than later so the companies selected don’t miss out on receiving federal tax credits, says an editorial (SouthCoastToday.com)
Advocates say New York needs an equitable approach to energy efficiency. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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