Northeast Energy News

Report: Maine transmission line won’t reduce emissions

TRANSMISSION:
• A proposed transmission line that would run from Canada to Massachusetts wouldn’t reduce carbon pollution because it would only redirect existing hydroelectricity, according to a new report; developers dispute the reports findings. (Portland Press Herald)
• Maine’s Public Utilities Commission held its third and final public hearing on the project Wednesday night. (Maine Public)

UTILITIES: In a Q&A, Connecticut’s chief cybersecurity risk officer says distributed generation creates new entry points for hackers to exploit. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has told officials from New Hampshire, Maryland, Maine and a handful of other coastal states that they will be “pleased” or “happy” with the Trump administration’s final plan to expand offshore drilling. (Offshore Engineer)
• Con Edison wants to spend $305 million to reduce peak natural gas consumption while still pursuing additional gas pipeline capacity in the greater New York City area. (Greentech Media)
• Experts say New England is likely to experience a colder winter this year, which means higher heating bills and more oil consumption. (InsideSources)

COAL:
• Crews are decommissioning two of the power generating units at New Jersey’s last coal-fired plant, which could completely shut down in May. (Press of Atlantic City)
• In a Pennsylvania town that is home to a large coal-fired power plant, the mortality rate in some areas is 87 percent above the national level. (Esquire)

WIND: The German utility EnBW will open an office in Jersey City later this year to better situate itself for offshore wind opportunities in New Jersey and New York. (Renews)

SOLAR:
• A new bill-credit mechanism in Massachusetts will give community solar developers certainty about how to structure savings in near-term contracts, preventing what would have been a serious slowdown in community solar development. (Greentech Media)
• Developers complete a 3.9 MW solar array that will supply 30 percent of the electricity needs for Susquehanna University in central Pennsylvania. (Susquehanna University)
• A 2.6 MW solar array on a closed landfill in Providence, Rhode Island, illustrates the benefits of building solar projects on brownfields. (Providence Journal)

NUCLEAR: A company interested in purchasing New Jersey’s Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station submits a revised schedule to decommission the plant. (The SandPaper)

GRID: The PJM Interconnection — which serves Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and nine other states — is relying more on natural gas-fired power plants, according to a new report. (Tribune-Review)

COMMENTARY:
• Boston needs stronger energy efficiency standards for buildings in order to reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, says a professor at Northeastern University and the former mayor of Cambridge. (WBUR)
• If Philadelphia fully transitioned to electric buses, it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22,000 tons a year, say two public transportation experts. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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