Northeast Energy News

Report: New Jersey nuclear plants don’t need ratepayer subsidies

NUCLEAR: A New Jersey utility does not need ratepayer subsidies to keep the state’s last operating nuclear plants open, according to a new report. (NJ Spotlight)

GRID:
• New England’s grid operator has more offshore wind in its generator interconnection queue than gas, with over 10,000 MW of wind and 7,500 MW gas. (S&P Global)
• Officials who run New York’s power grid are wrestling with how to incorporate the cost of future climate damages into what residents pay for power. (Times Union)

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TRANSMISSION: A local lawmaker says Central Maine Power will offer more money and benefits in order to win approval for a controversial transmission line that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Maine Public)

RENEWABLES: Concord, New Hampshire, releases the first draft of a plan to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. (Concord Monitor)

SOLAR:
• Six public schools in Queens, New York, will receive solar installations. (TimesLedger)
• Solar developers say Connecticut’s restrictive siting policies and local opposition are hindering the industry’s growth in the state. (Hartford Business Journal)

STORAGE: A developer revises the design of a proposed 20 MW hybrid energy system in Upstate New York to a battery-only configuration that eliminates fossil fuel generators. (WAMC)

PIPELINES:
• National Grid officials say the utility needs approval for a $1 billion gas pipeline to supply natural gas to a number of major projects in the New York City area. (Newsday)
• A property developer sues to force Sunoco to stop pipeline construction on four of its properties in eastern Pennsylvania, citing expiring construction easements. (Daily Local News)
• State utility regulators asks Sunoco to work with county emergency officials and some school districts to plan evacuation drills in case of a gas pipeline leak in eastern Pennsylvania. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OIL & GAS: New York lawmakers say they will pass a pair of bills this week to ban permits for offshore drilling and protect wildlife. (Newsday)

UTILITIES: The lieutenant governor of Rhode Island asks lawmakers to pass a bill that would improve the emergency response of utilities following a weeklong natural gas outage in the state last month. (Associated Press)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: One of the country’s largest landfill-gas-to-energy facilities is closing after more than 20 years of operation in eastern Pennsylvania. (Bucks County Courier Times)

COMMENTARY:
• To slash carbon emissions, Maine needs to see itself as the renewable energy powerhouse that it is, says a columnist for The Times Record.
• An agreement between environmental groups and Vineyard Wind will ensure that reducing emissions does not further endanger right whales and other vulnerable wildlife, says the head of the National Wildlife Federation. (RealClearPolitics)
• The public has lost confidence in Central Maine Power, but a state takeover of the utility is not the best solution, says a conservative activist who worked for Sen. Susan Collins. (centralmaine.com)

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