Northeast Energy News

Report: Peaker plants expensive, negatively impact disadvantaged communities

POWER PLANTS: A new report says New Yorkers paid $4.5 billion over the last decade to keep peaker plants available for summer operations even though they only ran from 90 to 500 hours a year. (Grist)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A utility says New Jersey’s rate counsel misconstrues state law in her opposition to ratepayer funding for electric vehicle charging stations in the state. (NJ Spotlight)

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• Federal regulators relicense a Maine dam that includes controlled releases to provide whitewater rafting opportunities up to five times a year. (Sun Journal)
• A Maine utility district reassesses the future of three hydropower dams as federal regulators reject their sale to a private firm whose relicensing application was deemed “patently deficient.” (Portland Press Herald)

OFFSHORE WIND: The Port of Albany sets an aggressive schedule to become a staging area for the offshore wind industry in New York. (Albany Business Review, subscription required)

FINANCE: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer filed failed shareholder resolutions at two utility holding companies seeking to split executive duties to provide better accountability for climate-related policies. (E&E News, subscription required)

PIPELINES: A virtual rally is held against an undersea pipeline to transmit natural gas into New York City as a deadline for a key environmental permit looms on May 17. (Grist)

CLIMATE: A University of Rhode Island researcher says warming seas caused by climate change shift where fish populations congregate, thereby causing increased conflicts within the industry. (ecoRI)

CYBERSECURITY: Utilities say they are still assessing the impact of a cybersecurity executive order by President Trump on their operations. (T&D World)

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SUSTAINABILITY: A Massachusetts town passes a sustainability and climate resilience law to promote green infrastructure development that could be a model for surrounding communities. (The Recorder)

COMMENTARY: New Jersey’s largest utility and the NAACP say energy efficiency is sound environmental policy and a way to provide economic opportunity through employment in urban communities. (NJ Spotlight)

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