Northeast Energy News

Report questions economics of new natural gas plants

POWER PLANTS: A new report says natural gas-fired power plants planned in four states in PJM could become uneconomic before their useful lives end due to changing market conditions. (E&E News, subscription required)

MICROGRIDS: A Massachusetts city pioneers a microgrid concept in which buildings are connected virtually instead of by using physical connections. (Microgrid Knowledge)

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EFFICIENCY: An energy efficiency advocacy scorecard rates New York City’s plans to decarbonize buildings and transportation the nation’s best. (Habitat)

BIOFUELS: Food waste from a Pennsylvania college and other sources will be converted to biofuels to power two farms, with excess energy sent to the power grid. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PIPELINES:
• Local officials are still seeking details on a required emergency response plan for a recently completed Massachusetts compressor station. (Patriot Ledger)
• Pennsylvania residents near the site of a pipeline explosion two years ago worry about a recurrence as construction resumes. (The Times)

CLEAN ENERGY: Six months after starting discussions on how New Jersey procures clean energy, stakeholders are no closer to a resolution. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSMISSION: Campaign filings show opponents and supporters of a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower through Maine continued to spend on the controversy after a top court struck down an anti-transmission referendum. (Bangor Daily News)

TECHNOLOGY: A struggling wave energy company turned itself around when it switched its focus from grid-connected power systems to stand-alone offshore applications. (ROI-NJ.com)

CLIMATE: Larger power outages have increased more than one-and-a-half times over the past decade in the Northeast, believed to be caused by extreme weather events related to climate change. (NY1)

COMMENTARY:
A surfing organization in Delaware says the environmental risks to the Delaware River from a proposed liquified natural gas export terminal are too great to allow the project to proceed. (Delaware State News)
A Connecticut climate activist says a wholesale shift to electrification for transportation and heating buildings is the primary way to reduce fossil fuel use. (CT Post)

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