Northeast Energy News

Report: Rural New Englanders spend over 5 percent of income on energy

UTILITIES: People living outside metropolitan areas in the Northeast have some of the nation’s highest energy costs, with rural New Englanders spending a median of 5.1 percent of their income on energy, according to a new report. (NHPR)

• Ratepayers who say they were overcharged for electricity launch a class-action suit against Central Maine Power. (Bangor Daily News)
• Connecticut utilities say natural gas conversions have been lower than projected, forcing them to revise their annual goals. (New Haven Register)

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• The largest solar array in New York City is completed in Staten Island, totaling 3.1 MW. (news release)
• A developer with ties to Tesla’s solar factory in Buffalo, New York, is convicted of rigging bids for several state-funded contracts. (Teslarati)

OFFSHORE WIND: Business and environmental groups debate whether the cost of offshore wind should be distributed across New York state; the average ratepayer is expected to pay 76 cents more per month. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

FUEL CELLS: Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy says it will expand production to 55 MW and hire over 100 new employees in Torrington. (news release)

RENEWABLES: A new report and interactive map shows clean energy progress in every state, including Massachusetts, which was seen as an unlikely candidate for solar growth 20 years ago. (Greentech Media)

POLICY: New York City introduces legislation to mandate green roofs, solar panels or wind turbines for nearly all new buildings. (Solar Power World)

PIPELINES: State environmental regulators issue a 65th notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners’ Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline for spilling drilling fluid in a Pennsylvania wetland. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS: Delaware environmental regulators renew a permit to allow an oil refinery to cool its facility with water from the Delaware River, but will require measures to protect striped bass and other fish species. (Delaware News Journal)

POLITICS: Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler visits the largest natural gas producer in Pennsylvania, Range Resources, which has violated the state’s environmental laws more than 100 times. (ThinkProgress)

NUCLEAR: More than 100 residents attend a meeting with federal regulators in New Jersey on the closing and decommissioning of the oldest operating U.S. nuclear plant. (Press of Atlantic City)

COMMENTARY: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy should set a strong cap on carbon pollution to ensure that proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative benefit poor communities, says the executive director of a multifaith environmental organization. (NJ Spotlight)

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