Northeast Energy News

Report: Solar saves New England and New York $30 million over six days

SOLAR: Solar power saved wholesale electricity markets in New England and New York a total of $29.9 million during the first six days of July, according to a new pair of reports. (PV Magazine)

ALSO:
• Vermont sees a decline in solar installations, partly due to new net-metering rules that make it harder for community solar projects to get approved. (VT Digger)
• Vermont electric utilities tell state regulators the subsidies they pay for solar net metering could force them to raise customers’ bills. (VPR)
• Commercial solar installations are spreading on Long Island, despite the Trump administration’s 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. (Long Island Business News)
• New York’s decision to phase out net metering could make it harder to participate in community solar projects. (The Indypendent)

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WIND: A California company submits an application to operate a three-turbine wind farm 2.8 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, which could be the first offshore wind project in New Jersey. (North Jersey Record)

RENEWABLES: New York awards nearly $6 million to State University of New York campuses to train workers in the clean energy sector and offers another $9 million for campuses to provide workforce training through industry partnerships across the state. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine has twice as many electric cars today than it had in fall 2014, and 91 percent of owners would recommend electric vehicles to others, according to a new survey. (Mainebiz)

PIPELINES: A 12-inch Sunoco pipeline installed in 1937 leaked 33,516 gallons of gasoline into a creek near Philadelphia in June, according to new government data. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

COAL: Pennsylvania approves a $1 million grant to help reopen an old anthracite coal mine. (PennLive)

NUCLEAR:
• New Jersey utility regulators launch a proceeding to create a Zero Emission Credit program for nuclear plants, but the effort may face legal challenges. (Utility Dive)
• Communities in the Northeast will be hit hard by lost tax revenue when aging nuclear plants close. (Stateline)

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POLITICS: Energy policies take center stage in New Hampshire’s gubernatorial race. (NHPR)

COMMENTARY: Vermont’s energy efficiency program is ineffective and “should cease to exist,” says an energy management consultant. (Caledonian Record)

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