Northeast Energy News

Republicans say they’ve been left out of Pennsylvania RGGI discussion

CLIMATE: Republican legislators that were formerly open to Pennsylvania joining a regional climate compact now say the move is executive overreach by the governor. (York Dispatch)

ALSO:
• A New York environmental group’s annual scorecard lauds the state legislature, controlled by Democrats, for passing a sweeping climate bill and other environmental laws. (Albany Times Union)
• A coalition of grassroots organizations delivers a letter to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo asking that she appoint a top utility regulator who will fight climate change. (UpriseRI)

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PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania environmental hearing board dismisses a town’s challenge to a pipeline compressor station to serve an 82-mile-long project, saying it lacks jurisdiction. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A Democratic New York congressman on the Energy Committee says “odds are good” targeted bills to extend wind and solar tax credits can pass this session. (Greentech Media)
Community choice aggregation for renewable energy led by municipal governments is gaining popularity outside California in states like Massachusetts and New York. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
New Jersey regulators make changes to a draft overhaul of state solar incentives but developers say they don’t do enough to keep them from leaving the state. (NJ Spotlight)
After years of planning, a western Massachusetts solar array on a capped landfill enters it permitting phase. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

STORAGE: National Grid unveils a 6 MW/48 MWh battery storage system on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts that replaces obsolete diesel generators. (Cape Cod Times)

OFFSHORE WIND:
The developer of an offshore wind project off Long Island cancels a settlement conference at the last minute and asked for a judge to be appointed as it seeks to determine an interconnection point for transmission. (The Independent)
The mayor of a Delaware town that is seen as a potential interconnection station for an offshore wind development says he was not consulted, and the town will so no benefit from the project. (WGMD)

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NUCLEAR: Anti-nuclear activists begin a tour of New England to raise awareness of centralized nuclear waste storage facilities in the Southwest that they say endanger Native American communities. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• The New Jersey Sierra Club says Gov. Phil Murphy praises climate activists while failing to support policies like a comprehensive climate bill. (NJ.com)
• An editorial board says residents should stay on top of developments for a planned LNG export terminal in New Jersey in a process that has been kept out of the public eye. (South Jersey Times)

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