Northeast Energy News

Rhode Island regulators approve grid modernization plan

UTILITIES: Eversource finalizes the sale of nine hydroelectric plants, completing its deregulation process in New Hampshire. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

GRID:
• Rhode Island regulators approve a grid modernization plan for the state’s largest utility. (ecoRI)
• A Vermont utility says energy storage saved its customers $600,000 during a recent peak load event. (news release)

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NATURAL GAS:
• Advocates push for an environmental impact statement for a proposed natural gas power plant in Rhode Island. (ecoRI)
• Massachusetts regulators order environmental impact studies for a pair of natural gas pipeline expansions. (MassLive)
• A late-August heat wave is driving up natural gas prices in the Northeast. (Platts)

NUCLEAR: The Pilgrim nuclear plant is back to full power after running at lower capacity due to unfavorable weather conditions. (Patriot Ledger)

COAL: A study commissioned by the National Mining Association concludes that costs don’t justify replacing coal plants, including one on Pennsylvania, with natural gas. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

SOLAR:
• Advocates say New York is undercompensating solar generators. (Associated Press)
• A developer completes the first solar array in New York that also incorporates pollinator habitat. (Solar Industry)
• A Pennsylvania fruit-packing company installs a 140 kW solar array with help from a $160,000 state grant. (Fresh Plaza)
• Elected officials from Queens, New York urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to expand the state’s solar initiative to include 1 million homes. (Times Ledger)

RENEWABLES: A Massachusetts city moves closer to adopting an energy aggregation plan aimed at increasing the use of renewable energy. (Medford Transcript)

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WIND: A recent Department of Energy report shows “the genie is out of the bottle” for offshore wind. (Triple Pundit)

COMMENTARY:
• A consumer advocates says it’s time for Maine to form a public utility. (Portland Press-Herald)
• A historian questions the environmental benefits of biomass generation. (New Hampshire Business Review)

 

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