Northeast Energy News

Shadowy New England group seeks to undermine net metering

SOLAR: A New England dark money group files a fast-track petition with federal regulators that could lay the groundwork to undermine state control over net metering. (Energy News Network archive, Greentech Media)

CLIMATE:
• A New York City environmental justice group says COVID-19 underscores the vulnerability of low-income communities to emissions and the effects of climate change. (Politico)
• Pennsylvania releases an updated climate assessment that projects up to 12% more rainfall and higher temperatures by mid-century if the burning of fossil fuels is unabated. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Utility holding company Public Service Enterprise Group in New Jersey releases its inaugural climate report detailing how it will respond to the opportunities and risks presented by climate change. (news release)

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NUCLEAR:
• Federal officials allow workers at the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire and other facilities to work 12-hour shifts for two weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• The Climate Coalition says closing the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York later this month should be delayed due to uncertainties created by COVID-19. (World Nuclear News)

DIVESTMENT: A dozen New York City lawmakers will introduce a resolution urging Wall Street financial firms to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry. (E&E News, subscription required)

CLEAN ENERGY: New York’s state energy authority is working on plans to jump-start the state’s clean energy sector after the coronavirus shutdown. (Politico)

DEMAND RESPONSE: New York demand response providers ask regulators for flexibility in enrolling customers due to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Utility Dive)

POWER PLANTS: The 1,100 MW Cricket Valley Energy Center natural gas-fired power plant in New York begins commercial operation. (Power Engineering Magazine)

TRANSPORTATION: NJ Transit receives approval from environmental regulators for a 140 MW gas-fired plant that will provide power for regional railroads. (NJ.com)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine judge rejects a lawsuit meant to derail a referendum against a proposed power line from Canada, saying the secretary of state properly certified petition signatures. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: Philadelphia officials say a foul odor is expected at a shuttered oil refinery this week as workers remove a harmless chemical from the site that is added as a warning to natural gas. (WHYY)

COMMENTARY:
The Natural Resources Council of Maine says voters should be allowed to have their say on a transmission line from Canada as supporters are pouring an unprecedented amount of money to defeat a referendum. (Portland Press Herald)
The Sierra Club says the approval of a NJ Transit gas power plant undermines any commitment to reduced emissions as the state refused to consider cleaner alternatives. (news release)

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