Northeast Energy News

Solar development facing a backlash in upstate New York

SOLAR: An influx of large solar projects in upstate New York starts to generate a backlash among neighbors leading to court battles and local moratoria. (Albany Times Union)

ALSO:
• Connecticut regulators relent to protests from solar advocates and will allow more transparency as they draft a study to determine the value of solar energy. (Energy News Network)
• A Delaware electric cooperative doubles a solar array by adding another 4.2 MW to a facility that first opened in 2013. (Delaware State News)

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OIL & GAS:
• A landowners’ coalition criticizes New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed permanent fracking ban while a U.S. Rep. Tom Reed claims in a TV interview that the move would double gasoline prices. (news release, Fox Business)
Rhode Island regulators say National Grid is complying with its orders intended to prevent a recurrence of a natural gas shortage is parts of the state a year ago. (Daily News)

TRANSPORTATION: Several Northeastern governors are reluctant to join a regional initiative to cap tailpipe emissions citing its impact on gasoline prices; supporters say those fears are overblown. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE WIND: A draft of federal rules governing offshore wind is expected early this year but its impact on breaking a project logjam is unknown. (Newsday, subscription required)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators deny a rehearing request by activists near the closed Three Mile Island nuclear plant and allow Exelon to scale back emergency response measures later this year. (PennLive)

EFFICIENCY: Utilities would earn bonuses or face penalties based on their performance on meeting efficiency targets under a proposal by New Jersey regulators. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: Customers of the Philadelphia Gas Works now have the option to purchase biofuels produced by landfill gas. (WHYY)

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INNOVATION: New Jersey officials ask the private sector for information as to why the state is perceived to be behind its neighbors in clean technology innovation. (NJBiz)

COMMENTARY:
• The director of a Rutgers University policy institute says the New Jersey energy master plan released today will entail economic costs that must be based on sound evidence. (NJ Spotlight)
• A renewable energy advocate says Vermont’s electric vehicle incentives make them cost-competitive with conventional autos over the long term. (Brattleboro Reformer)
• An environmental author says a proposed power line to import Canadian hydropower exposes that Maine’s laws and processes to review such a project aren’t up to the task. (Portland Press Herald)

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