Northeast Energy News

Storm response leads to calls to break up Connecticut utility

UTILITIES: A Connecticut hearing on a recent Eversource rate increase becomes a forum for officials to criticize the utility’s performance after Tropical Storm Isaias and for some to advocate for its breakup. (Hartford Courant)

ALSO: New Jersey utilities must file plans with state regulators on how they would install smart meters by the end of the week as officials ponder whether they would improve service restoration after severe storms. (NJ101.5)

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OFFSHORE WIND: New York and New Jersey so far are allowing offshore wind developers to plan their own interconnections with land, but industry advocates say there is a need for a more coordinated and cost-effective approach. (Politico)

PIPELINES: Sunoco files a challenge to Pennsylvania environmental officials’ shutdown of a drilling site on the Mariner East pipeline over a “turbid groundwater discharge.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

SOLAR:
A bill to allow more solar development on farmland clears a New Jersey senate committee. (NJ Spotlight)
A 2 MW solar array in Pittsburgh now operates on land once occupied by a steel mill. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Penn State students work with a Pennsylvania nonprofit to educate the public  and businesses about the benefits of switching to solar power. (Penn State News)

OIL & GAS: Former football star Jerome Bettis sues a Pittsburgh gas driller for alleged racial discrimination for terminating a contact with his trucking company. (E&E News, subscription required)

EFFICIENCY: A New York report says state buildings have reduced energy use by more than 22% over the last decade, exceeding a goal set in 2012. (ABC50)

TECHNOLOGY: A Connecticut company develops a technology to recover waste heat from industrial processes to generate electricity. (Hartford Business)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators accept concrete monitoring plans for the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire after a series of extensions. (Gloucester Daily Times)

ACTIVISM: Opposition to waste-to-energy incinerators has helped galvanize an environmental justice movement in Maryland. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
A developer of solar projects for nonprofits and schools in New Hampshire says an arbitrary limit on the size of arrays that qualify for net metering wastes potential gains that would benefit those institutions. (Concord Monitor)
A Progressive Caucus member in Maryland says a town opposed to offshore wind continues to waste an undisclosed amount of taxpayer money on lobbyists to defeat a project the public supports. (Maryland Matters)

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