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Stronger storms challenge Northeast grid reliability

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UTILITIES: A federal report finds there were more long power outages in 2017 because of severe storms; and Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont were among the five hardest-hit states. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
Connecticut utilities say they shouldn’t be required to identify opportunities for non-wires alternatives to traditional utility infrastructure because the technologies are too expensive, but the state’s consumer watchdog disagrees. (Microgrid Knowledge)
House lawmakers in Massachusetts are expected to pass a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to National Grid’s gas workers, who lost their salaries and health benefits after the utility locked them out following failed contract negotiations in June. (MassLive)

NATURAL GAS: City officials vote to advance a proposal to build $60 million liquified natural gas facility in Southwest Philadelphia. (WHYY)

PIPELINES:
Federal regulators approve a natural gas pipeline project in Maine and Massachusetts. (Argus Media)
A pipeline company seeks approval to build two compressor stations in eastern Pennsylvania as part of a project to convert an old oil pipeline to move natural gas. (Kallanish Energy)

RENEWABLES:
New York offers $19 million to accelerate the use of anaerobic digesters and clean energy technologies on farms. (news release)
New Jersey utility regulators will hold a public meeting Friday on how to increase the use of renewable energy in the state over the next three years. (Press of Atlantic City)
A Massachusetts hospital group will add 4.1 MW of fuel cell-based energy systems at facilities throughout the state, which is expected to increase reliability and reduce carbon emissions by more than 20 percent. (Delaware Business Now)

WIND: Developers partner with a company to finance the construction of a 72.6 MW wind project in central Maine. (North American Windpower)

EFFICIENCY: A package of bills introduced by New York’s City Council to cut emissions from buildings draws criticism from landlords. (Crain’s New York Business)

GRID: Federal regulators accept proposed changes to ISO-New England’s market rules, allowing the grid operator to treat resources with uninterruptible fuel supplies as “price takers” in its next three capacity auctions. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: It’s time to create a hub in Appalachia for processing, storage and transportation of natural gas, says Energy Secretary Rick Perry. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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