Northeast Energy News

Study: New York carbon fee would have minor impact on energy prices

CARBON TAX: A carbon charge in New York would only have a slight impact on wholesale energy prices, according to a new report commissioned by the state’s grid operator. (RTO Insider)

SOLAR: A state program is offering Massachusetts farmers “agrovoltaic” incentives to incorporate solar arrays with their crops. (PV Magazine)

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WIND: Starting in 2020, Boston University will buy wind power from South Dakota to offset its carbon emissions. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: More than 100 companies pitch proposals to regulators as part of Connecticut’s new zero-carbon energy auction. (The Day)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• New York announces $5 million in rebates for the installation of EV charging stations at workplaces, office buildings, apartment buildings and public locations. (news release)
• New Jersey lawmakers will consider legislation to offer rebates on zero-emission car purchases and build hundreds of EV fast-charging stations across the state. (NJ Spotlight)

UTILITIES:
• The New York Power Authority commits to developing a digital, real-time simulation model of the state’s transmission system. (Utility Dive)
• Connecticut utilities successfully thwarted a growing number of cyberattacks last year, with electric utility Eversource receiving about a million threats per day from nation-states and individuals, according to a new report. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal regulators approve license extensions for two nuclear units at New York’s Indian Point plant, which are scheduled to close in 2020 and 2021. (Peekskill Patch)
• Monday was “a somber day” for communities near New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant as the plant shut down for the last time. (NJ.com)

OIL & GAS: Lawyers file a class action lawsuit against Columbia Gas and its parent company after dozens of natural gas explosions and fires forced people to evacuate their homes outside Boston. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES:
• County commissioners in central Pennsylvania say Sunoco ignored residents’ safety concerns by refusing to attend public meetings about its Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline. (WITF)
• Landslides aren’t deterring gas pipeline developers in Pennsylvania, despite one causing a fiery pipeline explosion last week. (ConsumerAffairs)

COMMENTARY:
• A nun explains why she and other faith leaders are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to shut down all fracked gas infrastructure in the state. (The Journal News)
• Ethanol activists have “strong-armed” the Trump administration into supporting the broken Renewable Fuel Standard, and “union workers at our nation’s refineries are paying the price,” say two Pennsylvania union leaders. (Philadelphia Business Journal)

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