Northeast Energy News

Study says New York RGGI funds disproportionately benefit Long Island

RGGI: A study finds New York’s disbursement of proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is disproportionately benefiting Long Island. (Albany Times Union)

OIL AND GAS: A study finds lead and radium are among contaminants released when drilling wastewater is spread on Pennsylvania roadways. (Environmental Health News)

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WIND:
• A Democrat challenging Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker calls for a release of documents related to the state’s offshore wind selection process, citing a “conflict of interest” involving a key adviser. (Boston Globe)
• Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo rejects criticism that there was a lack of transparency in the state’s offshore wind bidding process. (Rhode Island Public Radio)
• A Rhode Island seafood company says offshore wind development could jeopardize the region’s squid fishery. (Rhode Island Public Radio)
• A Maryland Congressman wants more study of offshore wind’s potential impact on marine life. (Delmarva Now)
• Connecticut officials seek to upgrade a port at New London to support wind energy development. (Hartford Courant)
• A Massachusetts town will conduct an acoustical study of its wind turbine following complaints by neighbors. (Patriot Ledger)

SOLAR:
• A Massachusetts solar developer is setting up shop in Illinois to take advantage of that state’s clean energy expansion. (Midwest Energy News)
• Maine homeowners are unsuccessful in challenging a $1,000 per panel tax assessment of their solar arrays. (York Weekly)
• A Connecticut town launches a “Solar for All” initiative to help homeowners finance solar installations. (New Haven Register)

GRID: A bill in the New Jersey legislature would restrict how data from smart meters is used. (NorthJersey.com)

UTILITIES: A Vermont co-op says net metering is partially to blame for a proposed rate increase. (True North Reports)

POLICY: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is expected to sign legislation giving lawmakers control of state efficiency funds and requiring utilities to list the cost of complying with the state’s renewable energy standard on utility bills. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

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POLITICS: Two Massachusetts lawmakers are recognized as “Clean Energy Champions” by an advocacy group. (Taunton Daily Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• An advocate says Rhode Island should end its “Wild West” approach to energy siting and focus on marginal lands first. (Providence Journal)
• A former Pennsylvania official says “the clock is ticking” to save the Three Mile Island nuclear plant. (PennLive)

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