Northeast Energy News

Subsidy revamp fails to protect ratepayers, New Jersey counsel says

SOLAR: The state Rate Counsel says the proposed revamp of New Jersey solar subsidies fails to reduce costs for ratepayers as a 2018 law requires. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: New Jersey regulators say the state has reached 3 GW of installed solar over 116,000 installations. (Solar Industry)

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BIOMASS: Two New Hampshire biomass plants lay off staff and go offline, and two others are at reduced capacity as efforts to save them fail. (NHPR) 

ACTIVISM:
• Climate protesters camp on the Vermont Statehouse grounds for three nights as they say officials are not taking the crisis seriously. (VT Digger)
• An artist uses historic markers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to depict future events that could occur due to rising seas and other disasters that could be caused by climate change. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts is considering a host of policies to create a zero-emissions transportation sector, including electrifying mass transit by 2035. (MassLive)

NUCLEAR: Nine months into the demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, the company doing the work says it is ahead of schedule and will easily complete the project by 2030. (Brattleboro Reformer)

TRANSMISSION:
Opponents of a proposed transmission line through western Maine will begin collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative that could kill the project. (Maine Public)
About 40 landowners in a Pennsylvania county express relief as a rerouted power line spares their properties. (PennLive)

POWER PLANTS: A New York city takes a symbolic vote against the conversion of a peaking plant on the Hudson River into a baseload gas-fired power plant. (Times Herald-Record)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania health officials say they have received only 160 complaints related to oil and gas drilling in nearly a decade. (Pennsylvania Capital Star)

COMMENTARY:
• A manufacturing executive says New Jersey should reclaim its reputation as an “innovation state” to find solutions to climate change. (NJ.com)
• A commentator says the federal process for pipeline approvals is “a sham” that puts industry interests ahead of any benefits to the public. (Buffalo News)
• An editorial board says Pennsylvania should move quickly but prudently to join a regional compact to address carbon emissions. (PennLive)
• A western Pennsylvania student from the center of a gas drilling area with a “cancer cluster” of a rare strain says state officials should look more seriously at the incidence. (TribLive)
• A consumer advocate says Pennsylvania lawmakers’ proposed $250 tax on electric vehicles is well in excess of what the state collects from gasoline cars. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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