Northeast Energy News

Sweeping Connecticut energy bill heads to governor’s desk

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A sweeping energy bill that increases Connecticut’s renewable energy standard but eliminates net metering, is now headed to the governor’s desk for his expected signature after contentious debate in the state House. (Connecticut Mirror)

SOLAR:
New England’s grid operator says behind-the-meter solar installations, followed by energy efficiency, will be the primary factors driving down demand over the next decade. (Utility Dive)
Voters in Newport, New Hampshire have approved a 2.2-MW solar energy project, which will be the largest municipal solar installation project in the state. (Solar Power World)
A Rhode Island solar developer discusses the complexities of siting projects: “There are no simple answers, as they tend to be wrong.” (ecoRI)

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WIND:
Offshore wind energy is the energy future of the Northeast, according to a new report. (The National Law Review)
Offshore wind is expected to gain traction as an energy producer as states such as New Hampshire and Maine take a pass on transmission line projects. (Forbes)
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s request for a six-month extension to assess the impact of offshore wind farms on the state’s fishing grounds could slow down the development of wind farms in New Jersey and New York. (NJ Spotlight)

NATURAL GAS: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy hints that he may not be supportive of a project to build a gas-fired power plant in the Meadowlands that would benefit New Yorkers. (Observer)

PIPELINES: Residents and union workers in New Jersey are at odds over a project to upgrade an existing pipeline that runs through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. (CentralJersey.com)

OIL AND GAS:
A Pennsylvania agency pushes the legislature for permission to allow it to audit the oil and gas industry’s hiring of women and minorities. (StateImpact Pennsyvlania)
Ohio activists look to Pennsylvania for lessons on how to fight new drilling activity. (WOSU)

TRANSMISSION: A Pennsylvania county court judge has ruled that Transource can access homeowner properties to prepare for a proposed high voltage transmission line. (WITF)

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VW SETTLEMENT: Pennsylvania will use a $118 million settlement with Volkswagen over the company’s cheating on emissions tests to cut air pollution in the state. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
The Concord, New Hampshire city council should approve a resolution that commits the city to getting their electricity, heating, and transportation from renewable energy by 2050, says an editorial. (Concord Monitor)
State clean energy laws is making the New England region’s power grid more resilient and reliable, says an energy analyst. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
New York officials could override local laws that are preventing the development of renewable energy projects by using a state statue, known as Article X, say two attorneys. (New York Law Journal)

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