Northeast Energy News

Tesla will close multiple SolarCity facilities in the Northeast

SOLAR: As part of a 9 percent cut to its workforce, Tesla will close SolarCity installation facilities in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Delaware and a handful of other states. (Reuters)

ALSO:
Massachusetts’ first solar cooperative, which is slated for construction in the northern town of Wendell, is accepting applications for 50 members. (BusinessWest)
A New York company launches an online platform to pair commercial solar developers with lenders looking to finance projects. (Bloomberg)
On April 21, New England saw record high solar output that created nighttime-level power demand. (Maine Public Radio)

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STORAGE: Gov. Andrew Cuomo releases an Energy Storage Roadmap to help New York reach 1,500 megawatts of energy storage by 2025. (news release)

OIL & GAS:
Pennsylvania regulators will distribute more than $200 million in natural gas impact fees, which will provide financial support to state infrastructure projects, agencies and local governments impacted by drilling. (Tribune-Review)
A bill in the Pennsylvania Senate seeks to pay property owners in the Delaware River Basin — where regulators have banned fracking — for the lost opportunity to sell their mining rights to gas developers. (Pennsylvania Watchdog)
Forty percent of beachgoers say oil rigs off the Delaware coastline would negatively impact their vacation, according to a survey conducted by the University of Delaware. (UDaily)

PIPELINES:
A county council votes to move forward with a risk analysis for two natural gas pipelines planned outside Philadelphia. (Delaware County Daily Times)
A developer withdraws and re-submits its application for a natural gas pipeline and compressor facility in central New Jersey, where it has faced intense local opposition. (Bridgewater Courier News, Food & Water Watch)
Representatives for a rural Massachusetts county advises FERC on how to improve its review of natural gas pipeline proposals, saying they found the agency to be “unresponsive to community and regional concerns, particularly related to environmental impacts and safety.” (Greenfield Recorder)

NUCLEAR: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Indian Point nuclear plant in upstate New York, which will begin decommissioning in 2020, is operating safely. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

POLLUTION: A nonprofit launches a “Breathe Easy” campaign in Baltimore, Maryland, that encourages residents to reduce ground-level ozone by using public transit, carpooling and turning off electronics. (Baltimore Sun)

TRANSMISSION: Local commissioners vote against a proposal to build 29 miles of high-voltage power lines through southern Pennsylvania, saying “there’s no benefit to Franklin County taxpayers or residents.” (Herald-Mail Media)

POWER PLANTS: A company asks New York regulators for permission to replace a 155 MW coal-fired burner in the Finger Lakes region with natural gas. (Lansing Star)

UTILITIES: Electricity Maine is facing a class-action lawsuit for allegedly sending fake “auditors” for Central Maine Power door-to-door in a scheme to overcharge customers for electricity. (Bangor Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
Maine’s next governor should make clean energy a top priority, say representatives for a clean energy research and advocacy organization. (Bangor Daily News)
The political editor of NH Journal explains why nearly every member of the New Hampshire state Senate supported a 27-mile natural gas pipeline project.
The Portland Press-Herald criticizes Gov. Paul LePage’s wind energy study: “no one will be persuaded by cooked-up research that was conducted in secret.”

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