Northeast Energy News

Trump officials influenced “bomb cyclone” report to champion coal

POLITICS: Trump administration officials pressured authors of a report on last January’s “bomb cyclone” cold snap to stress the value of coal-fired power plants, according to emails obtained by the Sierra Club. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• A New Hampshire mayor leads an effort to convince the state legislature to override a veto of two energy bills — one to expand net metering and another to support the biomass industry. (Seacoast Online)
• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu releases a campaign ad touting his veto of the biomass bill. (WMUR)

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REGULATION: Stakeholders ask FERC to reconsider a June order demanding that grid operator PJM remake its capacity market, calling it an unprecedented interference into state energy policies. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Sources say assembly-line problems and other difficulties have delayed production of solar roof tiles at Tesla’s factory in Buffalo, New York. (Reuters)
• Rhode Island cities struggle between supporting solar development and preserving woodlands, farms and open spaces. (Providence Journal)

WIND: New York will conduct a study of offshore wind transmission projects to inform the state’s wind development efforts. (news release)

NET-ZERO: Construction begins on New Hampshire’s first net-zero, multi-family housing project, which will include 29 affordable units. (NHPR)

EFFICIENCY:
• A company competes for a $1 million prize from New York state using a new energy efficiency financing approach that requires the installation of efficiency equipment on a subscription basis. (Utility Dive)
• A city south of Boston expects to save roughly $27,800 a year thanks to new LED lights at three schools and a police station. (Wicked Local)

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OIL & GAS: Environmental advocates speak out against a plan to expand a compressor station to facilitate a gas pipeline project in New Jersey. (NJTV)

COMMENTARY:
• New York should move quickly on a proposal to phase out the state’s dirtiest and most inefficient power plants, says a Sierra Club representative. (Times Union)
• New Jersey’s offshore wind developers should be responsible for generating and transmitting power, says the president of Ørsted North America. (NJ Spotlight)

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