Northeast Energy News

Utility drops plan to repower New York plant using natural gas

POWER PLANTS: NRG Energy says it won’t repower a coal-fired plant outside Buffalo, New York, to burn natural gas due to cost concerns. (The Buffalo News)

ALSO:
• Green groups speak out against a proposal to build a 663 MW, gas-fired power plant on New Jersey’s Musconetcong River. (NJ Spotlight)
• Environmentalists protest a proposed gas-fired power plant in New Jersey that would provide power to New York City. (NJTV)

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SOLAR:
• Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will be home to the country’s first Marriott hotel powered entirely by solar. (Penn Live)
• Residents living outside Rochester, New York, speak out against two proposed solar projects during a rezoning hearing. (WHAM)
• A town in northern New York adopts a 6-month moratorium on large-scale, commercial solar projects. (North Country Now)

EFFICIENCY:
• A Pittsburgh energy management company is selected to deploy a novel energy saving initiative across about 100 buildings, as part of the city’s goal to reduce emissions by 50 percent. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• Pennsylvania failed to spend $5.4 million of allotted federal funding on programs designed to help low-income families increase their homes’ energy efficiency and pay heating bills, according to a recent review. (Tribune-Review)
• A 2,000-square-foot “net-zero” energy home on the Jersey Shore will generate as much energy as it uses on an annual basis. (News 12)

TRANSPORTATION:
• The Maryland Energy Administration is accepting applications for projects that aid in the development of alternative fuel infrastructure, such as ethanol refueling, DC fast-charging and hydrogen refueling. (NGT News)
• A new partnership will allow electric customers in Burlington, Vermont, to receive free car-sharing and bike-sharing memberships with the purchase of an electric vehicle or electric bike. (news release)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court rejects a Pennsylvania environmental group’s lawsuit accusing FERC of favoring industry interests in disputed pipeline cases. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POLICY: A Massachusetts state senator says lawmakers will be “on the wrong side of history” if they fail to pass a bill to implement a carbon pricing system and procure more clean energy. (State House News Service)

REGULATION: Dozens of large New York businesses file a petition asking state regulators to ensure a carbon pricing proposal won’t double-charge electric customers for clean energy attributes. (Utility Dive)

GRID: New York’s grid operator tells stakeholders how a carbon fee may affect locational-based marginal prices, imports and exports. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill to support biomass energy is short-sighted and could cost the state thousands of jobs, says a retired environmental scientist. (Concord Monitor)
• A proposed transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts has “no real economic, environmental or energy benefits for Maine,” says the president of the New England Power Generators Association. (Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel)
• A group of mothers and grandmothers call on Pennsylvania’s governor to shut down Sunoco’s troubled Mariner East 2 pipeline project. (Delaware County Daily Times)

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