Northeast Energy News

Utility says blackouts could return to New York City

UTILITIES: Con Edison warns more blackouts in New York City are possible during an expected heat wave this weekend, while Saturday’s event was blamed on an “overly sensitive” relay system. (New York Post, Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• The Delaware River Basin Commission has been asked to reconsider its recent approval of a liquified natural gas export terminal in southern New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)
• The explosion and closure of a Philadelphia oil refinery has disrupted supply chain patterns of gasoline distribution along the entire East Coast. (Thomas Insights)

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EFFICIENCY: A New Hampshire town says replacing street lights with LEDs has become more difficult after Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill he called “overly prescriptive.” (Valley News)

WIND: The developer of a 117-turbine wind project in western New York is holding an open house on Wednesday to promote the project. (Olean Times Herald)

POLICY:
• A bill to establish a carbon tax in Massachusetts now has more than 100 co-sponsors in the state legislature. (Associated Press)
• Environmentalists in New Jersey say clean energy gains in the state’s proposed master plan are undermined by its failure to include a moratorium on more natural gas infrastructure. (NJ Spotlight)
• Maine’s beneficial electrification law is seen as a way to encourage power generation using technologies that would otherwise require fossil fuel use. (Microgrid Knowledge) 

HYDROPOWER: Federal regulators are allowing three Massachusetts towns to participate in the relicensing process of a hydropower dam along the Connecticut River. (Greenfield Recorder)

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SOLAR: A town in southern Maine is negotiating with a solar developer to build an array that would give its sewer district a discounted rate of 8 cents per kilowatt hour for at least eight years. (Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• A solar executive says New Jersey’s energy master plan has the state on the path to a once in a century chance to transform the industry. (NJ Spotlight)
• Despite the recent passage of clean energy legislation, the Sierra Club says Maryland is lagging behind on comprehensive climate change actions. (Baltimore Sun)
• An editorial board says Massachusetts should explore imposing a carbon tax on power generation to reduce pollution and promote renewable energy. (Berkshire Eagle)
• Health and environmental justice advocates says Connecticut siting officials’ approval of a natural gas power plant is contrary to the state’s concurrent embrace of offshore wind. (Hartford Courant)

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