Northeast Energy News

Utility to test storage in outage-prone New Hampshire town

STORAGE: Eversource is planning a $7 million demonstration storage project, instead of a new power line, to serve a rural New Hampshire town that suffers frequent lengthy power outages. (NHPR)

NUCLEAR: Questions are being raised if companies that specialize in faster cleanups of closed nuclear power plants are maintaining safe storage of spent fuel. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES: A federal agency sent an advisory to pipeline operators warning of increased risks posed by construction in flood-prone areas after a recent series of incidents. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NATURAL GAS: Compressed natural gas transported by truck is creating a “virtual pipeline” as suppliers seek alternatives to constrained pipeline capacity. (DeSmog)

SOLAR:
• A New Jersey city has signed a power contract that will increase its energy supply to 50% solar, the highest percentage of any town in the state. (Patch)
• A New Hampshire city reached an agreement with a solar developer to build arrays at eight sites that will be turned over to it in five years. (Valley News)

TRANSMISSION:
• The New York Power Authority will spend $28 million for its share in the first phase of a transmission upgrade in central New York intended to move renewable energy to populated areas. (Times Telegram)
• Residents of a Maine town who failed to get a municipal board to reconsider its support of the Clean Energy Connect transmission line will hold a silent protest at its next meeting. (Sun Journal)

OFFSHORE WIND: The developer of an offshore wind project in Massachusetts wants to implement an advanced monitoring system to detect the presence of endangered Right Whales near the site. (North American Windpower)

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EFFICIENCY:
• New Jersey utilities say a draft study for the future direction of state efficiency programs lacks supporting data and makes policy decisions that are better left to state regulators. (NJ Spotlight)
• A study of older New York City co-ops says those buildings would face stiff fines under new laws passed to require greater energy efficiency. (Curbed New York)

COMMENTARY:
• Consumer advocates in Maine say a proposed state takeover of electric utilities reflects a national trend of citizens fighting back from increased costs that follow poor business decisions. (Press Herald)
•  An environmentalist says widespread adoption of electric vehicles, as encouraged in a bill before the New Jersey legislature, is he best way to cleaner air and to fight climate change. (NJ.com)

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