Northeast Energy News

Vermont sets off-peak rates for EV charging equivalent to $1 gas

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont regulators approve off-peak rates for electric vehicle charging that are 20% lower than residential costs and equivalent to $1 for a gallon of gas. (Burlington Free Press)

ALSO: A new report says New Jersey would have fewer premature deaths, lost workdays and save $1.9 billion in public health benefits by 2050 if gas and diesel vehicles were swapped for electric ones. (New Jersey Herald)

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DISTRIBUTED ENERGY: Federal regulators issue an order granting distributed energy resources access to wholesale electricity markets. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE:
The Vermont House overrides Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a climate bill with the state senate expected to follow suit in the coming days. (Seven Days)
Citizens involved in a public workshop on Delaware’s climate goals advocate more aggressive emissions reduction targets and more use of renewable energy. (Delaware Public)

UTILITIES:
A federal appeals court dismisses a case brought by Connecticut consumers who alleged the state’s utilities had withheld natural gas from the electric distribution system to raise prices. (CTPost)
A stalemate by Pennsylvania regulators on utility shutoffs means the moratorium will remain in place until April as state law prohibits disconnections during the winter. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PIPELINES: Less than a week after an unplanned release of gas during tests, the owner of a gas compressor in Massachusetts asks federal regulators for permission to begin full operations on October 1. (WBUR) 

OFFSHORE WIND: A study commissioned by commercial fishing advocates says the number of jobs predicted from offshore wind development is overstated. (National Fisherman)

SOLAR: A report by Delaware’s largest utility shows only 7% of its renewable energy is produced by solar projects in the state and the rest of its clean energy requirements are acquired from elsewhere. (Delaware Business Times)

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BIOFUELS: A New Jersey facility that converts food waste into biogas prepares for expanded operations as the economy reopens and a state law requiring food waste recycling goes into effect next year. (NJ101.5)

COMMENTARY:
• New Jersey clean energy attorneys say the state’s transition plan to revamp solar incentives will reinvigorate the industry. (Solar Industry)
An editorial board says a legislative attempt to block Pennsylvania’s entry into a regional cap-and-trade agreement is climate denialism in disguise. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Energy efficiency and environmental advocates say Massachusetts must act to increase participation in programs to assist low-and moderate-income households consume less energy. (Itemlive.com)
An energy advisor says New Jersey utilities and legislators’ pursuit of diversification into new businesses causes them to lose focus on their primary responsibility of providing reliable electric service. (NJ Spotlight) 

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