Northeast Energy News

Wind developer asks feds to halt New England power capacity auction

WIND: The developer of an 800 MW wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard has asked the federal government to step in to halt New England’s annual power-capacity auction until federal regulators allow the company to participate. (Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION: States look to the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as a model to cut transportation emissions. (Energy News Network)

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• Former employees paint a gloomy picture of the conditions at Tesla’s Gigafactory II plant in Buffalo, where the company’s solar roofs are manufactured. (WIVB)
• Solar installer was the fastest growing job in eight states over the past two years, including New Jersey, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Yahoo Finance)
• A solar farm is among four plans proposed for the redevelopment of an island in Long Island Sound. (WSHU)
• A new tax policy in Vermont could make it harder to pair farming and solar. (Energy News Network)
• Europe’s largest solar energy developer will build a 70 MW solar project for Penn State University that will provide around 25 percent of the school’s statewide electricity demands. (Reuters)

TRANSMISSION: Central Maine Power will meet with stakeholders today to negotiate benefits in exchange for a controversial hydropower transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts. (Morning Sentinel)

• Pennsylvania lawmakers circulate memos inviting fellow members of the House and Senate to sign on to bills designed to help the state’s struggling nuclear plants. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• The CEOs of three major energy companies write a letter urging grid operator PJM to move faster on reforms that would boost the revenues of their nuclear plants. (NJ Spotlight)

• A sewer authority in eastern Pennsylvania is designing a system that would use food scraps from restaurants to generate electricity to power a wastewater plant. (The Morning Call)
• The Baltimore City Council gives preliminary approval to a bill that would force a controversial trash-to-energy incinerator to dramatically reduce its emissions. (Baltimore Sun)

NATURAL GAS: Officials in Westchester County, New York, announce a multi-step approach to deal with a Con Edison moratorium on new gas-line hookups. (Patch)

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UTILITIES: Consumer advocates are urging Connecticut lawmakers to pass a law that eliminates third-party electricity suppliers, saying their customers paid roughly $200 million more than residents on standard service from 2015 through 2018. (CT Mirror)

COMMENTARY: A newspaper editor says wind energy doesn’t belong in rural New York, where it “devastates the country setting.” (Olean Times Herald)

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