Northeast Energy News

Yale College Republicans lead push for carbon tax

OVERSIGHT: An ally of former Gov. Chris Christie resigns from the state’s Board of Public Utilities, which could change the board’s overall direction on clean energy. (NJ Spotlight)

POLITICS: A group of young conservatives led by the Yale College Republicans endorses a carbon tax as means to fight climate change. (New York Times)

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SOLAR:
• The Maine House approves a bill to overturn some net metering changes recently approved by state regulators. (PV Magazine)
• Advocates say policy uncertainty in Massachusetts is holding back solar industry growth. (MetroWest Daily News)
• Two bills in Connecticut could help advance community solar. (CT Post)

NUCLEAR: The Pilgrim nuclear plant is shutting down temporarily because of a heating system leak. (Cape Cod Times)

OIL AND GAS:
• Why some landowners in Pennsylvania’s shale country are faring better than others on royalty payments. (WESA)
• Senate Democrats are asking for an extended comment period on the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan. (The Hill)

BIOENERGY: Connecticut lawmakers consider a bill that would require 5 percent of natural gas to come from renewable sources. (Waste Dive)

WIND: Researchers explore how cultural attitudes affect whether people perceive wind turbines to be a thing of beauty or an eyesore. (Nexus Media)

EFFICIENCY: Why Connecticut is falling behind on retrofitting homes to be more energy efficient. (WNPR)

GRID:
• How a recent FERC order could open the doors to substantial growth in energy storage. (Utility Dive)
• New Jersey lawmakers table a bill that would evaluate a smart meter program, as the legislature and state regulators remain reluctant to adopt the technology. (NJ Spotlight)
• Officials in Bridgeport, Connecticut unveil the state’s first microgrid. (Patch)

UTILITIES: Eversource says President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum could increase costs for utilities. (Concord Monitor)

TECHNOLOGY: A conference at MIT explores the feasibility of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. (MIT News)

COMMENTARY: A New Jersey columnist says that if utility PSEG wants subsidies for its nuclear plants, it should “play fair” and “stop the pressure tactics.” (NJ.com)

CORRECTION: An item in yesterday’s digest incorrectly identified a church that installed a solar array. It is in Connecticut, not New Hampshire.

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