NH net metering study shows grid benefits, slight cost shifting


SOLAR: A long-awaited study commissioned by New Hampshire officials finds that rooftop solar immensely benefits the grid but does slightly increase costs for other customers. (ConcordMonitor, NHPR)

ALSO:
• A developer presents plans to a local agricultural protection board for a 200 MW solar farm in northern New York, which it hopes to see online by late 2025. (NNY360)
• A western Pennsylvania utility signs a 20-year power purchase agreement to offtake 7 MW of electricity from a solar farm slated to come online in 2023. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

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OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey regulators allow Ørsted to move forward with its plan to interconnect an offshore wind farm transmission line in Ocean City, despite some local concern that it would run through the beach and wetlands. (OCNJ Daily)

HYDROGEN: The Nine Mile Point nuclear station in Oswego, New York, plans to use some of its produced power to make hydrogen as part of a demonstration project. (syracuse.com)

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Without intentional planning, the construction of a Maryland suburb-to-suburb rail line encircling Washington, DC, will result in gentrification and displacement, a new study from a public-private coalition warns. (Washington Post)

WEATHER:
• Rhode Island voters will consider a $50 million environmental bond to support climate resilience projects, zero-to-low-interest loans for green energy infrastructure and a carbon-neutral zoological education facility. (ecoRI)
• With warming temperatures helping to spur the region’s tick population, New Hampshire health officials sign a $60,000 contract to track the suckers. (New Hampshire Bulletin)
• Scientists say the summit of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington is showing signs of “significant warming” amid fewer cold days. (WMUR)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Maine regulators order Central Maine Power and Versant to offer optional discounted power rates for customers using electric vehicle, energy storage or heat pump technologies. (Center Square)
• A nonprofit coalition in New York’s Tompkins County hosts a presentation examining the available options for and problems with using different types of land for renewable energy production. (Ithaca Voice)
• PPL releases a report on its sustainability progress, noting that it is evaluating the environmental impact of its Rhode Island gas distribution system. (WFMZ)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The tenth annual electric vehicle showcase in Maryland’s capital city will be held this Saturday, demonstrating over 60 vehicles and having owners on-hand to answer questions, among other workshops. (Baltimore Sun)

COMMENTARY: The executive director of a New York natural history museum highlights the work of several Adirondacks residents who are working on climate mitigation. (Democrat & Chronicle)

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