By Marie J. French | 12/06/2017 09:57 AM EDT
NO STORAGE MANDATE — UtilityDive's Peter Maloney: "The (energy storage) industry will have to wait until sometime in January to have a better understanding of the shape of the state's energy storage program, even though the bill creating that program was signed into law late last month. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Nov. 29 signed a bill establishing an 'energy storage deployment program,' but in the signing memo, he noted that his office had 'secured an agreement with the Legislature to pass legislation in the upcoming session' that would amend the law. In short, the bill signed into law is not the final form of the law. The final version is expected to include a goal, not a mandate, and direct state regulators to develop a mix of policies to help achieve that goal." Read more here.
LEVEL SOLAR FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY — Newsday's Mark Harrington: "Level Solar, a Manhattan-based provider of rooftop solar power that shuttered operations in September, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, citing debts in excess of $5 million. The company listed assets of between $50 million and $100 million, and more than 200 creditors... In 2015, the company reached an agreement to borrow up to $25 million from the state's Green Bank program. A source said the Green Bank on Friday sent a notice of default and removal to Level Solar." Read more here.
ORLEANS SALTY ON WATER WOES — Watertown Daily Times' Marcus Wolf: "Town residents, including those with salt-contaminated wells, blasted the state Saturday for not footing the entire bill for the Route 12 water line following an announcement for a new state-funded welcome center in the town. 'It felt like it's more of a kick to the midsection,' Supervisor Kevin C. Rarick said. 'I really think it shows huge disrespect to the people.' Widespread salt contamination has afflicted residents in the town for decades and has been widely blamed on the state Department of Transportation's salt Barn on Route 12. The town's solution has been to build an estimated $13 million water line, a project that is funded with about $5 million in grants and about $8 million from a no-interest loan from the Environmental Facilities Corp." Read more here.
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AROUND NEW YORK:
— A federal court panel appeared willing to speed up the state's challenge of FERC's determination that the state had waived its permitting authority for the Valley Lateral pipeline project.
— Speaking of... ICYMI: Attorneys for the Millennium Pipeline argue that work constraints related to a bald eagle's nest could force the company behind the CPV plant into bankruptcy.
— Rep. Elise Stefanik signed a letter that opposes drilling for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
— Scores of students from Rochester Prep High School left class and marched in the rain to Rochester City School District headquarters in response to long-standing environmental concerns regarding their subleased building at 690 St. Paul Street.
— The Onondaga County Legislature approved a plan to spend $1.5 million building a bike trail extension on a polluted piece of land known as Murphy's Island on the south shore of Onondaga Lake.
— An official from Cohoes is joining leaders from Waterford and Halfmoon in asking state environmental officials for a court-styled hearing on the proposed expansion of the Colonie town landfill.
— Efforts to clean up a former car dealership and repair garage have not gone as smoothly as Warren County officials hoped.
— New York state energy lawmakers outline some priorities for the upcoming session.
— Hunters kicked off what is likely to be New Jersey's last bear hunt for a while.
— ICYMI: Attorneys for the Millennium Pipeline argue that work constraints related to a bald eagle's nest could force the company behind the $900 million power project into bankruptcy unless the court allows pipeline construction to begin by Wednesday.
— NYPA installed the largest public solar array in Manhattan.
GRID REVOLUTION — UtilityDive's Herman Trabish: "Grid modernization is not just a New York-California issue anymore. Committed and proposed expenditures are accelerating into the billions across the country, with no sign of a slowdown in sight. ... Illinois utilities plan to invest $3.2 billion to meet obligations of recent legislation. In Massachusetts, a National Grid proposal could cost $1.275 billion over 10 years and an Eversource proposal would invest at least $400 million. In Montana, Northwestern Energy has spent $350 million over the last 7 years and is planning another $30 million in its South Dakota and Nebraska territories." Read more here.
CALIFORNIA PLOTS GAS CAR BAN — Bloomberg's Ryan Beene and Dana Hull: "A California lawmaker wants to put the state alongside China, France and the U.K. and have its legislature consider a ban on vehicles powered by fossil fuels. California Assemblymember Phil Ting, a Democrat who is chairman of the chamber's budget committee, said he plans to introduce a bill that, starting in 2040, would allow the state's motor vehicles department to register only 'clean' vehicles that emit no carbon dioxide, such as battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars." Read more here.
DUKE ENERGY DATA BREACH — The Charlotte Observer's Deon Roberts: "About 370,000 Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas, including in Charlotte, may have had addresses, banking data and other personal information exposed in a potential data breach stretching back to 2008, a company spokesman said Tuesday." Read more here.
GEORGIA NUCLEAR PROJECTS STRUGGLE — The Washington Post's Steven Mufson: "Southern Company said Tuesday it had reached an agreement with Toshiba to speed up a $3.2 billion payment to help salvage two nuclear reactors under construction in Georgia. Under the agreement, Toshiba will make the payments by December 15 on behalf of its nuclear construction subsidiary Westinghouse, which is in bankruptcy." Read more here.
TRIBES SUE TRUMP — The Hill's Timothy Cama: "The Navajo Nation and four other American Indian tribes said Tuesday they had sued President Trump to undo his action reducing the Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah." Read more here.
SOLAR'S AMERICA FIRST PLAN — Greentech Media's Lacey Johnson: "The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) unveiled a plan for President Trump to grow U.S. solar manufacturing on Tuesday, as the administration nears a decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. The recommendations were released in advance of a hearing at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in Washington, D.C., where SEIA will present its final arguments against trade remedies sought by petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld." Read more here.
EXXON FIGHTS CLIMATE PROBE — Reuters' Nate Raymond: "Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to block the state's attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change." Read more here.
FORD GOES BIG ON EVs — The New York Times' Keith Bradsher: "The Ford Motor Company said on Tuesday that it planned to introduce 15 battery electric or plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid car models in China by 2025." Read more here.
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