Hydropower transmission deal includes millions for Maine

TRANSMISSION: A deal to support a transmission line carrying Quebec hydropower to Massachusetts includes millions of dollars for broadband, rate relief, electric vehicles, and other incentives for Maine. (Bangor Daily News)

ALSO: The Maine Public Utilities Commission has set a deadline of March 1 for public comments on a proposed settlement. (Bangor Daily News)

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SOLAR:
• Neighbors raise objections to a proposed solar farm that would remove trees near a Connecticut state park.

Maine governor signs on to transmission deal

TRANSMISSION: Maine’s governor signs on to a settlement supporting a proposed transmission line to carry hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO: Some conservation groups that had opposed the Northern Pass project in New Hampshire are willing to back the Maine option. (Boston Globe)

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NUCLEAR:
• Massachusetts officials want the state to intervene in plans to close the Pilgrim nuclear plant.

New Jersey power plant sites could provide offshore wind connections

WIND:
• An offshore wind developer says two power plant sites on New Jersey’s coast could enable it to connect to the grid. (Press of Atlantic City)
• A Rhode Island utility’s offshore wind contract is expected to benefit neighboring states, too. (Providence Business News)

GRID: A new analysis explores how much storage would be needed for the Northeast grid to run on 100 percent renewable energy. (InsideClimate News)

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Legendary New York raceway to host major solar project

SOLAR: As Maine becomes more friendly to clean energy, advocates seek to repeal solar rules they describe as “fundamentally unjust.” (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Watkins Glen raceway in New York is donating land for a 50 MW solar project. (Associated Press)
• Two Pennsylvania companies use blockchain technology to share energy from a solar installation. (GreenBiz)
• New York’s bridge authority activates a solar array that is expected to offset more than a quarter of the agency’s electricity use. (Daily Freeman)
• New solar panels at a New Hampshire children’s museum will be unveiled next week. (Seacoast Online)
• Local officials approve a solar array atop a historic Connecticut home.

Pennsylvania takes center state in nuclear debate

NUCLEAR: Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to take up the debate over whether nuclear energy should count as “clean” power. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A New Jersey utility says it could start shutting down nuclear plants as early as this fall. (NJ Spotlight)
• A public hearing gathers feedback on a proposal to extend a New Hampshire nuclear plant’s license by 20 years. (Gloucester Daily Times)

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