In New England, solar was a welcome guest on Thanksgiving

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ALSO:
• Developers want to build a 5 MW solar project on 29 acres of farmland in central Massachusetts. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
• New York-based Consolidated Edison, through new acquisitions, now claims to be the second largest solar energy producer in North America.

‘Project before its time:’ Offshore transmission plan could be revived

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ALSO:
• Concerns from fisherman are threatening to derail a $2 billion wind farm planned off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (Boston Globe)
• Developers have endorsed a plan to include transit corridors to create a safe passage for fishermen, but they aren’t wide enough for some commercial vessels.

Forecast: Winter cold snaps could strain New England power supplies

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• Unforeseen cold snaps and other factors could stretch electricity supplies thin this winter, according to a forecast by ISO New England. (Journal Inquirer)
• Smart grid upgrades offer less risk and more flexibility than expensive power line upgrades, according to a new report. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Nearly 20 wind energy companies will compete in an auction for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts tomorrow.

Forecast: U.S. offshore wind capacity to reach 10 GW by 2027

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• Installed offshore wind capacity in the U.S. will reach approximately 10 GW by the end of 2027, largely due to more state-level procurement in places like Massachusetts, New York and Delaware, according to a global wind market forecast. (reNEWS)
• Developers of a wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts endorse a transit corridor plan that would create safe passage for fishermen through the middle of their lease area. (Cape Cod Today)

SOLAR:
• Developers apply to build an 11.8 MW solar farm on almost 80 acres in western Maryland.

Reports: Utility competition increased costs for Maryland ratepayers

DOUBLE YOUR MONEY: Through December 31, your contribution to the Energy News Network will be doubled courtesy of NewsMatch. Give today! UTILITIES: Data compiled by consumer advocates shows utility competition meant to lower rates for Maryland residents has actually increased bills by as much as 50 to 75 percent.  (The Baltimore Sun)

NATURAL GAS:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoes a bill that would force utility companies to disclose the location of underground gas leaks to the public, citing flaws in the legislation.  (NBC 4 New York)
• A lockout of National Grid union workers and moratoriums on new gas connections are costing Massachusetts communities thousands in lost revenue and taxes.