Governor’s veto threatens New Hampshire biomass plants

BIOMASS: Six biomass plants are in danger of closing after New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes a bill that would have supported the industry. (WMUR)

WIND: A wind energy company will launch a research buoy off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, to determine if the area is suitable for wind turbines. (Press of Atlantic City)

SOLAR:
• New solar policies are emerging in the Northeast as the region seeks to revamp or eliminate net metering programs. (Energy News Network)
• The town of Exeter, Rhode Island, will allow a solar developer to build commercial-scale solar installations on 15 properties in residential zones without seeking special use permits. (Providence Journal)

POWER PLANTS: Virginia-based Dominion Energy is selling two natural gas power plants in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. (Bloomberg)

POLLUTION:
• Delaware Sen. Tom Carper asks the EPA to reverse a decision to deny petitions that sought to reduce ozone pollution in Delaware emitted from power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Massachusetts Senate approves climate change resiliency bill

POLICY: The Massachusetts Senate approves a bill that includes up to $2 billion in bonds to help the state adapt to climate change, including improving public infrastructure. (Associated Press)

WIND: Attorneys for Maine Gov. Paul LePage ask a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging his executive order to stop issuing wind turbine permits indefinitely. (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY: A group of MIT researchers leads an initiative to construct modern buildings out of wood in order to reduce construction-related energy consumption. (Interesting Engineering)

POWER PLANTS: Green groups say a proposed fossil-fuel power plant in northwest Rhode Island would cause permanent damage to a critical wildlife corridor. (ecoRI News)

FRACKING:
• A court of appeals overturns a ruling that prevented a company from fracking in the Delaware watershed.

Utility drops plan to repower New York plant using natural gas

POWER PLANTS: NRG Energy says it won’t repower a coal-fired plant outside Buffalo, New York, to burn natural gas due to cost concerns. (The Buffalo News)

ALSO:
• Green groups speak out against a proposal to build a 663 MW, gas-fired power plant on New Jersey’s Musconetcong River. (NJ Spotlight)
• Environmentalists protest a proposed gas-fired power plant in New Jersey that would provide power to New York City. (NJTV)

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SOLAR:
• Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will be home to the country’s first Marriott hotel powered entirely by solar.

New Hampshire’s capital adopts 100 percent renewable energy goal

RENEWABLES: Concord, New Hampshire’s city council unanimously passes a 100 percent renewable energy goal. (North American Windpower)

SOLAR: A 1.5 MW community solar project is completed outside Dover, Delaware. (Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times)

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STORAGE: New York could increase its energy storage target to 3 GW by 2030, according to several experts. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUEL: An environmental group wants New York City to convert its diesel trucks to run off renewable natural gas.

Plan shows pathway for Pennsylvania to boost solar energy production

SOLAR:
• A draft plan funded by the Department of Energy explains how solar farms could help Pennsylvania get 10 percent of its electricity from solar by 2030. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Cornell University partners with a California solar developer on a three-year study of pollinator-friendly flowers at community solar farms in New York. (Ithaca Journal)

WIND: A federal judge fines a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer $1.5 million for stealing trade secrets from a Massachusetts energy technology company. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: The city council in Concord, New Hampshire, will vote tonight on a 100 percent renewable energy goal for the city. (NHPR)

NUCLEAR:
• Residents ask officials to review evacuation plans for the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station in southern New Hampshire.