Maryland university announces major solar buy

SOLAR: Johns Hopkins University announces a plan to get two-thirds of its electricity from a Virginia solar farm, which would make it one of the top clean-energy campuses in the country. (Baltimore Sun)

ALSO:
• Pennsylvania State University said it will build a 70 MW solar array over 500 acres to provide 25% of the electricity used at its statewide campuses. (Herald-Mail)
• New York City’s transit authority has proposed to lease 10 million square feet of its roof space for solar development, which could accommodate up to 100 MW. (Queens Daily Eagle)

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Gas proponent calls out Pennsylvania pipeline developer

PIPELINES: The Mariner East 1 pipeline in eastern Pennsylvania will restart after a three-month shutdown caused by a sinkhole. (PennLive)

ALSO: A Pennsylvania lawmaker who is a proponent of the natural gas industry calls the developer of the Mariner East 2 pipeline irresponsible, saying their actions cause other developers to be “tarred with the same brush.” (WESA)

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• Grid congestion in northern Vermont is slowing the interconnection process and approvals for eight proposed solar farms. (VT Digger)
• New Jersey is about to become the next hot market for community solar following state regulatory action. (Greentech Media, subscription required)

ENERGY STORAGE: Solar plus storage is gathering momentum in Vermont utility pilot programs. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND: The first proposed offshore wind development in Massachusetts failed to win approval, but the state has fully embraced it since.

New Jersey regulators approve nuclear subsidies

NUCLEAR: New Jersey regulators approved a rescue plan to subsidize the state’s three nuclear reactors at a cost of $300 million for each of the next three years. (NJ.com)

NATURAL GAS: A state senator says he will introduce legislation to block the sale of natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to neighboring states that have opposed pipeline construction; the plan would likely violate the Constitution’s commerce clause. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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New York City seeks steep cuts in building emissions

EMISSIONS: New York City is poised to pass a law limiting building emissions by 40% by 2030 overall with owners facing steep fines for noncompliance. (New York Times)

CLIMATE: A new book aims to provide a “legal version of the Manhattan project” for policymakers and citizens to take action to cut carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

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Buyer found for New York nuclear plant

OFFSHORE WIND: A new initiative has been launched to study the effects of offshore wind farms on Northeast fisheries, as a lack of information has led to mistrust between the two industries. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Massachusetts regulators approved the power contracts with Vineyard Wind on Friday over the objections of the state’s attorney general and others who say utilities will receive an extra $168 million just for carrying the contracts. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• National Grid has asked Rhode Island to keep pricing and other information private while it negotiates terms for the proposed Revolution Wind project. (Providence Business News)
• An industry forum was told ports along the East Coast need to be reworked to accommodate the growing offshore wind industry. (WorkBoat)

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