Long Island’s offshore wind transmission price tag could be $1.5 billion

OFFSHORE WIND: The Long Island Power Authority says transmission upgrades needed to accommodate large offshore wind projects could cost up to $1.5 billion. (Newsday)

ALSO:
• Port of Albany operators expect to present plans for an offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility to town planners by June. (Albany Times Union)
• The developer of an offshore wind project in New Jersey will begin training of members of six labor unions in anticipation of construction starting in 2024. (NBC Philadelphia)
• A New Hampshire forum discusses how the state can participate with neighboring states in a regional approach to offshore wind development. (Foster’s Daily Democrat)

CLIMATE: Annapolis, Maryland files a lawsuit against large oil companies in state court alleging they concealed knowledge and risks associated with climate change.

Anti-transmission referendum qualifies for Maine ballot

TRANSMISSION: The Maine Secretary of State validates enough signatures to put an anti-transmission line referendum on the fall ballot sought by opponents of a Central Maine Power project. (Bangor Daily News)

ALSO: A Massachusetts siting board approves a substation in a Boston neighborhood that environmental justice advocates say is already burdened by energy infrastructure. (WBUR)

CLIMATE:
• A Maryland legislative committee approves a sweeping climate bill that would require the state to reduce emissions 60% by 2030. (Maryland Matters)
• A new report says flood damage costs New Jersey homeowners an average of $4,400, which is expected to rise as climate change increases the number of storms. (NJ Spotlight)
• Pennsylvania farmers experiment with different practices and new varieties as they cope with extreme weather events attributed to climate change. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

HEATING: Maine offers bonus rebates to small towns to encourage adoption of heat pumps in municipal buildings.

Maryland releases long-awaited climate plan

CLIMATE: Maryland releases a climate action plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2045,14 months later than directed by the legislature. (Maryland Matters)

ALSO: A new report says climate-related coastal flooding in Massachusetts is expected to surge with costs estimated to rise 36%. (Boston Globe) 

EMISSIONS:
• Recent reports suggest Rhode Island is significantly underreporting its emissions, putting its state targets at risk. (ecoRI)
• Advocates say draft regulations to put a price on carbon in Pennsylvania devalue the benefits of combined heat and power and would instead disadvantage them compared to higher emitting technologies. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

GRID: Federal regulators end a proceeding that delayed capacity auctions in PJM that critics say hampered state programs to integrate renewable resources.

Pennsylvania pipeline protest intimidation case falls apart

PIPELINES: A criminal case involving alleged intimidation of pipeline protesters by private security along the Mariner East project in Pennsylvania is likely to end with no convictions. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: An activist opposed to a trash-burning plant in Baltimore with a recently extended contract wants to “starve the beast” by depriving material with greater recycling and composting. (Inside Climate News)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Twenty-five members of the New York and New Jersey congressional delegations urge the federal office overseeing offshore wind development to “jump-start” the industry with approval of lease areas off their states’ coasts. (East Hampton Star)
• Developers of the Atlantic Shores offshore wind farm in New Jersey sign an agreement with six unions to use organized labor for the project. (Offshore Engineer)

FRACKING: Pennsylvania will now allow public comment on 49 fracking wastewater wells after permits were issued without input.

Boston University turns to Midwest wind to cut climate impact

WIND: Boston University buys all of its electricity from a South Dakota wind farm, reasoning that it has a greater climate impact than buying locally sourced renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A Massachusetts-based transmission developer and a Danish consultancy say they will jointly bid on a proposed project to connect New Jersey offshore wind farms to the PJM grid. (North American Windpower)
• A New York study identifies income opportunities for fishermen and other mariners created by offshore wind. (reNEWS)

CLIMATE:
• Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont introduces a suite of climate bills to address climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and transportation. (news release)
• A bill introduced in Maryland encourages schools to take more direct actions to reduce their climate impacts.