Connecticut picks Vineyard Wind for state’s first offshore project

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! WIND: Connecticut chooses Vineyard Wind to develop 804 MW of offshore wind with Bridgeport as its base; the developer will now negotiate a power contract with the state’s utilities. (Hartford Courant)

ALSO:
• An offshore wind advocate says a federal review of the industry’s impact on Northeast coastal waters may now run into late 2020. (WorkBoat)
• The developer of an offshore wind farm in Maryland tells regulators the project is delayed two years and completion is expected in 2023.

Solar project at Maine governor’s mansion highlights policy challenges

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! SOLAR: Solar panels at the Maine governor’s mansion make a powerful statement but a variety of factors prevent the project from being economic. (Portland Press Herald)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY:
• Tougher requirements for food waste recycling in Connecticut are not translating into increased production for the state’s lone waste-to-energy plant. (Energy News Network)
• Philadelphia zoning officials approve a carve-out of 23 acres at the closed and damaged oil refinery for a food waste-to-energy plant to create methane.

Prosecutor says pipeline developer used cops to intimidate opponents 

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! PIPELINES: A district attorney in eastern Pennsylvania charges the developer of the Mariner East pipeline of using state constables as a private security force that allegedly intimidated residents along the pipeline route. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO: A pipeline developer caught in the gas supply dispute between New York and a utility has pulled its permit applications for the New Jersey part of the project. (Bloomberg)

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Financial benefits seen from fossil fuel divestment

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! DIVESTMENT: An analysis by Massachusetts climate activists suggests divestment of fossil fuel investments may provide a financial benefit in addition to opposition on moral grounds. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Some analysts suggest a delay in permits for the Vineyard Wind project may benefit the industry in the long run as it may insulate it from future lawsuits like those that killed Cape Wind. (Greentech Media)
• An offshore wind expert with extensive experience in Great Britain is named head of a Massachusetts institute created to train workers for the expected surge in offshore wind projects.

Canadian hydro takes a toll on indigenous communities

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! HYDROPOWER: Canadian hydropower is a carbon-free source of energy for New England states, but the dams come at a cost for indigenous communities. (VT Digger / Pulitzer Center)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators give final approval for a compressor station in Massachusetts that generated widespread opposition to begin construction this month. (Boston Globe)

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