Maryland rejects solar project proposed by Georgetown

SOLAR: Maryland environmental officials denied permits for two major solar projects, including one sponsored by Georgetown University that would have cleared hundreds of acres of forestland. (Baltimore Sun)

ALSO:
• Massachusetts solar advocates are proposing a new energy justice rate as a means to improve low-income residents’ access to community solar projects. (Energy News Network)
• Homeowners’ insurers are filing lawsuits against Tesla alleging unsafe solar panels, following a similar complaint by owners of large-scale systems at Walmart and Amazon. (Bloomberg)
• New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is conducting an audit of the state’s high-tech development programs, including the state’s $750 million assistance to lure a Tesla solar panel manufacturing plant to Buffalo. (New York Post)
• A New York farmer is proposing an on-site brewery and solar array despite a town moratorium on ground-mounted solar developments.

Gas hookup moratorium stressing homeowners and businesses

PIPELINES: New York City homeowners and businesses are caught in the middle of a dispute between the state and a utility that imposed a moratorium on new customers over constrained natural gas supplies. (Daily News) 

ALSO:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to broaden their investigation of the moratorium. (Crain’s New York Business)
• Most public comments on proposed pipeline regulations in Pennsylvania say the state is not doing enough to ensure public safety. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch at a town hall reiterates his opposition to a proposed compressor station and highlights his bill intended to thwart it. (Wicked Local)

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Offshore wind company releases plan for largest development to date

OFFSHORE WIND: The first public meeting is held in New Jersey to discuss an 1,100 MW offshore wind farm slated to open in 2024, the largest proposed project to date. (Press of Atlantic City)

ALSO:
• Connecticut’s nascent offshore wind industry could be hampered by a controversy at a state authority responsible for developing  port infrastructure. (CT Mirror)
• A Massachusetts legislator and a company proposing a land-based storage facility for offshore wind are disappointed by a federal delay to Vineyard Wind but remain optimistic it will eventually be approved. (SouthCoastToday)

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Lobbying efforts highlight energy shift in Massachusetts

POLITICS: Energy companies spent more than $5 million lobbying the Massachusetts legislature last year, with clean energy firms among the top spenders. (Associated Press)

WIND: Three companies have submitted bids for Massachusetts’ latest offshore wind procurement. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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Biofuels producer wants to buy Philadelphia refinery

OIL & GAS: A biofuels producer proposes to buy part of a Philadelphia refinery closed by a June explosion that is slated for permanent shutdown. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Workers at the refinery pleaded with city officials to find a way to keep the plant open. (PlanPhilly)
• A Pennsylvania county official joined business leaders in opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas extraction as a way to fund $4.5 billion in infrastructure improvements. (Reading Eagle)
• A New York environmental coalition is opposing a natural gas drilling proposal that they say is an attempt to circumvent the state’s fracking ban. (DeSmog)

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