Northeast Energy News

Massive new turbines slated for East Coast projects

OFFSHORE WIND: Orsted will be the first developer to deploy GE’s 12 MW wind turbines — which have double the capacity of the turbines used in the Block Island wind farm — in projects it is planning in New Jersey and Maryland. (CNBC)

ALSO:
• Supporters and opponents of offshore wind squared off before a county legislature in western New York where possible development on Lake Erie could occur. (Buffalo News)
• A Maryland resort city continues its opposition to offshore wind with a letter to the governor after the erection of a tower to measure wind speeds. (The Dispatch)

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EMISSIONS: Republicans legislators in Pennsylvania oppose any attempt by the state to join a regional greenhouse gas reduction compact without their input. (The Center Square)

POLICY: Maine Gov. Janet Mills names the 39 members of a new climate council that will advise state government on strategies to achieve ambitious climate and energy goals passed in the legislative session. (Portland Press Herald)

UTILITIES: Pennsylvania regulators revamp and expand the way low-income assistance for heat and power is calculated using energy burden on households as the key yardstick. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

OIL & GAS:
• The Pennsylvania House passes a tax credit for manufacturers who use methane for petrochemicals and fertilizers. (Associated Press)
• A summit of Northeast home heating oil dealers endorsed a resolution to commit to zero emissions by 2050. (VermontBiz)

BIOMASS: Federal regulators reject a New Hampshire plan to subsidize biomass power, saying the law would illegally set wholesale power rates. (NHPR)

PIPELINES: A developer in northern Pennsylvania will use a $280,000 state grant to expand a natural gas pipeline and treat its wastewater. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

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SOLAR:
• As the largest solar array in New Hampshire is dedicated, officials bemoan this week’s failure of the legislature to override a veto of an increased net metering cap. (Fosters.com)
• Leasing land for solar arrays is providing a new income stream for Connecticut farmers. (WTNH)

COMMENTARY:
• A land conservation organization says a federal court was right to reject a pipeline through preserved state lands using eminent domain. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
•A former school facilities manager in Vermont says individual actions can still have an impact on climate change, despite the need for actions at the national level. (VT Digger)

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