Northeast Energy News

‘Accidental environmentalist’ focuses on equity in clean energy

EQUITY: A visiting scholar in Vermont uses her work to discuss racial equity and justice as a focus in clean energy. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND: A development partner of the Vineyard Wind offshore project says it is on track for permits later this year as other projects on the East Coast face delays. (reNEWS)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Leading clean energy cities like Pittsburgh are likely to have their programs suffer as COVID-19 blows holes in municipal budgets. (E&E News, subscription required)
• In a national poll, a vast majority of Maryland residents say government aid to industries affected by the coronavirus pandemic should go to clean energy and not fossil fuels. (Maryland Matters)
• A New Jersey town’s community renewable energy program with automatic enrollment starts next month with residents able to opt out by May 6, while another town considers a community choice aggregation agreement. (Centraljersey.com)

NUCLEAR: The mayor of the town that hosts the closing Indian Point nuclear plant says local governments and schools should get part of the $15 million fund set up when the plant’s closure was negotiated. (Lohud.com)

SOLAR:
• A New York town adds a visual assessment to requirements for review of projects in its solar energy law. (Altamont Enterprise)
• The transit authority for metropolitan Philadelphia expects to save several hundred thousands of dollars a year from its contract to purchase nearly 44 MW of solar power. (PV Magazine)
• Rhode Island has about 420 brownfield sites as possible locations for solar arrays that could tap into a state energy fund that becomes available next week. (ecoRI)

COMMENTARY:
• New Jersey’s former top utility regulator says battery storage is unfortunately left out of the state’s new efficiency plan while it should be given a greater role, as other states have done. (NJ Spotlight)
• Several Northeastern states are among the leaders in taking clean energy and climate action that can serve as a model at the federal level. (Center for American Progress)
• A former state senator says developers of a power line from Canada through Maine make exaggerated jobs and climate claims, and says the line would devastate the state’s renewable energy industry. (Sun Journal)

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