Northeast Energy News

Advocates say Massachusetts solar job slump likely to continue

SOLAR: Massachusetts advocates say recent policy changes mean the state will continue to shed solar jobs, despite its ambitious clean-energy goals. (Northeast Energy News)

NATURAL GAS: Natural gas production in Pennsylvania is outpacing the construction of power plants and transmission infrastructure. (Tribune Review)

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OIL AND GAS:
• The Massachusetts Senate not only opposes the federal government’s offshore oil and gas drilling plan, but it wants the government to protect the waters off the coast of Massachusetts and New England. (MassLive.com)
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On Monday, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey plans to hold a meeting with members of the fishing and tourism industries, environmental organizations and academia to discuss the offshore oil and gas drilling plan. (U.S News & World Report)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
• Ridgefield, Connecticut has become the most recent town to take part in a statewide energy program that provides low-cost financing for clean-energy upgrades on non-residential properties. (The News Times)
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A local farmer in Wilbraham, Massachusetts is promoting a petition to get town officials to consider becoming a Green Community. (MassLive.com)

WIND: An offshore wind project in Massachusetts has its share of both supporters and detractors. (SouthCoastToday.com)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: More than half of the power at the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority will come from wind energy under a new agreement. (Rhode Island Public Radio)

COAL: Pennsylvania has received $55 million from the federal government to clean up hazardous sites left behind by the mining industry. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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NUCLEAR: It’s crucial that New Jersey pass its nuclear subsidy bill because power plants are “uneconomic,” says an energy executive. (ROI-NJ.com)

COMMENTARY:
• Fishermen have to be part of the conversation for the offshore wind energy industry to succeed in Massachusetts, says a SouthCoastToday.com editorial.
• A NJ.com columnist says the state’s proposed nuclear subsidy bill is a giveaway to PSEG.
• A New Jersey policy analyst says states should look to Connecticut’s model to increase electric vehicles purchases, which includes incentives for both car buyers and auto dealers. (Governing)

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