Northeast Energy News

After Northern Pass rejection, Massachusetts unclear on what’s next

TRANSMISSION: Massachusetts officials are seeking clarity by today over whether developers will continue to pursue the Northern Pass transmission project after rejection by New Hampshire. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Construction of a controversial pipeline in Pennsylvania will resume after the state’s environmental agency lifted a previous suspension it had placed on the project. (Middletown Press and Journal)

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SOLAR:
• Massachusetts now has more than 2 gigawatts of solar power installed in 78,646 projects across the state. (Solar Industry)
• Solar jobs in Connecticut remained flat with 2,168 people employed by solar energy companies in 2017, according to a new report by a trade association. (New Haven Register)
• The Transportation Center in Brattleboro, Vermont is being eyed for a solar array that could be used to charge electric vehicles. (Brattleboro Reformer)
• A discussion about a variance for a proposed 54-acre solar farm in Concord, New Hampshire was tabled after the need for the variance itself was questioned. (Concord Monitor)

NUCLEAR:
• A revised nuclear subsidy bill in the New Jersey legislature could jeopardize the state’s thriving solar industry, say solar advocates. (NJ Spotlight)
• A study by a state-run advocacy group for utility rates says the bill would cost PSE&G customers $300.1 million annually. (NJBIZ)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) took to the Senate floor to oppose the Trump administration’s oil and gas drilling plan off the Atlantic coast. (NJ.com)

WIND: A company has scaled back the number of wind turbines in its proposed wind energy project in Pennsylvania to secure the project’s approval. (lehighvalleylive.com)

GRID:
• The New York Power Authority will reconsider whether renewable energy can be incorporated into a 16-megawatt microgrid project in Albany. (Microgrid Knowledge)
• A new substation intended to improve reliability in a Maryland neighborhood is opposed by residents who consider the project “intrusive.” (Baltimore Sun)
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Lumber mill owners in Maine say they’re struggling with high energy costs, in part due to the need for grid improvements in the area. (The County)

EFFICIENCY: Bard College in New York has received a $64,000 grant, which it will use to create an energy master plan with the goal of achieving net-zero energy and carbon neutrality by 2035. (Daily Freeman News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The future of a proposed $365 million trash-to-energy facility in upstate New York has hit a roadblock after a zoning appeal on the project. (Ithaca Journal)

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NATURAL GAS: Lawmakers and business leaders differ on the role of natural gas in New Hampshire’s future. (Watchdog.org)

COMMENTARY: A solar renewable energy credit market program approved by New Jersey lawmakers last year but never signed by former Gov. Chris Christie should be approved again, says a residential solar company chief policy officer. (NJ Spotlight)

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