Northeast Energy News

Analysts say offshore wind made significant progress in 2020

WIND: Analysts say 2020 has been surprisingly good for the offshore wind industry despite the setback of a delay of the approval of Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Developers say all 22 turbines are erected at a Maine wind farm and should be operating by the end of the year. (Ellsworth American)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The New York City Sanitation Department starts a trial run of its first electric garbage truck. (Business Insider)
• New York state’s first fast charging electric vehicle station that can power a vehicle in as little as 20 minutes is installed at an upstate grocery store. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

FUEL CELLS: New York-based fuel cell maker Plug Power signs a contract with Brookfield Renewable Partners for 100% renewable energy for its production of green hydrogen. (Albany Times Union)

STORAGE: Advocates say Rikers Island may be too small for major solar installations after its famous jail closes, but it could be a center for battery storage of energy from other renewable sources. (Queens Daily Eagle)

UTILITIES: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont calls the state legislature into a special session this week partly to deal with a proposal to penalize utilities for slow service restoration after major storms. (CT Post)

MICROGRIDS: Maryland solicits a second round of microgrid demonstration projects after a successful launch of the program this year. (Microgrid Knowledge)

ACTIVISM: Protestors gather in New Haven to demand more city action on climate change and environmental justice. (Yale Daily News) 

COMMENTARY:
• A natural gas advocate in New Jersey says the state’s Energy Master Plan should be reevaluated in light of the economic disruptions caused by COVID-19. (NJ.com)
• A web of fossil fuel interests, conservative think tanks and climate change deniers fund efforts to derail Pennsylvania’s entry into a regional emissions-trading agreement. (Energy Policy Institute)
• An editorial board says a delay to a proposed liquified natural gas export terminal in New Jersey is temporary, but the damage it would cause if approved is permanent. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A climate activist says Massachusetts became a national leader with its climate bill in 2008 and can do so again as legislators try to address different versions of an updated law. (Commonwealth Magazine)

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