Northeast Energy News

Are there enough ships for the offshore wind boom?

WIND: Only a dozen ships worldwide are large enough to erect offshore wind turbines, foreshadowing a shortage as project capacity is expected to increase seven-fold by 2030. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• The Vineyard Wind project is granted a key permit to connect to the grid. (Cape Cod Times)
• Three educational institutions across Massachusetts will receive $720,000 in grants to create six offshore wind workforce training programs. (Standard-Times)
• A 340 MW wind farm in western New York has filed its application with state siting officials, starting a year-long review process. (Evening Tribune)

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CLIMATE: A Maine city is developing a plan to be completely carbon-neutral by 2045. (VillageSoup)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire lawmakers are considering new legislation to provide subsidies for the state’s biomass plants. (Concord Monitor)

POWER PLANTS: The developer of a natural gas plant recently approved in Rhode Island has had numerous emissions violations at a plant it opened last year in Pennsylvania. (ecoRI)

SOLAR:
• Connecticut officials grant approval for a nearly 20 MW solar project. (Journal Inquirer)
• A developer has purchased land for a proposed 26 MW solar project in Connecticut. (Hartford Courant)
• A Vermont maple syrup producer installs solar panels on the roof of its manufacturing facility. (news release)

STORAGE: Discussing the utility’s new storage pilot project, the CEO of Vermont-based Green Mountain Power says “we have a vision of a battery system in every single home.” (Daily Energy Insider)

EFFICIENCY:
A study conducted for New Jersey says the state could substantially cut electricity and gas use by the end of the next decade. (NJ Spotlight)
Vermont’s attorney general is joining a coalition of states opposing plans to roll back federal light bulb standards. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Two new laws in Maine will require utilities to be more transparent with customers about their usage data. (WGME)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Only three low- to moderate-income residents of Burlington, Vermont have taken advantage of a city electric vehicle rebate program in 18 months. (VPR)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy writer Ken Silverstein says new technology and a price on carbon could help preserve nuclear power in the U.S. (Forbes)
• Maine conservationists say the net benefits of the Clean Energy Connect transmission line will justify the impacts. (Bangor Daily News)

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