Northeast Energy News

As efficiency contractors return to work, safety guidelines cause challenges

EFFICIENCY: As New Hampshire energy efficiency contractors return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some say new safety guidelines are difficult to follow and don’t recognize the realities of their workplaces. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Building owners in New York City are concerned that delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic will hamper studies needed to help them comply with an aggressive building emissions timetable. (City Limits)

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TRANSMISSION:
Maine opponents of a power line from Canada blame Massachusetts for favoring the project while their state bears the environmental costs. (CommonWealth Magazine)
Supporters of the proposed transmission line in Maine have spent $17 million advocating for it as adversaries call the amount “obscene” in the current economic environment. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS:
Advocates say New York City’s polluting peaker plants should be replaced by publicly owned renewable energy projects to mitigate adverse health effects on nearby residents. (The Gothamist)
Opponents hold a virtual rally against a proposed 140 MW natural gas power plant for the New Jersey Transit system that they say can be powered instead by renewable energy. (Hudson County View)

TECHNOLOGY: A university on Long Island wins a federal grant to develop advanced computational tools to optimize offshore wind turbine layout and design. (AltEnergy Magazine)

SOLAR: A Rhode Island town agrees to seek proposals to develop about half of a closed 52-acre landfill site into a solar array that would raise revenue to help maintain the site. (Westerly Sun)

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STORAGE: Construction begins for a 1.4 MW solar + storage project on a western New York state university campus. (Solar Power World)

COMMENTARY:
• Environmentalists say New Jersey can take meaningful steps to electrify its transportation sector by converting the state fleet and further investing in charging infrastructure. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A columnist says a grand jury report blasting Pennsylvania’s oversight of the fracking industry seems “too little, too late” as it exposes problems that have been known for a decade. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A political consultant says the rest of the country is catching up to Maine’s leadership and actions on climate change. (Bangor Daily News)

 

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