Northeast Energy News

As Marine life blooms at offshore wind farm; fishermen remain skeptical

• A wind trade group is touting the vibrant marine life growing around an offshore wind farm in Rhode Island as a boon for the fishing industry, but fishermen are not convinced. (Associated Press)
Wind developers are coming to grips with the complexities of developing offshore wind projects in New York and New Jersey. (WorkBoat)

OIL AND GAS: In Pennsylvania, the leaking of methane at oil and gas sites may be greater than previously reported, according to a nonprofit environmental advocacy group analysis. (InsideClimate News)

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• The Maine House of Representatives has passed a resolution calling on the Trump administration to exempt the state from its offshore drilling plan along the Atlantic coast. (Maine Public Radio)
In New Jersey, fishermen, environmentalists, realtors and local business owners also voiced their opposition to the plan at a public meeting. (StateImpact)

NUCLEAR: Activists say a small earthquake yesterday near a New Hampshire nuclear plant is a “wake-up call,” though a federal regulator said there doesn’t appear to be any damage. (Boston Herald)

POLICY: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey wants to use $75 million in mitigation funds to advance electric vehicle infrastructure and develop clean power initiatives. (Framingham Source)

• A Maryland county has introduced legislation that would allow community solar projects of up to 2 MW. (Solar Power World)
• Developers are planning a 6 MW solar farm in Rhode Island, which would be one of the largest in the state. (The Valley Breeze)
• Officials on Long Island are seeking potential solar sites that don’t require cutting down trees. (The Long Island Advance)
• Legislation to lift a current net-metering cap in New Jersey has made it out of committee. (NJ Spotlight)

• Federal regulators have decided to allow energy storage to compete with generators in wholesale power markets. (Washington Examiner)
• Fuel cell industry executives are wary of Connecticut’s commitment to the technology after a state energy plan revealed plans for removing fuel cells as a renewable. (New Haven Register)

GRID: ConEdison may start integrating Tesla Powerback batteries into New York power grids. (Business Insider)

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Despite a pending lawsuit, a town energy plan in Bennington, Vermont is moving forward toward approval. (Bennington Banner)

The Portland Press Herald editorial board says the real culprit behind the state’s highway funds shortfall is not electric vehicles not paying their share, but rather, the state’s low gas tax rate.
• It not necessary to place a moratorium on wind farm development while Maine studies the effects of wind energy in the state, says an environmental economist. (Portland Press Herald)

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