Northeast Energy News

As wind booms in the Northeast, will Maine be left behind?

WIND: As wind power expands in the Northeast, experts have a mixed outlook for Maine, where the industry has faced considerable pushback from Gov. Paul LePage. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO:
• Experts discuss the viability of offshore wind in New Jersey during a panel discussion on state energy policy. (NJBIZ)
• Experts tell Congress that the offshore wind industry needs skilled workers in the Northeast, where 75 MW of offshore wind is slated for development by 2030. (WorkBoat)

SOLAR:
• A 17 MW solar array planned for a landfill outside of Concord, New Hampshire, would be one of the largest projects in the state. (Concord Monitor)
• New Jersey is phasing out a credit-based program to promote solar energy, which has been criticized for its high costs to utility customers. (NJ Spotlight)

BIOMASS: A number of new incentives will help Vermont residents save money by heating their homes with wood. (Vermont Business Magazine)

MICROGRIDS: A tiny island in Maine is serving as a test site for a flexible microgrid system that includes solar panels, massive batteries, household electric heat pumps and a diesel generator. (Maine Public)

OIL & GAS: Residents are challenging a Dominion Energy proposal to build a natural gas compressor station along the Potomac River in Maryland, which some say will spoil the view from George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate. (WJLA, Washington Post)

PIPELINES: After an investigation, Energy Transfer Partners says one of its pipelines leaked gasoline into a creek in Pennsylvania last week. (WHYY)

UTILITIES:
• New Hampshire regulators approve a 19 percent increase in electricity charges for Eversource customers, but it will not boost profits for the utility. (Concord Monitor, New Hampshire Union Leader)
• Nearly 100 natural gas workers protest National Grid for locking out more than 1,000 employees in Massachusetts over failed union negotiations. (WCVB5)

CLIMATE: The Maine Nature Conservancy will participate in a carbon offset project that helps preserve trees along the St. John River. (Maine Public)

COMMENTARY:
• Maryland needs to build a clean and modern transportation system to reach its emissions goals, says a senior vehicles engineer at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
• Maine should oppose offshore oil and gas drilling, “whether in the Atlantic, the Arctic, the Pacific or along any other coastline,” says a retired Congregationalist minister. (Portland Press Herald)
• The PennEast natural gas pipeline will help lower costs for New Jersey businesses, says the executive director of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey. (NJBIZ)
• New England doesn’t need more natural gas infrastructure, and ISO-NE should redesign electricity markets to deliver clean, renewable energy, says a lawyer at Conservation Law Foundation. (Providence Journal)

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