Northeast Energy News

Biomass plant shuts down in northern Maine

POWER PLANTS: A 37 MW biomass plant shuts down in northeast Maine, after facing a “confluence” of economic challenges. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR:
Residents of a historic district north of Boston win approval from the town to  equip their homes with rooftop solar panels without prior approval. (Wicked Local Bedford)
A state water official is dismissive of a proposal to install a 1 MW floating solar array on a reservoir in central Massachusetts. (Telegram & Gazette)
New Hampshire’s largest solar company will expand its electrician training program into Maine and Massachusetts. (NHPR)
A town south of Albany adopts a law that governs the placement, design, construction and operation of solar systems. (HudsonValley360)

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WIND: Developers are mostly finished installing a seven-turbine wind project that’s set to be the largest in Rhode Island, in terms of capacity. (Providence Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts-based real estate developer Boston Properties wants to raise $1 billion in a public offering to fund green projects across the country, furthering its plans to reduce its energy consumption and emissions. (The Real Deal)

BIOMASS: A college in central Vermont will replace heating-oil boilers throughout its campus with a woodchip heating plant, furthering its goal to become carbon neutral by 2020. (NBC5)

HYDRO: Québec Premier François Legault makes his first official visit to New England to promote the sale of Canadian hydropower to the region. (iPolitics)

NATURAL GAS: A moratorium on non-essential natural gas work in Columbia Gas and National Grid’s territories are paralyzing residential and commercial construction projects in Massachusetts. (State House News Service)

BIOFUEL: A pro-biofuels group askes a federal judge to stop the EPA from exempting small oil refineries from renewable fuel laws until a lawsuit is decided. (Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION: New York City plans to bid a long-term contract to purchase renewable diesel fuel, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. (Green Car Congress)

GRID: State regulators butt heads with the CEO of PJM Interconnection over the authority to site power plants at a regulatory conference. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: The steep cost of building offshore wind projects and associated transmission lines makes it tempting for developers to build natural gas plants instead, says a contributor to Forbes.

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