Northeast Energy News

Boston developers aim to apply passive-home standard to skyscrapers

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts call for an independent study to determine if the 145-mile line would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Boston developers want to use the passive house building standard, which aims for near net-zero energy use, on skyscrapers. (Bisnow)

SOLAR: A workforce development nonprofit wants to install community solar arrays on a cluster of warehouse rooftops in the South Bronx. (Next City)

WIND:
U.S. authorities approve the acquisition of Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind by the Danish offshore wind developer Orsted. (Maritime Executive)
The port city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, readies itself to be the launching point for the country’s first full-scale offshore wind farm. (WBUR)

STORAGE: A $20 million energy storage grant program launched last year in Massachusetts is beginning to show results. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
The city of Rochester, New York, adds more electric vehicles to its fleet and installs six public charging stations as part of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 2010 levels by 2030. (WHAM)
A Vermont solar company offers free electric vehicle charging stations with the purchase of a home solar system. (news release)

CLIMATE:
Maine’s Democratic governor-elect Janet Mills is among a handful of upcoming governors promoting climate action, including a plan to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2030. (Vox)
Rhode Island’s General Assembly has more “environmental champions” after the midterm election, which could lead to stronger climate legislation, according to a clean water group. (ecoRI News)

GRID: The head of ISO New England shares thoughts on grid reliability, the “duck curve” and putting a price on carbon. (Vermont Business Magazine)

POLITICS:
A pipeline opponent inspired to run for office when Sunoco began building a pipeline next to her home is elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A Rhode Island environmental group releases a report criticizing Gov. Gina Raimondo on climate change, energy, land use, pollution and more. (ecoRI News)

POWER PLANTS: Questions remain about whether a proposed natural gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island would be helpful or harmful. (ecoRI News)

PIPELINES: A new utility safe digging committee in Pennsylvania discusses how to reduce the 6,000 documented utility line hits that happen each year in the state. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

COMMENTARY: A Brooklyn-based nonprofit focused on the advancement of women in the renewable energy sector opens doors for women in solar and wind, says the group’s executive director. (Sierra)

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