Northeast Energy News

Canadian hydro CEO warns profits depend on exports

WIND: Advocates in Massachusetts say offshore wind is not being taken seriously enough as a way to meet the state’s clean energy targets. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
Three unions are backing Bay State Wind – one of three wind energy companies vying for a Massachusetts contract. (The Patriot Ledger)
A Canadian energy company has decided to purchase a 29-megawatt wind energy project in New Hampshire amid a legal battle over financing. (The Keene Sentinel)
A public hearing soliciting comments about the Vineyard Winds project resulted in questions about the environment, jobs, and fishing industry. (Cape Cod Times)

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HYDROPOWER: The CEO of Hydro-Québec warns the company’s profits are at risk if it is unable to export power to the northeastern U.S. (Edmonton Journal)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A proposed bill in Pennsylvania would require the state to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050; the bill is unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled legislature. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

GRID:
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says support is growing for a “clean peak” proposal that would require the use of clean energy at times of high demand. (Salem News)
Decentralized grids that include the use of renewable energy is slowly gaining ground in the United States. (Between the Lines)

NUCLEAR:
FirstEnergy is urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to prevent the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station from shutting down. (The Times)
Environmentalist at odds over how to deal with aging nuclear power plants. (New York Times)

OIL AND GAS:
Clean energy advocates dispute claims about the economic benefits of the natural gas industry. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
Critics of a New Jersey bill awaiting the governor’s signature are concerned it will create a loophole allowing fracking waste to be discharged into the Delaware River. (NJ Spotlight)
Ridgefield, Connecticut officials next month will vote whether to ban fracking as a statewide ban is set to lapse. (Ridgefield Patch)

CLIMATE: It will take New Jersey about a year before it can rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that it left in 2012. (WHYY)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts officials on Thursday are expected to award $4 million in grants to 36 cities and towns for clean energy and energy efficiency projects.  (MassLive.)

SOLAR:
A community solar and energy storage project has been completed in Sterling, Massachusetts. (Solar Power World)
Officials in a New York town are considering whether to impose a one-year moratorium on commercial solar farms in the town. (The River Reporter)
A new report examines how to provide low-income residents in Vermont with access to solar power. (Solar Novus Today)
The aesthetics of a proposed 40-acre solar farm installation in Middlebury, Vermont are being debated by residents. (Middlebury Campus)

CARBON PRICING: A NYISO task force has devised two options for pricing carbon emissions in its markets that would not require changes to its software or the frequency of settlements. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
The repurposing of power plant sites in Pennsylvania needs to include state and local workforce development so businesses have an available pool of workers. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy should fight for a fracking ban at the Delaware River Basin, says a guest columnist. (Asbury Park Press)
Pennsylvania officials should consider biogas, a truly clean alternative to natural gas, as a more sustainable energy producer and cost saver, says the director of an environmental research center. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
Energy efficiency should be accessible to everyone, especially low-income New Yorkers and families who live in rental housing, say members of energy efficiency coalition. (Energy News Network)
A New Jersey newspaper says offshore wind project shouldn’t get special treatment. (Press of Atlantic City)

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