Northeast Energy News

Cause of New York City blackout still not known

UTILITIES: Con Edison says it has not found the cause of a five-hour blackout that affected part of Manhattan Saturday night, while elected officials called for an investigation. (New York Times, Albany Times Union)

TRANSPORTATION: Oslo’s car-free city center could provide lessons for Northeast cities trying to reduce carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: Massachusetts environmental officials approved an air quality permit for compressor station with contested emissions data that opponents vowed to appeal. (Boston Globe)

WIND:
• Vineyard Wind will appeal a town’s denial of a permit for a cable needed to connect its offshore wind project to the mainland. (Cape Cod Times)
• A developer of a proposed offshore wind farm off eastern Long Island has dropped its plan and urged regulators to consider sites further to the west. (Newsday)
• Maine regulators approved the terms of a 20-year power purchase contract for a 22 turbine wind project. (Associated Press)
• A 28.8 MW wind project in New Hampshire is under construction, with three of its nine turbines erected. (Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

OIL & GAS: Delaware officials have fined an oil refinery nearly $1 million to settle emissions violations that date back to 2010. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Massachusetts auto dealer association says it will be a challenge for the state to meet its goal of 300,000 electric vehicles on state roads by 2025. (MetroWest Daily News)

HYDROPOWER: Quebec aims to be the “battery” to the Northeast by exporting excess hydropower to New York and New England. (Albany Times Union)

NUCLEAR: Residents near the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant are anxious to see what may be built on the site as the plant’s dismantling has begun. (WPTZ)

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BIOMASS: A closed 22 MW biomass power plant in northern New York will be dismantled and the site turned over to a county industrial development agency. (WWNY)

COMMENTARY:
• A trade association says biomass power is a reliable source of clean energy and restrictions in Massachusetts should be relaxed. (MassLive)
• A county legislator says the expansion of a natural gas power plant in New York’s Hudson Valley is unnecessary and runs counter to the state’s clean energy goals. (Daily Freeman)
• A group that promotes New York Harbor says the state is falling behind its neighbors who are aggressively promoting their own facilities to become an industry hub for offshore wind development. (Daily News)
• An editorial board says the public should have greater involvement in remediation work on a damaged oil refinery that had already been started before its recent explosion. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy should be applauded for actively pursuing offshore wind development, a newspaper says. (Press of Atlantic City)

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