Northeast Energy News

Coast Guard endorses plan for offshore wind turbine layout

OFFSHORE WIND: The Coast Guard agrees with developers of offshore wind farms south of Massachusetts on a proposed turbine layout that eases navigation for commercial vessels and fishermen. (Taunton Daily Gazette)

SOLAR: Solar developers in Massachusetts say emergency rules issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic will have the opposite of their intended effect and curtail development. (Greentech Media)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY:
The governing board operating a Connecticut trash-burning plant gives up on refurbishing the facility unless the state commits to a financial bailout by summer’s end. (CT Mirror)
The developer of a proposed medical waste-to-energy facility in Rhode Island is implicated in a fraudulent price-gouging scheme to sell face masks. (ecoRI)

GRID: New York’s grid operator predicts adequate electricity supply for the summer peak as the state slowly reopens from its response to the coronavirus pandemic. (T&D World)

UTILITIES:
• Massachusetts utilities tell an energy forum that procedures already in place to deal with severe weather and power outages have helped their response to COVID-19. (WWLP)
• A Vermont utility increases several rebates and launches a shared solar campaign for businesses in response to COVID-19. (news release)

OIL AND GAS: A study links a rare birth defect in horses who were exposed to farm water that contained fracking chemicals. (Environmental Health News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new report says more than 350 Pennsylvania firms could transition to become part of the supply chain for electric vehicle manufacturing. (AltEnergyMag)

COAL: The owners of a closed coal plant on the Potomac River agree to pay Washington D.C. $2.5 million to settle alleged water pollution violations. (Washington Business Journal)

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CLIMATE: A federal judge in Massachusetts releases an opinion explaining a March decision to send a climate lawsuit against Exxon back to state court. (E&E News, subscription required)

COMMENTARY:
• The Sierra Club says a drop in the New Jersey public pension fund balance is partly due to its investments in fossil fuels, which should be divested. (news release)
• The Northeast Gas Association says the fuel has led to a dramatic decrease in carbon emissions in the region and is primarily responsible for Massachusetts meeting its interim goals for 2020 in its climate law. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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