Northeast Energy News

Companies bid to supply offshore wind power to New York

WIND: Five companies submit bids to supply offshore wind power to New York state, which is seeking to add 2,400 MW of capacity by 2030. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• A town at the eastern end of Long Island agrees to let wind developer Ørsted conduct archaeological and soil tests along a proposed cable route, which would service a 15-turbine wind farm planned 35 miles off the coast. (The East Hampton Star)
• Sources say Vineyard Wind is reaching out to lenders for an estimated $2.15 billion to build an 800 MW wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (The Bond Buyer)
• Cape Cod residents question a draft environmental report for the Vineyard Wind project during a public meeting and voice concerns about the project’s impact on the fishing industry. (Cape Cod Times)

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SOLAR:
• A California solar company submits a proposal to build a 2 MW solar project in central Massachusetts. (The Milford Daily News)
• A developer completes a 2.6 MW community solar project in New York’s Finger Lakes region. (news release)

EFFICIENCY: A unique project at a Connecticut dairy farm captures waste heat from compost piles to warm buildings. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: Vermont’s utilities are using “some very clever accounting” to meet the state’s renewable energy standards by counting nuclear power as fossil free. (Vermont Public Radio)

NATURAL GAS:
• More than two dozen local officials urge New York’s governor to expedite a proposal to increase the use of geothermal heating and air source heat pumps, which could help residents who are facing a moratorium on new natural gas hookups in a county outside New York City. (White Plains Daily Voice, Westfair)
• A Pittsburgh-based natural gas producer agrees to pay $53.5 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit that alleges the company wrongly deducted charges from royalty checks. (Associated Press)
• Pennsylvania has become the country’s latest battleground for nuclear energy subsidies. (POWER)

POWER PLANTS: A controversial natural gas power plant proposed outside New York City would be the top carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emitting plant in New Jersey. (North Jersey Record)

UTILITIES: A proposal in Maine to replace the state’s two major investor-owned utilities with a new consumer-owned utility presents a challenge to the industry’s business model. (Pine Tree Watch)

POLICY: U.S. senators from Rhode Island and Maine introduce a bill to encourage natural gas utilities and companies to launch demand response programs, saying they would save ratepayers money and reduce the need to expand natural gas infrastructure. (news release)

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TRANSMISSION: Maine Gov. Janet Mills and her staff meet with the head of the Spanish power company that owns Central Maine Power, which is pushing for a controversial transmission line that would cut through the state. (Maine Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to impose a severance tax on the fracking industry would lock in fossil-fuel production, when the state should be planning a Green New Deal of its own, says a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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