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Connecticut picks Vineyard Wind for state’s first offshore project

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WIND: Connecticut chooses Vineyard Wind to develop 804 MW of offshore wind with Bridgeport as its base; the developer will now negotiate a power contract with the state’s utilities. (Hartford Courant)

ALSO:
• An offshore wind advocate says a federal review of the industry’s impact on Northeast coastal waters may now run into late 2020. (WorkBoat)
• The developer of an offshore wind farm in Maryland tells regulators the project is delayed two years and completion is expected in 2023. (Salisbury Daily Times)
• A proposed expansion of a Maine wind farm faces stricter local regulations than when the original project was built years ago. (Bangor Daily News)

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TRANSMISSION:
• Critics of a planned transmission line to import Canadian hydropower through Maine press the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a full environmental review, which developers say would delay the project a full year. (Associated Press)
• A pro-transmission line political action committee sponsored by the developers will start running television ads today saying the project’s impact on Maine forests is minimal. (News Center Maine)

PIPELINES:
Four protesters are arrested as construction starts at a Massachusetts compressor station that recently won its final government approvals. (WCVB)
• A prosecutor in western Pennsylvania says he has received no complaints of pipeline developers using police as private security at construction sites as has been alleged in an eastern county. (The Times)

EMISSIONS: Renewable energy advocates in New York release a report that says putting a price on carbon will help the state meet its aggressive emissions targets. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: Washington D.C.’s water department says the failure of federal regulators to include bromide in rules for effluent discharges from a coal power plant puts the city’s water supply at risk. (E&E News, subscription)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Environment America says in a report that expansion of offshore drilling poses severe risks for coastal states including Massachusetts. (MassLive.com)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is politicizing an independent regulatory agency in his dispute with National Grid over gas infrastructure. (Jamestown Post-Journal)
• The Sierra Club says Pennsylvania joining a regional compact to reduce emissions is significant since the state is one of the nation’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. (LehighValleyLive)
• For New Jersey to double its commitment to offshore wind it will need to show more cooperation with neighboring states than it has to this point, an editorial says. (Press of Atlantic City)

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