Northeast Energy News

Connecticut threatens to leave regional power grid 

CLEAN ENERGY: Connecticut’s top energy officials says the state may withdraw from the regional power grid, citing a “lack of leadership” at ISO-NE on cutting emissions. (Hartford Courant)

ALSO: Four cities in Connecticut have passed resolutions urging the state to allow community choice aggregation, which would allow municipalities to procure clean energy on behalf of their residents. (Energy New Network)

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WIND:
• A developer will create an offshore wind innovation hub in Rhode Island to create next-generation technologies for the growing industry. (Providence Journal)
• Mayflower Wind hires a contractor to build a substation for its offshore wind project off Nantucket even though it does not yet have a contract with Massachusetts. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A Vermont town approves a development plan that includes a ban on utility scale wind projects. (Brattleboro Reformer)

CLIMATE:
• A Maine city receives a report that says protecting some of its coastal property from rising seas would cost $4.8 million. (Portland Press Herald)
• Maryland policymakers say they are increasingly getting questions about rising seas and climate impacts from financial institutions, architects and agricultural interests. (WDVM)

GRID: A new report says a lack of transmission imperils state renewable energy goals in New York, New England and other regions. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Developers of a 700-acre, $135 million solar project in central New York make their pitch to the public as they prepare for presentations to a state siting board. (Albany Times Union)
• New Jersey struggles to create a new way to finance solar projects without undermining the viability of existing development. (NJ Spotlight)

EMISSIONS: A 10-year report on a regional pact in the Northeast says emissions have been cut 47% and $3.3 billion has been returned to member states for efficiency and renewables programs. (Yale Climate Connections)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: The acting head of Rhode Island’s energy office says the state can reach its goal of 100% renewable energy this decade largely with its pending project pipeline. (Providence Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A transportation advocate in Vermont says debate on an initiative to cap tailpipe emissions must include discussion on how a rural state can diversify its transportation options. (VT Digger)
• The Baltimore Sun says a plan to ship liquified natural gas by rail is a “disaster waiting to happen.”
• Maine’s first Public Advocate says the proposed transfer of the state’s utilities to a new public authority should be put before the voters in the fall election. (Portland Press Herald)
• The Sierra Club says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy fails to deliver on campaign promises for energy and the environment two years into his administration. (news release)

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