Northeast Energy News

Connecticut will purchase 200 MW of offshore wind power

WIND:
Connecticut will purchase 200 MW of offshore wind power from Deepwater Wind, which has turbines off Block Island and Massachusetts, along with 52 MW of fuel cell energy. (CT Mirror)
A decision by Maine regulators to reconsider a previously negotiated contract for a proposed offshore wind farm could set the project back by a year, says the head of UMaine’s wind energy research facility. (WABI)

HYDROPOWER: Three companies will test tidal turbine prototypes at the world’s first permanent tidal test site on a canal in Massachusetts. (Engineering News-Record)

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SOLAR: Community solar is spreading throughout New York City, with developer Daroga Power planning to install 3 million square feet of solar panels over the next three years. (Habitat)

UTILITIES:
Residents ask Pennsylvania utility PECO to prioritize renewable energy and power grid improvements at a Public Utility Commission hearing in Newtown Township. (The Intelligencer)
New Hampshire’s ratepayer advocates says it would be “unfair, unreasonable and likely unconstitutional” to revive two regulatory proceedings at the request of Eversource Energy. (NHPR)

GRID: New England’s grid operator will replace its winter reliability program with a system of incentives and fees to address rising generator outage rates. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Gov. Tom Wolf signs a bill that approves PACE financing in Pennsylvania, which will help businesses finance upgrades for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. (Newtown Patch, Northeast Energy News archive)

AUTOMOTIVE: Volkswagen will pay a $6.5 million settlement to Vermont customers and the state for its emissions cheating scandal, in addition to a previous $4.2 million for violations of state environmental rules. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
A Pennsylvania environmental group sues Sunoco for violating clean water laws during the construction of the Mariner East pipelines. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Four out of five Pennsylvania utility commissioners deciding the fate of the Mariner East 2 pipeline have substantial ties to the fracking industry, according to a new report. (news release)
Supervisors for West Cornwall Township urge Pennsylvania utility commissioners to support a judge’s order to shut down the Mariner East pipeline in Chester County. (Lebanon Daily News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: House Republicans draft legislation to fine states that fight the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plans, which could affect Northeastern states seeking to protect their coastlines. (Washington Post)

FRACKING: Norwalk, Connecticut, receives a “Climate Champion Award” for passing an ordinance to keep fracking waste out of the city. (The Hour)

CLIMATE: A judge was skeptical of New York City’s position in a climate change lawsuit against five of the world’s biggest oil companies during a hearing over whether to dismiss the case. (Forbes, Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
The planned cleanup of Vermont’s Yankee nuclear power facility lacks sensible safeguards and lets Entergy walk away from the toxic mess it created, says a senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation. (Rutland Herald)
New York’s pension funds would see better returns without fossil fuel stocks, which aren’t as lucrative as they once were, says an attorney and advocate for fossil fuel divestment. (City & State New York)

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