Northeast Energy News

Controversial Rhode Island biomass bill is tabled

BIOMASS: A Rhode Island bill to provide renewable energy incentives for biomass generation has been tabled amid strong opposition. (Providence Journal)

PIPELINES: The Department of Energy’s inspector general says FERC needs more transparency in its pipeline review process. (E&E News)

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SOLAR:
• A developer seeks to build a 100 MW solar project next to an existing wind farm in Maine. (Bangor Daily News)
• A rooftop array at a Home Depot store is now the largest solar installation in Washington, D.C. (WTOP)
• A proposed landfill solar project in New Hampshire appears to have support from neighbors. (Laconia Daily Sun)
• A New Hampshire city launches a program to provide businesses and residents with a discount on solar panels. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

NUCLEAR:
• A Pennsylvania Republican says state lawmakers are “doing the right things” to ensure the Three Mile Island plant remains open. (Press & Journal)
• The first wave of workers departs New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant as the facility begins shutting down. (NJ.com)

WIND:
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says ratepayers will see “terrific pricing” from a proposed offshore wind project. (State House News Service)
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signs a bill requiring state regulators to accept and review a new application for a proposed offshore wind project. (NJ Spotlight)
• Developers say they will invest $250 million and employ 800 local workers in Rhode Island during construction of a major offshore wind project. (Providence Journal)
• A Maine university considers options to replace a wind turbine that was damaged by a fire earlier this year. (WAGM)

EFFICIENCY: A new Vermont law is “upping the ante” and will place pressure on the Department of Energy to move forward on new efficiency standards. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy will lead a new initiative at Harvard University focused on climate policy. (The Hill)

WASTE TO ENERGY: Cities that expect to be customers of a long-delayed Maine waste-to-energy plant discuss what to do with their trash in the meantime. (Kennebec Journal)

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TECHNOLOGY: Delaware researchers explore using the metal bismuth — common in antacids and other products — to convert carbon dioxide into fuel. (Science Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• A libertarian group asks: If nuclear plants are so critical to national security, why doesn’t the federal government just take them over? (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Bills in New Hampshire are expected to boost local renewable energy generation, according to two Republican lawmakers. (Concord Monitor)
• An Ellsworth American editorial says a proposed Maine transmission line “represents a significant opportunity” to expand renewable energy in New England.
• A New York Republican legislator says his state “has been a bad neighbor” for limiting natural gas pipeline development. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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