Northeast Energy News

Critics say offshore wind discounted as Boston power plant closes

OFFSHORE WIND: Critics say New England’s grid operator missed an opportunity to plan for integrating offshore wind as it copes with maintaining reliability after a major power plant shuts down in 2024. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
All four New Jersey utilities have plans to offer smart meters although state regulators are reluctant to impose their installation costs on consumers. (NJ Spotlight)
• Maryland regulators extend a moratorium on utility shut-offs until Oct. 1 after a lengthy hearing last week. (Maryland Matters)

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PIPELINES: A federal court in Massachusetts reverses a previous decision and says a compressor station can operate during environmental reviews that it previously ruled were inadequate. (Bloomberg Law, subscription required) 

BIOENERGY: Researchers at Dartmouth College publish a study that examines how current uses of bioenergy and biofuels can be solutions to climate change. (NHPR)

SOLAR: Advocates say at least 220 shovel-ready community solar projects in Pennsylvania await legislative action. (Solar Power World)

FINANCE: The Connecticut Green Bank solicits proposals for potential funding from commercially viable or nearly viable projects from clean energy developers. (Solar Builder)

ACTIVISM: Students successfully petition a Pennsylvania school district to set a goal for 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and all other energy uses to be renewable by 2040. (PV Magazine)

CLIMATE: Air pollution has lessened in recent decades but a Pittsburgh researcher says those gains can be reversed by climate change. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

SUSTAINABILITY: Baltimore County’s sustainability officer is “cautiously optimistic” goals set by the office can be met despite several efforts derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. (Baltimore Sun)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: New Jersey Gas joins the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, which includes methane collection from organic waste sites among its commitments. (news release)   

COMMENTARY:
A new Maine resident originally from Africa says the state can provide economic opportunity through clean energy and instill those values as a global example. (Portland Press Herald)
Pennsylvania labor leaders say it is a false choice that jobs and a clean environment are mutually exclusive as they defend bipartisan actions to promote natural gas development. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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