Northeast Energy News

D.C. moves forward on 100 percent clean energy plan

RENEWABLES:
Washington, D.C.’s City Council casts a preliminary vote approving legislation to require 100 percent of district’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2032, with a final vote scheduled for December. (The Hill)
New York’s chairman of energy and finance explains how the state’s Green Bank has spurred $1.5 billion in clean energy projects. (Yale Insights)

POLICY: Maryland legislators are expected to vote on a renewable energy bill next session that would boost solar jobs and triple offshore wind energy in the state. (Delmarva Public Radio)

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SOLAR:
Two programs in Connecticut are making solar more affordable for low-income residents. (Yale Climate Connections)
New Jersey surpassed 100,000 installed solar projects this month. (Solar Industry)
A New York City solar company establishes an internship to help women gain hands-on experience in the solar industry. (Solar Industry)
A town outside Rochester, New York, is considering a proposal for a 7 MW solar farm that covers approximately 40 acres of farmland, which some residents say will be an “eyesore.” (Daily Messenger)

WIND:
New York utility regulators approve the construction and operation of a 126 MW wind farm in the western part of the state. (North American Windpower)
Regulators give the developers of an 800 MW wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard another two months to reach an agreement with fishermen. (Providence Journal)

STORAGE: A pilot project in New Hampshire will be one of the most ambitious tests of a utility’s ability to use behind-the-meter battery storage systems. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Businesses and environmental groups appeal a federal ruling that upheld Connecticut’s decision to balance the state budget with ratepayer funds intended to boost energy efficiency. (Connecticut Post)

NATURAL GAS:
During a hearing on Monday, Columbia Gas faced an onslaught of criticism for its role in a fatal series of explosions outside Boston in September. (Occupational Health and Safety, WCVB)
Property owners in central Pennsylvania ask the state’s Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that allows fracking in their township. (Tribune-Review)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine sportsmans’ group withdraws its support for a controversial hydropower transmission line that would run from Canada to Massachusetts. (Mainebiz)

HYDRO: Federal regulators approve a new license for a hydroelectric dam on the Union River in Maine. (The Ellsworth American)

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