Northeast Energy News

Deepwater Wind working on three new projects in the Northeast

OFFSHORE WIND: The developer behind Rhode Island’s Block Island Wind Farm is ramping up development on three more offshore wind projects in the Northeast. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES:
• Researchers say proposed legislation requiring Massachusetts to get 50 percent of its energy from renewables by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050, is necessary and “absolutely” achievable. (WBSM)
• The Eastern United States can add more renewable energy to the grid than previously thought, according to new research. (PV Magazine)

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SOLAR:
• Massachusetts has seen a 246-fold increase in solar electricity since 2007, according to a new report. (Framingham Source)
• Residents flock to a town council meeting to oppose a 14 MW solar project that would require clear-cutting thousands of trees in southeast Rhode Island. (ecoRI)
• Residents in Brunswick, Maine, are asking the town not to add solar panels to their property assessments, which they say amounts to an unfair tax that will discourage solar adoption. (Times Record)
• A 40,000-panel solar installation is completed atop a closed landfill near New Brunswick, New Jersey. (My Central Jersey)
• More than 20 community solar farms are being planned outside Rochester, New York, where there’s an abundance of undeveloped farmland and good connections to the power grid. (Democrat & Chronicle)

ENERGY STORAGE: Developers are building a 2.4 MW community solar project on a rooftop just north of New York City and a 20 MW lithium-ion battery storage project in Albany, which will be the largest in the state. (PV Magazine)

GEOTHERMAL: Google’s residential geothermal startup, Dandelion Energy, partners with New York-based Pro-Temp Mechanical to offer home energy systems to customers in Western New York. (Renewables Now)

NATURAL GAS:
• A developer completes construction on a 1,124 MW natural gas power plant in central Pennsylvania. (news release)
• Federal regulators accept a proposal by ISO New England to keep two natural gas generating units in Massachusetts open until 2024. (Natural Gas Intel)

PIPELINES: An independent consultant is conducting a risk assessment of Pennsylvania’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, which will be used to assign a numeric risk to people living near the project. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

CLIMATE: A New York conservation group is suing FERC over a policy to limit its consideration of climate impacts when approving natural gas infrastructure projects. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: Clean energy experts outline the steps New York must take to meet its 2025 energy efficiency goals. (NRDC)

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