Northeast Energy News

Developers revive a $140 million wind project in Maine

WIND: Developers are reviving plans for a $140 million wind project east of Bangor, Maine, after collecting more information on bird migration in the area. (The Ellsworth American)

ALSO:
• New York agrees to work with Danish energy experts on cost-saving strategies for adding $2.1 billion of offshore wind power. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)
• Developers of a wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts say the project is on schedule to be up and running by 2021. (Cape Cod Times)

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ADVOCACY:
• In a Q&A, the board president of a Rhode Island nonprofit explains why the group is challenging the state’s Department of Environmental Management over its approach to fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)
• Massachusetts clean energy supporters hope a recent court ruling will close the door on fossil fuel electricity in the state. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: A 10 MW solar farm is planned for a former nuclear site in southwest New York. (WBFO)

HYDRO: The owner of multiple of hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River meets with emergency planners to prepare for an unlikely dam failure, which would impact on communities along the river in Vermont and New Hampshire. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Vermont’s Public Utility Commission launches an investigation to ensure the state’s energy efficiency programs are operating in “the most optimal way.” (VT Digger)

TRANSPORTATION: Starting today, New Hampshire municipalities can apply for grants to replace their diesel fleets with cleaner vehicles, which will be paid for with settlement money from the 2016 Volkswagen emissions scandal. (SeacoastOnline)

PIPELINES: Developers ask federal regulators for permission to begin construction on a controversial natural gas pipeline that would cross under the Potomac River in northern Maryland. (Associated Press, Herald-Mail Media)

OIL & GAS: Speaking at a summit in Pittsburgh, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says natural gas from places like Pennsylvania can help the country deal with foreign adversaries by providing “economic leverage.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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RENEWABLES: How an operations center in downtown Portland, Maine, monitors data from 425 solar projects and six wind farms across the U.S. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• Burning trash can harm residents’ health and “creates enormous amounts of toxic pollution and greenhouse gases,” says an opponent of a proposed waste-to-energy plant in Baltimore. (Baltimore Sun)
• A decision by Massachusetts utility regulators to hire an evaluator to determine the safety of the state’s natural gas infrastructure is “both warranted and overdue,” says an editorial in The Lowell Sun.

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