Northeast Energy News

Electric vehicle corridor could stretch from Quebec to Washington D.C.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Hampshire and several other northeast states are considering developing an electric vehicle charging station corridor that could stretch from Quebec to Washington, D.C. (New Hampshire Business Review)

TRANSMISSION:
• Two companies jockeying for a long-term contract to bring renewable energy from Quebec to Massachusetts say each has the better project. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• As New Hampshire officials begin deliberating a proposed $1.6 billion, 192-mile transmission line project to deliver power from Hydro-Quebec to New England, an overwhelming number of comments filed oppose the project. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• Providence, Rhode Island officials say they will appeal a decision by state regulators that allows towers and power lines near a park to stay above ground. (WJAR)

SOLAR:
• A construction company in Maine has completed the largest solar energy facility in the state on its own property – providing electricity to greater New England. (Maine Biz)
• A Louisiana-based rooftop solar company is expanding its business, targeting low-income households, into Connecticut and New Jersey. (Bloomberg Technology)

WIND: New York regulators have approved a plan to build and operate a 126 MW wind farm in Chautauqua County. (Windpower Engineering & Development)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
• More and more communities in Massachusetts are reducing their energy use thanks to a state program that offers grant money for energy efficiency projects. (Wicked Local)
• A grocery store in Vermont has cut its electricity and propane use in half thanks to an energy efficiency program run by the state. (Rutland Herald)
• Energy use has decreased in a New York suburban town after “smart” meters were installed in residential homes. (Daily Gazette)
• Vermont lawmakers consider a proposal to ban a certain type of commercial fluorescent light as more-efficient alternatives have become viable. (VT Digger)

TECHNOLOGY: A utility company and a Massachusetts university will collaborate to develop and implement clean energy technologies, including hydropower, wind energy, and energy storage. (news release)

BIOENERGY: A company wants to build a facility in Delaware that would convert chicken manure into energy. (Delmarva Daily Times)

UTILITY: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission adopted a preliminary order that gives the commission authority over the troubled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. (Tribune-Review)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Officials from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Thursday heard from Delawareans opposed to the Trump administration’s offshore drilling project. (Delaware Public Media)
• Next door to the meeting, opponents held a press conference saying that the administration’s plan would hurt wildlife and the local economy. (WBOC)
More New Jersey legislators are joining as co-signers of a bill that blocks the state’s Department of Environmental Protection from issuing permits or approval for offshore drilling projects on its coast. (Patch.com)
• Two Rhode Island legislators plan to introduce a bill that would prevent offshore drilling along its coast – a move to stave off the Trump administration’s offshore drilling project. (Portsmouth Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Residents of Stowe, Vermont will vote on a resolution to participate in a statewide renewable energy effort. (Stowe Reporter)
• Northampton, Massachusetts officials approved a resolution to join other municipalities across the commonwealth in adopting a goal of 100 percent renewable energy use. (MassLive.com)

COMMENTARY:
• Maine needs to seek exemption from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan to stave off economic disaster, says a state senator who represents coastal communities. (Courier)
Ignoring the need for natural gas expansion and its economic impact in New England is shortsighted, says a natural gas consultant. (New Hampshire Business Review)
New York needs to develop a clean energy kit to solve its power problem, says a transmission and microgrid executive. (Crain’s New York Business)

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