Northeast Energy News

Emissions study for Maine power line fails legislative test

Correction: Washington, D.C., released a report proposing a new regulated entity to oversee microgrids, but it would not function as a utility. An earlier version of this digest mischaracterized the type of entity called for the report.

TRANSMISSION: A bill to require an emissions study for the proposed transmission line through Maine to import Canadian hydropower fails to get a two-thirds majority needed to give it “emergency” status. (Press Herald)

BIOFUEL: Bates College in Maine achieves carbon neutrality after switching to a biocrude heating fuel made from wood waste. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: New Jersey environmental officials are set to rule on several permits required for an undersea natural gas pipeline that was recently rejected by their counterparts in New York. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• U.S. offshore wind development is happening too quickly to understand its effects on coastal fisheries, according to some researchers. (WNPR)
• Connecticut’s Senate unanimously passes a bill that would require the state to acquire up to 2,000 MW of offshore wind by 2030, sending the bill to the governor’s office. (CT Mirror)
• Avangrid expects a flurry of activity in the U.S. offshore wind market this year as it prepares to build its first large project off the Massachusetts coast. (Greentech Media)
• U.S. Rep. Bill Keating of Massachusetts reintroduces federal legislation to assist colleges and universities develop worker training for the offshore wind industry. (Standard-Times)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania lifts a gag order on terms of a settlement between a gas driller and homeowners after they were obtained by news organizations, which will publish the document today. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey creates an interagency partnership of state offices to promote the adoption of electric vehicles. (news release)

GRID: Managing the New England power grid is becoming more challenging  as the region shifts its generation to cleaner energy sources. (WBUR)

MICROGRIDS: Washington, D.C., releases a report that calls for a new regulated entityutility for the city to manage a microgrid. (Microgrid Knowledge)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Elected officials will discuss a proposal to turn Rikers Island in New York City into a renewable energy center as its jail complex is expected to close within a decade. (Astoria Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Even with the nation’s shortest coastline, New Hampshire needs revamped federal policies to prevent the coastal effects of climate change, a local official says. (Fosters.com)
• An economic justice think tank says the PennEast pipeline is not needed as New Jersey already has enough capacity to serve its needs. (NJ Spotlight)

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