Northeast Energy News

Environmentalists pitch plan to power New York capitol with renewables

BUILDINGS: New York environmentalists release a plan to power and heat the state capitol and a state office complex with renewable energy rather than new gas turbines as officials have proposed. (Albany Times Union)

EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts lawmakers have advanced a flurry of bills to promote energy efficiency in the state. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR: Developers in Rhode Island are looking for projects that can be built on brownfields or other reclaimed sites as the amount of greenspace available to them decreases. (Providence Business News)

WIND: A Massachusetts business lobby writes to Gov. Charlie Baker urging changes to the offshore wind price cap as it fears future bidders will look to other states. (CommonWealth Magazine)

STORAGE: Long Island could become a hot spot for energy storage deployment in New York due to its geography and  grid structure. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont officials promote a series of incentives recently enacted to promote electric vehicle adoption. (WCAX)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: An agreement being negotiated to upgrade a Connecticut trash-burning plant puts more taxpayer funds at risk than previously anticipated. (Hartford Business Journal)

NUCLEAR: The cooling towers of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which closed five years ago, are now being dismantled. (VT Digger)

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PIPELINES: 
• A day before a final decision is due on a controversial compressor station in Massachusetts, 29 state senators write a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker urging rejection of its permit. (Commonwealth Magazine)
• A pipeline operator in Pennsylvania has asked federal regulators to rehear its petition to allow bi-directional flow of gasoline to better respond to market conditions. (TribLive)

COMMENTARY:
• A former Massachusetts energy secretary says the state must double down on its clean energy commitments as neighboring states have increased their own efforts and will compete for available resources. (Boston Business Journal)
• An editorial says Pennsylvania lawmakers should reject proposals to criminalize or inhibit protests targeting natural gas projects. (The Citizens’ Voice)
• A business development strategist says shale gas energizes western Pennsylvania’s economic future with the world watching how it responds to this opportunity. (Observer-Reporter)

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