Northeast Energy News

Exelon reaches settlement over Chesapeake Bay pollution

HYDROPOWER: The operator of the Conowingo Dam reaches a $200 million settlement with the state of Maryland over buildups of sediment and debris that have led to pollution problems in the Chesapeake Bay. (Baltimore Sun)

WIND:
• New Jersey utility PSEG seeks to acquire a major stake in a proposed offshore wind farm. (NJ Spotlight)
• Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins co-sponsors a bill that would provide competitive grants for improving wind energy technology. (MaineBiz)

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CLIMATE:
• New York’s grid operator will undertake a study of how long-term climate change could impact a 100% renewable energy system. (S&P Global)
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy orders state agencies to develop a climate resilience plan. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR:
• Falling cranberry prices have Massachusetts farmers looking to solar power to help support their operations. (Associated Press)
• A judge delays a decision on a proposed 97 acre Maryland solar farm. (Frederick News Post)
• The Episcopal Diocese of Maine is seeking to partner with other churches on a solar project. (The Forecaster)
• A Maine city considers a solar array atop a former landfill. (Bangor Daily News)
• Penn State’s new 500-acre solar project will include pollinator habitat. (Penn State News)
• A Connecticut software company holds a ribbon-cutting for its new 1.4 MW rooftop array. (Solar Industry)

GRID: Attorneys general from six Northeast states urge FERC to “advance, not impede” state clean energy policies. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION: Pennsylvania lawmakers this week will debate a proposal to expand electric vehicle charging stations. (Daily Energy Insider)

EFFICIENCY: Local officials approve an apartment building in Boston that is designed to produce more energy than it consumes. (Universal Hub)

COMMENTARY:
• A New Hampshire consumer advocate urges the state to do better on energy efficiency, noting it ranks dead last in New England in a recent report. (InDepthNH)
• An environmental advocate says New York should stop incentivizing new natural gas power plants. (Albany Times Union)
• As Hydro-Quebec seeks to export energy to the U.S., it is implementing demand management to serve its customers in Canada. (Montreal Gazette)

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