Northeast Energy News

Federal agencies say Vineyard Wind turbines too close together

WIND: An analysis of public comments shows the dispute between Vineyard Wind and federal agencies reviewing it is primarily about whether the turbines are spaced far enough apart. (Cape Cod Times)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Six central Pennsylvania counties will receive money for clean transportation programs from the state’s share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement. (PennLive)
• Five electric bus prototypes will be in use by the end of the summer in Boston in a test run by a Massachusetts transit authority. (Mass Transit)

STORAGE:
• The New York Power Authority board approved $23.8 million for a 20 MW energy storage demonstration facility to be built in the state’s North County. (Press-Republican)
• Officials at a public university in Massachusetts say its 520 kW energy storage system is the largest in the state. (Taunton Daily Gazette)

PIPELINES: The closure of a Philadelphia refinery has prompted an agreement to let Midwest refiners ship gasoline further east on a Pennsylvania pipeline. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

OIL & GAS:
• University researchers found that shale gas development has impacted public enjoyment of hiking and camping due to increased traffic or construction activities near natural areas. (Consumer Affairs)
• A fuel storage company has asked a bankruptcy court to allow it to sell inventory held for a closed Philadelphia refinery to cover unpaid storage fees. (Reuters)
• Pregnant women who live near natural gas fracking can develop higher levels of anxiety and depression, a new study says. (WESA)
• Columbia Gas says it failed to install a pressure regulator in a western Pennsylvania home that was leveled by an explosion this week. (WTAE)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Climate scientists are sounding the alarm as Boston had its hottest month ever in July, recording more 90 degree days in the month than in an average year. (WGBH)

SOLAR:
A 50 MW solar farm on 370 acres has been proposed for Watkins Glen, N.Y. (Observer-Review)
Hartford, Connecticut is seeking proposals to expand the solar array on its closed landfill, possibly doubling current capacity to 2 MW. (Hartford Courant)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says the “public necessity” definition used by regulators to justify a western New York natural gas pipeline is a sham because most of the gas will be consumed by Canadian customers. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

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