Northeast Energy News

Feds announce massive Massachusetts offshore wind auction

WIND: This December the U.S. Interior Department will auction nearly 390,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts for wind energy development, which if fully developed could provide more than 4 GW of capacity. (Associated Press, news release)

ALSO:
• The Department will also begin an environmental review of a proposed wind project off the coast of Rhode Island. (Windpower Engineering & Development)
• Developers will begin construction on the largest onshore wind farm in Rhode Island next week. (GoLocalProv)

GRID: ISO New England was “one large contingency away from rolling blackouts” during last winter’s cold snap, which led to changes in operating procedures, says the organization’s president. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Solar executives tell New Jersey officials the industry could see massive layoffs if the state doesn’t find a new way to promote solar within the next six months. (NJ Spotlight)
• How an eastern Pennsylvania solar installation company has thrived by focusing on sustainable growth in a turbulent market. (The Morning Call)

TRANSMISSION:
• Environmental groups and gas generators both oppose a controversial transmission line that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Energy News Network)
• To address environmental concerns, Central Maine Power unveils a plan to run its hydropower transmission line under the Kennebec Gorge in Maine. (CommonWealth Magazine)

PIPELINES: Sunoco pushes the completion date for its Mariner East 2 pipeline to the end of 2020 and will move natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania using three other pipelines until then. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NATURAL GAS:
• Federal regulators say regional pipeline constraints in New York City and Boston will increase the risk of energy market price volatility in the Northeast this winter. (S&P Global)
• Some Massachusetts residents says state regulators should have done more to ensure the safety of natural gas pipelines in light of multiple home explosions outside Boston last month. (NBC Boston)

POWER PLANTS: Federal regulators approve the construction of a $180 million liquefied natural gas facility in Providence, dealing a blow to environmental advocates and some residents. (Providence Journal, Uprise RI)

TRANSPORTATION: A transportation agency serving southeastern Pennsylvania issues a request for proposals to purchase renewable energy as part of a plan to use more zero-carbon electricity sources. (RT&S, Philadelphia Inquirer)

COMMENTARY: If New Jersey becomes an economic leader in offshore wind, it could be “a real pathway to revitalizing the American Dream,” say representatives of the New Jersey Work Environment Council. (NJ Spotlight)

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