Northeast Energy News

Feds order another study for Vineyard offshore wind project

OFFSHORE WIND: The Trump administration orders an additional study for the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts, extending its review into early 2020. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
The proposed turbine configuration is a likely cause for delay as fishing interests propose separate alternatives for the wind farm’s layout. (CommonWealth Magazine)
The delay exposes several vulnerabilities the industry faces as it tries to establish itself in the U.S. (Greentech Media)
A Long Island citizens group opposes the preferred landing spot for transmission cables to connect New York’s first offshore wind project to the grid. (Newsday)
PJM says it has seen growing interest from transmission developers looking to build projects for anticipated offshore wind development. (Platts)

POWER PLANTS: FirstEnergy will close the last coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania on Nov. 7, nearly two years earlier than expected, due to economic conditions. (Beaver County Times)

PIPELINES:
Federal officials unveil proposals to curb states’ power to block pipeline construction using the Clean Water Act. (Reuters)
• Pennsylvania environmentalists say a pipeline explosion at the Mariner East project last week shows a lack of proper oversight. (BCTV)
• Environmentalists increase efforts to block the PennEast pipeline through central New Jersey after the developer resubmits the proposal. (Bridgewater Courier News)
• New York environmental officials again deny a water quality permit for the National Fuel pipeline, but company officials say federal approval preempts state actions. (Platts)

SOLAR: A Rhode Island solar farm gains approval from local planners after the developer agrees to downsize the project and clear less woodland than originally proposed. (Providence Journal)

HYDROPOWER: Owners of small hydropower plants in New York that have been left out of state subsidy programs hope to qualify for aid under pending legislation. (Times Union)

BIOMASS: A Maine business forum will discuss the impact a proposed power line from Canada to import hydropower may have on the local biomass industry. (CentralMaine.com)

TRANSMISSION: An early opponent of the Northern Pass transmission line in New Hampshire stages a symbolic tower burning to mark the demise of the project after a recent court decision. (Union Leader)

COMMENTARY: An environmental organization says Vermont made scant progress on climate action this year in stark contrast to nearby states. (Rutland Herald)

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