Northeast Energy News

Fight brewing over Northern Pass alternative in Maine

TRANSMISSION:
• In an echo of the Northern Pass project in New Hampshire, opposition to a proposed transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts is becoming more organized in Maine. (Maine Public)
• A small town that sits along the proposed transmission corridor retracts its support for the project, citing “grave concerns for the welfare of the citizens.” (Bangor Daily News)

WIND:
• A Massachusetts-based renewable energy developer proposes a $140 million wind project for southeastern Maine. (The Ellsworth American)
• Wind turbine blades for a new offshore wind farm in Rhode Island arrive from Germany. (GoLocalProv)

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SOLAR:
• A new community solar program in New Jersey would create more than $797 million in local economic benefits from 450 MW of solar over a three-year period, according to a new report. (NJ Spotlight, news release)
• A city council in northern Massachusetts denies a petition that would have allowed solar development on land zoned for residential use, ending a family’s plan to install a solar array on their property. (The Gardner News)

MICROGRIDS: Connecticut awards a $5 million grant to build a microgrid at the Naval Submarine Base on the state’s southeast coast, which will be powered by a 7.4 MW fuel cell park. (The Day)

EFFICIENCY:
• Massachusetts and New York were among the top six states in the nation  for full-time energy efficiency jobs in 2017, according to a new report. (State House News Service)
• Rhode Island had the lowest per capita energy consumption of any state in 2016, according to a recent report. (DailyEnergyInsider)

ADVOCACY: Hundreds of biomass and clean energy advocates rally at the New Hampshire statehouse to urge lawmakers to override vetoes of two energy bills by Gov. Chris Sununu, who described the gathering as “smoke and mirrors.” (The Conway Daily Sun, SeacoastOnline)

BIOMASS: Free market proponents and environmental advocates are both backing Gov. Sununu’s veto of $30 million in annual ratepayer subsidies to six biomass power plants in New Hampshire. (NH Journal)

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OIL & GAS: A federal appeals panel orders New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection to reconsider water permits issued for a controversial natural gas compressor station. (Burlington County Times)

COMMENTARY: The health of Delaware residents is being harmed by the burning fossil fuels, but there are numerous ways that government, businesses and citizens can work toward fixing the problem, says a local physician. (Delaware Online)

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