Northeast Energy News

Fishing groups say offshore wind jobs prospects overblown

OFFSHORE WIND: Fishing groups cast doubt on job prospects anticipated from offshore wind development while advocates cite permanent employment created by European projects. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Five New York state agencies support a proposed landing spot on Long Island for an offshore wind transmission cable as residents propose an alternative route. (Newsday)

UTILITIES:
Lack of support in the Maine legislature doomed a public authority to run the state’s utilities, so even a proposed task force to study the question will have to be reauthorized next year. (CentralMaine.com)
Vermont regulators lift a moratorium on utility shut-offs starting on Thursday and add consumer protections for customers under financial stress due to the pandemic. (Vermont Biz)
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy asks utilities to extend a moratorium on service disconnections that is set to expire Thursday. (Asbury Park Press)

CLIMATE:
Activists urge New Jersey to file a climate lawsuit on the state’s behalf against major oil companies, but so far only the City of Hoboken has pursued that claim. (NJ Spotlight)
Delaware nears the end of the public input phase of the state’s climate action plan that is slated to be presented to the legislature next year. (Delaware Public Media)

POLITICS: A letter from western Pennsylvania officials asks President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden to support the natural gas and petrochemical industries. (The Times)

EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire regulators will hold hearings next month on a compressed schedule for a new three-year energy efficiency plan to take effect Jan. 1. (Concord Monitor)

PIPELINES: Connecticut regulations require Eversource to resubmit plans for a pipeline to supply a natural gas power plant under construction in the eastern part of the state. (The Hour)

SOLAR: A second hearing to consider an 8 MW solar farm in Maryland will be virtual on Oct. 22. (Herald-Mail)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A historic boat tour of Niagara Falls launches its first two electric vessels. (Rome Sentinel) 

COMMENTARY:
Massachusetts energy advocates say a lack of skilled electricians slows renewable and energy efficiency projects, which could be allayed by a greater commitment to vocational education. (CommonWealth Magazine)
A consumer advocate praises Vermont legislators for overriding Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act. (VT Digger)
Environmentalists say Massachusetts must enact proposed vehicle electrification policies to meet its climate and emissions goals. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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