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Forecast: U.S. offshore wind capacity to reach 10 GW by 2027

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WIND:
Installed offshore wind capacity in the U.S. will reach approximately 10 GW by the end of 2027, largely due to more state-level procurement in places like Massachusetts, New York and Delaware, according to a global wind market forecast. (reNEWS)
Developers of a wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts endorse a transit corridor plan that would create safe passage for fishermen through the middle of their lease area. (Cape Cod Today)

SOLAR:
Developers apply to build an 11.8 MW solar farm on almost 80 acres in western Maryland. (Herald-Mail Media)
A town outside Boston becomes the first in New England to require solar panels on new commercial buildings. (WBUR)
A Long Island town will vote today on whether to allow developers to build a solar farm on a capped landfill.  (Newsday)

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EFFICIENCY: An LED retrofit project at a Massachusetts college reduces lighting costs by 78 percent, which is expected to save the school about $32,000 a year. (Energy Manager Today)

NATURAL GAS: Environmental groups urge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to expand the state’s 2014 fracking ban by prohibiting the use of the Delaware River Basin for processing fracking waste and other related activities.  (Times Union)

UTILITIES: Power supply rates in southern and central Maine will rise 14 percent next month, hitting a 10-year high. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES:
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge by clean air advocates and local landowners to stop Sunoco’s use of eminent domain to acquire land for its Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline. (Daily Local News)
A federal judge will allow the PennEast Pipeline Co. to use eminent domain to build its pipeline on a property in eastern Pennsylvania. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

TRANSMISSION: A state siting committee approves a 13-mile transmission line in southeastern New Hampshire, saying the project is in the public interest. (NHPR)

ADVOCACY: A taxpayer advocacy group files a complaint against New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood for alleged ethics violations in a suit she filed against Exxon over climate change disclosures.  (Legal Newsline)

POLITICS: Attorneys general from Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Oregon and Illinois call on the U.S. Senate to reject the confirmation of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee, citing a lack of experience and public statements he made in favor of fossil fuels. (Legal Newsline)

COMMENTARY: Methane gas leaks in Pennsylvania are harming the development of children and must be stopped, says the president of the Evangelical Environmental Network. (York Daily Record)

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