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Forecast: Winter cold snaps could strain New England power supplies

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GRID:
Unforeseen cold snaps and other factors could stretch electricity supplies thin this winter, according to a forecast by ISO New England. (Journal Inquirer)
Smart grid upgrades offer less risk and more flexibility than expensive power line upgrades, according to a new report. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Nearly 20 wind energy companies will compete in an auction for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts tomorrow. (reNEWS)

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SOLAR:
Developers begin construction on a 5.5 MW solar project in Upstate New York that’s slated to be the largest community solar project in the state. (Westfair Business Publications)
A town in central Rhode Island passes an emergency moratorium on all but rooftop solar developments after being overwhelmed by 12 proposals for utility-scale solar projects. (Providence Journal)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A polluting trash incinerator in Baltimore that emits over 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually receives millions of dollars a year in renewable energy subsidies. (Grist)

PIPELINES:
A Pennsylvania judge denies a petition asking utility regulators to block the operation of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipelines. (Reuters)
Federal regulators approve a 28-mile natural gas pipeline addition that will run from Pennsylvania to Ohio. (CNHI News Service)

FRACKING: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy receives over 104,000 signed petitions asking him and fellow governors to vote for a permanent fracking ban throughout the Delaware River Basin. (news release)

OIL & GAS:
Environmental groups sue the Trump administration for allowing companies to conduct seismic oil and gas surveys off the Atlantic coast. (Washington Post)
Massachusetts’ public utility companies and the top two Democrats in the Legislature support a bill that would require more oversight of natural gas work by engineers. (The Republican, Sentinel & Enterprise)
Members of a Massachusetts legislative committee grill natural gas executives on public safety during an oversight hearing. (The Republican)

COMMENTARY: Opposition from local fishermen is putting a wind farm planned off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard “in serious jeopardy,” says a Massachusetts radio host. (WBSM)

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