Northeast Energy News

Former coal company completes largest solar project in New Jersey

SOLAR: A former coal company completes the largest solar project in New Jersey and the second-largest net-metered facility on the East Coast at its manufacturing facility in the eastern part of state. (PV Magazine)

ALSO:
The South Jersey-based Delaware River Port Authority plans to install solar panels on top of train stations and bridges crossing the Delaware River. (Metro)
A town board outside Albany unanimously approves plans for a 7 MW solar array that will sit on 40 acres of land. (The Daily Gazette)
A California-based developer plans to install a 119 MW solar array in northwest New York. (Watertown Daily Times)
A Connecticut siting board will hold a meeting today over whether to approve a 19.6 MW solar project in the northern part of the state. (Journal Inquirer)

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POWER PLANTS: During a siting board hearing, stakeholders debate over whether the New England electric grid really needs a proposed 1,000 MW gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island. (Providence Journal)

NATURAL GAS: A Pennsylvania gas utility will use a high-tech vehicle to drive over its pipelines in Pittsburgh and detect methane leaks. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES: Concerned citizens are calling on a central Pennsylvania county to open its own criminal investigation into Sunoco’s Mariner East natural gas pipelines. (Reading Eagle)

BIOMASS: A waste-to-energy plant slated to open in Upstate New York in 2021 receives Renewable Energy Standard (RES) certification from the state. (Construction & Demolition Recycling)

CARBON TAX: Carbon tax opponents speak out against the policy at a rally in Vermont. (VT Digger)

GRID: New York State will provide technical assistance to help the U.S. Virgin Islands rebuild and modernize their electric grids following two damaging hurricanes in 2017. (T&D World)

COMMENTARY:
There’s no need for New England to wait until 2021 to move towards carbon neutrality, says a columnist for the Boston Globe.
New Jersey should do away with unneeded and harmful solar subsidies, says an editorial in Press of Atlantic City.
A coalition of businesses and lawyers, ministers and municipal officials has formed a market-driven cap-and-trade plan to help Pennsylvania meet its goal to reduce emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050, says an editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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