Northeast Energy News

Former Massachusetts coal plant to become offshore wind center

WIND:
A shuttered waterfront power plant in Massachusetts, which was once the largest coal-fired plant in New England, will become a manufacturing hub and support center for the offshore wind industry. (North American Windpower)
Fishermen are divided over planned offshore wind projects in southern New England. (ecoRI News)

SOLAR: Two nonprofits want to use community solar in Vermont as a long-term alternative to the national Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which assists families with energy costs. (Echo Journal)

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EMISSIONS: New York-based National Fuel Gas Company and five of its subsidiaries join a voluntary EPA program to reduce methane emissions. (news release)

EFFICIENCY: A New Hampshire school district will save about $72,000 a year by upgrading more than 5,700 light fixtures with LEDs. (Londonderry News)

UTILITIES:
Baltimore-based Constellation Energy awards over $450,000 in grants to support student projects focusing on energy science, technology and education. (news release)
Delaware regulators approve a local utility’s plan to pass along federal tax savings to its natural gas customers in the northern part of the state. (Delaware Business Now)

NATURAL GAS:
A fire and explosion forced dozens of residents to evacuate their homes in eastern New Jersey after a contractor struck a natural gas main. (NBC 4 New York)
About 100 environmental activists gather at a New Jersey high school to protest a proposed natural gas compressor station, while supporters insist the project will create jobs. (NJ Spotlight)

PIPELINES: A controversial 120-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey that was approved by federal regulators last year still needs to overcome an array of legal obstacles before construction can begin. (The Morning Call)

CLIMATE:
The midterm elections may spur climate policy in six states, including New York and Maine. (Grist, Utility Dive)
Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who has long criticized oil companies for their role in in climate change, praises Shell for contributing to a federal grant program that supports coastal restoration projects. (ecoRI News)  

GRID: A recent conference on Northeast power markets hosted discussions on long-term grid reliability and other issues. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY: New York needs to establish big-picture goals for its clean energy infrastructure, says the director of external partnerships for the Energy Materials Center at Cornell University. (TImes Union)

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