Northeast Energy News

Group says offshore wind project endangers right whales

OFFSHORE WIND: A Nantucket groups says federal officials are rushing approval of Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts and neglecting protections for right whales. (Cape Cod Times)

PIPELINES:
• The family of a teenager killed last year in a series of natural gas pipeline explosions in Massachusetts settles its lawsuit with Columbia Gas. (Associated Press)
• The Massachusetts House Majority Leader is at “wit’s end” as he pushes legislation to require air monitoring of a proposed natural gas compressor station. (Patriot-Ledger)
• A utility that supports a rejected undersea pipeline to supply natural gas to New York City sent an email to customers urging signing of a petition to be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Sludge) 

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CLIMATE CHANGE:
• Three attorneys general write to PJM asking the grid operator’s search for a new CEO to include someone who is committed to fighting climate change. (Associated Press)
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  introduce a resolution declaring a climate emergency and urging a national mobilization of resources in response. (Greentech Media)

TRANSMISSION: A grassroots organization will start a petition drive to put a transmission line through western Maine on a statewide referendum in November 2020. (Maine Public Radio)

MICROGRIDS: A Pennsylvania State University professor leads an interdisciplinary team to scale up microgrids with much of the research at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (Penn State News)

FUEL CELLS: Development of a data center in Maine powered by fuel cells will continue despite the loss of federal tax credits for the project. (Mainebiz)

SOLAR:
Commissioners in a northern Maryland county oppose an 11.8 MW solar project that had previously won approval from county zoning officials. (Herald-Mail)
A 59.4 MW solar farm in eastern Maryland gets a boost from the recent passage of a state increase in renewable energy requirement and will start construction in early 2020. (Bay Times)

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NUCLEAR: Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins co-sponsors a bill to provide federal aid to communities that house nuclear waste from power plants, like Wicasset, the site of the closed Maine Yankee. (The Times Record)

COMMENTARY:
The Union of Concerned Scientists says Maine hit a grand slam with a series of clean energy bills enacted in the recent legislative session. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A conservative think tank decries the continuing shift of Vermont’s annual transportation spending away from highways to efforts to combat climate change emissions. (Bennington Banner)

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