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)

• 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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• 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)

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)

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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