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In New England, solar was a welcome guest on Thanksgiving

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SOLAR: New England solar power offset peak demand for electricity on Thanksgiving, marking a milestone, according to the region’s grid operator. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO:
Developers want to build a 5 MW solar project on 29 acres of farmland in central Massachusetts. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
New York-based Consolidated Edison, through new acquisitions, now claims to be the second largest solar energy producer in North America. (news release)
A school district in New Jersey expects to save millions of dollars over the next 15 years by installing solar panels at seven of its 13 schools. (Bridgewater Courier News)

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WIND: Four companies are competing in an auction for three Massachusetts lease areas that could supply 4 GW of offshore wind power. (reNEWS, Renewables Now)

RENEWABLES: The state of New York approves two initiatives to increase its energy efficiency and energy storage targets. (news release)

GRID: A county in eastern New Jersey wins funding for a microgrid project to help prevent power outages. (Patch)

EMISSIONS:
Pennsylvania’s governor proposes new regulations to curb air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the state. (Associated Press)
Green groups are backing a New York City bill that would require a 40 percent decrease in emissions from large buildings by 2030 and an 80 percent decrease by 2050. (The Nation)

CLIMATE: Pennsylvania’s auditor general will conduct hearings to develop a special report on how the state is responding to climate change. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

OIL & GAS:
Marine scientists say seismic oil and gas testing off the Atlantic coast could threaten endangered whales in New England. (Gloucester Daily Times)
Federal energy regulators issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a natural gas expansion project in New Jersey, which is expected to add transportation capacity for northeastern markets. (Kallanish Energy)

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