Northeast Energy News

Job opportunities emerge in nascent Massachusetts offshore wind industry

WIND: Offshore wind job opportunities start to soften opposition to projects even among fishing communities that see potential harm or inconvenience to their industry. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• University of Delaware researchers say two ideal sites in the Mid-Atlantic exist for transporting offshore wind turbines that would not require passing under bridges. (Delaware Business Now)
Developers and local government officials propose an offshore wind turbine port for parts fabrication and assembly just north of New York City. (Patch.com)
• The former owner of a New York wind project says the company that acquired its rights delayed construction to avoid paying a nearly $70 million payment due upon hitting a development milestone. (Observer)

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SOLAR:
An overhaul of how New Jersey subsidizes solar power could cost ratepayers $1.4 billion annually by 2030, according to new draft regulations. (NJ Spotlight)
Residents oppose a proposed 90 MW solar farm in central New York, maintaining that it violates a town’s solar law. (Daily Gazette)

PIPELINES: Representatives of a security firm face trial for allegedly hiring Pennsylvania state constables as private security for the Mariner East pipeline. (The Phoenix)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine court ruling that clears an obstacle for a Canadian hydropower transmission line still roils the environmental community in New England. (E&E News, subscription required)

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TRANSPORTATION: A Connecticut transit facility receives a $6.7 million federal grant for upgrades to accommodate electric buses. (HamletHub)

COMMENTARY:  
• An editorial board backs Maine’s top court tossing an anti-power line referendum, saying a popular vote shouldn’t override a lengthy and well-documented regulatory process. (CentralMaine.com)
• A member of the Cape Cod Commission says Massachusetts should not wait to implement emissions reductions requirements for 2050 but instead design buildings now that help achieve that goal. (Cape Cod Times)
• An editorial board says Pennsylvania should fill the void by federal regulators who have rolled back methane emissions regulations by instituting its own standards. (The Citizens’ Voice)
• A Massachusetts physician says the state’s proposed climate law is not enough to help the vulnerable patients he sees who suffer from the worst health effects of climate change. (WBUR)

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