Northeast Energy News

Legendary New York raceway to host major solar project

SOLAR: As Maine becomes more friendly to clean energy, advocates seek to repeal solar rules they describe as “fundamentally unjust.” (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Watkins Glen raceway in New York is donating land for a 50 MW solar project. (Associated Press)
• Two Pennsylvania companies use blockchain technology to share energy from a solar installation. (GreenBiz)
• New York’s bridge authority activates a solar array that is expected to offset more than a quarter of the agency’s electricity use. (Daily Freeman)
• New solar panels at a New Hampshire children’s museum will be unveiled next week. (Seacoast Online)
• Local officials approve a solar array atop a historic Connecticut home. (New Haven Independent)

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ACTIVISM:
• A Massachusetts nonprofit launches a program to train campus advocates pushing for divestment of fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)
• Students spend Presidents Day at Maryland’s state capitol advocating for the Clean Energy Jobs Act. (CBS Baltimore)

PIPELINES: A podcast explores why a Pennsylvania district attorney is taking on the Mariner East 2 pipeline. (WHYY)

TRANSPORTATION: Key lawmakers in Vermont say they won’t support a proposal to increase the state’s gasoline tax. (VT Digger)

UTILITIES: Third-party energy providers say they’re keeping bills low in Connecticut, amid calls for an investigation into their business practices. (Record-Journal)

RENEWABLES: Twenty-one public and private universities in New York form a consortium to purchase renewable energy. (CleanTechnica)

EFFICIENCY: A Maine town finds it could save over $100,000 a year by converting streetlights to LEDs. (Bangor Daily News)

MEDIA: An analysis by a New York nonprofit finds that women and people of color are underrepresented in media coverage of renewable energy. (Public News Service)

COMMENTARY:
• The general manager of a Vermont power agency describes a “Sophie’s Choice” for hydropower in the state. (VT Digger)
• Two researchers say New Jersey needs a better process for measuring the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs. (NJ Spotlight)

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