Northeast Energy News

Legislation in Congress could threaten offshore wind

WIND: Offshore wind proponents say proposed federal legislation requiring the military to conduct studies of “potential national security concerns” related to wind turbines is “duplicative” and could hold back development. (E&E News)

ALSO: Three Massachusetts utilities have issued a second round of requests for offshore wind proposals. (Cape Cod Times)

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SOLAR:
• A Maine brewery hopes to expand its solar array to produce more energy than the facility consumes by 2030. (Times Record)
• New Hampshire lawmakers pass a bill requiring utilities to develop at least two solar projects a year benefiting low-income customers. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• Baltimore officials hope a solar-powered “eco-village” can help attract new homeowners to a neglected neighborhood. (Baltimore Sun)
• Cornell students find that the gap between solar production and demand in New York will be worse in winter. (Cornell Chronicle)

BIOENERGY: A Maine utility is working with eight dairy farms to produce renewable natural gas from cow manure. (WGME)

BIOMASS: More than 100 opponents of a proposed Massachusetts biomass plant are expected to speak at a public hearing tomorrow. (MassLive)

NUCLEAR: A Q&A explores questions about the closure of the Pilgrim nuclear plant. (WBUR)

NATURAL GAS:
• Pennsylvania’s attorney general is investigating a possible case of a landfill improperly disposing of fracking wastewater. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A public hearing will be held this week on a new site for a proposed Massachusetts natural gas plant. (Worcester Telegram)
• New appointments to a New Jersey conservation commission are expected to be less friendly with the natural gas industry. (NJ Spotlight)

UTILITIES: A Vermont utility launches a rebate program for electric lawnmowers. (news release)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: A Vermont entrepreneur talks about the challenge of salvaging clean energy equipment. (VTDigger)

COMMENTARY:
• New Hampshire’s consumer advocates says two recently announced Eversouce projects are “glitter bombs” designed to distract from an upcoming rate case. (InDepthNH)
• A clean energy advocate says renewable energy siting policy in New York “has become a roadblock mired in red tape, bureaucracy and NIMBY politics.” (Albany Times Union)
A Bangor Daily News editorial backs legislation that would remove roadblocks to offshore wind development in Maine.

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