Northeast Energy News

Maine bill allowing towns to build own microgrids advances

GRID: A Maine bill allowing towns to build microgrids has moved out of committee and now awaits a hearing by the full legislature. (Associated Press)

COAL: A mining company is seeking to expand its underground coal mine in Pennsylvania. (TribLive)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A shuttered paper mill in Maine could become the future site of waste-to-energy projects. (CentralMaine.com)

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SOLAR:
• Massachusetts is a leader in converting once-contaminated sites into clean energy production. (Northeast Energy News)
One of New York’s largest state-supported solar projects at a college or university, a 5 MW solar system at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been completed. (Solar Novus Today)
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Two bills being considered by Connecticut lawmakers may lead to gridlock over the future of community solar program in the state. (Utility Dive)
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A 20-megawatt solar array near New Midway, Maryland gets clearance from state regulators after an appeal from county officials was rejected. (Frederick News Post)
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A solar developer wants Vernon, Vermont to designate a parcel of land a “preferred site” for solar to make its 150 KW project more attractive to state regulators. (Brattleboro Reformer)
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A solar developer proposes a 4.8-megawatt solar facility on a capped landfill in Laconia, New Hampshire. (The Laconia Daily Sun)
A solar symposium hosts a discussion on how to construct solar projects and also not disturb the aesthetic of New York’s mid-Hudson Valley. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
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A debate on solar compensation is holding back an energy bill in the Connecticut legislature. (The Connecticut Mirror)

WIND: An offshore wind developer is eyeing several locations in Massachusetts for the assembly of wind turbines foundations. (South Coast Today)

REGULATION: Rhode Island and several other states sue the Environmental Protection Agency for not enforcing pollution regulations. (ecoRI news)

COMMENTARY:
• The decommissioning Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is on solid footing as a future redevelopment site, says a utility spokesman. (Rutland Herald)
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Lawmakers should reverse the Hogan administration’s approval of the Potomac pipeline project, says a Maryland lawmaker. (The Baltimore Sun)
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New Hampshire regulators should stick to their original decision rejecting a permit for the Northern Pass project and not be swayed by supporters of the project, say Sierra Club members. (New Hampshire Business Review)

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