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. (

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• 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)
Two bills being considered by Connecticut lawmakers may lead to gridlock over the future of community solar program in the state. (Utility Dive)
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)
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)
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)
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)

• The decommissioning Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is on solid footing as a future redevelopment site, says a utility spokesman. (Rutland Herald)
Lawmakers should reverse the Hogan administration’s approval of the Potomac pipeline project, says a Maryland lawmaker. (The Baltimore Sun)
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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