Northeast Energy News

Maine communities weigh the pros and cons of transmission project

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy has reached a deal — subject to approval — between creditors and its subsidiaries that operate power plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: The prospect of an economic boost may win over some Maine communities along the path of a proposed transmission line, which many still oppose over concerns it will spoil wilderness areas. (Boston Globe)

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WIND:
As anticipated, a utility-led evaluation team will delay for one month a decision on bids to provide 400 to 800 MW of offshore wind in Massachusetts. (Statehouse News Service)
The Trump administration’s support of fossil fuels has not translated into hostility toward offshore wind. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: There does not appear to be political support in the Pennsylvania legislature to bail out struggling nuclear plants. (Lancaster Online)

GRID:
How energy storage could help prevent a supply/demand gap known as the “duck curve” in Massachusetts. (Greentech Media)
Experts at a conference in Boston predict significant growth in the energy storage market in coming years. (RTO Insider)

SOLAR:
Pennsylvania regulators last week approved a measure blocking out-of-state facilities from receiving solar energy credits. (Daily Energy Insider)
Local officials in Vermont refuse to approve a planned solar array at a dairy farm after a neighbor raises aesthetic concerns. (Rutland Herald)
Two new solar arrays will be part of renovations at a western Massachusetts airport. (iBerkshires.com)
A 10 acre solar array goes online at a University of Maryland campus. (WMDT)
A Pennsylvania nonprofit plans a workshop to help small businesses and homeowners install solar power. (Lehigh Valley Business)

OIL AND GAS:
A federal report highlights continued growth in natural gas production in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
The Vermont Supreme Court upholds a decision by state regulators on penalties for cost overruns for a pipeline project. (VT Digger)

EFFICIENCY: Delaware state agencies saved more than $110,000 on energy costs last year through using more efficient office equipment. (Delaware Business Now)

COMMENTARY: Why New England needs an RGGI for transportation. (Commonwealth Magazine)

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