Northeast Energy News

Maine Democrats try to revive vetoed microgrid bill

MICROGRIDS: Newly empowered Democrats in Maine are trying to revive a microgrid bill that was vetoed last year. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: If a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower is built in Maine, the owners of existing power plants believe they will be crowded out of the state’s energy market. (Maine Public Radio)

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SOLAR:
• A solar siting bill in Rhode Island has been endorsed by environmental and energy nonprofits, but it’s unlikely to stop NIMBY battles in the state. (PV Magazine)
• A planned 5.5 MW community solar farm could save residents of a village north of Albany 10 percent on their electricity bills. (The Saratogian)
• An environmental group opposes plans to build a 1.98 MW solar farm on 25 wooded acres east of New Haven, Connecticut. (New Haven Register)

WIND: Officials on Martha’s Vineyard conclude a public hearing on the construction of two undersea cables that would connect an 800 MW offshore wind farm to the Massachusetts grid. (Vineyard Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A New Jersey coalition urges Gov. Phil Murphy to promote greater state efforts to aid the adoption of electric vehicles. (NJ Spotlight)
• Vermont regulators recommend that utilities offer a pathway for “immediate relief” from demand charges for public electric vehicle charging stations. (Utility Dive)

TECHNOLOGY: Researchers in Massachusetts are developing technology that uses cobalt gas to power larger hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. (UMass Lowell)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey promotes the Green New Deal at a community forum in the central part of the state. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

EFFICIENCY: A Connecticut startup is developing technology to capture waste heat to more efficiently power buildings. (Hartford Business)

NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania environmental officials will hold a public hearing this week to discuss proposals to drill fracked gas wells at a steel mill site. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

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POWER PLANTS: Crowds gather to watch the implosion of Massachusetts’ defunct Brayton Point power plant’s chimneys as the site is cleared for possible redevelopment as a wind power hub. (South Coast Today)

COMMENTARY:
• Newly approved bills to raise New Hampshire’s net-metering caps and boost funding for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative are good news for the state’s clean energy economy, says a state representative. (Fosters.com)
• An editorial board says Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear power station may have been saved for now, but officials need to start planning for use of the site when it eventually closes. (The Day)

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