Northeast Energy News

Maine regulators deal setback to offshore wind project

WIND: Citing concerns about rates, Maine regulators will reconsider a previously negotiated contract for a proposed offshore wind farm; developers say the decision won’t necessarily prevent the project from moving forward. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO: The decision underscores how Maine, which once sought to be a leader on offshore wind, has fallen behind other New England states. (Portland Press Herald)

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SOLAR:
A new report predicts a steep drop in solar installations in Massachusetts in part because of caps on net metering. (MassLive)
A New Hampshire city plans to move forward with a plan to power all municipal buildings with solar if a net metering cap is expanded in that state. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
A 2.9 MW community solar project in upstate New York is expected to go online this fall. (Watertown Daily Times)

PIPELINES:
A Pennsylvania lawmaker who is challenging the Mariner East pipeline project asks state regulators to post all public comments related to the case online. (Natural Gas Intelligencer)
At a conference in Boston, pipeline developers express confidence that projects in the Northeast can move forward. (Platts)

OIL AND GAS: A new book explores how the fracking boom impacted a small Pennsylvania town. (Marketplace)

UTILITIES: A Baltimore utility is seeking a rate increase to cover $63 million in upgrades to the natural gas system. (Daily Energy Insider)

GRID: Scientists say the bedrock beneath Interstate 95 could amplify the effects of geomagnetic surges from the sun, making the Northeast corridor uniquely vulnerable to grid disruptions. (Bloomberg)

HYDROPOWER: A zinc mine in upstate New York is reopening with help from a 4 MW hydropower allotment from the state. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Backers of a proposal to increase Maryland’s renewable energy standard say they have support from more than 250 legislative candidates. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
The Union of Concerned Scientists outlines four clean energy policy recommendations for the Massachusetts legislature.
An editorial says Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s “lack of leadership” has limited clean energy opportunities in the state. (Portland Press Herald)
A nonprofit leader says community solar legislation in New Jersey will empower consumers to choose their own energy source. (NJ Spotlight)
A Massachusetts advocate says resistance from utilities is partly to blame for a solar slowdown in the state. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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