Northeast Energy News

Maine wind developers plan to wait for next governor

WIND: Wind developers are holding off on billions of dollars in investments in Maine until they know who will be the state’s next governor. Two of the four candidates strongly favor developing more wind energy. (Portland Press Herald)
Vineyard Wind and three electric distribution companies extend a deadline for negotiating an 800 MW offshore wind energy project. (Cape Cod Times)

SOLAR:
A Buffalo, New York suburb will revisit a ban on solar panels on the front of homes, but only after studying how they affect property values. (Buffalo News)  
A New Hampshire community considers solar panels for its high school and career technical center. (Foster’s Daily Democrat)
A Massachusetts town sets a special meeting July 26 to consider zoning changes for large, ground-mounted solar farms. (Telegram & Gazette)
Goldman Sachs Asset Management acquires 76 commercial and industrial solar projects in four East Coast states. (pv magazine)

STORAGE: Massachusetts regulators face a decision on a major incentive that could launch an energy storage industry in the state. (Greentech Media)

BIOMASS:
A third New Hampshire biomass company plans to suspend operations following Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill to prop up the industry. (Concord Monitor)
A New York county’s proposal to turn solid waste into biomass fuel is in question because it doesn’t have a buyer for the product. (Daily Freeman)

NATURAL GAS: A controversial proposed liquefied natural gas plant in Rhode Island gets a favorable environmental assessment from federal regulators . (Providence Journal)

GRID:
A split decision by FERC gives New England’s grid operator a new pathway to keeping two natural gas units open for fuel security. (E&E News)
The agency that represents Maine utility customers is skeptical of a proposal to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to “harden” the power grid against storms. (Associated Press)
Eversource says burying a transmission line under New Hampshire’s Little Bay is the best option for its Seacoast Reliability Project. (InDepth New Hampshire)

NUCLEAR:
• The nation’s oldest nuclear-generating station in New Jersey will permanently shut down Sept. 17. (WHYY)
• A recent meeting ends with more uncertainty about the fate of spent nuclear fuel from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. (VTDigger)

CLIMATE: Rhode Island’s attorney general sues a dozen oil and gas companies in state court, accusing them of causing climate change. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: Washington, D.C., officials say the advantages of energy efficiency and renewable energy include healthier air, job creation, thriving small businesses and social justice. (GreenBiz)

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