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Maine wind project waits in the wings

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TRANSMISSION: If authorities in western Maine reject a proposal to build a hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts, a wind power proposal that includes underground and underwater transmission could become a viable alternative.  (The County)

ALSO:
Officials for the Canadian utility backing the transmission project say the company has enough hydropower capacity to guarantee the electricity sent to New England is clean and renewable. (Portland Press Herald)
Developers say they will begin construction on a long-delayed hydropower transmission project from Quebec to New York City in 2020. (Canada’s National Observer)

NUCLEAR: Vermont utility regulators approve the sale of the state’s shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to a New York company that plans to begin dismantling the plant in 2021. (MyChamplainValley.com)

POWER PLANTS: Eight mayors call on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to oppose construction of a gas-fired power plant in the northeast part of the state that would supply power only to New York City. (North Jersey Record)

SOLAR:
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu tells energy summit attendees that solar incentives should help lower the bills of individual solar customers, not boost profits for developers and municipalities. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
A town north of New York City adopts a new law that regulates roof-mounted solar panels and allows ground-mounted solar systems covering an area larger than 750 square feet. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)
• Developers plan to install a 5.2 MW solar array on a golf course in central Massachusetts. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

TECHNOLOGY: MIT engineers unveil a design for renewable energy storage that could power an electric grid on-demand at half the cost of today’s cheapest grid-scale energy storage. (MIT News)

BIOMASS: Automated wood-heat systems controlled by a thermostat are a growing industry in Vermont. (Vermont Business Magazine)

PIPELINES:
Vermont’s Department of Public Service backs a request for officials to expand an investigation into the construction of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline in the state. (VT Digger)
Homeowners along the Atlantic Sunrise and Mariner East pipelines in eastern Pennsylvania are threatened with liens on their property after the contractor files bankruptcy. (LancasterOnline)

POLICY: A clean energy organization recommends five transportation and energy reforms to Maine’s governor-elect Janet Mills, saying they will generate $6.5 billion in benefits and create 13,500 new jobs.  (Bangor Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
If lawmakers pass the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2019 it will create tens of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in investments, say two Democrats in the state legislature. (Baltimore Sun)
A researcher says it’s in everyone’s best interest for Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry to curtail methane leaks. (The Morning Call)

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