Northeast Energy News

Maine’s marijuana industry shut out of efficiency program

EFFICIENCY:
The body that oversees Maine’s energy efficiency programs says it’s too risky to give grants to businesses that grow cannabis, despite it being one of the state’s most energy intensive industries. (Portland Press Herald)
National Grid’s energy efficiency program will start using customers’ solar batteries to cut energy costs and curb peak demand in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York. (RIPR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A plan by Massachusetts-based utility National Grid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions calls for a rollout of nearly 10 million electric vehicles by 2030. (NGT News)

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SOLAR:
New York will expand its Megawatt Block incentive program to support larger solar projects and encourage development at landfills, affordable housing locations and former industrial sites. (pv magazine)
Government officials dedicate a 1.15 MW solar park in Wilmington, Delaware, which is said to be the largest privately-financed, public housing solar project in the country. (Delaware Public Media)
A 2.6 MW community solar project goes online in central Massachusetts with over 70 subscribers. (news release)
New York lawmakers vote to extend a property tax abatement to building owners who install solar panels. (Habitat Magazine)

BIOMASS: Two biomass power plants in Maine could shut down due to low wholesale electricity prices and high transmission charges. (The County)

UTILITIES: Boston officials approve a two-year pilot program aimed at preparing the city’s utility infrastructure for the impacts of climate change. (news release)

POWER PLANTS: The New York Senate unanimously votes to block the construction of a proposed waste-to-energy project in the Finger Lakes region. (WENY)

TRANSMISSION: Outdoor enthusiasts in Maine are torn over whether to support a transmission line that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Maine Public)

PIPELINES: A federal lawsuit over whether South Portland, Maine, can ban crude oil shipments from its waterfront goes to trial this week. (Portland Press Herald)

NUCLEAR: Two companies ask federal regulators to approve a plan to store spent nuclear fuel at a facility in Texas, which could help Vermont’s Yankee nuclear power facility dispose of its waste. (VTDigger)

COMMENTARY:
An 1,100 MW gas-fired power plant under construction in Upstate New York will hurt the environment and residents’ health for years to come, say two members of a renewable energy advocacy group. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
State subsidies for nuclear and solar power in New Jersey should be reformed to protect customers from unnecessary rate increases, says the editorial board of Press of Atlantic City.
New Jersey’s revived leadership on renewable energy will translate into big economic growth for the state, say clean energy and conservation advocates. (Forbes)
A Harvard researcher explains how offshore wind projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island may improve public health. (The Conversation)

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