Northeast Energy News

Manure from dairy farm to help power Vermont college

RENEWABLE ENERGY: An anaerobic digester, believed to be the largest east of the Mississippi, will combine food waste and cow manure at a dairy farm to produce biogas to power Middlebury College in Vermont. (VT Digger)

ALSO:
• A New York university mostly powered by a fossil-fuel fired plant is seeking to renegotiate contract terms to allow it greater access to renewable energy. (Newsday)
• Maine farmers are being contacted by developers to use their property for solar arrays as the state has increased its commitment to renewable energy and adding it on agricultural land is a trend emerging in other states. (WGME)

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STORAGE: A storage manufacturer and integrator has added six New England municipal power companies to its roster of towns seeking to limit peaks and lower transmission costs. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Green Mountain Power is conducting test drives of electric vehicles in two events to promote their adoption. (Rutland Herald) 

POWER PLANTS: New Hampshire climate activists dumped buckets of coal taken from the Merrimack Generating Station on State House grounds in a protests of the continued use of fossil fuels to produce power. (InDepthNH)

OIL & GAS:
Workers at a Philadelphia oil refinery closed by a June explosion were told Tuesday they would be laid off immediately and paid only through the end of the week. (Daily Times)
A natural gas exploration and production company outside Pittsburgh lays off fewer than 50 employees as it consolidates operations. (Observer-Reporter)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine town that would host 8 miles of a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower voted against the project at a town meeting. (Sun Journal)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• A second British wind turbine maintenance company is poised to make its U.S. headquarters in Rhode Island as state officials consider a tax incentive package. (Providence Journal)
• Connecticut is seeking proposals to increase its purchase of offshore wind energy from the current 300 MW to up to 2,000 MW. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Walmart has sued Tesla, alleging improper installation of rooftop solar panels that caused seven fires at its stores. (New York Times)

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UTILITIES: A utility north of New York City is investigating how two workers were electrocuted performing a routine power line inspection on Monday. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
A Vermont member of a global climate crisis activist group says the dire nature of the emergency is not widely understood. (VT Digger)
A student environmentalist supports a transmission line through Maine because hydropower from Canada will lessen the region’s dependence on fossil fuels. (Sun Journal)

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