Northeast Energy News

Maryland university announces major solar buy

SOLAR: Johns Hopkins University announces a plan to get two-thirds of its electricity from a Virginia solar farm, which would make it one of the top clean-energy campuses in the country. (Baltimore Sun)

• Pennsylvania State University said it will build a 70 MW solar array over 500 acres to provide 25% of the electricity used at its statewide campuses. (Herald-Mail)
• New York City’s transit authority has proposed to lease 10 million square feet of its roof space for solar development, which could accommodate up to 100 MW. (Queens Daily Eagle)

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A Pennsylvania regulator wrote a memo opposing legislation to subsidize the state’s nuclear fleet, saying there are other less costly ways to meet the public policy goals of the plan. (WITF)
• Federal regulators approved Exelon’s request to consolidate its emergency operations centers for its Maryland and Pennsylvania plants to its facility in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. (The Enterprise)

• New Jersey’s adoption of an energy plan to help it reach its 100% renewable energy goal by 2050 has been delayed for six months and is now expected in December. (NJ Spotlight)
• A coalition of New York environmental groups wrote to state officials saying clean energy projects are imperiled by unnecessary delays in siting procedures. (Buffalo News)

ENERGY STORAGE: A university in northern New York will study if battery storage deployed during peak demand in two villages can save power costs. (WAMC)

A new report anticipates 18.6 GW of offshore wind development off the East Coast requiring an investment of more than $68 billion. (Greentech Media)
The developers of Revolution Wind in Rhode Island announced a $4.5 million grant for education and workforce development. (Providence Journal)

HYDROPOWER: New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio wants to negotiate a contract for Canadian hydropower for municipal electricity needs by the end of 2020. (Montreal Gazette)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Worcester, Mass. may invest another $21.9 million in citywide energy efficiency programs, including LED light installations on streets and in schools. (Telegram & Gazette)

• A public policy institute says the nuclear industry has learned how to game state policies to promote clean energy into massive subsidies for itself. (Politico)
• A climate change activist says adoption of electric vehicles is “a matter of survival.” (

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