Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts city questions permits for long-stalled biomass project

BIOMASS: The city council of Springfield, Massachusetts, seeks a legal opinion on the permitting status of a proposed 35 MW wood-burning biomass plant. (The Republican)

RENEWABLES:
• A Massachusetts pilot program provides loans to increase renewable energy access for low- and moderate-income homeowners. (WWLP)
• Two townships west of Philadelphia adopt resolutions to transition to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and 100 percent renewable heat and transportation by 2050. (Windpower Engineering & Development)

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WIND: Developers reveal that Microsoft is the company behind a 15-year agreement to purchase power from a 90 MW wind facility under construction in northern Pennsylvania. (news release)

SOLAR: Residents express few concerns about a proposed 77 MW solar project in central Maine. (Morning Sentinel)

FUEL CELLS: Developers begin construction on a 5 MW fuel cell facility in central Connecticut. (Journal Inquirer)

UTILITIES:
• A utility in southern New Jersey launches a $6.5 million program to train workers for the state’s future energy jobs. (news release)
• A New York utility awards up to $50 million in contracts to 10 data analytics firms as part of a mission to become the nation’s first “fully digital utility.” (news release)

GRID: Massachusetts regulators discuss municipal aggregation and retail choice at a roundtable discussion in Boston. (RTO Insider)

OIL & GAS:
• A New Jersey Senate committee votes in favor of a bill that would ban the disposal of fracking by-products in the state. (NJBIZ)
• Starting this winter, Vermont and other New England states will use cleaner, more efficient heating oil that contains 99 percent less sulfur. (news release)

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NUCLEAR: The closure of Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear plant will add to the loss of technical expertise in America’s nuclear industry. (InsideSources)

COMMENTARY:
• Native American resistance to Sunoco’s Mariner East pipelines in Pennsylvania has been largely overlooked, according to an editorial in Rewire.News.
• It’s time for the country to formulate a strategy to defend itself from potentially crippling cyberattacks on utilities, says Connecticut’s chief cybersecurity risk officer. (Hartford Courant)

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