Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts governor hedges bets on offshore wind

WIND: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker used an energy forum to tout the benefits of battery storage but did not take the opportunity to expand the state’s commitment to offshore wind. (Boston Globe)

ALSO:
• A Massachusetts legislator fears that a price cap included in the 2016 landmark law to encourage offshore wind development will discourage future project bids. (Boston Globe)
• Fishing industry representatives meet with offshore wind developers in New Jersey to discuss ways to limit impacts on fisheries. (Press of Atlantic City)
• Cleanup will continue through 2019 at a former New Jersey coal plant that is being eyed as a transmission hub for offshore wind. (Press of Atlantic City)

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NUCLEAR:
• The Millstone nuclear plant is likely to close if an agreement on pricing isn’t reached by next week. (Hartford Courant)
• Industrial customers oppose a Pennsylvania bill that would allow nuclear plants to compete as zero-carbon resources. (Utility Dive)
• The Pilgrim nuclear plant will “finish strong” as federal regulators upgrade its safety status three months before it shuts down. (Cape Cod Times)
• Business owners worry about the impact of the Three Mile Island plant closing. (PA Post)

CLIMATE: Sixteen Vermont towns passed climate resolutions yesterday, bringing the state total to 55. (VT Digger)

SOLAR:
• A Connecticut town files a petition with state regulators to stop a proposed solar project. (New Milford Spectrum)
• An 18 MW community solar array will be Cornell University’s sixth large-scale solar project. (Cornell Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Seven Northeast states join a legal brief opposing seismic testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic. (MassLive)

NATURAL GAS: Business owners in Massachusetts say they still haven’t recovered from their losses after a series of natural gas explosions in September. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• A Pennsylvania lawmaker announces he’s forming a “pipeline safety caucus.” (WFMZ)
• Federal regulators have opted for less stringent environmental reviews for two Pennsylvania pipeline expansion projects. (Platts)

TRANSMISSION:
• Reaction to a controversial ad targeting Gov. Janet Mills reveals a rift among Maine groups opposing a hydropower transmission line. (Bangor Daily News)
• A recent regulatory ruling means New Jersey customers could pay more for a transmission link to Delaware and Maryland. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Maine utility completes a transmission upgrade ahead of schedule. (Bangor Daily News)

EFFICIENCY:
• A $30 million program in New York offers incentives for carbon neutral building ideas. (Associated Press)
• A federal bill introduced by a Vermont congressman would help schools become more energy efficient. (Vermont Biz)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A College Park, Maryland grocery store is adding an electric vehicle charging station. (The Diamondback)

COMMENTARY:
A former congressman calls pipeline alert systems “obstructionism” that “are meant to create the impression that those systems are likely to fail.” Federal data shows there are about 300 pipeline incidents per year. (Delaware County Daily Times, CityLab)
A co-op manager says Vermonters should try to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels for heating. (Vermont Biz)
• An advocacy group says that Maryland’s clean energy push in the state legislature should include more options, including nuclear power. (Maryland Matters)

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