Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts initiates second 800 MW offshore wind buy

OFFSHORE WIND: Massachusetts officials and the state’s electric utilities move to procure up to 800 MW of additional offshore wind power. (State House News Service)

ALSO:
• A German offshore wind developer tells a New Hampshire energy conference it will explore the possibility of setting up shop at a coastal tradeport. (NHPR)
• Companies vying for offshore wind contracts in New York make economic development pitches to Long Island officials to sweeten their bids. (Newsday)

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SOLAR: Vermont developers say even though net-metering reimbursement rates are declining, the industry still has a bright future in the state. (Rutland Herald)

EFFICIENCY:
• Two New Hampshire companies receive $4 million in grants from the Department of Energy for the development of home energy efficiency technology. (NH Business Review)
• The New Jersey Rate Counsel says PGE&G has overstated the cost-effectiveness of its six-year, $2.78 billion energy energy efficiency program. (NJ Spotlight)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Legislation in Maryland would increase tax credits for electric vehicles to $3,000, regardless of battery size. (Capital News Service)

BIOMASS: A Connecticut recycling company uses anaerobic digesters to turn tons of food waste into methane gas, which is used to generate electricity. (Hartford Courant)

NUCLEAR: Half of Pennsylvania residents support a legislative proposal that would add nuclear to a law requiring utilities to buy a set amount of power from renewable sources, according to a recent poll. (The Patriot-News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Maine legislators will hold a public hearing today on proposed legislation to ban offshore drilling in the state. (Public News Service)

TRANSMISSION: A bipartisan group of lawmakers come out in opposition to a controversial transmission line that would cut through Maine, as stakeholders prepare for five days of hearings with state environmental officials next week. (WABI, News Center Maine)

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PIPELINES: Residents and local officials speak out in opposition to a planned natural gas pipeline expansion at a hearing in western Massachusetts. (Masslive)

COMMENTARY:
• Federal energy regulators could allow fossil fueled generators to put price supports in place for their power, which would force customers to pay for dirty energy, says former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. (Utility Dive)
• A proposal to extend prevailing wage requirements to government-funded community solar projects imperils the industry’s future in New York, says a solar trade association. (Crain’s New York Business)
• An energy trade association says New York could improve its economic fortunes if Gov. Andrew Cuomo reversed his anti-fracking stance. (Fox News)

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