Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts lawmaker: ‘we are just not moving fast enough’ on clean energy

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Massachusetts lawmakers will take up a bill this week that would accelerate clean energy requirements, including a 2,000 MW storage requirement and authorizing 5,000 MW of offshore wind. (CommonWealth Magazine)

ALSO: More than 200 city mayors endorse a 100-percent renewable energy goal at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. (Huffington Post)

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HYDROPOWER: The Energy Department awards $6.7 million to support the development of six innovative hydropower technologies, including projects in Massachusetts and Maine. (news release)

OFFSHORE WIND: Experts say offshore wind projects in New England will be able to compete with the costs of natural gas. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: New York lawmakers pass a bill that encourages solar farm operators to plant vegetation that attracts bees and other pollinating species. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY:
• Massachusetts awards over a million dollars in grants to seven “Green Communities” that have pledged to cut municipal energy use by 20 percent over 5 years. (The Enterprise)
• Vermont’s governor signs a bill that encourages major energy users to make energy efficiency investments through the use of an energy savings account pilot program. (Vermont Business Magazine)
• New York designates the town of Westport a “Clean Energy Community” for its efforts to reduce energy use and promote clean energy. (Press-Republican)

UTILITIES: New Jersey utility PSE&G wants to invest an additional $2.5 billion to bolster the reliability and resiliency of its electric and gas systems. (news release)

TRANSMISSION: A Pennsylvania family is fighting to stop a planned $230 million transmission line from crossing through its farm. (Herald-Mail Media)

PIPELINES: About 150 demonstrators rallied in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to call for a total shutdown of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline projects. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OIL & GAS: Senator Chuck Schumer says he will urge the U.S. Department of Transportation and the DOE to finalize standards for shipping crude oil through Upstate New York by train. (Press-Republican)

NUCLEAR: More than 60 percent of Pennsylvania voters say they aren’t willing to pay more for electricity in order to keep nuclear plants in operation, according to a survey conducted by an advocacy group. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• Some fishermen in the Northeast are embracing offshore wind farms, says a fisherman in Rhode Island. (Providence Journal)
• Appalachia has been “cursed” with oil, natural gas and coal, says a writer who spent the past seven years reporting in southwestern Pennsylvania. (New York Times)

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