Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts officials say Canadian hydro will cut costs

HYDRO: Massachusetts officials say hydroelectricity from Canada will help lower residents’ utility bills by 2 to 4 percent, saving the state up to $4 billion over 20 years. (CommonWealth Magazine)

GRID: ISO New England says it’s defending the region’s power grid against cyber security threats from countries like Russia. (MassLive)

***SPONSORED LINK: Register today for the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo on August 22-23 in Durham, North Carolina. Join 50+ expert speakers for sessions on connected fleets, alternative fuels, and best practices for deploying the industry’s leading technologies.***

WIND:
• States like New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are competing to become an East Coast hub for offshore wind power. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• A New York county is providing $15,000 to help a small town oppose a controversial wind farm. (WHEC)

SOLAR:
• A 432-panel solar array is completed at a wastewater treatment plant in eastern New Hampshire. (WMUR)
• A solar developer had to work around a nest of bald eagles while installing a 20 MW array in New Jersey. (Solar Power World)
• A Philadelphia-based solar installer participates in a solar exchange program with a company in Malaysia. (Solar Power World)
• Residents voice concerns about a proposed solar array that would require 13 to 14 acres of forest to be cleared in central Massachusetts. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

RENEWABLES:
• A Massachusetts nonprofit releases a plan to speed up the state’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. (iBerkshires, Valley Advocate)
• Vermont utility regulators issue guidelines for alternative regulation proposals to promote the state’s renewable energy goals. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY:
• Vermont residents could save 8 percent more energy by combining smart home technology with efficiency programs, according to a pilot study of over 200 households. (news release)
• Counties in western New York are taking advantage of a statewide program that calls for at least 500,000 street lights to be replaced with LEDs by 2025. (Finger Lakes Times)

PIPELINES: A trial begins for six activists accused of trespassing in order to block the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. (News12)

UTILITIES: Regulators ask Maine’s largest private electricity seller, Electricity Maine, to explain why it should be allowed to keep its license after allegedly violating state consumer protections laws. (Bangor Daily News)

NUCLEAR: A map from Carbon Brief shows all the U.S. nuclear power plants at risk of shutting down, including sites in New Jersey and New Hampshire.

COMMENTARY: Baltimore’s climate lawsuit against 26 oil and gas companies is poorly timed and off to a rocky start, says an energy analyst. (Forbes)

Comments are closed.