Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts offshore wind project delayed past 2022

OFFSHORE WIND: The developer of the first large-scale offshore wind project in Massachusetts says another delay in federal review will keep it from its goal of completing the project by 2022. (SouthCoastToday) 

Offshore wind contracts filed in Massachusetts show that the second solicitation won by a developer will provide cheaper electricity than the first one, at 5.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. (Herald News)
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announces a deal with a utility and offshore wind developer to turn the port in New London into a wind energy staging area for projects off the state’s coast. (CT Mirror)

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GEOTHERMAL: Boston city officials are backing a proposal for a 140-unit residential complex that would be heated by a geothermal system and not natural gas. (Boston Globe)

• Philadelphia’s city council may ban hydrofluoric acid, a deadly chemical released in the explosion of an oil refinery in the city last summer. (WHYY)
• Opponents of the sale of the refinery vow a long legal fight as a bankruptcy court begins consideration of it today. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: A planning board in a Connecticut city approves a cooling station in a pipeline project that is intended to increase natural gas supplies in New York. (New Haven Register)

CLEAN ENERGY: Critics of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s clean energy proposals say his legislation relies too much on nuclear power and does not require phasing out coal-fired power plants. (Maryland Matters)

ACTIVISM: A Boston University professor ends his hunger strike over a natural gas compressor station after he says progress has been made in regulating its environmental impact. (WBUR)

HYDROPOWER: A settlement between the owner of a hydropower dam in Maryland is opposed by environmental groups and some state legislators support a law to block it. (Bay Journal)

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MARKETING: Maryland regulators start an investigative unit to field complaints about deceptive marketing practices and scamming by energy suppliers. (Baltimore Sun)

• A climate activist says Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s objections to some energy proposals fail to account for a “just transition” that would benefit lower-income state residents. (VTDigger)
• The head of a Massachusetts municipal electric cooperative says pubic power continues to lead the way in adapting clean technologies by pursuing wind energy, storage and efficiency. (

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