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) 

ALSO:
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)

OIL & GAS:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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. (Masslive.com)

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