Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts, Rhode Island announce 1.2 GW of offshore wind

WIND: Massachusetts and Rhode Island announce procurement deals for offshore wind farms totalling 1.2 GW of new capacity. (CommonWealth Magazine, Providence Journal)

ALSO:
• Developers of the Massachusetts project say “we’re coming online at a critical time” as other generation sources face retirement. (Cape Cod Times)
• The projects represent a major leap forward for the U.S. in offshore wind, a technology that is mainstream in Europe. (New York Times)
• Fishing industry groups react to the announcement. (Standard-Times)

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NEW JERSEY: Gov. Phil Murphy signs bills raising the state’s renewable energy standard to 50 percent and providing zero-emission credits for nuclear power plants. (RTO Insider)

GRID: PJM’s capacity auction yesterday resulted in higher prices for generators, but fewer nuclear plants cleared the auction — possibly because operators are avoiding long-term commitments. (Bloomberg, Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: Officials in a Maine town are reconsidering their support of a transmission project to import Canadian hydropower. (Sun Journal)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators release details of their visit to a New Hampshire nuclear plant. (Gloucester Daily Times)

COAL: The EPA turns down Connecticut’s request to force a Pennsylvania coal plant to cut emissions. (Lancaster Online)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Republican lawmaker introduces legislation to ban offshore drilling along Delaware’s coast. (Dover Post)
• An anti-fracking group that includes actor Mark Ruffalo says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has not done enough to address health impacts of drilling. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission chair is named to a federal partnership that oversees pipeline safety. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

CARBON PRICING: A stakeholder group in New York debates the impact of a proposed carbon price. (RTO Insider)

SOLAR: A New York town seeks to clear up a contradiction in its solar ordinance. (Orchard Park Bee)

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EFFICIENCY: Villanova University gets a state grant to install a combined heat and power system on campus. (Patch)

COMMENTARY: A young conservative says addressing climate change should not be a partisan issue. (Vox)

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