Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts seeks to add another 800 MW of solar projects

SOLAR: Massachusetts is floating a proposal to increase its solar program by up to 800 MW just after an industry report says momentum has been lost. (Masslive.com)

ALSO:
A ceremony marked the start of construction of three solar projects that will provide a combined 70 MW for Pennsylvania State University. (Herald-Mail)
The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that a solar project sited in a rural conservation district needs additional review from state regulators. (VT Digger)

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PIPELINES:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will continue to fight federal approval of the Constitution pipeline “any way that we can.” (PressConnects.com)
PennEast will resubmit its application for a natural gas pipeline in New Jersey after environmental regulators said submitted information was incomplete. (NJ.com)

UTILITIES: A state public advocate issues a blistering report that says Central Maine Power is still providing inaccurate bills two years after the rollout of a revamped metering and billing system. (Press Herald)

POWER PLANTS: New York City will soon get two floating barges equipped with gas-fired generators to replace aging floating power plants. (POWER)

OFFSHORE WIND: Additional review of the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts will also delay regulators’ consideration of several offshore wind projects throughout New England. (ecoRI)

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EMISSIONS: Pennsylvania environmentalists say a federal rollack of methane emissions regulations would be particularly harmful to the state where much of the fracking industry is concentrated. (BCTV.org)

COMMENTARY:
A consultant says New Jersey is acting too slowly to take advantage of the $14 billion opportunity presented by updating its energy efficiency policies. (NJ Spotlight)
A Pennsylvania state senator says shale gas has provided unique opportunities for economic development so roadblocks to its continued development should not be erected. (Observer-Reporter)
An editorial board says additional review of offshore wind projects by federal regulators is reasonable, but the process must be consistent and predictable. (Newsday)
A former federal pipeline safety regulator says debates about energy infrastructure are harmed by “embellishments” by pipeline opponents that are not factual. (Daily Times)

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