Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts seeks to make fishing area off limits for wind

The governor of Massachusetts asks Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke not to lease an area south of Long Island to offshore wind developers, saying it’s one of several “high-value grounds” for regional fishermen. (The Standard-Times)
Wind turbine installations have slowed in Maine, largely because it’s too expensive to build the transmission lines needed to move wind power to southern New England. (Portland Press Herald)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts are hopeful that a series of regulatory delays will ultimately derail the project. (Boston Globe)

COAL: Two green groups plan to sue the owners of a coal-fired power plant south of Concord, New Hampshire, over the temperature of water discharged into the Merrimack River. (NHPR)

NATURAL GAS: A gas leak causes a 9,000 square foot house to explode outside Philadelphia. (WPVI)

POLLUTION: An Ohio-based gas processing company will spend nearly $7 million to settle air pollution violations in multiple states, including volatile organic compound controls at truck loading and gas compressor stations in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

A 4-acre solar farm in Portland, Maine, is nearly complete after a year of delays stemming from environmental issues. (Portland Press Herald)
New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College receives a $400,000 federal grant to support research into early-stage solar technologies. (news release)
A 2.9 MW community solar array is scheduled to go online early next year in northwest New York. (Watertown Daily Times)

BIOFUEL: A 1 MW anaerobic digester that turns waste into energy opens on a farm in northeast Massachusetts. (WHAV)

EFFICIENCY: Fewer Connecticut businesses are participating in a statewide energy conservation program that helps with clean energy improvements after lawmakers took $117 million from the program to help balance the budget. (Hartford Business Journal)

•  A leaked draft of a New York City bill to shrink the carbon footprint of large buildings might force the owners of rent-stabilized buildings to make expensive retrofits, which could lead to rent increases of up to 6 percent a year. (Huffington Post)
New Hampshire is the only New England state that didn’t join a coalition in asking the EPA to oppose a Trump administration plan to replace the Clean Power Plan with weaker emissions standards. (NHPR, Delaware Business Now)

POLITICS: More than a dozen executives at New Hampshire’s largest electric utility gave Gov. Chris Sununu’s re-election campaign $8,700 last month. (Energy and Policy Institute)

COMMENTARY: Residents living near New Jersey’s shuttered Oyster Creek nuclear plant will become “a test case for long-term, deadly nuclear waste storage,” says the founding member of an energy safety group. (Asbury Park Press)

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