Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping clean energy bill

RENEWABLES: The Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping legislation that would promote energy storage, put a price on carbon, increase renewable portfolio standards, and raise the solar net metering cap. (Associated Press, pv magazine)

ALSO:
Cities like Boston are using “virtual power purchase agreements” to meet their climate goals while helping wind and solar developers attract capital. (E&E News)
The Connecticut Green Bank launches a two-year pilot program that will expand its C-PACE program to include renewable energy financing for new building developments and major redevelopments. (Hartford Business Journal)

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SOLAR:
A town in northern New Jersey agrees to lease a 23-acre capped landfill to solar developers. (New Jersey Herald)
Citizens in Upstate New York are trying to block a proposed 50 MW solar project, saying it would destroy the aesthetic of their neighborhood. (Hudson Valley 360)
A community solar farm in Brooklyn launches with 23 subscribers. (amNewYork)

WIND:
Rhode Island’s House of Representative will authorize an investigation into whether the state’s offshore wind turbines are killing sea life, following the death of a juvenile humpback whale last year. (ecoRI)
The DOE selects New York’s Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to lead an $18.5 million research and development consortium, with the goal of reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. (Offshore Wind Journal)

UTILITIES: Massachusetts-based utility National Grid releases a blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. (news release)

ADVOCACY: How a group of activists in New York laid a foundation for legal efforts to fight fossil fuel companies. (Truthout)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania residents who live in the path of the Mariner East 2 pipeline are growing weary of the troubled construction project. (Delco News Network)

FRACKING: A new study by Penn State researchers shows water quality has improved in one rural Pennsylvania county, despite the introduction of fracking in the area. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POWER PLANTS: Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures wants to build more gas-fired plants in the Northeast, but executives say they are wary of state-subsidized resources disrupting competitive markets. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is supporting the development of dangerous natural gas pipelines and infrastructure when he should be promoting large-scale solar investments, says a professor at Frostburg State University. (Baltimore Sun)
If the Massachusetts House approves clean energy legislation passed by the Senate, it could make the state a national leader in the deployment of electric vehicle technology, says a policy analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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