Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts wind farm expected to save $1.4 billion over 20 years

WIND: An 800 MW wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard is expected to provide electricity at 6.5 cents a kilowatt-hour, saving ratepayers about $1.4 billion over 20 years, according to a contract filed with state regulators. (Bloomberg, CommonWealth Magazine)

TRANSMISSION: An exhibit in New Hampshire will chronicle opposition to the 192-mile Northern Pass transmission line, which would bring Canadian hydroelectric power to New England’s power grid. (Energy News Network)

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• New solar projects are popping up all over Maine, despite state policies that are unfriendly to solar development. (Bangor Daily News)
• Tesla has two years to fulfill a promise to create 1,460 jobs through its new solar panel factory in Buffalo, New York. (The Buffalo News)
• Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection approves a revised permit for a solar farm on a capped landfill in Portland, Maine. (The Forecaster)
• Residents in coastal Maine will weigh in on a proposal to install 500 solar panels at a closed landfill. (Bangor Daily News)

RENEWABLES: A technical school in northeast Massachusetts receives a $160,000 state grant to create a clean energy program. (WHAV)

BIOFUEL: A county council in central Delaware approves the construction of a $60,000 facility that turns chicken waste into renewable energy. (Delaware Public Media)

• Rick Perry visits the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant outside Syracuse, New York, marking his first visit to a nuclear plant since becoming U.S. Secretary of Energy. (news release)
• Connecticut utility regulators will allow the state’s only nuclear power plant to bid as an “at risk” generating asset beginning in 2022, putting it in the same category as renewables such as solar and wind. (S&P Global)
• Entergy plans to sell a Massachusetts nuclear plant to a subsidiary of Holtec International, which would decommission the plant after it shuts down next summer. (Providence Journal)

• The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of ISO-New England market rules that allow renewable resources to bid in below the minimum level, dealing a blow to natural gas generators. (Utility Dive)
• New Brunswick, New Jersey, embraces a program that calls for 100 percent clean energy by 2035. (NJBIZ)

POLLUTION: New Jersey sues polluters for contaminating sites around the state, including a former petroleum refinery, old gas station and former gas plant. (New York Times)

PIPELINES: Vermont regulators order Vermont Gas Systems to pay a $23.7 million fine for “imprudent” spending on a natural gas pipeline, while ratepayers will be saddled with another $141 million in costs. (VT Digger)

UTILITIES: Central Maine Power is making its smart-meter network less vulnerable to power outages by wiring key devices for backup generators and increasing the number of mobile generators available. (Portland Press Herald)

• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf should use his power to stop construction on Sunoco’s troubled Mariner East pipelines instead of using the Public Utilities Commission “as his scapegoat,” says an organizer for Food & Water Watch. (Penn Live)
• New Jersey regulators are looking to develop a regulatory framework for a community solar program, which would bring renewable energy to people who would not otherwise have access to it, says the Times of Trenton editorial board.

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