Northeast Energy News

New Hampshire biomass subsidies to continue

BIOMASS: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signs a bill that extends a subsidy for a biomass plant in the northeastern part of the state by three years. (NHPR)

NUCLEAR:
• A waterfront village in Upstate New York may lose half its revenue when the Indian Point nuclear plant closes in 2021. (New York Times)
• The current and prospective owners of the idled Vermont Yankee nuclear plant tell state regulators that regulatory delays won’t threaten the sale of the plant. (VT Digger)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. Senate passes an amendment to provide $4 million in federal funding to a solar technology research center in Vermont. (news release)
• Massachusetts-based Nexamp Inc. is on track to complete 7.5 MW of community solar projects in New York’s Finger Lakes region this August. (Solar Industry)
• The latest news on Massachusetts’ SMART solar incentive program, which was enacted over two years ago to promote cost-effective solar development. (Mintz Levin)

WIND: Residents in Massachusetts, New York and Vermont say new wind projects are making them sick, but scientific consensus suggests otherwise. (NOVA Next)

EFFICIENCY: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awards six design contracts as part of a program to develop energy-efficient ways to retrofit buildings. (news release)

EMISSIONS: Luxury towers are responsible for nearly 50 percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report. (Huffington Post)

POLLUTION: More than half a million people in the Portland area experienced 26 days of degraded air quality in 2016, according to a new report by Environment Maine Research & Policy Center. (news release)

POLITICS: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is among at least nine anti-fossil fuel candidates who won their primary races. (ThinkProgress)

UTILITIES: Central Maine Power is approved to build a $250 million conversion station in Lewiston, which will create about 1,700 jobs during construction. (Bangor Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• Lawmakers shouldn’t believe claims that nuclear plants are more reliable during emergencies and essential to national security, says a senior policy fellow at the Institute for Liberty. (Press & Journal)
• An intern with the Natural Resources Council of Maine describes an “interesting and beautiful” 5 MW solar installation in central Maine. (Natural Resources Council of Maine)

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