Northeast Energy News

New Jersey amendment would ban fossil fuel power plants

POWER PLANTS: A proposed constitutional amendment in New Jersey to ban fossil fuel power plants could reach the ballot in 2021, but would not affect pending projects. (NJ Spotlight)

GRID: In-home battery systems installed by a Vermont utility kept the lights on for 1,100 customers during a blackout last month, with one battery running for 84 hours. (Greentech Media)

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OIL & GAS: Rhode Island regulators approve a temporary natural gas storage facility to serve an island that lost supplies last winter which led to a recent report critical of a utility’s preparation. (Providence Journal)

TRANSMISSION:
• A Maine town passes a referendum opposing a power line to import Canadian hydropower as opponents collect signatures for a statewide ballot measure in 100 towns. (Wiscasset Newspapers, Maine Beacon)
• A Delaware utility takes part in a pilot project to use drones to mark power lines to prevent contact with birds. (Delaware Business Now)

EFFICIENCY: A Vermont city now has a building code that it hopes will lead to weatherizing all rental apartments. (WCAX)

CLEAN ENERGY: Advocates unveil a plan to make a Rhode Island city completely powered by clean energy by 2030. (The Public’s Radio)

OFFSHORE WIND: Two New Hampshire state senators have been nominated to a federal task force charged with planning offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine. (InDepthNH)

SUSTAINABILITY: Pittsburgh releases a Neighborhood Plan Guide that merges its goals with a non-profit’s framework on how to build a sustainable city. (PublicSource) 

BIOFUELS: A new report on initiatives to support clean energy highlights Vermont’s efforts to promote advanced wood heating in government buildings. (news release) 

HYDROPOWER: A Massachusetts company proposes to build three hydropower dams on eastern Pennsylvania canals that were once used to ship coal. (Morning Call)

COMMENTARY:
• A clean energy advocate says door-to-door canvassing in Pennsylvania found the public engaged and interested in pursuing a 100% renewable energy goal. (Environment America)
• An editor says the recent selection of the second offshore wind development in Massachusetts shows utilities are guiding the process and not state policymakers. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A climate activist says a Massachusetts utility’s abandonment of a proposed  pipeline is a win for the climate and environment. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

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