Northeast Energy News

New Jersey bill would invest clean energy funds in underserved communities

CLEAN ENERGY: A bill filed in New Jersey would direct 10% of the state’s clean energy fund be allocated to environmental justice communities to promote solar, other renewables and energy efficiency. (NJ Spotlight) 

BIOFUELS:
• After a decade of effort, an anaerobic digester at a Vermont dairy farm is under construction to provide renewable natural gas to a college and a utility. (Energy News Network)
• Advocates for anaerobic digesters see an opening in Connecticut as the state’s largest waste-to energy trash burning facility appears doomed and officials grapple with a replacement. (Hartford Business Journal)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
• Maryland legislators want federal regulators to reverse a controversial ruling that they say will hurt offshore wind’s ability to compete in capacity auctions while they are powerless to provide relief due to suspension of the current legislative session. (Utility Dive)
• A Connecticut city wants the state to pay for the relocation of two commercial fishing operations displaced by a plan to turn a pier into an offshore wind turbine assembly and staging area. (The Day)

GRID: A new report says consumers will pay billions extra annually in PJM for a rule that critics say disadvantages renewable energy and props up fossil fuel plants. (E&E News, subscription required)

SOLAR:
• About 52% of Massachusetts solar jobs will be lost due to the coronavirus pandemic in an analysis that projects national losses to top 114,000. (SouthCoastToday)
Construction is completed at New Jersey’s largest solar farm, a 28.5 MW array at a U.S. Navy facility. (ROI-NJ)

EFFICIENCY: Con Ed chairman John McAvoy tells shareholders at a virtual annual meeting the New York utility will triple its energy efficiency commitments with an investment of $1.5 billion by 2025. (news release)

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PIPELINES: A possible explosion and maintenance work at a Rhode Island compressor are shrouded in secrecy as new permits are not apparently required. (ecoRI)

COMMENTARY:
• The Sierra Club wants Maryland officials to convene to form policies to assist communities and workers after a coal plant operator announces the closure of a facility in August. (news release)
• A policy professor says COVID-19 underscores the unequal environmental burden communities of color suffer from air pollution in New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

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