Northeast Energy News

New Jersey consultant says clean energy comes at low cost

CLEAN ENERGY: A consultant for New Jersey says a switch to clean resources in the state’s Energy Master Plan will cause only a modest increase in costs. (NJ Spotlight)

WIND: New York U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer touts $25 million in infrastructure improvements at the Port of Albany, which include a staging area for two offshore wind projects. (Albany Times Union)

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TECHNOLOGY: A Massachusetts startup is developing an electric outboard motor that could dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of recreational boating. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION:
• A New Jersey appeals court affirms a regulator’s decision to build a transmission line, rejecting a challenge that said it is too close to al school. (NJ Spotlight)
• Hundreds of opponents of a proposed transmission line start a petition drive at polling places today to put the project on next year’s ballot. (WGME)

SOLAR:
• A Pennsylvania solar installer finds return on investment for solar projects is lower in its home state than in New York or Maryland. (Solar Power World)
• A Delaware electric cooperative doubles the size of a solar array by adding 4.2 MW of capacity. (Solar Power World)
• Town planners in Maryland approve a 10 MW solar project that could start construction by the end of the year. (Herald-Mail)
• Residents of a Rhode Island town fill a council chamber to express frustration with construction of a solar project that they say officials are unable to control. (Westerly Sun)

EFFICIENCY: Led by New York’s attorney general, a coalition of states and environmental groups sued the Trump administration yesterday over its rollback of light bulb efficiency standards. (The Hill)

CLIMATE:
• Hundreds of scientists, conservationists and officials from New England and the Canadian maritimes gather in Portland this week to examine the effects of climate change on the Gulf of Maine. (Portland Press Herald)
• Residents of a New York City neighborhood threatened by rising seas express little concern over the withdrawal from the Paris Accords or the effects of climate change. (Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION: A Pennsylvania school district debuts 14 propane-fueled buses bought in part with money from the Volkswagen settlement. (LP Gas)

COMMENTARY:
• While the U.S. begins formal withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, thousands of states, cities and businesses continue to live up to their commitments. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Exelon disputes an editorial board’s description as “disappointing” of its deal with Maryland to mitigate the effects of pollution at the base of a hydropower dam. (Baltimore Sun)
• A clean energy investor says Congress must extend the investment tax credit for solar as it is the most successful incentive of its kind. (Buffalo News)

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