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New Jersey doubles offshore wind target

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OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey more than doubles its offshore wind target to 7.5 GW, which could provide half of the state’s electricity by the mid-2030s. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A fishermen’s group says a proposed uniform layout of wind turbines off New England backed by the wind industry does not address their concerns. (Worcester Telegram)
• Floating wind turbines off Maine could be operational by 2022 and will be watched by the industry as a way to tap wind resources farther away from shore and avoid local opposition. (InsideClimate News)
• The developer of an offshore wind hub at the site of a closed Massachusetts power plant says plans are proceeding despite the presence of businesses operating on other parts of the property without permits. (Herald News)
• Coastal Delaware residents criticize an agreement between the state and an offshore wind developer to use part of a state park as an interconnection point for a proposed wind project. (Delaware online)

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EFFICIENCY: A Massachusetts state grant will test the potential for passive house design in rental units by seeking to reduce energy use by at least 60% compared to conventional construction. (Energy News Network) 

POWER PLANTS: The head of an environmental committee in the Maryland legislature will introduce a bill to shutter the six remaining coal plants in the state as a statewide poll shows widespread support for the move. (Maryland Matters, Sierra Club)

NATURAL GAS: National Grid says it is working on alternatives to address a gas shortage in the New York City area as the state turns up the pressure for it to end a moratorium on new hookups. (Politico)

EMISSIONS: Lawmakers from western Pennsylvania will fight Gov. Tom Wolf’s move to join a regional cap-and-trade emissions compact, saying it will hurt the fossil fuel sector and consumers. (TribLive)

TRANSMISSION: An analyst says a rebuilt 86-mile power line in northern New York will relieve congestion and lower power prices in that part of the state. (Platts)

HYDROPOWER: An environmental group withdraws its previous support of a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower to New York City and is joined by the energy industry to oppose the project. (Albany Times Union)

SOLAR: A New Hampshire city approves a solar installation on a former landfill that could be expanded if the state increases its cap on net metered projects. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

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GRID: PJM names Manu Asthana as president and CEO effective January 1. He was president of Direct Energy Home in North America where he combined the company’s retail electricity and home services businesses. (news release) 

COMMENTARY:
A solar advocate says Massachusetts has lagged behind in its former position as a climate leader and has been passed by New York. (Berkshire Eagle)
A think tank says Maine consumers would suffer under a plan to take over the state’s electric utilities with higher costs and no guarantees of improved service. (Maine Wire)
A former federal pipeline safety regulator says New York’s moratorium on new pipelines is stifling economic growth and hurting consumers. (Albany Times Union)
An analyst says federal review of pipelines is outdated and needs to consider environmental and landowner impacts more thoroughly. (Utility Dive)

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