Northeast Energy News

New Jersey lawmakers advance 100% clean energy bill

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A New Jersey Senate committee endorsed a bill to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050, despite some business groups saying the target is too soon. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO:
• As coal plants retire in the territory served by PJM, the void has been largely filled by natural gas and not renewable energy, even though solar, wind and storage dominate requests for transmission interconnection. (Greentech Media)
• Rhode Island has delayed for a month the announcement of the winning bids for 200 to 400 MW of renewable energy projects sought last year. (4C Offshore)

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EFFICIENCY: A bill in Massachusetts would require all new buildings to meet net zero standards. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Maine legislation would boost solar energy development as the state tries to catch up with policies that greater adoption across the rest of New England. (Energy News Network)
• Proposed utility scale solar projects in New Hampshire would dwarf the amount of capacity now in place in the state. (The Sentinel)
• A town planning board sought assurances that impacts from a proposed 7.3 MW solar project on Cape Cod would be limited. (Cape Cod Times)

PIPELINES: Columbia Gas Transmission sued Maryland in federal court over its denial of a permit needed to build a pipeline in the western part of the state. (Baltimore Sun)

WIND:
• Residents of a beach community on Cape Cod say they were unaware that the transmission connection to offshore wind project Vineyard Wind would be made there and have organized against it. (South Coast Today)
• The British government office in New England is working with state and local officials to share expertise and offer assistance to developing the offshore wind industry. (WGBH)

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GRID: New York regulators approved policy changes intended to send more accurate price signals that would encourage the adoption of distributed energy resources. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board has endorsed a bill in Maine to authorize a power contract with a stalled floating offshore wind project. (Press Herald)
• Pennsylvania should require greater oversight of pipeline projects to avoid environmental issues that only seem to come to light after they are built, an editorial board says. (Citizens’ Voice)
• A former policy analyst says a proposed power line through Maine is rife with conflicts of interest between project developers, advocates and state government. (Press Herald)
• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan should sign the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which is only the first step in fighting the climate crisis, a sustainability investment firm says. (Baltimore Sun)
• An activist campaign has increased public awareness and brought accelerated repairs of natural gas pipeline leaks in a Massachusetts city and now the state, an elected official says. (Masslive)

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