Northeast Energy News

New Jersey moves toward another offshore wind solicitation

WIND: New Jersey regulators issue a draft document and seek public comment on a solicitation for 2.4 GW of offshore wind. (Windpower Engineering)

ALSO:
A wind developer removes the last meteorological tower at a project site in western New York that it says it has not formally abandoned. (Lockport Journal)
New York weighs reviving plans to develop offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes that were seen as too costly nearly a decade ago. (E&E News, subscription required)

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OIL & GAS:
New York utilities say they will incorporate building electrification and alternative fuel sources as they consider future natural gas needs in their initial filing in a new state regulatory proceeding. (Platts)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro charges a unit of National Fuel Gas and a subcontractor with polluting a stream and groundwater in a southwestern county in 2015. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
The developer that bought a closed Philadelphia refinery reveals plans to level and clean the site and build a mass of warehouse and light industrial structures. (Philadelphia Inquirer) 

GRID: Grid operators say at a national conference that natural gas power is still needed in the short term to maintain systems as they transition to more renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A committee representing 115 Maine towns says four serious buyers have emerged for a financially beleaguered waste-to-energy plant that closed two months ago. (CentralMaine.com)

STORAGE: A Vermont company is awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop a hybrid solar power system that deploys thermal energy storage. (Sun Community News)

SOLAR: Researchers from Cornell University are part of a team studying how to balance the needs of farms and solar development. (Auburnpub.com)

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REGULATION: The one-member-short Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is unable to resolve whether to allow utilities to resume customer service shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board suggests attention from Massachusetts legislators will be given to town efforts to ban new natural gas now that the state’s attorney general has said current law preempts such actions. (Masslive)
• A candidate for the Maine Legislature says an unappreciated part of the clean energy economy is the number of construction jobs these projects create. (Portland Press Herald)

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