Northeast Energy News

New Jersey opens bids for 1,100 MW of offshore wind

WIND: New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities votes to open bidding for the construction of 1,100 MW of offshore wind capacity this week. (Press of Atlantic City)

ALSO: Massachusetts-based Vineyard Wind wants to hire workers in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a multimillion-dollar project constructing wind turbines for an 800 MW wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, pending approval from state regulators. (The Hour)

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SOLAR: Developers break ground on a 10 MW solar project in Ocean City, Maryland, that will account for about 20 percent of the town’s energy use. (Delaware Business Now)

RENEWABLES:
• Connecticut receives over 100 bids from companies offering to supply zero-emission electricity. (Hartford Courant)
• Massachusetts awards nine grants totaling over $9.6 million to ensure state hospitals can provide medical services during power outages by using clean energy technologies, such as energy storage and combined heat and power systems. (Telegram.com)

TRANSMISSION: PJM Interconnection will move forward with a controversial project to construct new overhead electric transmission lines in northeast Maryland and a county in Pennsylvania. (Baltimore Sun)

OIL & GAS: Briefings from federal regulators show the pressure level of natural gas pipelines was at least 12 times too high in three communities outside Boston, where dozens of home explosions occurred last week. (Boston Globe)

PIPELINES: Only 11 percent of Pennsylvania’s 89,296 miles of natural gas pipeline are mapped for the public, according to a new report. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

POWER PLANTS: Hearings resume today over a controversial 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant proposed in northwest Rhode Island. (ecoRI News)

NUCLEAR: An Illinois court ruling that “zero-carbon” credits for nuclear plants are within state jurisdiction could offer a supportive legal precedent for similar programs in New York, New Jersey and other states. (Greentech Media)

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POLLUTION: The EPA formally denies a Maryland petition asking the agency to limit coal plant emissions in upwind states, sparking an appeal in federal court. (InsideClimate News, Baltimore Sun)

COMMENTARY:
• A request for proposals to procure up to 400 MW of renewable energy in Rhode Island includes contract terms that are unfavorable to renewable energy developers. (PV Magazine)
• Developers building wind turbines off the coast of Long Island must earn the public’s trust and address legitimate concerns, says the editorial board at Newsday.

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