Northeast Energy News

New Jersey regulators take first steps on offshore wind

WIND:
• New Jersey regulators take steps to partially implement Gov. Phil Murphy’s targets for offshore wind, breaking an eight-year logjam on the issue. (NJ Spotlight)
• A renewable energy developer has halted the construction of two large wind turbines on his Vermont property – citing the state’s turbulent climate for renewable wind energy. (Caledonian Record)

CLEAN ENERGY: The mayor of Burlington, Vermont has unveiled a three-year environmental plan that is focused on making Burlington a net-zero city. (Vermont Biz)

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PIPELINES: Three environmental groups are seeking an injunction to halt the Mariner East 2 pipeline construction – citing a breach of contract between several parties. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

GRID: New England’s grid operator says changes to the grid will result from policy rather than large projects. (Concord Monitor)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Tesla representatives are traveling around New York to promote legislation that would allow it to open new stores around the state. (Spotlightnews.com)
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An electric company in Pittsburgh is partnering with Uber to promote electric vehicles. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

ENERGY STORAGE: The PJM Interconnection has 49 percent of the nation’s battery storage power capacity, according to a federal agency. (TribLive.com)

POLICY: Maine lawmakers are questioning whether a biomass generator plant should have received money from a taxpayer bailout passed two years ago. (Maine Public Radio)

OIL AND GAS: Protesters crashed a Rhode Island meeting held by a federal agency to hear comments about the Trump administration’s proposal to allow offshore oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic coast. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: Transource Energy, which plans to build a 16-mile above-ground power line, is taking legal against Pennsylvania landowners who are refusing to allow the company to access properties for testing purposes. (York Daily Record)

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY: A solar developer dropped a lawsuit against Bennington, Vermont officials over its proposed town energy plan, but filed the same grievance with the state superior court. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY:
• The utility industry must adapt to the fact that homeowner electrical use is changing due to an increase in energy efficiency technologies, says an electrical engineer. (Chambersburg Public Opinion)
• Voters in Brattleboro, Vermont should approve an advisory resolution that urges state lawmakers to fulfill their commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, say two members of a climate change organization. (Common News)

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