Northeast Energy News

New Jersey to join zero-emissions vehicle initiative

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
New Jersey plans to join an eight-state initiative focused on bolstering the sale of zero-emissions vehicles. (NJ Spotlight)
A coalition in Pennsylvania is studying how to grow electric vehicle ownership in the state. (Press and Journal)

BIOMASS: Maine regulators on Wednesday approved a partial subsidy for two wood-energy plants – a decision detractors plan to appeal to the legislature. (Portland Press Herald)

COAL: A Pennsylvania coal plant — one of the most polluting in the nation — will convert to natural gas by 2028, the result of settlement between the plant’s owners and an environmental group. (Bay Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY: Over two dozen projects from wind and fuel cell developers will compete for clean and renewable energy contracts in Connecticut. (Hartford Business)

WIND:
Federal regulators have opened a comment period for an 800 megawatt offshore wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (Kallanish Energy)
A Danish offshore wind company, with proposed projects along the northeast, will open an office in Atlantic City. (Burlington County Times)
Federal regulators are seeking input from mariners about locations for the development of wind energy projects. (WorkBoat)
Massachusetts may delay selecting a wind energy company for its plan to require power companies to purchase electricity from offshore wind. (South Coast Today)

ENERGY STORAGE:
A New Hampshire utility plans to install batteries in hundreds of homes to cut down on infrastructure costs and help customers reduce their energy bills. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
Researchers have developed a method to build a rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery from paper biomass, which could be used as an energy-storage option for microgrids and traditional electric grids. (Troy Record)

SOLAR: A Massachusetts county has started a solar hot water pilot program targeted to homeowners. (Greenfield Recorder)

COMMENTARY:
A proposal by a utility to subsidize in-home batteries to reduce grid costs is exactly the type of non-traditional approach that needs to take place to achieve a 21st century grid, says a writer. (Granite Geek)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to move the state away from fossil fuels and transition it to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, says an organizer. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Weakening federal vehicle emissions standards and revoking California’s waiver that allows it to adopt stronger standards would devastate states’ efforts to combat air pollution and mitigate climate change, say writers from four state energy agencies. (Danbury News Times)

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