Northeast Energy News

New York awards largest offshore wind contracts to date

OFFSHORE WIND: New York awards two contracts to build 1,700 MW of offshore wind off Long island, the largest such contracts in the U.S. to date. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Vineyard Wind says its 800 MW offshore wind project in Massachusetts is at risk if federal regulators delay issuing an environmental impact statement more than six weeks. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• The head of a Connecticut agency responsible for developing a state port as a possible hub for the offshore wind industry has been put on administrative leave for an undisclosed reason. (WNPR) 

EMISSIONS: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction law in the country on Thursday. (Politico)

OIL & GAS:
• The refinery explosion in Philadelphia last month is the latest in a string of incidents around the country that put the public at risk from exposure to the deadly chemical hydrogen fluoride. (NPR)
Philadelphia activists want to follow the lead of Berkeley, California and ban new natural gas hookups. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

SOLAR: NextEra will hold a public meeting to discuss its 30 MW solar project in New Hampshire, the largest one in the state. (NHPR)

REGULATION: Rhode Island Republicans have challenged the nomination of the new head of the state Public Utilities Commission because she is not a resident of the state. (NewportRI)

UTILITIES: Maine regulators heard a second day of complaints about Central Maine Power’s problematic billing system in a hearing ostensibly called to consider a rate increase. (Franklin Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A “Climate Caucus” in the Pennsylvania legislature is still willing to lock in fracking for 20 years even in the face of accelerating climate change, a columnist writes. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• An editorial board says New York is showing national leadership in the fight against climate change with a sweeping emissions law and the award of two offshore wind contracts. (Newsday)
• The size and diversity of New York’s economy makes its commitment to reducing climate pollution especially significant, and environmental organization says. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• A local chamber of commerce says a natural gas power plant in eastern Connecticut will lower energy costs and benefit the environment. (Hartford Courant)
• A clean energy activist says the track record for pipeline safety and lax federal regulation should push New Jersey to ban new infrastructure projects. (NJ Spotlight)

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