Northeast Energy News

New York on track to lead U.S. on energy storage

GRID: New York could be on the path to having the most aggressive energy storage goal in the U.S. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: Massachusetts’ attorney general wants the state’s department of energy resources to be more transparent when it comes to future discussions regarding the Northern Pass project. (WBUR)

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
• The University of Maryland College Park has awarded a Baltimore-based energy company a $21.5 million contract for building upgrades that will improve energy efficiency on campus. (Baltimore Sun)
• A New York agency launches a $30 million program to finance efficiency upgrades to apartment buildings. (Albany Times Union)

SOLAR:
• A decision by the Connecticut Siting Council to approve a 20-megawatt solar farm on Candlewood Mountain is being appealed by residents opposed to the project and an airport adjacent to the project site. (The News-Times)
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Concord, New Hampshire zoning officials later this week will hear about a proposal to build a 54-acre solar farm in a residential area. (Concord Monitor)

UMAINE: A University of Maine official accused of helping an energy company land a power contract with the university says he was not involved in the requests for proposals process. (Maine Public)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Harvard University has announced that it will work toward becoming fossil-fuel neutral by 2026, and fossil-fuel free by 2050. (Harvard Magazine)
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New York officials are revisiting the idea of using renewable energy options to help power and heat a 96-acre plaza complex in Albany. (Albany Times Union)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Renewable energy advocates are calling on Jersey City transit officials to invest in electrification. (NJ.com)

NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday called on lawmakers to pass a severance tax on the production of natural gas – a call he has repeatedly made since in office to no avail. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

FRACKING: South Windsor, Connecticut officials have approved an ordinance that bans fracking waste from being brought to or used in their town, citing that renewable energy is the future not fossil fuels. (Hartford Courant)

PIPELINES: New Jersey officials, along with a conservation foundation, have rejected an offer to sell land to PennEast for a pipeline project. (MyCentralNewJersey.com)

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WIND: With a more than $200 million commercial makeover of its port, New Bedford, Massachusetts is readying itself for the offshore wind energy industry. (Rhode Island Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• The Bangor Daily News editorial board says Maine regulators are right to hold a wood-to-energy company accountable for not fulfilling its obligations in return for subsidies.
• If New York wants to lead in the battery industry it will need to help from Congress to ensure imports don’t wipe out the industry in the United States, says a clean energy expert. (The Post-Standard)

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