Northeast Energy News

New York opens bids for 800 MW of offshore wind

New York issues its first solicitation for offshore wind projects, starting with an initial phase of bids totaling at least 800 MW. (Associated Press, news release)
A state-funded pilot program in Rhode Island aims to inspire kids to think about careers in the offshore wind industry. (Energy News Network)

New Jersey regulators will hire a consultant to help redesign the state’s solar program, which has been criticized as too costly for ratepayers. (NJ Spotlight)
Stakeholders disagree on the best way to give low- and moderate-income families access to New Jersey’s community solar program. (NJ Spotlight)
A developer wants to install a solar-plus-storage microgrid system on a parking garage rooftop in southeast Vermont. (Brattleboro Reformer)
A brewery in northern Vermont builds the state’s first large-scale, solar-covered parking lot. (NBC 5)

STORAGE: A western Pennsylvania waste treatment authority is negotiating a contract to store four batteries with a combined capacity of up to 8.8 MW to serve as a backup power source for the region. (The Herald)

BIOGAS: Leftover grease from Rutgers University dining halls is being used to generate renewable energy from “bug farts” at a plant in central New Jersey. (My Central Jersey)

NUCLEAR: Any decline in nuclear power in Pennsylvania would likely lead to more natural gas and coal power, according to a new report. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

MIT engineers unveil a clear film that reflects the sun’s heat and could be applied to windows to reduce air-conditioning use. (Science Daily)
Researchers from New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology create a “bionic mushroom” that generates electricity. (New Atlas)

POLITICS: Incoming Democratic lawmakers in Maine and New York could make it easier to advance clean energy standards and carbon-reduction initiatives, say environmental advocates. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania’s Mariner East 2 pipeline will begin carrying natural gas liquids before the end of the year. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

UTILITIES: Massachusetts utility Eversource writes off its 40 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline expansion, saying a series of explosions outside Boston in September dealt a blow to the industry. (Boston Globe)

TRANSMISSION: Maine regulators tell developers their application to build a hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts is incomplete, further delaying the project. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY: Implementing a carbon charge within the PJM grid system could greatly reduce the need for zero-emission payments to nuclear plants, says a professor at Vermont Law School. (Utility Dive)

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