Northeast Energy News

New York to lead offshore wind energy R&D effort

WIND:
• New York state will lead a research and development hub aiming to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy in the United States. (Greentech Media)
• The Trump administration wants to boost offshore wind development by streamlining permitting and carving out vast areas for leasing. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• New York regulators adopt rules allowing solar developers to skip environmental reviews for projects at landfills, brownfields, and other properties already impacted by human presence. (Utility Dive)
• Solar cell-infused glass could someday help smartphone batteries run longer or allow skylines to double as solar power plants. (Discover)
• A Massachusetts city council rejects a petition to create a solar overlay zoning district because the area is mostly residential. (Telegram & Gazette)

TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts might be on the verge of becoming the second state to introduce a carbon pricing program aimed at the transportation sector. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
• The head of New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities threatens to pull the state out of the PJM Interconnection over a lack of coordination with member states. (E&E News, subscription)
• Maine will decide whether a slice of its forestland should be strong with wires to support Massachusetts’ growing electricity need. (Wall Street Journal)
• NYSE&G says it will stop and reassess whether a planned power line across parts of the Southern Tier is still necessary. (WBNG)

NUCLEAR: Exelon recognizes a Maryland nuclear plant employee for leading the company’s partnership on an artificial reef project in the Chesapeake Bay. (Calvert Recorder)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont Congressman Peter Welch unveils legislation that would reward an existing federal electric vehicle credit at the time of sale instead of making buyers wait for annual income tax returns. (VTDigger, press release)

RENEWABLES: The heads of 10 local chambers of commerce call on Massachusetts lawmakers to boost the state’s commitment to renewable energy. (Telegram & Gazette)

POLITICS: Lawmakers celebrate Scott Pruitt’s resignation. “Took you long enough,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called it long overdue; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says he should have been fired “28 scandals ago.” (Axios, NPR, The Hill)

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