Northeast Energy News

New York to release $6 billion offshore wind plan today

WIND: New York is set to release on Monday a master plan for offshore wind energy that would generate 5,000 jobs and anticipates as much as 2,400 megawatts of new capacity by 2030. (Newsday)

ALSO:
Renewable energy advocates and others are upset by Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to create a wind energy advisory commission that will meet behind closed doors – out of view of the public and the media. (Portland Press Herald)
• Boothbay, Maine officials have authorized a cable route survey, signaling its interest in participating in an offshore wind farm pilot program. (Boothbay Register)

TRANSMISSION:
• Central Maine Power plans to proceed with a new transmission line to transport wind and hydropower from Canada to New England’s electricity grid – despite losing a Massachusetts renewable energy contract. (Bangor Daily News)
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The Massachusetts attorney general plans to review the choice of Eversource’s Northern Pass for a state renewable energy project, as two Democrats vying for governor want the state ethics commission to investigate. (Concord Monitor)
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Others says Eversource should not have been on the committee that evaluated the proposals for the project. (Mass Live)
• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted a large generator interconnection agreement between a transmission company and an electric utility for a natural gas-fired plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island. (RTO Insider)

NATURAL GAS:
• A shipment of natural gas from Russia arrives at a Boston harbor, but does not appear to violate U.S. sanctions. (Politico)
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is putting in motions several mechanisms to clear a backlog in the state’s approval process for new natural gas well permits. (Kallanish Energy)
• Stiffer regulations on coal-fired plants and the availability of cheap natural gas is leading to an increase in natural gas-powered plants in Pennsylvania. (Tribune Review)

SOLAR:
• Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey calls new solar tariffs “just one of a litany of environmental energy sins” from the Trump administration. (MassLive)
• A landfill in Tewksbury, Massachusetts will be developed into a solar energy farm with the energy generated sold to other municipalities. (Tewksbury Town Crier)
The solar industry will weather U.S. tariffs imposed on imported solar panels but job losses could number in the tens of thousands. (ecoRI news)

CLIMATE: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he never agreed to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but campaign records show otherwise. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: The town of Scarborough, New York is considering retrofitting its streetlights with LEDs to reduce costs. (Scarborough Leader)

POLICY: A transition team report for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says environmental justice should be a key focus for the administration. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY:
• A modernized grid that better incorporates renewables could help Maryland farmers save money and develop additional revenue, say a former agriculture secretary and a poultry farmer. (Delmarva Now)
The Berkshire Eagle editorial board is questioning the cost effectiveness of selecting Northern Pass for a renewable energy project in Massachusetts.
• New Jersey can achieve its clean-energy goals by doing three things: improve energy efficiency, continue to expand solar power, and develop offshore wind energy projects, says a state lawmaker. (NJ Spotlight)
New Hampshire should raise its net metering cap size to increase supply competition and lower prices for consumers, says a former U.S. Chamber of Commerce board member. (Concord Monitor)

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