Northeast Energy News

New York wind energy stuck in traffic jam

WIND: New York’s grid operator says increasing amounts of upstate onshore wind energy are being lost because inadequate transmission lines did not allow it to be moved to load centers closer to New York City. (Times Union)

ALSO:
An offshore wind developer and a Connecticut port have formed a public-private partnership to upgrade a pier to serve the growing offshore wind industry. (Hartford Courant)
• In a securities filing, Public Service Enterprise Group said it will decide by the second half of this year whether to take an equity stake in one of the three offshore wind projects in New Jersey bidding for state approval. (NJ Spotlight)
• Vineyard Wind won approval from the Cape Cod Commission to lay cable needed to operate its offshore wind facility off Massachusetts. (Cape Cod Times)

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POWER PLANTS: New York’s grid operator is evaluating a proposed new emissions rule that could force the retirement of 3,300 MW of natural gas-fired peaker plants in New York City and Long Island by 2025. (Reuters)

SOLAR: A Maryland agency awarded $2.8 million in grants to nine community solar projects that will bring clean energy to low- and moderate-income residents. (Solar Industry)   

CLIMATE CHANGE:
Scholars and policy experts urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support pending climate change legislation, saying the state is in a unique position to show national leadership. (Grist)
Hundreds of students descended on the Vermont statehouse in a “Rally for the Planet” to demand stronger state action to fight climate change. (VT Digger)
After delivering more than 200 floor speeches on climate change, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is joined for the first time by a Republican colleague. (E&E News)

PIPELINES:
A Democratic Pennsylvania legislator opposed to the Mariner East 2 pipeline apologized after her tweet comparing pipeline workers to Nazis created a firestorm for several days. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
As both sides await a decision by New York environmental regulators, advocacy groups are sparring over an undersea pipeline that would bring natural gas from Pennsylvania to Long Island. (WSHU)

NUCLEAR: U.S. Sen. Angus King criticized federal officials for the lack of a solution to storing nuclear waste generated at the defunct Maine Yankee power plant and similar sites. (Times Record)

COMMENTARY:
• A Pennsylvania legislator says Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to regulate methane emissions from natural gas drilling come two years late and are inadequate. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• An elected county official in Pennsylvania is urging state lawmakers to support the nuclear subsidy plan, stating it supports economic growth and the state’s environmental goals. (York Dispatch)
• Environmental advocates say it is time for New Jersey to create a Green Bank to support the development of clean energy technologies, similar to ones in other Northeastern states. (NorthJersey.com)

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