Northeast Energy News

New York wind farm wins key approval

WIND: New York’s siting board approves a 242 MW wind farm in the state’s Southern Tier. (Livingston County News)

ALSO:
• New Jersey regulators approve using the site of a former nuclear plant as a transmission connection for an offshore wind farm. (NJ Spotlight)
• Affluent homeowners on Long Island are opposing the proposed site for a transmission connection for an offshore wind farm. (New York Times)
• New York officials will hold a series of public meetings on offshore wind on Long Island this week. (Newsday)

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SOLAR:
• Penn State announces plans for Pennsylvania’s largest solar array, which at 70 MW would provide about 25% of the university’s electricity. (Daily Collegian)
• Developers plan a 35 MW solar project, which would be the largest in the state, atop a former Superfund site in New Jersey. (Asbury Park Press)
• Officials in a Maryland town earlier this month approved plans for a solar array to help power a wastewater plant. (Star Democrat)
• A 435 kW solar array is completed at a Maine high school. (Bangor Daily News)

PIPELINES:
• A Long Island utility has cut its natural gas use by two-thirds in the past decade, but National Grid says a new pipeline is still needed. (Newsday)
• Pennsylvania regulators say the Mariner East pipeline was undamaged after another sinkhole opened up along its route. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NATURAL GAS: Massachusetts communities mark the one-year anniversary of a natural gas explosion that killed an 18-year-old. (Associated Press)

 
EFFICIENCY:
• While Pittsburgh is making progress in improving efficiency in municipal buildings, it has yet to take on the private sector. (Public Source)
• Delaware regulators approve a utility’s efficiency plan that includes incentives for LED bulbs and removing old appliances. (Delaware Business Now)

GRID: A draft ten-year outlook from New England’s grid operator predicts improved reliability but continued power constraints. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: A proposed ballot measure would prohibit new fossil fuel power plants in New Jersey. (NJ.com)

SITING: A Pennsylvania township approves zoning changes that would prevent pipelines, wind turbines and other infrastructure from being built near the Appalachian Trail. (Allentown Morning Call)

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BIOMASS: A Philadelphia utility pole that became famous online after a viral goodbye note was attached to it will most likely be burned as biomass. (WHYY)

COMMENTARY: An editorial page editor notes that Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s climate change order conflicts with his administration’s support for a new natural gas plant. (The Day)

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