Northeast Energy News

No ‘big splash’ for offshore wind in Connecticut

WIND: Connecticut officials selected just one offshore wind project in a recent zero-carbon electricity bidding process, further reflecting the state’s slow embrace of the technology. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• A town council in eastern Rhode Island votes against a 58 MW solar project that would have been the largest in the state. (ecoRI News)
• Vermont’s largest electric utility plans to add three solar-plus-storage projects to help reduce regional transmission costs. (Utility Dive)
• Solar advocates urge Maine lawmakers to eliminate a controversial “gross metering” policy and fully reinstate a net-metering policy. (Portland Press Herald)

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RENEWABLES:
• None of Massachusetts’ 41 municipal light plants used enough renewable energy in 2017 to meet the state’s renewable portfolio standard, according to a new report. (Politico)
• Middlebury College announces a 10-year plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources at its main Vermont campus by the end of 2028. (news release)
• Massachusetts’ Amherst College announces plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: The Canadian hydroelectric utility that would benefit from a proposed transmission line has avoided making its case before Maine’s utility regulators, where it would be subject to cross examinations and have to testify under oath. (Bangor Daily News)

UTILITIES:
• Columbia Gas offers to replace natural gas appliances and equipment that were damaged in a series of home explosions outside Boston last September. (Boston Globe)
• Residents and businesses file class action lawsuits against National Grid and pipeline operator Enbridge over a natural gas outage in southeast Rhode Island. (WPRI)

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POLICY: A New York lawmaker introduces legislation that would require all electricity suppliers to buy renewable energy credits from existing biomass, hydropower and wind projects. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• A program run by Maryland’s largest utility​ is successfully shrinking peak demand, saving customers money and rewarding the utility at the same time, says a principal at Advanced Energy Economy. (Utility Dive)
• To reduce emissions, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should fight to keep the state’s Indian Point nuclear plant open instead of pushing for more offshore wind development, says a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. (City Journal)
• The Northeast’s “hyper-localism and enviro-ideology” have prevented the construction of natural gas pipelines into the region, making it the only part of the country with constrained supplies of natural gas, says an energy policy expert at the R Street Institute. (RealClearEnergy)

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