Northeast Energy News

Northeast installs 902 MW of small-scale solar projects

SOLAR: More than 900 MW of small-scale, distributed solar systems were installed in the Northeast in the twelve months leading up to November 2018, according to federal data. (PV Magazine)

ALSO:
• In response to local opposition to solar projects, a Maryland senator introduces legislation that would create a panel to draft a blueprint for where solar projects can be built. (Associated Press)
• Rhode Island will release a set of best practices on how to responsibly site solar arrays. (Cranston Herald)
• Massachusetts utility regulators issue orders to specify net metering and capacity ownership rights for solar-plus-storage projects. (Utility Dive)
• A 2.6 MW solar system on a closed landfill outside Providence, Rhode Island, will tap into three monetary streams: land lease payments, tax revenue and energy savings. (Waste 360)
• New England solar developer ReVision Energy merges with New Hampshire installer Energy Emporium to expand residential solar in the region. (Mainebiz)

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WIND:
• Vineyard Wind’s 800 MW wind project proposed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard passes a Massachusetts environmental review and will move on to state, regional and local permitting. (reNEWS)
• Rhode Island fishermen say they want more time to consider a compensation offer from Vineyard Wind for potential harm caused by the project. (ecoRI News)
• Federal regulators decline to act on a request from Vineyard Wind to halt New England’s annual power-capacity auction until the company is allowed to participate. (Utility Dive)
• New York state will purchase power from a 290 MW wind project to be constructed in southwest New York. (The Evening Tribune)

EMISSIONS: A Vermont Senate committee approves a bill that would waive emissions requirements for vehicles 10 years or older. (VT Digger)

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OIL & GAS: New York passes legislation banning oil and natural gas drilling in coastal areas. (Riverhead Local)

COMMENTARY: Fracking waste should be banned across New Jersey, not just in the Delaware River Basin, says an organizer with the advocacy group Food & Water Watch. (Asbury Park Press)

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