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Northeast interconnection queues flush with renewables, storage

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GRID: The three grid operators in the Northeast have more than 19,000 MW of renewable energy and energy storage resources in their interconnection queues expected to come online in 2020. (Platts)

ALSO: PJM approves $134 million in transmission projects to enhance reliability, including a $58.6 million line reconstruction in Pennsylvania. (Daily Energy Insider)

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CLIMATE: New Jersey environmental officials say a new study on the impacts of climate change shows increased risks to the state’s shoreline. (NJ Spotlight) 

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Maryland regulators say larger wind turbines now planned for an offshore wind project are a significant change to its design and require additional hearings. (Delmarvanow)
• Only one offshore wind farm exists in the U.S. today but the market could reach $70 billion within a decade, according to one estimate. (CNBC)

HYDROPOWER: Some cheer a Vermont Supreme Court ruling that upholds water quality requirements for a hydropower dam while others say it jeopardizes the state’s renewable energy commitments. (VT Digger)

ACTIVISM: Opponents of Pennsylvania’s Mariner East pipeline project say developers are using local police to harass them during peaceful observations at the construction site. (WHYY)

TRANSPORTATION:
Cutting transportation emissions in Maine is a challenge given state residents’ preference for pickup trucks and the lack of public transit options. (Portland Press Herald)
Five electric vehicle chargers are installed at a northern New York county municipal building using state and utility grants. (Post-Star)

OIL & GAS:
• Insurers of a damaged and bankrupt Philadelphia oil refinery indicate they will make a second payment of $15 million to debtors who were insured under the property’s commercial property coverage. (Reuters)
• A former refinery worker, a union official and an urban planner offer varying visions for the future of the site. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

SOLAR:
• Joseph P. Kennedy II helps unveil a community solar project in western Massachusetts that will serve 500 low-income families. (Masslive)
• All 11 members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation write to state energy officials in support of community solar projects and to be mindful of any proposed changes. (SouthCoastToday)

COMMENTARY:
• The American Lung Association says New York has an opportunity to improve public health by taking a leadership role in a multi-state effort to limit transportation emissions. (Buffalo News)
• An energy analyst says New York must reform its renewable energy siting processes if it going to have any chance to meet its aggressive targets. (PV Magazine)
• An editorial board says a university study on the impacts of fracking in western Pennsylvania is too narrowly focused and fails to consider the overall impacts of gas drilling. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• A Connecticut activist says if Gov. Ned Lamont is serious about climate change he would kill a proposed natural gas power plant. (The Day)

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