Northeast Energy News

Officials shut down two controversial wind turbines on Cape Cod

WIND:
• Town officials on Cape Cod vote to shut down two wind turbines that have been the target of nine lawsuits since they went online eight years ago. (Cape Cod Times)
• A climate change consortium on Cape Cod endorses Vineyard Wind, a proposed 800 MW wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (CapeCod.com)

SOLAR:
• A new report ranks Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Maryland as the most friendly states to residential solar installations. (news release)
• A poultry farm in eastern Delaware installs a 275 kW solar system that’s expected to save $41,398 in electricity costs in the first year. (news release)
• A developer completes Vermont’s largest solar canopy for a science museum in Burlington. (news release)

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NET ZERO: A Vermont company will build and ship 13 net-zero energy homes with rooftop solar panels to New York City for a Habitat for Humanity project. (VTDigger)

TECHNOLOGY: An assistant professor in Hoboken, New Jersey, receives a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to engineer cheap, portable solar panels. (Patch)

POWER PLANTS:
• Opponents of a proposed natural gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island say annual electricity auctions prove that New England already has a surplus of generating capacity. (Providence Journal)
• Connecticut police arrest four protesters who chained themselves to a tractor in the middle of a road to stop turbines from being delivered to the construction site of a gas-fired power plant in neighboring New York. (The News-Times)

OIL & GAS:
• A landowners group near Binghamton, New York, sues the state Department of Environmental Conservation for delaying its application to drill for natural gas with propane instead of water. (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)
• A borough council outside Pittsburgh votes against a proposal to allow drilling for natural gas under a local park. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• The federal government recalls 40 furloughed employees at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to work on a proposed offshore oil and gas leasing plan, but does not call employees back to work on offshore wind development. (The Maritime Executive)

COMMENTARY:
• Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal to make New York’s electricity 100 percent carbon neutral by 2040 won’t be easy, but a net-zero apartment complex in the central part of the state proves it can be done, says a columnist for The Daily Gazette.
• Regressive solar policies that take effect in Connecticut this year will devastate the state’s solar industry, says the CEO of EcoSmart Home Services. (CTMirror)

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