Northeast Energy News

Offshore wind auction draws record-breaking $405 million in bids

WIND:
• A record-breaking offshore wind auction draws over $405 million in bids from three companies looking to build off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (Greentech Media)
• Senators from Massachusetts and Rhode Island ask the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to implement policies to gather feedback from fishermen earlier in the offshore wind leasing and permitting process. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Developers are flocking to new solar incentives that launched in Massachusetts late last month, with the state’s Department of Energy Resources receiving more than 2,500 applications in the first week alone. (Energy News Network)
• Developers complete a 2.75 MW rooftop solar array in central Massachusetts. (news release)
• Developers want to build a 5 MW community solar project on 29 acres of farmland in central Massachusetts. (The Republican)
• A New England solar company starts an in-house apprenticeship program to address a shortage of young electricians who can install solar. (Portsmouth Herald)

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BIOMASS: A ratepayer group asks federal regulators to invalidate a 2018 New Hampshire law that forces utilities to buy biomass power. (Energy News Network)

HYDRO: New York environmental officials outline plans for a new hydroelectric plant at an existing Upstate dam. (The Daily Star)

PIPELINES:
• A judge will allow developers of the PennEast natural gas pipeline to take possession of properties in eastern New Jersey through the use of eminent domain. (Associated Press)
• Six pipeline employees were injured in two separate accidents in Pennsylvania last week. (Daily Local News, WHYY)
• Pennsylvania investigators say corrosion caused a leak from Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 natural gas pipeline last year, raising questions about possible corrosion elsewhere along the line. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

UTILITIES: Like his predecessor, Connecticut’s incoming governor will likely struggle to convince the state’s utilities to substantially alter their electricity delivery model. (CT Mirror)

COMMENTARY:
• An underutilized port in southeast Connecticut should become a staging area for the construction of large offshore wind farms, says the editorial board of The Day.
• 2018 was a record year for the U.S. offshore wind industry, but we need to do much more to combat climate change, says the President and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. (RealClear Energy)

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