Northeast Energy News

Offshore wind benefits from ‘oddly cooperative’ federal government

OFFSHORE WIND: Offshore wind is on the brink of its arrival in the U.S. thanks in part to an oddly cooperative dynamic between states and the federal government. (E&E News)

• Offshore wind projects are producing hundreds of jobs in Rhode Island and represent an “enormous growth industry.” (Providence Business News)
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will hold its first offshore wind auction for 800 MW by the end of the year. (Offshore Wind Journal)
• An offshore wind developer adopts procedures to avoid damaging commercial fishing gear off Rhode Island’s coast. (Providence Business News)

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• Starting this summer, New York apartment dwellers can tap into solar power through community solar programs. (The New York Times)
• A New York manufacturer begins installing a 2.4 MW solar project that will be the largest rooftop system in the state. (The Journal News)
• A developer plans to build a 2.9 MW community solar array in an upstate New York town in the next few months. (Watertown Daily Times)
• A New York town adopts a six-month moratorium on large-scale solar projects to give it time to establish regulations. (Watertown Daily Times)
• A Vermont court dismisses a solar developer’s complaint against a town it accused of not complying with a state energy planning law. (VT Digger)
• A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the opening a 1.5 MW community solar facility in central Delaware. (Dover Post)

WIND: Wind farms in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are expanding, adding two additional turbines each. (The Republican, Berkshire Eagle)

• New York regulators will allow an upstate utility to negotiate contracts with cryptocurrency miners hungry for cheap power. (Bloomberg)
• Clean energy storage could get a boost under grid resiliency legislation approved by the Massachusetts House on Thursday. (The Republican)
• Massachusetts officials host an informational meeting Monday on a proposed power line to carry Quebec hydropower to New England. (Daily Bulldog)

EFFICIENCY: Vermont Interfaith Power & Light awards energy efficiency grants to four faith communities. (VT Digger, news release)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators unanimously reject a petition to reverse part of a pipeline that connects Philadelphia refiners to customers in the Pittsburgh area. (Reuters)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire loggers planned to make their case at a closed meeting Thursday night to overturn a veto of a bill to bolster biomass energy. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Massachusetts officials ignored bona fide fuel scarcity that can now be used as pretext to prop up the coal industry, a editorial board says. (Boston Globe)

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