Northeast Energy News

Offshore wind developer commits to protecting endangered whales

WIND:
• Developers of a proposed 800 MW wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard partner with three environmental groups on a plan to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. (SouthCoastToday.com)
• Two developers of offshore wind projects in Maryland are asking local companies for help constructing, operating and maintaining their wind turbines. (Baltimore Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• A Louisiana-based solar provider secures a $90 million credit line that will help it lease solar panels to low- and moderate-income homeowners in Connecticut. (HartfordBusiness.com)
• A developer completes nine community solar projects representing 27 MW of capacity in New York State. (news release)

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NUCLEAR:
• The Nuclear Regulatory Commission agrees to delay the relicensing of the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire after a request from the state’s congressional delegation. (Seacoast Online)
• A New Jersey utility vows to shutter three nuclear units in the southern part of the state if it doesn’t receive annual subsidies from ratepayers. (NJ Spotlight)
• At a meeting in Albuquerque, green groups voice opposition to an application filed by New Jersey-based Holtec International that seeks to build a facility in southeastern New Mexico to store spent nuclear fuel. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: A county district attorney in southeast Pennsylvania says Sunoco hired armed constables to provide security and intimidate citizens near its natural gas pipelines. (Daily Local News)

NATURAL GAS:
• Con Edison’s upcoming moratorium on new natural gas customers in a community north of New York City should be “a wake-up call” about the state’s natural gas shortage crisis, says a local business leader. (White Plains Daily Voice)
• A home heating oil trade group asks Connecticut’s governor to issue an executive order to halt the expansion of the state’s natural gas network. (The Hour)
• Experts say a spike in demand is unlikely to have caused thousands of customers in Rhode Island to lose natural gas service. (Providence Journal)

OIL & GAS: Five workers are hospitalized after an acid leak at a refinery outside Philadelphia. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
• Massachusetts fines National Grid $750,000 for what it calls an inadequate response to a destructive 2017 wind storm that left about 300,000 homes and businesses without electricity. (Associated Press)
• Low-income residents in Pennsylvania spend a higher percentage of their household income on energy-related utility bills than most comparable states, according to a Public Utility Commission report. (DailyEnergyInsider)

POLICY: A Maine state representative introduces a carbon pricing bill that would force fossil fuel producers to pay a fee that would be redirected to electricity ratepayers as a dividend. (Maine Public)

COMMENTARY: A senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists suggests four ways the general public can promote offshore wind development. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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