Northeast Energy News

Offshore wind developers offer $6.2 million to fishermen

WIND: The developers of a proposed 800 MW wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard offer to pay Rhode Island fishermen $6.2 million to compensate for lost access to fishing grounds and create a $23 million fund to research safe fishing around wind turbines. (Providence Journal)

ALSO:
• Seafood industry stakeholders and wind developer Ørsted create a task force to foster collaboration between commercial fishing interests and offshore wind developers. (SeafoodSource)
• Most residents speak out in favor of a proposed 22-turbine wind farm at a meeting in central Maine. (The Ellsworth American)

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SOLAR:
• A Baltimore County bill would impose a nine-month moratorium on rural solar projects, which could lead to a permanent ban on solar installations on farmland. (Baltimore Sun)
• New Jersey utility regulators approve rules for a three-year community solar pilot program that will earmark 40 percent of its annual capacity for low- and moderate-income projects. (news release)

RENEWABLES: Rhode Island’s Brown University will offset all on-campus electricity use with power from a solar project in Rhode Island and a wind farm in Texas. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: One of Tesla’s top executives is hopeful that Connecticut will change its laws this year to allow the company to sell its electric vehicles directly to consumers in the state. (New Haven Register)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College announces plans to build a wood-burning power plant and convert existing steam pipes in more than 110 buildings on campus. (Valley News)

POLICY:
• Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont touts plans to move the state towards a zero-carbon future at an environmental summit in Hartford. (Fox61)
• Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state needs a new goal to meet 100 percent of its energy needs with renewable power by 2050, and 50 percent by 2030. (State House News Service)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania utility regulators uphold a judge’s decision to deny an emergency request by residents to block the operation of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipelines. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

POWER PLANTS: A 1,485 MW gas-fired power plant enters service in northeast Pennsylvania. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

COMMENTARY:
• Nuclear power, carbon-capture power plants and enhanced geothermal energy systems will be key to powering a Green New Deal, say co-authors of a recent study reviewing pathways to decarbonize electricity systems. (New York Times)
• Electric car subsidies force low-income residents to pay a disproportionate amount for transportation infrastructure through gas taxes, says the chairman of a county planning commission in Vermont. (The Stowe Reporter)

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