Northeast Energy News

Offshore wind study finds upside for fishermen

WIND: An ongoing study indicates an offshore wind farm in Rhode Island benefits recreational fishermen as the base of the wind turbines create an artificial reef. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A New York law intended to circumvent local opposition to clean energy development has instead led to interminable delays. (Wall Street Journal, subscription required)

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PIPELINES: Two Massachusetts utilities say they do not need a proposed compressor station in the Boston area to serve their customers. (WBUR)

TRANSMISSION: A federal agency will hold a December hearing on a Maine power line from Canada after a congressman complained of a lack of transparency. (WGME)

MICROGRIDS: Pittsburgh International is the first major airport to announce its own microgrid as industry leaders are looking to them as a solution to regional power outages. (CNBC)

UTILITIES: An “alarming” increase in the number of utility shutoffs in Connecticut led to a hearing that discloses a failure to share information that could lead to services for low-income customers. (Hartford Courant)

POWER PLANTS: A court battle over a 20-year-old tax incentive deal for a power plant outside Boston has implications for plans to redevelop some of the property for commercial purposes. (Boston Globe)

GRID: New England’s grid operator sees lower summer demand over the next decade due to greater solar penetration and increased energy efficiency. (Utility Dive)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire’s congressional delegation wants federal regulators to include biomass power as a qualified source in the national Renewable Fuels Standard. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Providence, Rhode Island has 24 schools located close to highways and major roads, where pollution from vehicles can cause health issues. (ecoRI)

COMMENTARY:
• A former energy official says a natural gas shortage in Rhode Island last winter could have been avoided if the state had kept up with building its energy infrastructure. (Providence Journal)
• The U.S. Green Building Council says a new study counters the myth that net-zero energy buildings are too costly. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A columnist says climate change lawsuits by states and municipalities may not be the most just solution but may be the most effective way to change oil company behavior. (Bloomberg)
• An environmental group lauds Pennsylvania legislators for advancing a bill that would encourage electric vehicle adoption in the state. (Daily Energy Insider)

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