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Orsted: Federal regulators, pandemic likely delays offshore wind projects

OFFSHORE WIND: Orsted says its South Fork offshore wind project off Long Island will likely be delayed past its 2022 opening due to a prolonged federal review and COVID-19 and its other projects face similar risks. (Newsday, Greentech Media) 

ALSO:
• The financially troubled Massachusetts Clean Energy Center spent more than $23 million to defend and settle a lawsuit filed by contractors who worked on a proposed offshore wind staging area. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Seabed surveys are set to begin for the Atlantic Shores wind project in New Jersey. (offshoreWIND.biz)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A Vermont organization that promotes energy education moves its program online during the coronavirus pandemic. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: New York plans to lower its carbon emissions cap by 1.4 million tons in 2021 and another 1 million tons annually through 2030. (Bloomberg, subscription required)

TRANSMISSION: The Maine city that would serve as the hub for a power line to import Canadian hydropower would earn $7 million annually in tax revenues. (Sun Journal)

NUCLEAR: The Indian Point Unit 2 nuclear plant in New York shuts down for good tonight. (Associated Press)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A New Jersey waste-to-energy plant admits a “purple plume” earlier this month was caused by iodine but that it is no longer accepting waste containing the chemical. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR: Two solar projects proposed for a Rhode Island town will be presented to planning officials tonight. (Valley Breeze)

UTILITIES: Eversource says electricity use at western Massachusetts homes is increasing due to stay-at-home orders as it suspends penalties for late payments. (WesternMass News)

PEOPLE: A former energy adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo opens a consulting firm with part of its focus on how federally regulated markets work with state energy policies. (E&E News, subscription required)

COMMENTARY:
• A commercial fisherman says New Hampshire needs to fully explore all the potential consequences of committing to offshore wind development off its coast. (Seacoastonline.com)
• A Boston Globe columnist writes “in addition to exposing the disastrous consequences of inequality, this pandemic holds a mirror up to our inaction on climate change.” 

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