Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania forms plan for 10 percent solar by 2030

SOLAR: Pennsylvania stakeholders have developed a plan for the state to get 10 percent of its power from solar by 2030. (The River Reporter)

ALSO:
• How behind-the-meter solar is helping New England lower peak demand during summer heatwaves. (PV Magazine)
• Developers complete a test of Massachusetts’ first floating solar system in Plymouth. (CapeCodToday)
• City officials install Philadelphia’s first solar-powered bus shelter. (Billy Penn)

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MICROGRIDS: A 1.1 MW microgrid sustains a Brooklyn apartment building with minimal need for power from the grid. (Fast Company)

HYDRO:
• A county in eastern Pennsylvania pledges up to $1.5 million to support the construction of a small-scale hydropower plant along the Delaware and Lehigh Historic Canal Corridor. (The Morning Call)
• FERC extends a construction license for a hydroelectric dam project in Upstate New York for up to eight years. (The Daily Star)

POLICY: A panel of Democratic state lawmakers touts legislation that would require Pennsylvania to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. (Maine Line Media News)

OIL & GAS:  Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection orders three oil and gas companies to plug more than 1,000 inactive wells. (PhillyVoice)

PIPELINES: A county outside Philadelphia will pay $115,000 for a private company to conduct a risk assessment of Sunoco’s troubled Mariner East 2 pipeline. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ADVOCACY: A group in central Pennsylvania says it will stage a weekly demonstration to protest fossil fuels and promote renewable energy. (Lebanon Daily News)

POWER PLANTS:
• At a hearing in Rhode Island, a witness for Invenergy says yard signs will do more to harm property values than a proposed fracked gas and diesel power plant. (Uprise RI)
• A developer breaks ground on two fuel cell power plants that will provide 7.4 MW of electricity to a U.S. Navy Submarine Base in southeast Connecticut. (news release)

UTILITIES: A Maine utility will give $50 million over 40 years to energy-assistance programs for low-income electric customers in Massachusetts, as a condition of building a high-voltage transmission line from Canada. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• Natural gas should be used as a resource to help Massachusetts transition to a clean energy future, says the head of a state public policy group. (Boston Business Journal)
• A Delaware petition asking the EPA to limit upwind emissions from out-of-state power plants “was half baked,” and the agency was right to deny it, says the director of the Center for Energy Competitiveness at the Caesar Rodney Institute. (Delaware State News)
• Massachusetts lost more than 3,000 solar jobs last year, largely thanks to a policy that limits how much solar can be installed in the state, says the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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