Northeast Energy News

Quebec hydro project wins Massachusetts clean energy bid

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Massachusetts officials have selected Eversource’s Northern Pass to transport hydropower to the state from Quebec via a 192-mile transmission line that will run through New Hampshire. (Boston Herald)
• New Hampshire electric ratepayers could see more than $60 million in savings a year in energy costs during the first decade of the project. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

NUCLEAR: A bill that would provide subsidies to nuclear power plants in New Jersey has gotten a makeover and now includes clean energy initiatives. (Associated Press)

ENERGY STORAGE:
• A Vermont utility plans to use a commercial Tesla battery system to back up a 4.9 MW solar array. (Vermont Public Radio)
• A community rooftop solar project in Massachusetts is expected to be more viable with the addition of a battery energy storage system. (Energy Storage News)

SOLAR:
A solar company in Vermont plans to make changes to its business so customers don’t bear the brunt of the tariffs imposed on imported solar panels. (WCAX)
The tariffs will make it harder for New Jersey to boosts its solar industry, which has struggled in the past. (NJTV News)
A solar company is suing the city of Bennington, Vermont over the city’s adoption process of an energy plan. (Bennington Banner)

WIND:
• Two charts show the growth of wind power in Maine. (Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel)
A state legislator in Pennsylvania wants a proposed wind farm to be put to a vote(The Morning Call)

GRID: A utility company will build a microgrid in Milford, Connecticut, which will continue to provide electricity to key facilities in a power outage. (Solar Power World)

ELECTRIC CARS: A proposal being reviewed by state regulators would give Maryland the second largest electric vehicle charging network in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE POLICY:
• A bill requiring New Jersey to join the U.S. Climate Alliance is making its way through the legislature, and most likely will be signed by Gov. Phil Murphy. (NJ.com)
• Pennsylvania legislators are proposing a bill that would require the state to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Maine Gov. Paul LePage has yet to weigh in on the Trump administration’s decision to allow offshore drilling along the Atlantic Ocean. (Bangor Daily News)
• Panelists, including scientists, fishermen, and environmentalists discuss how the Trump administration’s decision could impact New Hampshire. (Seacoast Online)

FRACKING: Environmentalists cheer a decision to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin but say it doesn’t go far enough. (The News Journal)

BIOGAS: By summer, Providence, Rhode Island is expected to begin turning sewage waste into biogas for electricity – a first for the state. (Providence Journal)

COMMENTARY: The Buffalo News editorial board says the Trump administration’s decision to impose a tariff on imported solar panels is endangering western New York.

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