Northeast Energy News

Quebec tribes push back on dams that could supply New England

HYDROPOWER: Canadian dams that could help Massachusetts meet its climate targets face strong opposition from indigenous communities, who accuse project developers of “cultural genocide.” (Boston Globe)

SOLAR:
• A solar array installed at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire is the largest of its kind at any school in the state. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• The installation of solar roof panels at Brandeis University’s Goldfarb Library has significantly increased the amount of solar power generated on campus. (The Justice)
• Simsbury, Connecticut officials plan to fight a decision by state regulators that approved the development of a solar farm in town. (Hartford Courant)
• A New Hampshire company develops “dual-use” solar arrays for farmland that are mounted high enough to allow animals to graze underneath. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
• Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s decision to impose a 30 percent tariff on solar panel components is dividing the industry. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

RENEWABLES:
• The new chancellor of the State University of New York has announced a plan for SUNY to begin sourcing 100 percent of its electricity from zero-carbon sources, including renewable energy and energy storage. (Albany Times Union)
• The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced two key pieces of legislation setting the groundwork for meeting the state’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. (New Jersey.com)

EFFICIENCY: Auburn, Maine has become the latest city in Maine to convert its public streetlights to LED, cutting electricity costs by 85 percent. (Lewiston Sun Journal)

NUCLEAR:
• A nuclear subsidy bill that died during the waning days of the Christie administration will be considered during a Senate committee meeting this week. (NJ Spotlight)
• Four investor groups will spend $2.5 million to bail out FirstEnergy, which owns a nuclear power plant in western Pennsylvania. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
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Connecticut regulators gave operators of the Millstone nuclear plant a partial victory in its quest for a more favorable market status. (Hartford Courant)

UTILITIES:
• Residential customers in the westernmost part of New York will see their utility bills increase after state regulators struck a deal with National Grid. (Buffalo News)
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A collective of communities in the Attleboro, Massachusetts area renewed their participation in an electricity aggregation program for another three years. (Sun Chronicle)

ADVOCACY: The Environment Council of Rhode Island has unveiled its 2018 legislative priority list, which includes placing a fee on all fossil fuels. (ecoRI news)

BIOENERGY: A manure to energy company will presents its plan on Thursday to officials in a Delaware county for a $50 million anaerobic biodigester. (WMDT)

WIND: Developers hears more comments about a proposed wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (Cape Cod Times)

GRID: A new white paper by the Environmental Defense Fund looks at how electric utility reform, specifically New York’s plan to build a cleaner and more reliable grid, can accelerate decarbonization. (Environmental Defense Fund)

NATURAL GAS:
• A proposed new gas-fired power plant in Rhode Island faces another setback as the Narragansett tribe withdraws from an agreement to supply water to the facility. (Herald News)
• Opponents of a natural gas pipeline that would run through Maryland raised concerns about the project at a hearing on Monday. (Herald-Mail Media)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A series of hearings scheduled for this week in New England to discuss the federal government’s offshore drilling plan in the Atlantic Ocean were postponed due to the government shutdown. (Maine Public)

GRID: A new report by Environment New York says that as the production of renewable energy increases so will the need for energy storage. (Energy Manager Today)

COMMENTARY:
• A Maryland delegate plans to introduce a bill that would move Maryland to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2035 – a plan he says is aggressive but achievable. (Maryland Matters)
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A Maine wind farm opponent — who refers to the projects as “plantations” — says the state already has more than its share of wind turbines. (Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel)

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