Northeast Energy News

Report: East Coast cities rank high for clean energy jobs

RENEWABLES: Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Washington are among the top 15 U.S. cities for clean energy jobs, according to a new report. (Business Insider)

SOLAR: Half of the capacity generated from a community solar pilot program in New Jersey will be reserved for low- and moderate-income residents. (NJ Spotlight)

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WIND:
• A political shift against wind energy could derail the last remaining wind project under development in Vermont — a single 2.2 MW turbine at a dairy farm in the state’s far northeastern corner. (Energy News Network)
• A hearing begins tomorrow on a transmission cable that would connect a planned 800 MW offshore wind project in Massachusetts to the grid. (Cape Cod Times)
• A federal judge rules against seafood industry groups that sought to overturn a federal lease for a wind farm planned off the coast of Long Island, New York. (WorkBoat)

BIOMASS: Developers receive a $200,000 federal grant to help build a proposed wood pellet plant in southern Maine. (Biomass Magazine)

EFFICIENCY: One out of five buildings constructed in Boston since 2012 is not energy efficient and scores in the bottom 50 percent when compared to similar buildings across the country. (WGBH)

GRID: New England grid operators release a 2019 work plan that is focused on developing a “market-based solution” to meet the region’s winter energy needs. (Utility Dive)

NATURAL GAS:
• Massachusetts utility regulators say National Grid may have violated federal gas pipeline safety regulations nearly 30 times since early July. (State House News Service)
• Columbia Gas announces a plan to replace gas mains, service lines and gas meters in three communities outside Boston where a series of explosions destroyed homes and killed a man last month. (Associated Press)
• The utility also offers to reimburse “reasonable costs” for residents who lost gas service and want to permanently shift to another heating source, which could include electric heat pumps, conventional electric heating, propane or fuel oil. (InsideClimate News)

REGULATION: President Trump tells a group of electrical contractors in Philadelphia that his administration has slashed a record number of environmental regulations to “get you more contracts and more jobs.(StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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NUCLEAR: New Jersey’s four electric utilities submit filings with the Board of Public Utilities disclosing how they will recoup the cost of buying credits through a potential $300 million nuclear subsidy program. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says the loss of a proposed 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant in Rhode Island would cost the state jobs and tax revenue while hindering the transition away from older, dirtier power plants. (Providence Journal)

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