Northeast Energy News

Report maps path to 80 percent clean energy

RENEWABLES: Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont can redirect $8.2 billion spent annually on importing fossil fuels to achieve 80 percent clean energy across the region, according to a new report. (Portland Press Herald)   

SOLAR:
• A New York official says the state is trying to get Tesla and Panasonic to diversify the products they make at a massive Buffalo solar plant, which is struggling to meet job goals. (The Buffalo News)
• Connecticut saw a slight increase in solar jobs last year, while New Hampshire lost 261 jobs, according to an annual census. (Hartford Business Journal, New Hampshire Union Leader)
• If Sunrun succeeds with plans to roll out a network of 5,000 solar- and battery-equipped homes in New England, it could become a model for other solar developers across the country. (The Republican)
• A rapid transit system that runs between Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey plans to install thousands of solar canopies in its parking lots. (KYW Newsradio)

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STORAGE: Eversource wants to install a 14.7 MW battery system to help manage peak load on Martha’s Vineyard. (Cape Cod Today)

WIND:
• A group of New England wind advocates announces the formation of a regional wind power council to promote offshore wind power projects. (North American Windpower)
• Developers withdraw plans for a 108 MW wind farm on a New York island in Lake Ontario. (Watertown Daily Times)
• A state senator says a Connecticut legislative committee has agreed to work on a bill that would add at least 2,000 MW of offshore wind over the next decade, which could help the New London port become a hub for the wind industry. (The Day)

POLICY:
• The New York Senate holds a hearing on legislation to move the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, which includes funding for clean energy job training. (Associated Press)
• A Republican congressman from Maryland tells local officials the Green New Deal proposed in the House “would be crippling to the Eastern Shore economy.” (MyEasternShoreMD)

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PIPELINES: More than 75 Pennsylvania businesses are still waiting to be paid millions for services they rendered on the Atlantic Sunrise and Mariner East gas pipelines. (Lancaster Online)

COAL: Researchers find a strain of hemp that grows well in the coal mine waste, creating an opportunity for entrepreneurs in northeast Pennsylvania. (The Citizens’ Voice)

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