Northeast Energy News

Report: Maryland and Massachusetts set to double wind capacity

WIND: Maryland and Massachusetts are on course to double their wind capacity, according to an industry report. (reNEWS)

SOLAR:
A solar project under construction at a former landfill in southern Maine will supply 95 percent of a town’s electricity needs and save more than $321,000 over 25 years. (Bangor Daily News)
A solar company will open an electrical apprentice school at its headquarters in New Hampshire. (Solar Novus Today)

RENEWABLES: A Pennsylvania township outside Philadelphia votes to purchase all of its energy from renewable sources, which is expected to save $644,400 over three years. (Ardmore Patch)

STORAGE:
ISO New England’s recently filed proposal to integrate batteries into its energy markets predicts rapid growth in energy storage. (Greentech Media)
New Jersey utility regulators approve a $300,000 contract for Rutgers University to conduct an analysis of the state’s energy storage needs and opportunities. (Press of Atlantic City)

OIL AND GAS:
Three men are hospitalized with burns after an explosion at an oil refinery in Delaware. (Delaware News Journal)
Columbia gas completes pipeline upgrades in three communities outside Boston, which suffered a series of home explosions last month, but it has yet to restore gas service to all residents. (Associated Press)
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh receive $1.76 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to test a new method for treating and reusing fracking wastewater. (Tribune-Review)

PIPELINES:
Pennsylvania environmental regulators order Energy Transfer Partners to fix erosion issues along the route of a natural gas pipeline that exploded in the western part of the state last month. (StateImpact Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The main contractor for Pennsylvania’s Atlantic Sunrise and Mariner East 2 gas pipelines, Welded Construction LP, files for bankruptcy. (LancasterOnline)
A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit by a green group seeking to block construction on a 120-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. (Courthouse News Service)

UTILITIES: Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York are among the five most expensive states for utilities, according to a new report. (Thrillist)

TRANSPORTATION: An electrical engineer at the City College of New York receives $320,000 in state funding for his research on harnessing braking energy to make rail transit more energy efficient. (The City College of New York)

EFFICIENCY: A New Jersey gas utility will spend $81.3 million over the next three years to help customers lower their energy consumption through expanded efficiency programs. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
Officials for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey say the agency is committed to innovation and combating climate change. (Bergen Record)
Revenue generated by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has led to numerous economic benefits, including more than $2.9 billion in economic growth, say the authors of a new book on climate solutions. (Energy News Network)

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