Northeast Energy News

Report: New York leads U.S. on grid modernization actions

GRID: The number of policy actions addressing grid modernization jumped 75 percent from early 2017 to early 2018, led by New York, California, Massachusetts and New Jersey. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: A Connecticut energy storage company receives funding to build a 200 kWh demonstration project to help reduce power demand in New York. (Quartz, news release)

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SOLAR:
• A 100 MW solar project proposed in Maine would be the largest north of Virginia. (PV Magazine)
• A Massachusetts hospital and the surrounding community are expected to save over $1 million in energy costs thanks to a new community solar project. (Solar Industry)
• A 2.5 MW ground-mounted solar array is completed in Alden, New York. (Solar Power World)
• NextEra Energy wants Concord, New Hampshire, to reconsider its decision to reject a 54-acre solar farm due to zoning issues. (Concord Monitor)

OFFSHORE WIND: Rhode Island-based Blount Boats teams up with a Baltimore company to design and build boats for the offshore wind industry. (Renews)

NUCLEAR: A U.S. House bill supported by Rep. Peter Welch could help Vermont get rid of its nuclear waste. (VT Digger)

POLLUTION: An air pollution monitor on a mountain in the Adirondacks recorded unsafe levels of ozone, adding fuel to a pollution lawsuit launched against the EPA targeting Midwest coal plants. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

OIL & GAS:
• Two U.S. congressmen introduce a bill that would forbid federal oil and gas lease sales in waters off Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina.. (Daily Press)
• Pennsylvania’s House approves a controversial bill that would weaken environmental requirements for the oil and gas industry, but Gov. Tom Wolf has spoken out against it. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Pennsylvania lawmakers file a resolution asking for federal support for the construction of an ethane storage hub in the state, saying it would “create more quality jobs and drive business growth throughout the region.” (Tribune-Review)

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ADVOCACY: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders invites constituents to an Energy Resource Fair in Randolph, Vermont, to learn how to combat climate change and save money on energy. (Burlington Free Press)

COMMENTARY:
• A lack of charging infrastructure is a major barrier to widespread electric vehicle adoption in the Northeast, says a transportation policy analyst at Natural Resources Defense Council. (NRDC)
• Gov. Phil Murphy has helped make New Jersey one of the greenest states in the country, says the executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. (Star-Ledger)
• However, Murphy needs to implement stronger emissions cap under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), says a senior energy advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council. (NRDC)
• Renewable energy is reducing the need for new fossil fuel plants and pipelines in New England, says a senior attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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