Northeast Energy News

Report: Offshore wind could easily power Atlantic coast

WIND: The Atlantic coast has the offshore wind potential to provide four times more electricity than the region needs annually, according to a new report. (Press of Atlantic City)

RENEWABLES: Vermont’s renewable energy use isn’t increasing fast enough to meets the state’s goals, according to a new report. (The Bridge)

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SOLAR:
• A Connecticut car dealership buys a 15,000-square-foot solar installation with the help of a renewable energy lender and Connecticut Green Bank’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. (Stamford Advocate)
• A conservation group says it will file a new complaint in Superior Court over a rule in Maine that reduces solar net-metering rates over time. (Bangor Daily News)
• Solar developers are eyeing farmland in western New York for large-scale solar projects. (The Buffalo News)
• New York state invites developers to submit proposals to install solar panels on the rooftop and sidewalks of Manhattan’s Javits Center complex. (GlobeSt.com)
• Residents in central Vermont voice opposition to a proposed 1.2 MW solar project that would be built in a public meadow. (VT Digger)

STORAGE:
• Long Island’s first and largest utility-scale battery storage unit is installed in The Hamptons, totalling 5 MW. (Newsday)
• Vermont’s largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power, saved customers about $500,000 in July by utilizing energy stored in its customers’ home solar storage batteries, along with its own battery storage facilities. (The Bridge)

NET-ZERO: With the help of a 4.7 MW solar system, Massachusetts’ Hampshire College is the county’s first residential college to run entirely off solar energy. (WESA)

EFFICIENCY: Homeowners in cities like Providence, Rhode Island, could drastically reduce their carbon emissions and heating bills by switching to electric heat pumps, according to a new study. (Forbes)

GRID: Critics say New England’s major utilities acted out of self interest by asking FERC to clarify an order denying an ISO-NE request to waive tariff provisions to keep a Massachusetts natural gas plant running. (RTO Insider)

OIL & GAS:
• A legal loophole allows oil and gas companies to drill at archaeological sites in Pennsylvania. (NPR)
• A study finds a correlation between fracking in Pennsylvania and increased radon levels, which can contribute to lung cancer. (WESA)

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PIPELINES:
• Environmental groups continue to fight a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross under the Potomac River in western Maryland; FERC approved a key permit for the project last month. (Herald-Mail Media)
• State regulators approve changes to Sunoco’s drilling methods in an effort to lessen the environmental impacts from building the Mariner East 2 pipeline in eastern Pennsylvania. (Kallanish Energy)

COMMENTARY:
• Massachusetts should turn to regional renewables to reduce emissions, not imported hydropower from Quebec, says a director for the Massachusetts Sierra Club. (CommonWealth)
• The closure of the Indian Point nuclear plant could starve the New York City region of power, from sources both dirty and clean, says the editorial board of the New York Post.

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