Northeast Energy News

Report: Offshore wind could have saved millions last winter

WIND: A 1,600 MW offshore wind farm would have reduced energy prices in New England by $11 per MWh during a cold snap last winter, saving more than $80 million in production costs, according to a report from the region’s grid operator. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
As a result of the federal government shutdown, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management postpones two public meetings scheduled to discuss a draft environmental impact statement for Vineyard Wind — an 800 MW wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (reNEWS)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu requests to establish a task force that allows state and local authorities to weigh in as federal regulators study areas for potential offshore wind development. (NHPR)
The new operator of a pier in southeast Connecticut is looking to capitalize off the region’s growing offshore wind industry. (WNPR)

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RENEWABLES: A 20 MW solar project expansion in eastern New Jersey is a prime example of business executives embracing renewable energy in the state. (NJ Spotlight)

EFFICIENCY: A seaside town in Massachusetts converts to LED streetlights, saving an estimated $90,000 per year. (LEDs Magazine)

TRANSPORTATION: Boston’s transit authority orders 194 diesel-electric transit buses and five battery-electric zero-emission buses. (news release)

COAL:
• In Pennsylvania, former miners express disappointment that Trump has been unable to revive the coal industry. (CNN)
• Researchers at the University of Delaware are studying how termites can transform coal into cleaner-burning methane gas. (University of Delaware)

OIL & GAS:
• The mayor of Ocean City writes a letter asking the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to deny any permit applications that involve seismic blast testing to search for oil and gas off the coast of Maryland. (Salisbury Daily Times)
• More than 1,200 natural gas workers ratify a new contract with the National Grid, ending a lockout that began in late June. (Associated Press)
• Boston officials outline a transportation and environment package, which includes an act to modernize the city’s natural gas infrastructure and fine natural gas providers based on their total number of gas leaks. (Boston Herald)

POWER PLANTS: A New York City councilman will introduce a bill mandating a a plan to replace nearly two dozen gas-fired power plants with wind or solar units paired with batteries. (Huffington Post)

COMMENTARY: Promoting a competitive electricity market structure shields New England consumers from costly risks and encourages the transition to a low carbon future, say two economic consultants. (Utility Dive)

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