Northeast Energy News

Report: Offshore wind could support over 2,100 annual jobs in Maine

WIND: Maine’s offshore wind industry could support over 2,100 jobs annually through 2030, according to a new report. (Mainebiz)

SOLAR:
• Residents voice opposition to a proposed 100-acre solar farm in Massachusetts, saying the project would disturb wildlife. (WWLP)
• A zoning board in Concord, New Hampshire, kills a proposed 10-megawatt solar array by counting the area of each panel as “impervious” as though it were a parking lot. (Concord Monitor)

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RENEWABLES: Boston’s mayor unveils a multi-city initiative to lower the cost of renewable energy by asking developers for price estimates to meet collective energy demands. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: In an effort to reduce system costs, Liberty Utilities wants to install 1,000 Tesla Powerwall batteries in the homes of its New Hampshire customers, but Sunrun and state regulators have been unsupportive of the pilot project. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:  Pennsylvania will require shale gas drillers to reduce emissions on new wells and check for pipeline leaks more frequently, according to an announcement from the governor’s office. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania state senator asks the Public Utility Commission to post all public comments regarding the suspension of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline project, calling it “a basic matter of transparency.” (Digital First Media)

TRANSMISSION:
• Clothing retailer Patagonia encourages customers to oppose a controversial transmission line that would cut through a scenic gorge in Maine to deliver Canadian hydroelectricity to Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)
•  Central Maine Power agrees to invest $22 million in conservation projects and nature-based tourism to compensate for the negative impacts of the same transmission line. (Portland Press Herald)

POWER PLANTS: A plan to convert an NRG coal plant in New York to burn natural gas may be scrapped due to re-interconnection costs that could exceed $100 million. (The Post-Journal)

UTILITIES: The Edison Electric Institute honors FirstEnergy for sending workers and vehicles to assist several New England utilities during widespread power outages caused by a storm last October. (news release)

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NUCLEAR: Pennsylvania-based Westinghouse Electric receives $5 million from the Department of Energy for the development of small-scale nuclear reactors. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• New York state is using funds raised through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to pay for projects that have already been funded, when it should be using the money to bolster clean-energy programs, says the editorial board of the Democrat & Chronicle.
• Activists and local residents are blocking the growth of New Hampshire’s energy infrastructure, says the political editor of NH Journal.

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