Northeast Energy News

Report: Solar job demand falls in Massachusetts

SOLAR: Solar jobs are declining in Massachusetts, with installers seeing a 55 percent decrease in job demand, according to a new analysis. (Boston Herald)

ALSO:
• Developers begin construction on a 5 MW community solar garden in eastern New York, which is expected to be the largest in the state. (news release)
• County officials in New York’s Finger Lakes region approve a revised land development agreement for a proposed 6.5 MW solar array. (The Citizen)
• Residents in central Vermont ask the state to scrap a developer’s permit application for a 2.2 MW solar project in their town. (Rutland Herald)
• County officials in western New York approve a $21 million solar farm that will cover 20 acres and provide about 10 MW of electricity. (Olean Times Herald)

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WIND:
• Developers sign a $6 million annual lease to use a Massachusetts marine terminal as a staging area for the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. (The Republican)
• Officials of a coastal New Jersey township hint that wind energy could provide a solution for a coal-fired power plant that’s slated for closure. (Press of Atlantic City)

STORAGE: Stakeholders support New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s energy storage goals but disagree on a number of key implementation issues. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
• The country’s second-largest water utility buys a group of Pittsburgh gas utilities for $4.3 billion. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• An electric utility will fund a $6.5 million initiative to train students for future clean energy jobs at three South Jersey tech schools. (NJTV News)

NATURAL GAS: Utility workers are rushing to replace 45 miles of gas pipelines before winter in three Boston suburbs where a series of home explosions killed a teenager last month. (Washington Post, Greentech Media)

PIPELINES: Natural gas supporters and environmentalists are at odds over new pipelines proposed for the eastern shore of Maryland and Virginia. (Bay Journal)

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