Northeast Energy News

Report: Transportation and energy reforms would add 33,000 jobs in Connecticut

RENEWABLES:
A New England environmental group tells Connecticut’s incoming governor that improving transportation infrastructure and boosting clean energy would add 33,000 new jobs and $11 billion in economic benefits. (New Haven Register)
Washington, D.C.’s green bank will fund projects that expand renewable energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase efficiency. (Smart Cities Dive)
A coalition of businesses, nonprofits and other advocates seek to revive renewable energy policies in Maine. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
A farm in Vermont is successfully growing saffron beneath a ground-mounted solar installation as part of study launched by an electric company and the University of Vermont. (Addison County Independent)
Developers double the size of a 3 MW solar project on a former landfill outside Providence, Rhode Island. (ecoRI News)
New York officials award contracts to nine community solar projects through a “Solar For All” program that provides low-income New Yorkers free access to community solar. (news release)

HYDRO:
A conservation group tells federal regulators that boosting water storage capacity at a hydroelectric project in northern Massachusetts would cause increased erosion on the banks of the Connecticut River. (Greenfield Recorder)
The University of Pittsburgh will purchase 25 percent of its electricity from a nearby hydropower plant starting in 2022. (Next Pittsburgh)

NET-ZERO: Harvard researchers retrofit a pre-war Massachusetts home to consume net-zero energy. (Inman)

GRID: Maine’s largest utility saved $12 million by using distributed energy and intelligent efficiency instead of installing new power lines in coastal areas. (Concord Monitor)

POWER PLANTS: A Canadian utility with a branch in Maine is selling three gas-fired plants in New England to reduce its corporate debt. (Bangor Daily News)

OIL & GAS:
A city in eastern Pennsylvania gives preliminary approval for the construction of a plant that would capture methane from a landfill and convert it to natural gas. (NHPR)
Developers break ground on a hydrogen plant at an oil refinery in northern Delaware. (Delaware Public Media)

PIPELINES: Developers begin construction on a 28-mile natural gas pipeline in eastern New Jersey despite pending appeals brought by environmental groups. (Press of Atlantic City)

COMMENTARY:
Massachusetts should embrace clean energy instead of expanding its natural gas system, says the chair of a local climate justice group. (Boston Globe)
A ban on drilling and seismic testing off the New Jersey coast should be non-negotiable, says the editorial board of the Star-Ledger.

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