Northeast Energy News

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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