Northeast Energy News

Report: Utilities concerned about offshore wind delays

OFFSHORE WIND: A report says Massachusetts utilities are concerned about whether the winning bidder of the state’s second offshore wind procurement can overcome potential project delays and complete it by 2025 as required. (CommonWealth Magazine)

EMISSIONS: New Jersey is leading a coalition of five Northeast states in a lawsuit claiming the EPA has failed to enforce regulations against pollution drifting in from Midwest states. (NJBiz)

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PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania appeals court dismisses a county lawsuit against the Mariner East pipeline, saying it failed to show irreparable harm. (Reading Eagle) 

ACTIVISM: Five pro-divestment candidates win seats on Harvard University boards as activists switch strategies to end fossil fuel investments in its endowment. (Boston Globe)

CLIMATE:
• Investment analytics firm Moody’s lauds New Jersey’s climate policies for reducing risk along its vulnerable shoreline. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Environmentalists say Maryland’s greenhouse gas reductions fall short and ask for more aggressive targets. (Baltimore Sun)

SOLAR:
• Portland, Maine’s city council unanimously approves joining a consortium to purchase solar energy that could save the city $500,000 a year. (Portland Press Herald)
• Connecticut solar jobs mirror a national trend with a slight uptick last year of about 2.1% in an annual survey, while Pennsylvania barely gained any and New Jersey lost jobs. (Hartford Business Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Middlebury College in Vermont is building a 5 MW solar array that has upset some neighbors. (Middlebury Campus)

STORAGE: A New Jersey utility completes a small solar-plus-storage project that will inform its efforts to build 35 MW of storage in the coming years. (Platts)

GRID:
• Federal regulators are poised to rule on New York cases that set floor prices for capacity auctions similar to the rulings that roiled clean energy markets in PJM. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Capacity prices in the New England grid for 2023-24 are the lowest ever recorded at $2 per kilowatt-month, down by nearly half from last year’s auction at $3.80. (Hartford Business Journal)

POLICY: Maryland farmers raise concerns with Gov. Larry Hogan over clean energy policies relating to a carbon tax and solar siting. (Star Democrat)

UTILITIES: Eversource earnings declined 10% in 2019 due in part to the $204 million write down the utility took for the failed Northern Pass transmission project. (New Haven Register)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Strategic innovation professionals describe how their roles evolve as utilities switch to a clean energy resources. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: A Vermont state representative says the Global Warming Solutions Act is both good climate policy and an economic boost for clean energy. (Brattleboro Reformer)

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