Northeast Energy News

Rhode Island approves 400 MW offshore wind project

WIND: Rhode Island regulators approved a 20-year power contract between the 400 MW Revolution Wind offshore project and the state’s largest utility. (Providence Journal)

ALSO:
• New York is expected to announce this week the winning bids in its request for 800 MW of offshore wind. (Newsday)
• With the results of wind solicitations rolling in soon, a leading developer says decisions on the locations of domestic supply chain manufacturing should follow quickly. (Greentech Media)

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PIPELINES: The developer of a compressor station in Massachusetts that received an air quality permit based on incomplete data says there should be no delay in the appeal hearing now before environmental officials. (Patriot-Ledger)

SOLAR:
• The Connecticut House passed a bill that restores net metering for up to three more years while new ways to compensate system owners are introduced over a longer time frame. (CT Mirror)
• Maine officials have sold a Superfund site for $60,000 and not to the host community for $1, which had proposed to convert the property into a municipal solar power array. (PenBay Pilot)
• Officials in a Pennsylvania county approved a $1.6 million solar project at the county jail. (Centre Daily)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that bans trash-burning facilities in the Finger Lakes region. (Waste 360)

EFFICIENCY: New Jersey regulators have accepted a consultant’s report on increasing energy efficiency in the state but emphasized its recommendations are preliminary and will require further review. (NJ Spotlight)

NUCLEAR:
• Operators of the Pilgrim nuclear plant that is shutting down gave a demonstration of how the process will unfold on Friday, its final day. (Cape Cod Times)
• An international report highlighting how the loss of nuclear power will increase global emissions specifically mentions Pennsylvania’s Beaver Valley plant as particularly at risk. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

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UTILITIES: Vermont regulators have approved an incentive rate plan with the state’s largest utility that gives it flexibility to create more innovative programs. (VPR)

COMMENTARY:
The closing this week of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant should be a reminder that Massachusetts needs to hasten its transition to renewable energy sources, an editorialist writes. (Salem News)
A university scholar says the Pilgrim site could be converted to nuclear technology from South Korea that is safe and reliable and could produce several times the emissions-free energy as the plant now produces. (Boston Globe)
Business and labor advocates say the recent rejection of an undersea natural gas pipeline is devastating to New York’s economy and developers should file an amended application to meet regulators’ objections. (Daily News)

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