Northeast Energy News

Rhode Island bill would enforce carbon reduction goals

CARBON EMISSIONS: A proposed bill in Rhode Island would enforce the state’s carbon emissions reduction goals. (Rhode Island Public Radio)

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget calls for diverting more than $136 million in clean energy funds to balance the state’s budget, a practice he criticized as a candidate. (NJ Spotlight)

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WIND:
• Construction has started on a $84-million, seven-wind turbine farm near a landfill in Johnston, Rhode Island. (Providence Journal)
• Offshore wind could be a boon for operators of support vessels. (Marine News)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a proposed Pennsylvania transmission line make their case with state regulators, with one claiming the project isn’t needed because “everybody has electricity.” (WITF)

PIPELINES:
• Five people were arrested during a sit-in in Maryland to protest a proposed natural gas pipeline project that would run beneath the Potomac River. (The Baltimore Sun)
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Opponents of a controversial new natural gas compressor station are questioning the need by the project’s developers to turn the station on since a related gas pipeline has not been completed. (Burlington County Times)

SOLAR:
• Massachusetts was among states that saw a slowdown in solar installations in 2017. (Greentech Media)
• Solar advocates are supporting two New Jersey clean energy bills that would expand renewable energy in the state. (Solar Power World)
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Residents from a small New York town are asking local officials to slow down the process for approving solar projects. (Times Herald-Record)

COAL: A Rochester, New York business park is replacing coal with natural gas. (Spectrum News)

CLEAN ENERGY: A New York state agency tasked with advancing clean energy technologies has instead continued to subsidize fossil fuels. (Eyes on the Ties)

COMMENTARY:
• Offshore wind energy is taking off along the East Coast and governments need to ensure it reaps the benefits of the renewable energy source and jobs generator, says the mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts. (Governing)
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Maryland needs to change the way it buys electricity to save residents and business money by opening up the electricity procurement process to renewable energy long term contract, say two state lawmakers. (Baltimore Sun)

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