Northeast Energy News

Rhode Island gives key approval to offshore wind farm

WIND: Rhode Island coastal regulators sign off on the $2 billion Vineyard offshore wind farm; the project still awaits approval in Massachusetts. (Providence Journal)

TRANSMISSION: Developers of a hydropower transmission line through Maine present their case to opponents, including an environmental group that says the project is not intended to address climate change. (Portland Press Herald)

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UTILITIES:
A nonprofit group says Massachusetts municipal utilities aren’t moving fast enough to cut emissions. (Energy News Network)
Vermont’s largest utility unveils new incentives for home energy storage. (VT Digger)

CLIMATE: A suburban Baltimore county signs on to the Paris climate accord. (Baltimore Sun)

SOLAR:
Maine lawmakers advance a bill that would restore net metering for solar customers. (Portland Press Herald)
Maine regulators approve a 100 MW solar project that is expected to go online in 2021. (Bangor Daily News)
Advocates are pushing for 1 million New York City households to have solar within the next five years. (Solar Power World)
A Vermont company secures $1 million to develop community solar on “undervalued real estate” in New England. (Vermont Biz)

GRID:
New York utilities and the state’s grid operator are developing a plan to allow energy storage to participate in wholesale and retail markets. (Utility Dive)
New York’s grid operator says renewable energy and storage will determine whether a major transmission upgrade is needed. (Platts)
The CEO of grid operator PJM says planned closures of nuclear and coal plants won’t impact reliability. (Bloomberg)

CLEAN ENERGY:
A recent report highlights the $8.2 billion New England spends on imported fossil fuels each year. (Energy News Network)
A Pennsylvania township adopts a 100 percent clean energy resolution. (Windpower Engineering)

PIPELINES: A route change to a PennEast natural gas pipeline moves it into a new county, but residents there have only a few weeks to comment. (Morning Call)

BIOMASS: Operators say a Maine biomass plant is no longer financially viable and will shut down in April. (The County)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A historic Maine library receives a grant to install an electric vehicle charging station. (Seacoast Online)

COMMENTARY: An advocate questions the environmental benefit of a hydropower transmission line through Maine. (Portland Press Herald)

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