Northeast Energy News

Rhode Island more than doubles offshore wind goals

OFFSHORE WIND: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state is looking to procure another 600 MW of offshore wind and its main utility will solicit developers early next year. (Providence Journal)

ALSO:
Grid operators and offshore wind advocates tell federal regulators rules for transmission interconnections and cost allocation must be overhauled to allow for cost-efficient and timely additions of proposed projects. (RTO Insider, subscription required)
A floating turbine project slated for Maine is seen as the next phase of development that would expand offshore wind into deeper waters. (E&E News, subscription required)
An anti-wind organization in western New York releases a survey that shows strong opposition to a proposed project on hold since 2019; the developer says the survey was designed to produce skewed results. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)
A Cape Cod town that wants to dismantle two unused wind turbines says there is no provision in state law that would allow the action without costing it millions. (Cape Cod Times)

CLEAN ENERGY:
A new report that examines economic development in the Ohio River Valley says 223,000 jobs in clean energy could be created in Ohio and Pennsylvania over the next decade. (Farm and Dairy)
Iconic gas lamps on a historic Boston street that leak fumes will be replaced by LEDs. (WBUR)

REGULATION: Regardless of the election outcome, observers say federal energy regulators will have to reassess their relationship with states promoting clean energy as vacancies on a commission are filled. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: The largest commercial rooftop solar project in Pennsylvania and one of the largest nationally is installed at a furniture manufacturing and warehouse facility. (Solar Power World)

POLITICS: Pro- and anti-fossil fuel advocates say election results will have profound effects on the energy industry in Pennsylvania. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES: A developer begins work in metropolitan Philadelphia to convert 50 miles of existing oil pipeline to natural gas. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental organization supports a proposed New York law that would review $1.6 billion annual state subsidies to the fossil fuel industry with an eye toward eliminating them. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• The Maryland League of Conservation Voters says traffic that dropped during the pandemic shows that planned highway expansions should be shelved with money diverted to mass transit and cleaner vehicle options. (Maryland Matters)

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