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Rhode Island power plant officially dead

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POWER PLANTS: The deadline for Invenergy to appeal Rhode Island’s denial of a power plant siting permit passes without action, marking the official demise of the $1 billion project. (UpriseRI)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont launches a two-year pilot program using Volkswagen settlement funds to see how electric school buses perform on the state’s rural roads. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• National Grid releases part of a study of proposed and stalled Massachusetts solar installations that says 300 MW can be connected to the grid without additional costs to the developers. (Greentech Media)
• Ground is broken at a 50 MW solar project in Maine that is the largest proposed at an airport. (Seacoastonline)

ACTIVISM: A blockade at a New York power plant disrupts construction and leads to at least 29 arrests. (Mid Hudson News)

OIL & GAS: Health professionals will meet at a Pittsburgh forum to discuss research into the health effects of oil and gas production. (WESA)

STORAGE: An energy storage system using ice instead of air conditioning to cool a Vermont hospital has been revived. (Brattleboro Reformer)

TRANSMISSION: The poor reputation of Maine’s largest utility may be fueling opposition to a proposed power line as opponents say they have collected about half of the signatures needed for a referendum next year. (Bangor Daily News) 

UTILITIES:
• A study by Vermont Law School examines state laws and policies including many in the Northeast that can be used to boost cybersecurity for the power grid. (news release)
• Vermont’s only gas utility commits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% in a decade and to reach zero emissions by 2050. (VT Digger)

NUCLEAR: The warning sirens around the closed Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts will be removed in the spring. (Patriot Ledger)

COMMENTARY:
• The Republican House minority leader in Vermont says a carbon tax will again be proposed next year but says there are better ways to fight emissions that don’t impact lower income residents. (VT Digger)
• The Philadelphia Inquirer says news that the FBI is investigating a Pennsylvania pipeline permit is the latest in a series of poor decisions the state has made when it comes to fossil fuels. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• An energy efficiency advocates says New Jersey’s energy master plan has the opportunity to create thousands of jobs if efficiency is effectively promoted in it. (NJ.com)
• An editorial board in southeastern Connecticut says offshore wind presents an “enormous opportunity” for economic development, even if its home port is bypassed as a staging hub. (The Day) 

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