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Rhode Island to seek bids for 400 MW of new renewables

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Rhode Island officials plans to issue requests for proposals for up to 400 megawatts of renewable energy to help meet the state’s goal of 1,000 megawatts by the end of 2020. (Providence Journal)

ALSO: Maine lawmakers are calling for an investigation after a newspaper story revealed that a University of Maine official provided inside information that helped an energy company land a power contract with the university. (Portland Press Herald)

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TRANSMISSION:
• New Hampshire towns are starting to pass energy ordinances that will stop large projects like Northern Pass from building in their communities. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• Hydro-Quebec is still hopeful that it can move forward with plans to transport electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts, possibly through other states. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

WIND:
• Atlantic coastal states are increasingly embracing wind energy – a stark contrast to the Trump administration’s decision to allow offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast. (Scientific American)
• Ocean City, Maryland council members unanimously passed a resolution on Monday opposing a proposed offshore wind project. (Delmarva Daily Times)

HYDROPOWER: A plan to generate power using two dams along the Mascoma River in Lebanon, New Hampshire will not move forward after developers said the project would be too costly. (Valley News)

CARBON PRICING: A group of Connecticut lawmakers plan to introduce a carbon tax bill, hoping for more success this time around after a bill they introduced last year to price carbon failed in committee. (CT News Junkie)

NATURAL GAS: PennEast Pipeline Co. says it plans to resubmit its permit application to New Jersey regulators after regulators rejected it due to missing information. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: A Maine foundation will expand the amount of money it awards for historic building restoration to include an additional $100,000 each year for energy efficiency projects. (Sun Journal)

SOLAR:
• During a visit to a Buffalo school on Monday, New York’s lieutenant governor told educators and renewable energy advocates that the state has expanded its solar energy by 1,000 percent since 2011. (WBFO)
Town officials are reconsidering a project that would place solar roof panels atop a middle-high school in Cohasset, Massachusetts. (Wicked Local)
A renewable energy company will begin to seek state and utility approvals after winning a bid to build a solar project atop a landfill in Somerset, New York. (Fall River Herald News)

NUCLEAR: A New Jersey Senate committee has postponed a hearing on a nuclear subsidy bill, which could cost ratepayers about $4 billion a decade. (Utility Dive)

GRID: State regulators are divided over proposed changes to ISO-New England’s capacity markets. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will net New Jersey roughly $50 million a year in cap-and-trade revenue – money that could help the agriculture industry develop green technologies, says the mayor of Bridgeton, N.J. (NJ.com)
For Pennsylvania’s energy sector to stay competitive, the state must emphasize policies that promote the use of natural gas and pipeline development, says the CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. (PennLive.com)
New England needs reliable renewable energy but there are other options aside from Northern Pass’ transmission line project, which would have damaged the state’s natural beauty, says a former New Hampshire Democratic Party chairwoman. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

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