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Secretive Maine wind commission hasn’t met in months

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WIND: Three participants in a secretive wind energy panel convened by Maine Gov. Paul LePage have resigned, including a wind opponent who says the group has not met in four months. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO:
• A research biologist will serve as a liaison between developers of a Massachusetts offshore wind farm and the fishing industry. (Cape Cod Times)
• A study finds offshore wind farms make minimal noise once completed, but noise during construction can be an issue. (ecoRI News)

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GRID:
• A recent report outlines how Rhode Island can update its aging grid to accommodate aggressive clean energy targets. (Energy News Network)
• New Jersey begins soliciting input on how to modernize its grid. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR:
• An 18 MW solar array is completed atop an 80-acre landfill in Maryland. (PV Magazine)
• A new Amazon facility in New Jersey includes a 4 MW solar array expected to provide 20 percent of the building’s electricity. (ROI-NJ)
• A proposed 2.2 MW solar project in Vermont faces strong local opposition over aesthetic impacts. (Rutland Herald)
• A new solar array at a New Hampshire music hall will offset 100 percent of the building’s electricity use. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• Goldman Sachs will buy 24 MW of community solar in Massachusetts. (news release)

POWER PLANTS:
• New England ISO seeks to cancel its capacity agreement with a proposed Rhode Island natural gas plant, putting the project’s future in question. (Utility Dive)
• Dominion Energy plans to sell two power plants in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island for $1.23 billion. (Reuters)

POLICY:
• Washington D.C.’s city council considers a proposal for a 100 percent renewable energy standard by 2032, which would be the most aggressive in the country. (ThinkProgress)
• Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of bills related to net metering and biomass remain a contentious topic at a state energy summit. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

EFFICIENCY:
• Upgrades at a government center in rural New York are expected to save $115,000 annually. (Times Herald-Record)
• A Maine town hires a consultant to explore LED streetlights. (Seacoast Online)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Charging stations at a New Hampshire technical college dating back to 1989 are likely the oldest in the state. (Concord Monitor)

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DIVESTMENT: After rejecting demands to divest from fossil fuels, the former head of a New York pension fund takes a position on the board of a natural gas company. (WYNC)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says a lawsuit challenging a Maine fee for solar providers is “on track to restore a more sensible energy policy.” (Kennebec Journal)
• A Maine city official says climate change is a far bigger threat than power lines. (Kennebec Journal)

 

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