Northeast Energy News

Solar arrays can benefit farmland in a changing climate

SOLAR: A Massachusetts study finds farms can benefit from having solar arrays placed on fields by producing partial shade and generating additional income. (E&E News)

WIND:
A Massachusetts energy center outside Boston will test a GE blade for the world’s largest wind turbine to see if it can withstand 25 years at sea. (MassLive.com)
Maine regulators approve a 20-year power purchase contract with an experimental floating wind turbine developed by a partnership led by the University of Maine. (Portland Press Herald)
Delaware officials extend the comment period on a land interconnection proposed for an offshore wind farm. (Cape Gazette)

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OIL & GAS:
• A former official worries that an explosion similar to the one that destroyed a Philadelphia refinery this year can recur due to the age of many facilities. (Reuters)
• Pennsylvania regulators and emergency officials conduct an exercise to demonstrate the response needed in a major disruption to natural gas supplies due to extreme weather. (Daily Energy Insider)

POWER PLANTS: Rhode Island siting officials release a final order that details its denial of a natural gas-fired power plant that was first issued in June. (Providence Business News)

TRANSMISSION: Hydro-Quebec’s CEO says the Canadian utility could have done a better job explaining the benefits of a proposed power line through Maine that has generated intense opposition. (Maine Public)

GRID: New York’s grid operator is conducting a study of how a system powered by 100% clean energy is impacted by climate change. (Platts)

REGULATION:
• Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state legislature should give regulators the power to fine utilities for service disruptions as officials review a report of a gas outage last winter. (WPRI)
• Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who was also once the top environmental regulator in Connecticut, is named president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. (CT Mirror)

PIPELINES:
A federal appeals court declined to reconsider its decision to ban the taking of state land in New Jersey needed for a proposed interstate pipeline. (NJ Spotlight)
With Massachusetts utilities backing away from support for a proposed compressor station the only remaining customers are utilities in other states and Canada. (WBUR)

CLEAN ENERGY: A New Hampshire poll reports 70% of state residents support a move to 100% clean energy by 2050. (NH Labor News)

UTILITIES: In an earnings call with financial analysts, PPL declined to address its rumored merger with Avangrid. (Morning Call)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan deserves praise for his support of the Paris Agreement as most members of his party back the Trump asministrations’ withdrawal. (Baltimore Sun)
• An environmental group refuses to join other groups that endorse a rate increase for Con Edison in New York because it reimburses the utility for the buildout of natural gas infrastructure. (Crain’s New York Business)

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