Northeast Energy News

Solar-powered prototype could expand oyster farming areas

SOLAR: Maryland companies are developing a solar-powered barge to bring oyster farming to deeper waters of the Chesapeake Bay. (Washington Post)

Consultants to New Jersey regulators say a new set of incentives for solar development should use competitive solicitations to minimize costs and encourage a diverse project fleet. (RTO Insider, subscription required)
Two solar projects near Albany approved by New York siting officials would develop 90 MW and occupy 1,700 acres. (Albany Times Union)
A Pennsylvania farmer is reluctant to lease his land for solar development though many of his neighbors apparently have signed on with a developer. (Lancaster Farming)
A Connecticut solar developer is encouraging concurrent agricultural uses like sheep grazing and pollinator fields for its project sites to lessen opposition. (Hartford Business)
A solar developer in central New York says scammers are going door-to-door pretending to represent it to gain personal information from consumers. (

OFFSHORE WIND: A Long Island hamlet opposition group with significant funds leads opposition to a proposed offshore wind farm that could be the first large-scale project in the U.S. (E&E News, subscription required)

GRID: Platts Analytics says power demand in PJM would be lower than the grid operator projects in a recent forecast due to greater efficiency and behind-the-meter generation. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES: The amount of money owed by Pennsylvania utility customers soars by 70% from over a year ago even before the most expensive months for home heating. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

NUCLEAR: Environmentalists say a plan to revive a New Jersey nuclear site with newer technology is a public health threat, but former workers there see it as an opportunity. (NJ Spotlight)

CLIMATE: Boston planning officials prepare tougher regulations in low-lying areas to better protect against storm surges. (E&E News, subscription required)

CLEAN ENERGY: New York made significant progress last year in pursuit of its clean energy goals. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

COMMENTARY: An environmental advocacy group says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo now has an ally in the federal government in his attempt to stop the repowering of a natural gas plant along the Hudson river. (WAMC)

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