Northeast Energy News

Study: New Jersey would see economic growth from offshore wind

WIND:
• New Jersey would see an economic benefit of $702 million and add more than 4,300 jobs from the construction of a 352 MW offshore wind farm, according to a recent study. (Press of Atlantic City)
• The Danish wind energy developer Ørsted is interested in bidding on several offshore wind projects in the U.S., which may include sites in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. (Wall Street Journal)

SOLAR:
• A private solar company in Connecticut is working with the state’s green bank to help low-income homeowners save money on their energy bills. (Energy News Network)
• How a three-story, 29-unit apartment complex in New Hampshire can meet all its electricity needs from on-site solar panels. (Concord Monitor)

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RENEWABLES: Boston solicits consulting firms to launch and run an electricity aggregation program, which could provide more clean energy to residents and small businesses. (Boston Globe)

EFFICIENCY: New York state awards $2 million to eight organizations to promote clean heating and cooling systems. (Observer-Dispatch)

BIOMASS: A biomass plant in northeast Maine says it will shut down this fall without help from the state government. (Fiddlehead Focus)

POWER PLANTS: New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon wants to convert a coal-fired plant in the Finger Lakes region into a renewable energy facility instead of a natural gas plant. (The Cornell Daily Sun)

POLITICS: Cynthia Nixon gains a following among environmental activists who are frustrated by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ties to the fossil fuel industry. (Huffington Post)

OIL & GAS:
• Pennsylvania produced a record 5.36 trillion cubic feet of natural gas last year, the second-largest in the United States. (Tribune Review)
• A nonprofit offers a free course in eastern Pennsylvania to prepare students to work in the natural gas pipeline industry. (Associated Press)
• Local opposition stalls the construction of a natural gas compressor station outside Boston for more than a year. (The Patriot Ledger)

TRANSMISSION: Activists in Maine rally against a proposed hydropower transmission line that would run from Canada to Massachusetts, cutting through 53 miles of scenic Maine wilderness. (News Center Maine)

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POLLUTION: The Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement could worsen air quality in western Pennsylvania, killing dozens of people every year, according to EPA estimates. (StateImpact Pennsylvania, Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• In Maine, the choice to purchase an electric vehicle is becoming less a question of “whether” and more one of “when,” a writer says. (Portland Press Herald)
• It’s time for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to speak out against a proposed fracked gas power plant, says a senior organizer for a state environmental group. (The Record)

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