Northeast Energy News

Study on solar and home values had key limitations

SOLAR: Experts say a recent University of Rhode Island study finding a decline in home values near suburban solar arrays has more to do with the loss of green space than solar itself, and did not account for whether projects had landscaping or other aesthetic treatments. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A New Hampshire siting board approves a 30 MW solar array, the largest in the state and the first big enough to be considered by that body. (NHPR)
• A Maine city is expected to approve a contract for renewable energy credits that will allow construction of a proposed 11,000-panel solar array. (Bangor Daily News)
• A Vermont city adds a solar array to a new municipal building that is the centerpiece of a downtown redevelopment. (WCAX)

CLIMATE:
• A coalition of climate activists will release a three-year plan in New York City that they say will create 100,000 clean energy jobs with an emphasis on helping disadvantaged communities. (The Gothamist)
• A new study shows large power outages are increasing in frequency, with a preponderance in the Northeast. (News Center Maine)

EFFICIENCY: A Vermont city proposes a law to require all new buildings to be all-electric or face a hefty carbon price. (VT Digger) 

TRANSPORTATION: New Jersey officials offer $3 million to solicit ideas from vendors to power a proposed transit microgrid with renewable energy instead of natural gas. (NorthJersey.com)

HYDROPOWER: Canada is an outlier globally in its efforts to export hydropower to Massachusetts and New York as the 20-year movement to remove dams continues. (The Revelator)

UTILITIES: Connecticut regulators seek public comments as they start their investigation into utilities’ response to Tropical Storm Isaias that caused week-long outages in some places. (Hartford Courant)

HEATING: Consumers in oil-dependent New England are expected to get a break on heating costs this winter as prices are expected to decline 10%. (E&E News, subscription required)

COMMENTARY: Environmental justice advocates say New Jersey moving away from fossil fuels in the state Energy Master Plan is an imperative that benefits communities of color. (NJ.com)

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