Northeast Energy News

Study: Tourism increased after offshore wind farm built

WIND: Researchers from the University of Rhode Island analyzing lodging data at several coastal New England sites found that tourism increased at Block Island after construction of the nation’s first offshore wind turbines there. (URI Today)

ALSO: Officials have begun the process of of moving two town-owned wind turbines outside of its boundaries after courts ruled they were improperly granted permits. (Cape Cod Times)

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SOLAR:
• Black employees of a New Jersey solar company that received millions in state incentives say they were subjected to racial slurs and paid less than white workers. (New York Times)
A solar industry study released Monday shows the U.S. solar workforce continues to lack diversity, though hiring and recruiting changes are helping some companies improve. (Energy News Network)
• Solar installers in Rhode Island are supporting a proposed disclosure law because unscrupulous competitors are misleading customers and undermining confidence in the industry. (ecoRI)

TRANSMISSION: The U.S. EPA says the application to build a power line to import Canadian hydropower through Maine is incomplete and failed to include a detailed analysis of alternatives. (Mainebiz)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: New York City’s aggressive move to ensure energy efficiency in its building stock is the first such city law to include financial penalties for failure to comply. (Grist)

NATURAL GAS:
Pennsylvania officials fined a gas driller $330,000 for erosion damages at two well sites in Allegheny County. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Three Massachusetts towns affected by a natural gas explosion last year have reached a settlement with Columbia Gas for the cost of repairing 50 miles of roadways where pipelines were replaced. (Associated Press)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf toured areas that would benefit from his infrastructure plan that would be funded by a tax on natural gas extraction. (WHYY)

PIPELINES:
Williams Co. says a Northeast pipeline supply enhancement project that won federal approval still needs environmental permits from New York and New Jersey. (Reuters)
New York legislators have proposed a bill to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure that has not already been permitted. (Daily News)
Activists are continuing protests at a work site as construction has begun at a southern New Jersey link to the interstate pipeline system. (Asbury Park Press)

COMMENTARY:
• A Pennsylvania professor says the state’s plan to regulate emissions at natural gas wells is incomplete without including methane. (PennLive)
• Climate activists say elected officials and regulators have abdicated their responsibilities to address the need for an undersea pipeline project in New York to utility monopolies that would benefit from it. (CityLimits.org)
• An editorial board strongly endorses Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s climate change initiatives, including membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance. (York Dispatch)

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