Northeast Energy News

Study: U.S. offshore wind projects worth $70 billion

OFFSHORE WIND:
• A new study says 18.6 gigawatts of offshore wind planned along the country’s coasts by 2030 would represent a capital expenditure of $70 billion. (reNews)
• Federal officials sign a 10-year memorandum of understanding with a coalition of fishing industry stakeholders that aims to sustain fishing opportunities while allowing offshore wind projects off the East Coast. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Officials in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will consider a proposal to build a community solar project on 146 acres of city-owned land. (Press of Atlantic City)

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STORAGE:
• New York City utility Consolidated Edison will rollout an energy storage pilot that uses underutilized real estate to site four 1 MW/1 MWh batteries. (Utility Dive)
• A microgrid will be added to a Massachusetts city’s public works complex where a solar array has already been installed. (news release)

HYDROPOWER:
• A $1.4 million grant is awarded to an eastern Pennsylvania town to develop an innovative hydroelectric project at a canal dam. (Lehighvalleyonline)
• The New York Power Authority approves a seven-year deal to continue providing low-cost hydropower for an aluminum smelter. (WWNY)

NUCLEAR: Decommissioning for New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant is underway, but financial and ownership questions remain. (NJTV)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: The Vermont House votes to double the tax on heating fuel to increase funding for low-income home weatherization. (VT Digger)

NATURAL GAS: National Grid says it will begin telling midsize companies that it can’t supply new natural gas service if New York doesn’t approve a 24-mile gas pipeline that will run under New York Bay. (Newsday)

PIPELINES: President Trump appoints Mariner East pipeline developer Kelcy Warren to the board of Washington’s Kennedy Center. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: The former top utility regulator in Massachusetts says she is most proud of her work to integrate Canadian hydropower into the state’s clean energy commitments. (RTO Insider)

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CLIMATE: Collaboration between the United States and Canada could boost both countries’ climate responses, legal and policy experts at a recent conference said. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
• Giving a Zero Emission Certificate (ZEC) to New Jersey’s nuclear plants would help buy critical time for deployment of new solar and offshore wind, says the former deputy administrator of the EPA. (Asbury Park Press)
• The rush to deregulate Maryland’s utilities in the state’s legislature should be paused because too many unanswered questions remain, says the editorial board of the Washington Post.
• Maine Gov. Janet Mills defends her support of a controversial transmission line, saying it will decarbonize the grid and provide economic benefits throughout the state. (Seacoastonline)
• A New York solar developer says the state needs to legally codify its commitments to clean energy to guarantee continued momentum in the industry. (Long Island Business News)

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