Northeast Energy News

Three bidders propose massive Connecticut offshore wind farms

WIND: Three development groups file proposals for wind farms off the Connecticut coast ranging from 400 MW to 1,200 MW in size. (CT Post)

• Wind farm developers reach an agreement with fishermen to build and lease an operations facility near a dock the fishermen own. (Newsday)
• Long Island lawmakers question the scheduling of a New York offshore wind hearing next week in Albany, about 250 miles from the proposed site of a land connection for a transmission line for a wind farm. (Albany Times Union)
• Wind energy advocates fear that President Trumps’ hatred of wind turbines will break the momentum the industry has gained in recent years in land-based and offshore projects. (Associated Press)
• Carnegie Mellon University reaches an agreement with an Illinois wind farm to supply electricity and renewable energy credits to the Pittsburgh campus through 2024. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

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• In a challenge to New Jersey’s nuclear subsidies, the state’s Rate Counsel argues regulators bowed to company pressure and ignored staff and independent experts who said the plants are profitable. (NJ Spotlight)
• Federal regulators will rule in January on a management plan for the Seabrook station’s cracking concrete. (NHPR) 

NATURAL GAS: A gas leak that forced evacuation in Massachusetts last week was caused when road workers inadvertently closed a valve that should have been disabled. (CNN)

• A transportation startup, a utility and two Massachusetts towns test a car-sharing service for electric vehicles to promote wider adoption. (Energy News Network)
Pennsylvania lags behind in electric vehicle adoption largely due to little public education about them and inadequate charging infrastructure. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts ranks as the top state for energy efficiency in an annual report for the ninth consecutive year. (E&E News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A new report says New England must build from 4 GW to 7 GW of clean energy per year to meet its climate commitments by 2050. (Solar Power World)

PIPELINES: Legal experts say the U.S. Supreme Court could hear four pipeline cases this term, including one from New Jersey in which an appeals court rejected the taking of state land via eminent domain. (E&E News)

UTILITIES: Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell says she is stepping down at the end of the year after more than 20 years at the company, just a week after state regulators approved changes in the ownership structure of its corporate parent. (VT Digger)

SOLAR: A University of Massachusetts campus will install a 1 MW array with battery storage by the first half of 2020. (SmartCitiesWorld)

REGULATION: Federal regulators say they would have upheld the results of a controversial electricity capacity auction that became effective anyway due to a lack of a quorum. (Platts)

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