Northeast Energy News

Three companies bid to build New Jersey’s first offshore wind farm

WIND: Ørsted and two other companies submit bids to build New Jersey’s first offshore wind farm 15 miles off Atlantic City. (Associated Press, news release)

ALSO:
Connecticut expands its initial order of electrical power from a wind farm planned off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard from 200 to 300 MW. (Journal Inquirer)
The New York State Thruway Authority sues the developers of four wind turbines located along the Thruway, which have been offline for more than a year due to various mechanical issues. (The Post-Journal)

SOLAR: Massachusetts receives the best score in a state solar power ranking report, followed closely by six other Northeast states and Washington, D.C. (Solar Power Rocks)

PIPELINES:
Sunoco’s troubled Mariner East 2 pipeline is online and ready to begin moving natural gas liquids in Pennsylvania, dealing a blow to opponents of the project. (York Daily Record, Delaware County Daily Times)
Over 50 state lawmakers sign a letter urging officials to block the construction of a 3-mile natural gas pipeline in Western Maryland. (WTOP)

NATURAL GAS:
Pennsylvania shale gas production increased nearly 13 percent during the first nine months of 2018, compared to the previous year, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. (Herald-Star)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a law to increase engineering oversight of natural gas work in the state. (The Republican)

NUCLEAR: Connecticut selects nuclear power plants in New Hampshire and Connecticut for clean energy power contracts, along with bids from nine solar projects and one offshore wind project. (Associated Press, PV Magazine)

POWER PLANTS:
Air pollution from New England power plants declined in 2017 and total generation was down by 3 percent, according to an annual emissions report. (The Republican)
An electrical accident at an oil-burning power station in Queens could add new pressure to phase out fossil fuel use in New York City. (Huffington Post)

POLITICS: Environmentalists say New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has failed to move forward with new climate policies and hasn’t lived up to his commitments against fracking and fracking waste. (NJ Today)

CLIMATE: Environmentalists want New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to act on his climate change rhetoric, saying “we urgently need bold climate goals to be written into the law.” (Associated Press, Grist)

EFFICIENCY: A conservation group wants Brattleboro, Vermont, to adopt a mandatory energy conservation advisory that would cut down on fuel consumption in town buildings. (Brattleboro Reformer)

COMMENTARY: The recently completed Mariner East 2 pipeline in Pennsylvania is not the original version Sunoco proposed, and the company stills needs to assure critics that the project is safe, says an editorial in the Delaware County Daily Times.

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