Northeast Energy News

Transmission deal goes before Maine regulators

TRANSMISSION: Maine regulators heard testimony about a proposed settlement for a controversial transmission line that some characterized as a backroom deal while others said it would crowd out new renewable energy development. (Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, WGME)

GRID: New England’s grid operator forecasts lower overall load as distributed energy resources increase. (Utility Dive)

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POLICY: Advocates of the Green New Deal want to present researchers’ findings of the plan’s impact on Rhode Island to the state’s General Assembly. (Providence Journal)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy says it is “working to complete negotiations” by March 15 that could keep the Millstone nuclear plant in Connecticut operating. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• Maryland activists rally to support a bill that would require tougher scrutiny of pipeline projects. (Herald-Mail)
• Massachusetts regulators visit the site of a proposed natural gas compressor station that could require extensive cleanup. (Patriot Ledger)

OIL AND GAS: New Hampshire’s state senate passes a bill prohibiting offshore drilling. (news release)

WIND:
• A Norwegian offshore wind consultancy that has worked on several American projects has set up its first U.S. office in Boston (Windpower Engineering)
• A New Jersey legislator has proposed a bill to extend offshore wind tax credits to southern areas of the state. (news release)
• A Nantucket fisherman is unconvinced that his trade can return to normal after the construction of the Vineyard Wind project is completed. (SouthCoastToday)

SOLAR:
• A New York developer plans three new solar projects totaling more than 5 MW. (Elmira Star-Gazette)
• A Massachusetts town rejects a proposed 2.7 MW solar array, saying zoning can’t be changed to accommodate the project. (Westerly Sun)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Connecticut bill would force a resolution of plans to upgrade the state’s largest trash-to-energy plant. (Hartford Business Journal)

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EFFICIENCY: A Rhode Island school wins a $500,000 energy efficiency grant. (Providence Business News)

COMMENTARY:
• A Pennsylvania utility executive warns against “hiding a nuclear bailout in customers’ electricity bills.” (Central Penn Business Journal)
• A clean energy advocate says that after years of inactivity, the New Hampshire offshore wind industry is gaining momentum. (New Hampshire Business Review)

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