Northeast Energy News

Trump administration committed to expanding U.S. wind energy

WIND:
At a wind power conference, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the administration plans to expand wind power off the east coast, but also acknowledged the region’s opposition to offshore drilling. (NorthJersey.com)
Massachusetts at the epicenter of a potential wind energy boom along the east coast. (InsideClimate News)

FRACKING: A proposal to permanently ban fracking within the Delaware River Basin is being met with resistance by the oil and gas industry. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

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POLLUTION: The Maryland Senate has passed a bill that will no longer make trash incinerators eligible for subsidies through a renewable energy incentive program. (Baltimore Sun)

TRANSMISSION: The New York Power Authority is proposing to rebuild the 86-mile Moses-Adirondack transmission line to bolster renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
A solar developer wants West Greenwich, Rhode Island officials to changes its zoning laws so it can build a 36.3-megawatt project – becoming the largest solar installation in the state. (Providence Journal)
A Massachusetts nonprofit plans to install a 76.8-kilowatt rooftop solar system, which will generate nearly 100 percent of its annual electricity. (Solar Industry)
A solar developer is one step closer to building a six-acre solar array in Erving, Massachusetts after the town planning board approved the project. (Greenfield Recorder)
Developers of a proposed solar community in North Kingstown, Rhode Island have scaled back their plans after residents opposed the project. (Providence Journal)
A statewide program in Connecticut that encourages the use of solar power has resulted in 2,500 residents in 83 communities switching to the renewable energy. (News Times)
Recent workshops in Rhode Island explore ways to site solar arrays while minimizing impact to forests. (ecoRI)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
Jersey City officials have launched an initiative to promote renewable energy and reduce the city’s carbon footprint. (NJ.com)
A University of Maine graduate student proposes a specialty license plate to help finance community energy projects. (Portland Press-Herald)

PIPELINES:
Laurel pipeline officials plan to send gas in western Pennsylvania in two directions after its reverse flow plan was rejected by a Pennsylvania judge. (Post-Gazette)
Eversource is spending $3.2 million to upgrade a natural gas distribution system in Waterbury, Connecticut. (Daily Energy Insider)

ENERGY STORAGE: A Lebanon, New Hampshire utility company has chosen Tesla Powerwall to power its virtual power plant system, but other energy companies want part of the action. (Electrek)

COMMENTARY:
New Jersey legislators should scrutinize the financial health of PSEG’s nuclear plants before passing a bill providing it with subsidies, says an editorial. (CentralJersey.com)
Pennsylvania lawmakers should approve a House bill that would expand transportation electrification and electric vehicle charging station infrastructure, says two analysts. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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