Northeast Energy News

Trump administration infighting slows Vineyard Wind permits

WIND: Documents show the Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts is being delayed by bureaucratic infighting between federal energy offices and agencies advocating for fishing interests. (Reuters)

ALSO:
Scientists say the project creates little risk to endangered right whales, which tend to congregate off Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. (Energy News Network)
Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and other officials toured a University of Maine facility that is developing a floating wind turbine. (News Center Maine)

OIL & GAS: County officials in Pennsylvania unveiled a series of initiatives for assistance for laid-off workers from a damaged oil refinery and a hospital. (Daily Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Rhode Island’s energy office says the state’s predominant utility fell short in its response to a solicitation for 400 MW of renewable energy. (Providence Journal) 

GRID:
Federal regulators cancelled a power supply auction for August as PJM and stakeholders in its member states have been unable to set policies that ensure just and reasonable rates. (NJ Spotlight)
Major cities joined a list of constituents asking grid operator PJM to appoint a new CEO who is attuned to climate goals adopted by an increasing number of states. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

BIOMASS: Three prominent scientists who are graduates of Dartmouth college urged the school to abandon its conversion to a biomass-fueled heating system, saying it will not reduce CO2 emissions. (Union Leader) 

MARKETING: A federal appeals court revived a New York couple’s class action lawsuit against an energy marketer which claims deceptive pricing practices. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Streetlights remain dark in Portland amid a dispute with Central Maine Power over responsibility for repairs that has implications for numerous towns who have switched to LED lighting. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• An executive of PPL says the Pennsylvania utility is building the electricity industry of the future with its integration of clean energy and grid modernization. (Times Leader)
• A commentator suggests Eversource recently killed the Northern Pass power line but its demise had been years in the making. (InDepthNH)
• An author and academic say the revived interest in nuclear power as a clean energy source is misplaced as its advocates downplay its safety risks and the long-term health effects from radiation exposure. (Boston Globe)

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