Northeast Energy News

Vermont lawmakers weigh benefits of carbon pricing

CLIMATE POLICY: A new report says carbon pricing in Vermont could lower emissions without harming the state’s economy. (VT Digger)

NATURAL GAS: Thousands of customers in Rhode Island are without natural gas after a system failure believed to be caused by a faulty valve in Massachusetts. (Providence Journal)

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NUCLEAR:
Massachusetts lawmakers seek a delay in the relicensing of the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire. (MassLive)
State and local officials continue to prepare for the closure of the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

WIND:
As a deadline for public comment passes, the developer of a Massachusetts offshore wind farm “hasn’t heard anything” from the Interior Department. (Cape Cod Times)
New Jersey opens up applications for offshore wind tax credits. (Renews)
It is not yet known how many turbines will be included in a proposed 290 MW wind farm in eastern New York. (Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin)

SOLAR:
New Jersey may have already reached its cap for solar incentives. (WHYY)
Developers of a 180 MW solar array in New York say they welcome inquiries from nearby landowners to grow the project. (Genessee County Express)
A former Massachusetts coal plant is now home to a solar array and a 3 MW battery system. (Smart Cities Dive)
A Maryland county official withdraws a bill that would have put a halt to rural solar developments. (Baltimore Sun)

RENEWABLES:
Maryland advocates are wondering what happened to a report on the state’s clean energy standard that was supposed to have been released in December. (Maryland Matters)
Concord, New Hampshire begins a public process to determine how to meet the city’s renewable energy goals. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
A citizens’ group forms in a Maine town to promote renewable energy. (Seacoast Online)

GRID:
Cold weather means increased reliance on coal and oil for electricity in New England. (Commonwealth Magazine)
Massachusetts officials release a questionnaire that gives insight into the process of developing a “Clean Peak” energy standard. (PV Magazine)

TRANSMISSION: Despite some local opposition, officials in a Maine town say they have no plans to rescind support for a proposed hydropower transmission line. (Morning Sentinel)

EFFICIENCY: A New Hampshire senior housing project is the first in the state to be certified as a “passive house.” (New Hampshire Public Radio)

WASTE TO ENERGY: A Connecticut trash-to-energy plant could be back online this weekend. (Hartford Courant)

BIOFUEL: A New York ethanol plant will be converted to use wood as a feedstock. (Albany Times-Union)

HYDROPOWER: Environmental concerns complicated the relicensing of a Maine dam. (Ellsworth American)

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