Northeast Energy News

Vineyard Wind faces new federal, local permit setbacks

WIND: Vineyard Wind says federal regulators won’t issue a key environmental approval this week as expected for its 800 MW offshore wind project. (CommonWealth) 

ALSO:
• In another setback for Vineyard Wind, a local conservation commission votes to deny the construction of two undersea cables to connect the 84-turbine offshore wind farm to mainland Massachusetts. (Vineyard Gazette)
• A coalition of labor and environmental groups launches a website to support wind energy development in Upstate New York. (Windpower Engineering)

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BUILDINGS:
• Officials in Montpelier, Vermont, ask real estate agents for help crafting new energy efficiency standards that homes and apartments will have to meet when they’re listedn for sale or rent. (WVNY)
• A Boston architect is trying to design buildings that create more energy than they consume. (PBS New Hour)
• Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state will devise a plan to cut carbon emissions from heating systems. (Bloomberg Environment, subscription)

SOLAR:
• New York City building owners are tapping city and state incentives to help transform rooftops into solar farms. (New York Times)
• Officials in a Pennsylvania county are concerned about a proliferation of solar farms and the potential to infringe on good crop land. (Hagerstown Herald-Mail)
• A New York town schedules a hearing this month for new building code regulations for solar power arrays. (North Country Now)
• A Queen Anne County solar project is expected to help Maryland meet newly passed renewable energy requirements. (Kent Island Bay Times)
• Construction is underway for a major solar farm in central New York. (WBNG)

STORAGE: A federal lab’s study shows significant potential for energy storage to replace peaking capacity, even in places with winter peaking systems such as New York and New England. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Eversource and Mass Audubon partner to install seven electric vehicle charging stations at a Massachusetts wildlife sanctuaries. (Cape Cod Today)

NUCLEAR:
• GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy wins a decommissioning contact for the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey. (WilmingtonBiz)
• A Maine town board hears about federal legislation to help communities like it with defunct nuclear plants and stranded nuclear waste. (Wiscasset Newspaper)

GRID: New York ISO is evaluating its market design to make sure its pricing reflects system conditions as more renewable generation is built. (S&P Global) 

OIL & GAS:
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf doesn’t plan to spend state money to help restart a Philadelphia refinery shut down after an explosion last month. (CBS Philly)
• Pennsylvania had a record year for natural gas production in 2018, producing 6.1 trillion cubic feet, according to a state report. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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EMISSIONS:
• As Northeast states look to craft a regional cap-and-trade system for cars, it’s raising lots of thorny policy questions. (E&E News)
• A conservative, free-market think tank says a proposed carbon tax in Massachusetts would have an “insignificant” impact on global emissions while hurting the state’s taxpayers and economy. (Boston Globe)

COMMENTARY:
• A Maine editorial board says it’s worth studying a consumer-owned, statewide public utility even though it has some concerns. (Bangor Daily News)
• A columnist says the federal government should follow Maine’s lead in addressing climate change by boosting solar and renewables. (Kennebec Journal)

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