Northeast Energy News

Vineyard Wind proposes offshore hub in Connecticut

OFFSHORE WIND: Vineyard Wind proposes to build an offshore wind hub at Bridgeport Harbor in Connecticut that would create thousands of jobs over a 25-year commitment. (The Day)

ALSO: A GE offshore wind executive says at an offshore wind industry event in New York that with a large project pipeline in the Northeast, domestic manufacturing of components is “inevitable.” (Greentech Media)

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UTILITIES:
New York regulators order National Grid to immediately begin connecting 1,100 customers for natural gas that the utility denied service due to inadequate supplies. (Associated Press)
Critics of a pipeline the utility backs say it canceled supply contracts to buttress its claims of a gas shortage. (Newsday)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania regulators and a gas driller reach a deal to plug more than 100 wells that were not covered in a larger settlement reached earlier this year. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

EMISSIONS: An environmental group files a complaint with Maryland regulators that plants that qualify under the state’s renewable energy laws are exceeding pollution limits and breaking other environmental rules. (Baltimore Sun)

POWER PLANTS: The owner of a closed Maine paper mill proposes to sell a 161 MW onsite natural gas and oil power plant to a New York private equity firm. (Bangor Daily News)

NUCLEAR: An advisory committee meets Tuesday to give the status of 64 containers of stored nuclear waste at the closed Maine Yankee power plant and updates on proposed federal assistance to offset storage costs. (Times Record)

CLIMATE: The mayor of Vermont’s largest city proposes a statewide carbon fee that supporters say will cut carbon pollution 37% by 2040. (NECN)

COMMENTARY:
• A union official says a gas explosion last year in Massachusetts and an ongoing labor dispute show the need for stricter laws to regulate natural gas service. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Officials from natural gas and manufacturing associations say locally produced and affordable energy are reviving manufacturing in Pennsylvania. (PennLive)
• An editorial board says a plan to turn Bridgeport Harbor into an offshore wind energy hub shows more promise than previous ideas to revive the seaport. (CT Post)

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