Northeast Energy News

Vineyard Wind to stay with project despite federal delay

OFFSHORE WIND: Vineyard Wind says it is committed to the project and will revise its timeline after federal regulators ordered more study. (Cape Cod Times) 

ALSO:
An industry group calls the federal action “regrettable” as it coincidentally kicks off its American Wind Week 2019. (Herald News)
A Connecticut commission says long-term impacts on wildlife should be studied as the state seeks large-scale offshore wind development. (WSHU)

SOLAR: Moderately sized solar projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will take longer to review as the region’s grid operator is requiring more study of their impact on the transmission system. (ecoRI)

STORAGE: New York agencies have asked federal regulators to rule that the state’s grid operator is adopting policies that will inhibit the deployment of energy storage. (Utility Dive) 

OIL & GAS:
President Trump will tour a nearly complete plant in western Pennsylvania that will turn the region’s copious natural gas reserves into plastic. (Associated Press)
A Massachusetts town that is the site of a proposed LNG terminal misses a deadline to participate in a state siting process and may not get an extension. (Worcester Telegram)
A new poll shows widespread support in Pennsylvania for severance tax on natural gas drilling to fund a $4.5 billion infrastructure program. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

REGULATION:
• Maryland regulators create a stakeholder working group in the first step of implementing new utility rate structures. (Baltimore Business Journal, subscription)
• New Jersey regulators increase the income threshold for residents to qualify for low-income energy assistance. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine community will hold a special town meeting next week to consider opposition to a transmission line that would import Canadian hydropower. (Sun Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: Acadia National Park in Maine is adding 21 propane autogas buses to its fleet. (NGT News)

COMMENTARY: A transportation advocate says Connecticut needs to explore ways to remove vehicles from its highways and promote cleaner modes of transport. (CT Mirror)

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