Northeast Energy News

Washington, D.C., introduces 100 percent renewable energy bill

RENEWABLES: Washington, D.C., city councilors propose legislation for the city to run off 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• Portsmouth, Rhode Island, wants the state Supreme Court to intervene in a case involving a proposed 2.9 MW solar farm on a residential-zoned property. (Providence Journal)
• Developers plan to break ground this week on a solar project located on 3.8 acres in northeast Maine. (The County)
• An overview of New Jersey’s new community solar pilot program, which will launch next year. (Solar Industry)

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WIND: A sound modeling expert testifies that a proposed 28-turbine wind farm in eastern Pennsylvania will comply with township restrictions that require them to be no louder than 45 decibels. (WFMZ)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont officials issue a request for proposals for an electric bus pilot program funded by settlement money from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. (news release)

OIL & GAS:
• A three-month lockout of National Grid’s union workers and a series of home explosions outside Boston last month has left Massachusetts’ natural gas industry “in disarray,” critics say. (The Republican)
• Columbia Gas has less than six weeks to meet a deadline to restore gas service to nearly 8,000 homes outside Boston but has only completed 73 so far.  (Boston Herald)
• A California utility sends 95 employees to Massachusetts to help Columbia Gas restore gas service to customers. (news release)
• Maine officials are waiting for updates on possible gasoline and heating fuel shortages following a refinery explosion in Canada. (Portland Press Herald)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A massive trash-to-energy power plant in New Hampshire will benefit from state biomass subsidies. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

POWER PLANTS: Nearly 30 new natural gas power plants with a capacity of 475 MW or greater are in operation, under construction, or going through permitting in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, according to a new report. (The Business Journal)

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FUEL CELLS: Delaware utility regulators reject a request to review a deal that forces electricity customers to pay tens of millions of dollars to a fuel cell manufacturer, saying it lacks the authority to change the agreement. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Utility regulators need to ensure that New Jersey’s new community solar program is accessible to low-income residents, say two renewable energy advocates. (NJ Spotlight)

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