Northeast Energy News

Wind farm surveys begin off New Jersey’s coast

WIND: A ship begins a two-month geophysical survey of the ocean floor off the southern coast of New Jersey in preparation for a proposed wind farm. (WHYY)

ALSO: Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts join the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, which is working to promote the offshore wind industry. (reNEWS)

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SOLAR:
• A Rhode Island town that adopted a solar moratorium last month is the latest flashpoint in a debate over how to develop solar power without disrupting an area’s scenery. (Energy News Network)
• A Vermont utility is developing 14 MW of storage solar and 6 MW of battery backup with the aim of improving reliability during summer peaks. (Energy News Network)
• Developers complete construction on a 5 MW community solar project in central Massachusetts. (Wicked Local)
• Vermont utility regulators deny an application for a small solar project near the Canadian border, citing constraints on the region’s electrical grid. (Associated Press)
• The governor of Maine moves forward with plans to install a solar system that will supply 50 percent of the electricity needs for the governor’s mansion. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES:
• Pennsylvania officials launch an investigation to “get a better picture of what’s going on underground” at the site of a sinkhole that developed along the Mariner East natural gas pipeline last week. (Daily Local News)
• The environmental impact of a gas pipeline expansion project in the Lower New York Bay can be reduced to “less than significant levels” with the implementation of mitigation measures, according to a report by federal energy regulators. (Bridgewater Courier News)

OIL & GAS: Impact fees collected from natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania are expected to reach a record $247 million in 2019, surpassing last year’s fees by $37 million. (WHYY)

POWER PLANTS:
• Federal regulators last month approved a plan to keep a Massachusetts liquefied natural gas power plant in operation, setting a precedent that some worry could slow the region’s transition away from fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)
• An air-monitoring station is installed in western Connecticut to monitor pollution before and after a gas-fired power plant goes online across the border in New York. (newstimes)

EMISSIONS: New Jersey environmentalists urge the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to clamp down on carbon pollution from power plants. (NJ Spotlight)

UTILITIES:
• State regulators will require Connecticut’s electric, gas and water utilities to pass their 2017 federal tax savings on to their customers. (Journal Inquirer)
• Connecticut’s largest electric utility asks state regulators for permission to increase rates to recoup more than $150 million spent on repairing damage from five major storms. (Fox61)

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GRID: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont tours the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and questions the energy team about upgrades and maintenance to the state’s power grid. (The Day)

COMMENTARY:
• Pennsylvania needs power from its fleet of nuclear plants to meet the governor’s ambitious emissions goals, says former EPA administrator Carol Browner. (The Morning Call)
• Pennsylvania citizens have done “an incredible job” of investigating the safety of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipelines, says a state senator. (Delaware County Daily Times)

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