Senators call out New England grid operator

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! GRID: Seven U.S. senators from New England write to the region’s power grid operator to say it hasn’t done enough to transition to clean energy and accommodate state policies that encourage the changes. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: A new study says Massachusetts cannot meet its clean energy goals with deploying utility scale energy storage. (Utility Dive)

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New Jersey doubles offshore wind target

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey more than doubles its offshore wind target to 7.5 GW, which could provide half of the state’s electricity by the mid-2030s. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A fishermen’s group says a proposed uniform layout of wind turbines off New England backed by the wind industry does not address their concerns. (Worcester Telegram)
• Floating wind turbines off Maine could be operational by 2022 and will be watched by the industry as a way to tap wind resources farther away from shore and avoid local opposition.

Rhode Island power plant officially dead

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! POWER PLANTS: The deadline for Invenergy to appeal Rhode Island’s denial of a power plant siting permit passes without action, marking the official demise of the $1 billion project. (UpriseRI)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont launches a two-year pilot program using Volkswagen settlement funds to see how electric school buses perform on the state’s rural roads. (Energy News Network)

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Rural states want a say in regional transportation emissions plan

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! TRANSPORTATION: Advocates for a multi-state compact to reduce transportation emissions say it must address concerns of rural areas where many residents are more dependent on private cars. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• A bankrupt oil refinery in Philadelphia that was damaged by an explosion this year will be sold at auction in January as union and city officials are given a say by the court. (Reuters)
• A court gives the refinery permission to tap into the balance of a $100 million loan as it prepares for its eventual sale.

Taller turbines prompt Maryland to revisit offshore wind plans

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! OFFSHORE WIND: Maryland regulators reopen discussions about two proposed offshore wind projects after developers decide to use turbines 200 feet taller than originally planned. (Baltimore Sun) 

ALSO: Developers and manufacturers tour a southeast Connecticut pier that the state is promoting as an offshore wind hub for turbine assembly. (4C Offshore)

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