This week in regional energy news …
- In a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Charles Bass oppose the Northern Pass project, which would transmit hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec to New England through New Hampshire. Ayotte and Bass propose burying the transmission lines within existing rights-of-way.
- Veolia Energy North America and the city of Boston are heating much of Boston with a “district energy system,” which involves purchasing surplus power from a Cambridge power plant and using it to warm downtown Boston buildings. There are about 2500 district energy systems in the U.S., including in most large cities and college campuses.
- Fishermen off of Cape Cod are wary of how the Cape Wind project might affect their livelihood.
- In a campaign speech, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper promised to fund green energy projects across Canada if he is reelected.
- Maine Senator Tom Saviello proposes Maine’s withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI auctions have funded energy efficiency grants to Maine businesses such as SAPPI and Madison Paper to invest in greener technologies.
- A U.S. Department of Energy researcher spoke recently with a Wiscasset community advisory panel regarding the risks of spent nuclear fuel rod storage.