Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by

Look all over New England and you’ll see renewable energy projects making headlines nearly every day. Vermont officials last month held a ribbon-cutting for a new solar power project, while a wind farm developer in Massachusetts flipped the switch on a new solar installation.  A Maine company, meanwhile, is reviving its efforts to build an off-shore wind project along that state’s rocky coast.

renewable capacity forecast eia

According to EIA forecasts, renewable sources of energy will play a major role in new power generation in the coming decades. Source: EIA.gov

Elsewhere in New England though, developers are pulling the plug on clean energy projects right when we need them.

Spain-based Iberdrola Renewables, which already operates the Groton wind farm, is nixing plans to build a 23-turbine facility near Newfound Lake. Despite the regional and national call for adding renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions over the next decade, Iberdrola said the company is halting efforts because of the unfavorable political and regulatory climate in New Hampshire.

Over in Vermont, a 20-turbine wind farm proposal called it quits because the cost of upgrading the transmission lines to get the power to people’s homes and businesses was simply too expensive. Northern Vermont has the potential to generate more low-carbon power, but a lack of infrastructure investment is limiting that potential.

Renewable energy can be controversial.  Projects can be costly and often rely on public money. It’s a sign of the times that, as New England continues to discuss which kinds of power residents want added to the energy pool, none seems without its share of protest and only a few are poised to move forward without government subsidies or ratepayer funds.  It is critical that stakeholders, policy makers, and the public give clean energy projects sound consideration, while keeping in mind our very real energy needs.

Ribbon cut for new solar-power project in Rutland
(The Eagle)

First Wind solar project in Millbury begins commercial operations
(Boston Globe)

First Wind tries again to gain regulators’ approval for wind farm partnership with Emera
(Lewiston Sun Journal)

Visualizing life after coal in Salem, Mass.
(The Daily Climate)

Plug pulled on $150M wind farm over unfriendly political, regulatory climate
(New Hampshire Union Leader)

NH wind project nixed amid concerns over 2nd plant
(Associated Press)

President Said to Be Planning to Use Executive Authority on Carbon Rule
(New York Times)

Ibredrola abandons Wild Meadows wind farm, raising questions about future of wind power in N.H.
(Concord Monitor)

Seneca Mountain Wind Project on Hold as Developer Pulls Application
(VT Digger)

Offshore Wind Turbines: DOE Should Listen To EIA
(Institute for Energy Research)

Laws cloak Cape Wind finances
(Boston Herald)

Candidates take note: NH backs clean energy
(CommonWealth Magazine)

Transmission developer rides Neptune’s success into New England’s energy battles
(SNL)


Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by

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