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Three developers have submitted bids to sell offshore wind to Connecticut. That could mean big things for New London's economy, but officials and advocates said the state needs to act fast to ensure it doesn't miss the boat.

A stretch of the Housatonic River that under an EPA proposal would be dredged to remove PCBs.
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The New England EPA is suggesting mediation may help speed up the clean up of the Housatonic River. 

While Vermont dairy farmers are experiencing some of the hardest times in recent memory, their counterparts in Quebec are thriving. The reason is a complex system that regulates the supply of milk  and sets the price farmers receive.

Updated at 5:26 p.m. ET

China's leaders followed President Trump in taking another step toward a new trade war, announcing a plan to put steep tariffs on $50 billion of U.S. imports. China's proposed 25 percent tariffs would target a wide range of American products, from soybeans and whiskey to airplanes and cars.

"China currently buys about $14 billion worth of American soybeans each year — almost a third of the entire U.S. crop," NPR's Dan Charles reports for our Newscast unit. "Prices for U.S. soybeans tumbled by 3 to 5 percent" on the news, Dan adds.

Massachusetts energy officials have announced they're going with Plan B to bring Canadian hydroelectric power to the Bay State.

They've selected a back-up project that runs transmission lines through Maine, after New Hampshire state regulators refused to allow Plan A – the controversial Northern Pass project.

But the Maine project, known as New England Clean Energy Connect, also faces an uncertain future.

In Massachusetts, the announcement got kudos and criticism from those closely watching the state's selection of a massive clean energy project:

Northern Pass Loses Mass. Energy Contract

Mar 28, 2018
Electricity lines.
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The future of Massachusetts hydropower will not come through the White Mountains of New Hampshire via the Northern Pass project, Massachusetts and utilities officials agreed and announced Wednesday.

Updated at 1:45 a.m. ET on Friday

In a major escalation of the president's "America First" trade policy, the Trump administration is preparing to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese imports. The goal is to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China by $50 billion. President Trump is also calling for new limits on Chinese investment in U.S. technology, in an effort to protect what the administration calls America's "economic seed corn."

New England has gotten federal approval for a first-in-the-nation type of power supply auction. It'll let new renewable energy projects take over for old fossil fuel plants on the grid.

Once a year, the nonprofit grid operator ISO-New England holds an auction for power generators who want to supply energy for the region, starting three years out. 

Boston Approves Tax Break For Amazon's Seaport Plans

Mar 16, 2018

Boston’s planning and development agency on Thursday night approved a measure giving Amazon a tax break for proposed office space in the Seaport.

Amazon is negotiating a lease for forthcoming office space in the massive Seaport Square development.

The plan approved by the Boston Development and Planning Agency (BPDA) would give Amazon a $5 million reduction in property taxes in exchange for the company adding 2,000 workers.

Infosys To Build $20 Million Innovation Center In Hartford

Mar 15, 2018

An Indian information technology firm says it will build a $20 million innovation center in Hartford, Conn.

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