Energy News for week ending September 23, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Gas heating bills for Eversource customers expected to fall this winter, The Boston Globe

Natural gas bills may rise this winter, WWLP

National Grid Proposes Winter Bill Increase for Natural Gas, News

Proposed Burrillville power plant draws more opposition; Uxbridge demurs, Worcester Telegram

Invenergy and Builders Challenge Motion to Dismiss, ecoRI news

Proposed RI Power Plant Loses Cooling Water Source, Seeks Delay, RTO Insider

14 Pipeline Projects in 24 States … Which Will Be the Next Battleground?, EcoWatch

Trump to shale gas industry: ‘You will like me so much,’ SNL

As Connecticut Pushes Forward on Natural Gas Expansion, Some Push Back, Connecticut Magazine

Renewable Energy

Baker rolling out new solar incentives, CommonWealth Magazine

New solar energy program coming to New London,

ConEdison opens Westfield solar farm; 8K panels capable of powering 300 homes, MassLive

National Grid Amps Up Solar Program in Massachusetts, (press release) 3BL Media

Will Scaling Back Solar Incentives Hurt Adoption?, Governing

Groundbreaking held for $80m southern Vermont wind project, Penn Energy

Despite energy deal loss, huge wind farm is still on track in Aroostook, Bangor Daily News

Cornell Wants to Heat Its Campus With Geothermal Energy, Popular Mechanics

Future dim for home solar incentives in Maine, Renewable Energy World

Solar farm agreement wins Town Council approval, Valley Breeze

Deepwater rolls into New Bedford, reNews

Avangrid, Governor Shumlin break ground on Deerfield Wind farm, Vermont Biz

BCC gets $200K for offshore wind workforce study, Fall River Herald News

More offshore wind action: Deepwater Wind opening New Bedford office, Offshore MW survey boat arriving, SouthCoast Today

Nine innovative approaches that utilities are using to plan for increased rooftop solar, Science Daily

Energy Efficiency

ACEEE Report: Energy Efficiency Is The Greatest Energy Story You Haven’t Heard, CleanTechnica

Report: State is cleaning air, saving money, CT Post

Energy-efficiency standard is an opportunity, New Hampshire Business Review


The case for nuclear power, Power Engineering

Can Reusing Spent Nuclear Fuel Solve Our Energy Problems?, National Geographic

Pilgrim nuclear power plant back at full capacity after repairs, Boston Herald

Cape Downwinders to Appeal State House Ban Restriction, News


EnerNOC is cutting more than 200 jobs, primarily in the Seaport, Boston Globe

Massachusetts Governor Creates Climate Change Strategy Through Executive Order, TriplePundit

Massachusetts to Offer $14M in Energy Resiliency Grants for Microgrids & Other Backup at Medical Facilities, Microgrid Knowledge

The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything,

Eversource expects to sell power plants by as early as next spring,

Why the New Massachusetts Energy Storage Report Is Such a Big Deal, Greentech Media

A 3-Part Microgrid Launches in Canada, With Transactive Energy as the Goal, Greentech Media

Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall, Microgrid Knowledge

Compact officials push Eversource on smart grid technology, Cape Cod Times

US, Canada utilities aim to link three microgrids in $12.4M cross-border project, Utility DIVE


Scott Muller: Vermont is choking on a fishbone,

Letter: Godzilla in Concord, Concord Monitor

Low cost energy for New Hampshire needs to be our rallying cry, The Laconia Daily Sun

Our Opinion: PUC solar proposal wrong policy, process, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

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Energy News for week ending September 16, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

As utilities ramp up gas, Enbridge play for Spectra highlights increasing value of pipelines, Utility DIVE

The Big Switch: As Renewables Boom, Sparks Fly Over Natural Gas, Rhode Island Public Radio

Gas Power Plant News: Town officials seek to dismiss application for power plant, PennEnergy

National Grid dealt blow with regional pipeline plans,

LNG Storage The Answer, Developer Tells Maine Regulators, Natural Gas Intelligence

Spectra says faster-than-expected corrosion led to pipeline blast, Houston Chronicle

Vermont regulators approve pipeline through park, Penn Energy

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council opposes Burrillville power plant proposal, Providence Journal

Community meeting in Norfolk to focus on Spectra pipeline proposal, Wicked Local Norfolk

Renewable Energy

The Big Switch: New England Solar Surge Poses Challenges For Grid, Rhode Island Public Radio

Massachusetts pushes to brew up new green businesses to help fight climate change, PRI

New wind project owner arrives amid fight over proposed site in Moosehead region, Portland Press Herald

US plan for offshore wind energy: Jumpstarting an American industry?, Christian Science Monitor

Official talks up offshore wind power plants, Worcester Business Journal

The Big Switch: Does Wind Energy Have A Future In Connecticut?, Rhode Island Public Radio

Experts Anticipate Significant Cost Reductions For Wind Energy, North American Windpower

Maine PUC proposing to phase out incentives for home solar panels, Press Herald

The Big Switch: How A Local Power Project Disrupted A Powerful Utility, Rhode Island Public Radio

Solar power’s not just for roofs anymore: It’s being woven into fabric, Grist

Wilbraham celebrates completion of photovoltaic array, The Reminder

Energy Efficiency

Does spending more on energy efficiency cut rates?, New Hampshire Business Review

Rhode Island project aims to make home energy use comparisons easier, Electric Light & Power

Helping people save energy, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

UTC Receives $2.7 Million Grant For Battery Project, Hartford Courant

Energy grants awarded to 9 Franklin County towns, The Recorder


New mechanical issue keeps Pilgrim nuclear plant offline, The Patriot Ledger

Vernon seeks to replace losses after Vermont Yankee closure, WCAX

Sec. Moniz bullish on nuclear to help solve carbon dilemma, FuelFix

Is the Pilgrim nuke plant safe? Baker ‘would presume’ so, The Boston Globe


Environmentalists urge state leaders to be more aggressive with pollution, WWLP

Bigger batteries could improve power grid, Gloucester Times

Vernon’s power production future debated, VT Digger

The Curious Case of a Climate Denier and a Utilities Conference, InsideClimate News

Northern Pass complex legal proceedings frustrate some opponents, NH1 News

Hudson Selectmen take official stance on Eversource, MetroWest Daily News

Residents raise concerns about Eversource project, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Eversource Energy Is Losing Power,

Hanover Pond in Meriden drawn down six feet for hydropower project, Meriden Record-Journal

Rhode Island lawmakers push FERC to integrate state climate policies into regional pricing, Utility Dive

New Haven residents slam UI’s proposed rate hike, New Haven Register


Willem Post: Looking at Vermont’s energy future,

Business Perspective: Energy prices zap business growth in NH, The Union Leader

Thomas Trimble: Power plant in Burrillville a bad idea, The Providence Journal

Nuclear power would meet sustainable energy goal, Mountain Times

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Energy News for week ending September 9, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

With Spectra Energy Deal, Enbridge Seeks To Upstage Kinder Morgan, Forbes

Enbridge plans $28 billion takeover of Maine natural gas pipeline operator Spectra, Press Herald

Plan B for a pipeline, CommonWealth Magazine

Four towns, six lawmakers granted seats at Berkshire Gas moratorium talks, MassLive

After Massachusetts’ court decision, Eversource mulls pipeline funding options, Utility Dive

FERC Rejects Capacity Release Exemption for NE Gas Generators, RTO Insider

Algonquin Fires Back Against ‘Congestionators’ Trying to Block Access Northeast, Natural Gas Intelligence

Eversource not giving up on the pipeline, Union Leader

Burrillville Planning Board opposes Invenergy power plant, The Providence Journal

Maine’s Governor Puts His State on Fracking’s Front Lines, The Nation

Vermont Gas fires back at criticism of prices,

New Haven protest supports Native American opponents of oil pipeline, New Haven Register

Renewable Energy

After three years, Morton solar panels could soon be activated, Herald News

Hampshire College to become entirely solar powered with installation of 15,000 panels, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Churchill Street solar array permitted despite significant opposition from abutters, Berkshire Eagle

Offshore wind developers agree to use New Bedford Marine Terminal,

Offshore Wind: Can America’s first farm help resurrect manufacturing?,

RI Wastewater Treatment Company Goes All In On Wind, Renewables, North American Windpower

Portland council opts to negotiate deal to build solar array at landfill, Press Herald

Connecticut Hospital to Save $600000 a Year with Solar Installation, Solar Novus Today

SunCommon vs. Solar City: Vermont’s solar wars,

New rules guide where solar will go,

Barnstable leads the way on renewable energy, Cape Cod Times

Wastewater Agency’s Next Steps To Expand Renewable Energy, Rhode Island Public Radio

Technology fund invests $250000 in North Kingstown wind-energy startup, Providence Journal

5 turbines off Block Island could boost Bay State grid, Cape Cod Times

Energy Efficiency

The kilowatt you never use: How National Grid plans to save customers $3.6B through efficiency, Utility Dive

Boston-born light bulb that’s ‘not ugly’ now sells at 1,300 retailers, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Energy Efficiency Standards Achieve Olympic-Sized Savings, Natural Resources Defense Council

New Dartmouth Task Force Will Help School Go Green, Valley News

RVLT Secures New Agreement for Connecticut’s Small Business Energy Advantage Program, LED Inside


Sale of Entergy plant in NY raises questions for Pilgrim, Cape Cod Times

Nuclear power plants prepare for old age,


Energy Secretary Moniz and Interior Secretary Jewell Announce New National Offshore Wind Strategy to Drive Deployment,

New England’s Solar Boom Poses Unique Challenges To The Regional Grid, Maine Public Broadcasting

Eversource alters transmission line plans through Sudbury, The Boston Globe

Confidence in collaboration: Rhode Island targets a common perspective on DER values, Utility Dive

National Grid seeks to extend smart grid pilot in Massachusetts, Electric Light & Power

Property owners challenge easement use by Northern Pass, Laconia Citizen

How Do Greenhouse Gases Impact the Mid-Atlantic Region?,

Column: Reducing Maine’s carbon footprint, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Mass. wants its neighbors to move faster to cut emissions, The Boston Globe

Will New England Electricity Consumption Continue to Stay Flat?, Energy Collective

Litigation might redefine FERC’s reach on power prices, Environment & Energy Publishing first: New Forrester radio ad stresses her opposition to Northern Pass, WMUR


Gas pipeline needed to ensure energy mix, Gloucester Times

Owens: States, feds sideline nuclear power at their peril, Boston Herald

Editorial: Get on the ball for consumers, Berkshire Gas, The Recorder

Decommissioning costs: A blind spot in the nuclear power debate, Utility Dive

Nancy Tips: Why wind turbines divide Vermont communities,

John Kostrzewa: Why R.I.’s economy needs a natural-gas pipeline, The Providence Journal

Solar scheme will not help ratepayers, Foster’s Daily Democrat

My Turn: Stop shunning nuclear energy, Concord Monitor

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Energy News for Week ending August 26, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Utilities behind pipeline look to reestablish mass ‘contribution’, South Coast Today

Gas pipeline firm says it’s full-speed ahead, CommonWealth Magazine

National Grid, Eversource to pull out of Access Northeast gas pipeline project, Utility Dive

Somerset LNG proposal dead as Eversource withdraws natural gas application, Fall River Herald News

Pipeline ruling could lead to higher energy bills, industry says, Eagle-Tribune

Maine Gas Export Project Said to Be Sidelined by Pipeline Woes, Bloomberg

New rules call for increased scrutiny of natural gas pipeline proposals, Keene Sentinel

Burrillville Lawmakers Pen Letter To Health Department, Voicing Concerns Over Power Plant, Rhode Island Public Radio

Gas Leaks Continue to Spark Uproar Among Residents, Beacon Hill Times

Gas pipeline proponent unswayed by court ruling, Lowell Sun

Citing ‘imprudent’ costs, regulators urge Vermont Gas rate cut,

Renewable Energy

Turbines Are Up At Block Island, The First US Offshore Wind Farm, CleanTechnica

The falling costs of US solar power, in 7 charts,

Danish investment company to back OffshoreMW in local wind turbine development push, SouthCoastToday

There’s a good reason GE picked Rhode Island for America’s first offshore wind farm, Business Insider

Rhode Island may pave way for Obama wind energy boom, The Hill

New Approach to Solar Net Metering, The National Law Review

First US offshore wind farm will power an entire island, New Scientist

Norwich Opens Largest Solar and Energy Storage System in State,

Wind Developers Look to Goshen as Potential Site for Connecticut’s Second Wind Farm, WNPR

Solar power discount campaign coming to Londonderry, The Union Leader

Energy Efficiency

The enormous scale of all the energy that we never used, Washington Post

Peterborough’s energy achievements honored, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Belfast Farmers Invest in Energy Efficiency,

New Hampshire Regulators Establish New Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, TandDWorld

Energy-Efficient Windows Conflict with Historic District Regs, ecoRI news


Vermont Yankee fund benefits Rutland solar, other projects,

Vt. Yankee says it’s gaining on infiltrating water, The Recorder


Rosenberg talks education, energy in Canada visit, Daily Hampshire Gazette

What Moakley Courthouse’s Old-School Cooling System Could Teach Us About Energy Storage, WBUR

Town seeks public comment on power plan, Eagle Tribune

Conservation Law Foundation Calls For Rejection Of Rate Increases For National Grid, Rhode Island Public Radio

Granite Geek: Ten Years Out, Can Greenhouse Gas Program RGGI Be Called A Success?, New Hampshire Public Radio

Counsel for the Public: Northern Pass application is Incomplete, BerlinDailySun

Electricity customer choice out-performs traditional monopoly, Utility Dive

Breaking Down the $10B Market for Smart Meters and Analytics Through 2021, Greentech Media

Maine heating oil, kerosene and propane prices drop, Press Herald


Letter: Support for renewable energy does matter in elections, Brattleboro Reformer

Stopping fracked gas boondoggle is good for business, RI Future

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Energy News for week ending August 19, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Massachusetts Plan to Fund New Gas Lines Rejected by Court, Bloomberg

SJC nixes ‘pipeline tax,’ CommonWealth Magazine

SJC rejects Baker’s plan to impose fee for gas pipelines, The Boston Globe

Strong reactions as state’s highest court nixes pipeline funding, MassLive

RI power plant proposal generates concerns across state lines, Worcester Telegram

The Truth about Pipeline Companies and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Communities, Senators and Members of Congress Speak Out, Huffington Post

Rare Victory for Opponents of Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Hampshire-Franklin state legislators seek access to Berkshire Gas supply plan details, MassLive

Pipeline protesters lock themselves to entrance gate, My Fox Boston

Study Says Renewable Power Still Reliant on Backup from Natural Gas, Power Engineering

Renewable Energy

The World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Just Hit This Milestone, Fortune

New offshore wind requirement leads to price worries, Worcester Business Journal

The nation’s first offshore wind farm takes shape off RI, The Boston Globe

So close, so far: Can Maine put its near-agreement on solar net metering back together again?, Utility DIVE

State-Sponsored Solar Marketplace For Connecticut Goes Online, Solar Industry

Vermont Solar and Wind Reduce Summer Peak Costs,

Going for Gold: US Wind Industry Sets New Records in 2015, Natural Resources Defense Council

Wind farm proposal near Moosehead Lake has potential buyer, Bangor Daily News

It’s the Dawn of the Community Solar Farm, Bloomberg

Coalition Seeks To Overturn FERC’s Approval Of AIM Pipeline, WAMC

Offshore wind quietly reaches a milestone with arrival of survey ship in New Bedford,

Plymouth solar bylaw proposal opposed by environmentalists, WickedLocal Plymouth

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Can Accelerate Economic Growth, Natural Resources Defense Council

Worcester School’s Getting Retrofit Lighting, Thanks to $248849 Grant,


High water temperature briefly lowers power at Pilgrim Station, The Manomet Current

Feds uphold ‘no booze’ policy at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant,

Plymouth: Advisory Panel to be Created for the Decommissioning of Pilgrim, WATD


Green Mountain Power to buy 14 more hydroelectric dams,

EPA Gets High-Profile Backers in Methane Legal Battle, Bloomberg BNA

Corporate Customers Pressure Electric Utilities to Step Up Their Game, Greentech Media

Here’s who really won in the state’s new energy bill, The Boston Globe


Gustin: Chances for cheaper energy closing, Boston Herald

Woolf: State energy plan unrealistic,

Union Leader wrong on energy efficiency, The Union Leader

Forum: Connecticut establishing itself as a nationwide energy leader, New Haven Register

Our Turn: New Hampshire hospitals invest in wiser energy, cleaner air, Concord Monitor

Nuclear Energy is in economic danger, The Day

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Energy News for week ending August 12, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Milford: Pipeline proposed to cross bike trail, MetroWest Daily News

Utility Company’s Natural Gas Proposals Face Resistance In RI, Rhode Island Public Radio

Berkshire Gas moratorium topic of upcoming DPU hearing in Greenfield, MassLive

Fears Power Plant Hurts Burrillville Real-Estate Market, ecoRI news

Liberty Utilities gets green light for Loudon portion of pipeline project, Concord Monitor

Department of Health hears testimony on Burrillville power plant, RI Future

Renewable Energy

LePage, environmental lobbyists debate solar Maine policy,

Dong eyes Bay State link, reNews

Wind Takes Center Stage in Vermont Governor’s Race, Inside Climate News

Local legacy on offshore wind mixed for Obama, Cape Cod Times

Governor’s office, Portland mayor urge state to act on solar, PennEnergy

Tidal turbine test shows promise, Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts just gave a huge boost to the offshore wind industry, Washington Post

Energy bill puts wind in SouthCoast’s sails,

New Massachusetts Law Bodes Well For Energy Storage, Solar Industry

Former Norwich dairy farm turns into solar energy site, New Haven Register

Salem to power two schools on solar energy, Salem News

In RI, nation’s first offshore wind farm ushers in new era, Telegram and Gazette

Energy Efficiency

State commission approves new energy efficiency standard, The Keene Sentinel

New Rebate Helps Bangor Homeowners with Energy Efficiency, WABI

Danbury company secures first Energy on the Line grant, Danbury News Times

Exclusive: Why These Cities Are Leading on Clean Energy, TIME

Norfolk State University expands green technology initiative with Dominion grant of $25,000, PennEnergy


New York state to subsidize nuclear plants to meet clean energy goals,

First responders benefit from ‘free pile’ at Vermont Yankee,

Entergy signs two-year deal to pay for emergency planning,

Cape Residents Left Off Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Advisory Panel, WCAI

New Advisory Panel To Keep Eye On Pilgrim Shutdown,


Environmental group drops suit against Eversource, Union Leader

Blumenthal Slams Eversource For Cost Overruns, Wants Federal Oversight, WSHU

Summer 2016 electricity demand expected to peak with heat wave, MassLive

Gov. Charlie Baker signs hydropower, wind energy bill into law,

Invenergy loses bid for Harrisville’s water, RI Future

Baker inks long-sought energy law, CommonWealth magazine

New plan to relocate India Point Park power lines surfaces, The Providence Journal

Vermont working group to study state utility regulation, PennEnergy

Buying time: State commissioners sign deal on weekend to give Brockton Power permit extension, Enterprise

Massachusetts Positions to be Third State to Set an Energy Storage Mandate, Microgrid Knowledge


Our view: Finally, action on gas leaks, Salem News

Mark Whitworth: False promise to Vermont towns,

Another View: Maine would do well to invest in renewable energy projects, Press Herald

Sierra Club statement on National Grid LNG proposal, RI Future

Northern Hassan: Orange is the new green, Union Leader

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Energy News for week ending August 5, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

US Sens. Warren, Markey probe alleged conflict in Spectra pipeline review, MassLive

Obama instructs FERC to review climate impacts of pipelines, StateImpact Pennsylvania

Providence Reps Voice Opposition to National Grid LNG Proposal, GoLocalProv

Kinder Morgan Still Has Hurdles To Clear For Sandisfield Pipeline, New England Public Radio

Gas industry takes issue with report on pipeline, The Sun Chronicle

Citizens group: Keep the ban on pipeline tax, Fall River Herald News

State grants Brockton Power extension for state permit, three days before deadline, Enterprise

Renewable Energy

Nuclear power and renewables don’t have to be enemies. New York just showed how,

Block Island Wind Farm: Historic project enters final stage, The Providence Journal

Clean energy boosting city revenues, Gloucester Times

A ‘transformational’ mandate: Greens hail Massachusetts offshore wind, renewables bill, UtilityDIVE

Massachusetts Bill Boosts Offshore Wind, Canadian Hydro, RTO Insider

Dong Energy lauds Massachusetts commitment to offshore wind, Offshore Wind Journal

Cranston solar farm clears first hurdle in approval process, The Providence Journal

New solar options for home and business owners coming to Weare, Concord Monitor

Coventry shines on list of towns promoting solar panels, Journal Inquirer

State Encouraging Solar Development At Expense of Farmland, Hartford Courant

Brattleboro landfill might still get solar project, Vermont Biz

Portland to Consider Solar Site at Former Landfill, Maine Public Broadcasting

Environment Massachusetts report: state should pursue 100% renewable energy,

Energy Efficiency

Will RGGI Double Down on Carbon Cuts?, Environmental Leader

State lauds Auburn, Worcester for energy efficiency measures, Worcester Telegram

Cannon Mountain to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent, PennEnergy

Efficiency upgrades help move historic Lincoln Theater into the future,


Nuclear power and renewables don’t have to be enemies. New York just showed how,

Plan to deal with Seabrook’s concrete problem with NRC, Eagle Tribune

Legislature Creates Pilgrim Decommissioning Panel,

As U.S. Nuclear Plants Close, Carbon Emissions Could Go Up, Bloomberg BNA


An Energy Storage Mandate Could Be Coming Soon to Massachusetts, Greentech Media

Danger from above on Erie Street: Utility poles keep falling on cars, Dorchester Reporter

Omnibus Energy Bill Passed In Massachusetts Includes Energy Storage, CleanTechnica

Brockton Power plant construction permit about to expire, project website shuts down, Enterprise News

Selectmen: ‘Eversource Project Will Take Financial Toll on Sudbury’,

US States Signed Pact to Keep Exxon Climate Probe Confidential, Scientific American

Eversource optimistic on Northern Pass chances, The Union Leader

Eversource to try again for Greenwich substation, Greenwich Time

FERC Accepts ISO-NE’s Ten-Percent Threshold For Mitigating Generator Retirement Bids, Mondaq

Expect your electric bill to go up for the next few years, Press Herald

Balancing Act: What The State’s New Energy Bill Does And Doesn’t Legislate, WBUR


Leaning too hard on natural gas, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Our View: Pipeline politics should remember power users, Press Herald

Need to pick up clean energy pace, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Opinion: Lisman has right approach on energy,

The inconvenient truth of energy policy, CommonWealth Magazine

Energy bill a solid step forward, CommonWealth Magazine

Guy Page: On groundwater, Vermont Yankee takes high road,

Seabrook nuke plant monitoring lapses appalling and reckless,

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