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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Energy News for week ending July 29, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Report: Expanding natural gas use will harm environment, The Sun Chronicle

Opposition begins to form to Somerset LNG proposal, Fall River Herald News

Power plants, happy with high electric rates, fight natural gas expansion, Press Herald

Environmental groups oppose natural gas in Rockland,

Fracked Gas Protesters Lock Themselves in West Roxbury Pipeline Trench, Jamaica Plain News

New Power Plant Could Prevent RI Climate Goals, ecoRI news

Pipeline Expansion Threatens US Climate Goals, Study Says, InsideClimate News

Environmental groups decry natural gas conversion of power plant, New Haven Register

Natural gas plan worries Weymouth, Boston Globe

Renewable Energy

The DOE’s Path to an American Hydropower Renaissance, Greentech Media

Vernon farm takes ‘cow energy’ in a different direction,

Lack of New England transmission ’tilts the field towards offshore wind’, Recharge

Work at first US offshore wind farm enters final phase, PennEnergy

Solar array to power Army National Guard facility approved, CT Post

Gov. Baker backs offshore wind option over Cape Wind, Taunton Daily Gazette

North American Leaders Pledge 50 Percent Clean Energy By 2025, North American Windpower

Solar energy program aims to educate Warwick residents, businesses, The Providence Journal

Newton, other municipalities continue moving ahead with solar, Wicked Local Newton

Officials tout latest solar project in Meriden, New Haven Register

$500000 Solar Energy Grant Awarded to Massachusetts University, Solar Novus Today

New Bedford hailed as a leader in renewable energy in the Commonwealth,

Environment Massachusetts Releases Report on Cape and Islands Clean Energy Efforts,

LePage Proposes End to Solar Net Metering Program, MPBN

Energy Efficiency

Dover, Sherborn plug into energy efficiency programs, Wicked Local

New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity, MIT News

Conservation group sues over energy efficiency settlement, CT Post

Milford Honored for its Energy Efficiency,


Windham County renewables to get boost via Vermont Yankee, VT Digger

America’s Heat Wave No Sweat For Nuclear Power, Forbes

Candidates weigh future of Vermont Yankee, Commons


Survey finds New Englanders worried about energy prices, WWLP

DPU-Eversource communications probed, CommonWealth Magazine

ISO New England says Northern Pass can interconnect with transmission grid, PennEnergy

Hearings end over question of need and savings in Burrillville power plant proposal, Providence Journal

New form of carbon capture actually creates power, rather than consuming it, Extreme Tech

New Hampshire to evaluate scenic impacts of Northern Pass power line proposal, Press Herald

Wood-pellet incentives boosted, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Workshops scheduled in 5 NH communities on Northern Pass impact, NH1 News

Grid Modernization Plan in Massachusetts: National Grid selects Itron, Transmission and Distribution World

NHPUC orders Eversource to change how it allocates cost of new residential lines to homeowners, Union Leader

Fire at Block Island power leads to rolling blackouts, PennEnergy

Medway: Planning Board approves Exelon plan, MetroWest Daily News

Connecticut Council Signs off on 485-MW Bridgeport Harbor Project, Power Engineering


Massachusetts Letter, Environmental Progress

Guest Opinion: Keep existing nuclear power plants running, Fall River Herald News

My Turn: Transmission line burial isn’t better for NH, Concord Monitor

Carl Gustin: Don’t block regulators from doing their jobs, Berkshire Eagle

Keep solar strong in Vermont, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Shame on enviro group, CommonWealth Magazine

No subsidies for gas pipeline projects, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending July 22, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Concerns over proposed New England pipeline projects grow as FERC nears decision, Utility DIVE

PUC: Ratepayers would pay up to $75M for expanded gas pipeline, Mainebiz

Opponents appeal state approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline spur through Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

Pipeline tax protesters cap 43-mile hike at State House steps, The Boston Globe

Boston-area natural gas prices 13 percent higher than national average, NewBostonPost

Rehoboth selectmen mixed on response to LNG pipeline proposal, Taunton Daily Gazette

Raimondo: Burrillville Power Plant Is ‘Not A Done Deal’, Rhode Island Public Radio

Crowds pack in for Raimondo’s community forum on Burrillville power plant, WPRI

Rep. Neal: Congressional Delegation Vigorously Opposed Pipeline Expansion, WAMC

Maine regulators approve expansion of gas pipeline capacity, Press Herald

Opponents of Weymouth compressor station hold rally, march, The Patriot Ledger

Boston Neighborhood Battles Pipeline Project, The American Prospect

Renewable Energy

DONG holds its breath as Massachusetts decides on energy bill, Recharge

Maine granola company uses sun to fuel its future, WMTW Portland

New Hampshire Solar Advocates Speak Out On YouTube, CleanTechnica

New Hampshire Town Considers Zero Net Energy Community, Government Technology

The New Green Roof: Solar Panels That Change Colors, TakePart

Wind energy experts hold ‘wind think tank’ in Maine,

Qualified Middle-Class Families Are Set To Receive Solar Panels Without Paying a Dime in the U.S., GreenEnergy Chronicles

Solar-powered homes plan rejected in Portsmouth,

Solar panels at UMass-Amherst expected to save $6.2 million, WPRI

Solar Powered Smart Flowers Are New Focus for Cape Wind Champion Jim Gordon, Renewable Energy World

Expanding Access to Solar Financing in Connecticut, Renewable Energy World

Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy, Penn Energy

For nearly 3 years 200 solar panels have sat unused on top of Morton Middle School, The Herald News

Energy Efficiency

World Energy Efficiency Services Launches Solar Division, ACHR NEWS

Barre joins energy efficiency project, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Energy efficiency brings Lowell $4.7M in savings, Lowell Sun

Energy Efficiency Incentives Better than Ever,

Vermont governor: Contract preference goes to green firms, CT Post


Public Service Board again nixes arguments of New England Coalition, Commons

Pilgrim’s water discharge permit gets long-delayed review, Cape Cod Times

Shipping of VT radioactive water raises concerns,


Crunch time for Massachusetts energy debate, CommonWealth Magazine

Pokemon Are Taking Over Nuclear Power Plants and Substations, Greentech Media

Carbon Tax Divides Candidates in Vt. Debate, Valley News

Opposition to rate increase prompts Wallingford PUC to commission new market study, Meriden Record-Journal

Behind the Big Deal, New Hampshire Business Review

Cape towns seek hearing to challenge Eversource herbicide spraying, Cape Cod Times

Decision soon on trash-to-energy facility in Hampden, Penn Energy News

GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market, Microgrid Knowledge


Northern Pass: too big to fail?, New Hampshire Business Review

Mass. on the verge of energy greatness, CommonWealth Magazine

Transparency and the Eversource settlement, New Hampshire Business Review

Don’t Block Regulators From Doing Their Jobs, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy

Time for action on high cost of electricity, CommonWealth Magazine

LePage’s executive order on ethanol is fueled by myths, and it’s a win for foreign oil, Bangor Daily News

Editorial: Push and pull of a solar project, GazetteNET

N-Plant buildings are not compromised, Newburyport Daily News

Without nuke power, climate change threat grows: Column, USA Today

Our View: It’s in region’s interests to help Millstone compete, Norwich Bulletin

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Energy News for week ending July 15, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Leaks, leaks, and more leaks, CommonWealth Magazine

Weymouth compressor station foes say they’ll keep fighting despite setback, Patriot Ledger

Fracking Opponents in Massachusetts Plan March, Public News Service

Berkshire Gas tells DPU it will study ways to lift customer moratorium,

Pipeline firm makes case for more natural gas, CommonWealth Magazine

Pipeline opponents gearing up for march through Medway, MetroWest Daily News

Loneliest Natural Gas Terminal in U.S. Bucks Pipeline Trend, Bloomberg

D.C. Circuit Overrules FERC on Partnership Pipeline’s Tax Recovery, The National Law Review

MAP: Gas pipeline leaks under Brockton streets, Enterprise News


Renewable Energy

New England plots offshore path, reNews

Long Island Power Authority Plans Largest US Offshore Wind Farm, Wall Street Journal

Clock ticking for offshore wind action on Beacon Hill, Taunton Daily Gazette

Yale researchers rank cities and towns on residential solar activity, CT Post

Solar Already Beating Gas On Price, & More — Why Natural Gas Is The Next Fossil Fuel to Go, CleanTechnica

Vermont Hits Its Cap On New Solar Projects, Here And Now

Haverhill eyes new solar projects, Eagle-Tribune

State Leadership in Clean Energy: New Hampshire’s Groundbreaking Renewable Thermal Program, Renewable Energy World

GE Renewable Energy Ships First Offshore Wind Turbine, Yahoo Finance

Grafton, Windham trade letters with Iberdrola over wind project, Brattleboro Reformer

Bedford church appeals to higher power in climate change battle, The Boston Globe


Energy Efficiency

Connecticut’s Green Bank new grant program aids businesses’ energy efficiency efforts, New Haven Register

Milford Honored for its Energy Efficiency,

Find Out Which Appliance Is Sucking All Your Power, MIT Technology Review

Clean power benefits, Foster’s Daily Democrat



Renewable Power Push Threatens Last Two New England Reactors, Bloomberg

Feds weigh Vermont Yankee water shipment options,

As Millstone goes, so goes the cost of electricity in state, Journal Inquirer



House GOP subpoenas NY, Mass. AGs on climate change probe, U.S. News & World Report

Why We Pretend to Clean Up Oil Spills, Smithsonian

Energy Storage Would Get U.S. Tax Credits in Bipartisan Bill, Bloomberg

Political Support For Burrillville Power Plant Raises Questions About Transparency, RI NPR

New power line project approved (no, it’s not the Northern Pass), The Union Leader

Anti-Invenergy activists plan protest march, Woonsocket Call

National Grid Completes Major Upgrade of Canada-New England Transmission Link, Justmeans

Weather company Earth Networks sees utilities as a new path to profit, Washington Post

How Protect Sudbury is challenging Mass. utility laws, MetroWest Daily News

NH Consumer Advocate Wants Price of Northern Pass Power made public, Valley News



Mass. should insist on burial of NH power line, CommonWealth Magazine

Prohibit the ‘pipeline tax’, CommonWealth Magazine

Advice for Beacon Hill energy conferees, Commonwealth Magazine

Another View — Kevin Avard: Kinder Morgan withdrawal doesn’t end fight for property owners’ rights, Union Leader

Us-against-them battles on energy do consumers no favors, The Boston Globe


Energy Events

Paving the Way for Grid Modernization, IEEE Power & Energy Society, July 17-21, 2016, Boston, MA

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