Energy News for week ending August 14, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

UIL optimistic on natural gas conversion rates, New Haven Register

Natural gas protesters arrested after locking themselves to entrance of Spectra station, Providence Journal

Rural RI at Heart of Region’s Natural-Gas Debate, ecoRI news

Developer: Pipeline plan means money for towns, Eagle-Tribune

Pipeline foes: Keep money, Sentinel & Enterprise

Residents, pols pan pipeline, Lowell Sun

Foes of pipeline vent at Dracut hearing, Sentinel & Enterprise

Thousands of natural gas leaks in state go unrepaired, Enterprise News

Rosenberg Calls On Berkshire Gas To Lift Moratorium On New Service, New England Public Radio

Energy Efficiency

EnergySavvy Goes Back to Paper to Engage the Ratepayer Masses, Greentech Media

Environmental Journal: A high-energy week on Capitol Hill, The Providence Journal

VPR plans $8M radio station of the future, Burlington Free Press

Renewable Energy

Massachusetts Solar Bill Raises Net Metering Caps, Looks to Replace SREC Program, Greentech Media

Scituate seeing green with turbine, Wicked Local Scituate

West Warwick Flips the Switch to Wind Power, ecoRI

Note to utilities: Here’s why 2015 is the ‘tipping point’ for community solar, Utility Dive

Edgecomb Solar Farm first community owned in Maine, Boothbay Register

The Triple Threat: Community Choice, Microgrids and Community Solar, Microgrid Knowledge

Aiming to boost solar industry, Gov. Charlie Baker proposes bill raising ‘net metering’ cap, MassLive.com

Baker bill aims to grow solar power, adjust incentives, Worcester Business Journal

Gov. Baker files new solar legislation amid criticism, Boston Business Journal (blog)

Analysis: Wind power taking off in U.S., Press Herald

Renewable Energy Policies had a Tough Year in the New Hampshire House and Senate, Seacoastonline.com

Nuclear

No nukes = no jobs: Brattleboro housing market dives as Vermont Yankee exits region, Addison Eagle

Seabrook Station approved for next step toward re-licensing, The Union Leader

PLYMOUTH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS: ZBA OKs 160-foot met tower for Pilgrim, Wicked Local Plymouth

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Can Nuclear Power Beat the Global Threat of Coal?, Working Knowledge/HBS

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

State falling short on carbon reduction goals, Barnstable Patriot

The Argument: Would Exelon’s proposed power benefit Medway?, (opinions pro and con), Boston Globe

NH towns, schools look to join to buy power, Union Leader

Heat-trapping pollution from power plants down, Press Herald

Mild Summer cuts Air Conditioning, Lowers Electricity Costs, Hartford Courant

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