Energy News October 16, 2015

Pilgrim Closing

Costs lead officials to pull the plug on Pilgrim, The Boston Globe

Plymouth braces for economic blow, Cape Cod Times

Decommissioning Pilgrim could take decades, millions, The Boston Globe

Pilgrim’s closing opens door for new energy projects, The Boston Globe

Fossil fuel plants more dangerous than nukes, (opinion) Cape Cod Times

Pilgrim’s closure may be opportunity for Canal plant, Cape Cod Times

Finances, not safety, key factor in decision to close Pilgrim Station, The Manomet Current

Pilgrim nuclear plant’s closing could bump up NH utility bills, The Union Leader

Nuclear plant closure plans turn up heat on state’s energy debate, Cape Cod Today

Where else will New England get its energy?, The Boston Globe

Mass energy chief: Tap hydropower, Boston Herald

Reaction mixed to news of Pilgrim nuclear plant’s closure, Wicked Local

Pilgrim shifts Beacon Hill energy debate, CommonWealth Magazine

New England Eyes Post-Pilgrim Future, New England Cable News

Pilgrim closure renews debate over proposed Brockton power plant, Brockton Enterprise

Natural Gas/Pipeline

More natural gas, not LNG, is the answer, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Reed: New natural gas pipelines needed, (opinion) MetroWest Daily News

West Hartford Town Council Opposes Gas Pipeline Project, Hartford Courant

Franklin County towns create coalition to oppose natural gas pipeline, GazetteNET

Wilmington board opposes gas pipeline project, Lowell Sun

Tennessee Gas Pipeline: Application date set, capacity grows slightly, Berkshire Eagle

Tennessee Gas Pipeline: Windsor forum to include compressor station experts, Berkshire Eagle

About the Kinder Morgan pipeline, (opinion) Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Tennessee Gas sets date to submit federal pipeline application, Mass Live

Energy Efficiency

CLEAN POWER PLAN: States seek to validate efficiency projects for carbon rule compliance, E&E Publishing

VT lands $1.5 million in USDA energy grants,

FirstFuel Awarded MassCEC Grant to Drive Smarter Energy Use in Massachusetts Municipal Electric Companies, (Press release)

Heat pump rebates help cut heating and cooling costs, The Recorder

Are smart thermostats the new CFLs?, Energy Efficiency Markets

From the community: Home Energy Solutions™ – Income Eligible Program Helps Residents Reduce Energy Bills While Making Their Homes More Comfortable, Hartford Courant

Renewable Energy

Can toilet water heat town hall? Cape Cod Times

Developer says Newfound-area wind plant still on track, The Union Leader

1st US offshore wind farm stirs excitement, NT News

Offshore wind developers worry US market will falter, Utility Dive

Wind foes come to blows, RenewablesBiz

Renewable energy advocates acknowledge public pushback on wind and solar development, Vermont Biz

Connecticut Green Bank To Approve 100th Megawatt Of Residential Solar by Year’s End, Solar Industry Magazine

Solar City opens first Vermont solar power operations center, Penn Energy

Winslow ordinance paves way for massive solar project, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Community solar farms reduce costs but face obstacles, The Weekly Packet

Discount Solar Program Coming to 7 RI Communities, ecoRI news


NRC Begins Inspection at Millstone Nuclear Power Unit, Power Engineering

Is America walking away from nuclear power?, Slate

Are Obama’s climate goals doomed without nuclear? Greentech Media


Enviro group plans to ramp up political work,

Gov. addresses NH energy transformation, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Come on down; last Salem Harbor smokestack set to crumble, Salem News

What States are Hit by EPA Clean Power Plan?, Electric Co-op Today

On Northern Pass, Concord City Council makes ‘a clear statement’ to bury the lines, Concord Monitor

Group names areas along proposed Northern Pass ‘national treasures’, The Union Leader

Council gets briefing on revised Northern Pass proposal, Berlin Daily Sun

National Grid fends off cyber threats, Worcester Telegram

National Grid: The utility alpha when it comes customer listening, Intelligent Utility

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