Energy News for week ending April 8, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Senate president expresses opposition to pipeline project, The Union Leader

State reps oppose charging ratepayers for new gas pipeline, Salem News

Consequences of gas leak could lead to California blackouts, WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Supreme Judicial Court to consider if Mass. electric utilities can buy natural gas on behalf of power plants, MassLive

Largest Methane Study to Date Confirms We Need to Do a Better Job Checking for Methane Leaks, Environmental Defense Fund

Weymouth turns up heat against gas compressor station, The Boston Globe

Column: State should listen to the people on pipeline project, The Salem News

Kinder Morgan wants Bill Cosby’s driveway in Shelburne for temporary gas pipeline access road, MassLive

DPU hearing airs public concerns on pipeline access petitions, Amherst Bulletin

Timelines Slip on Northeast Pipeline Projects, Natural Gas Intelligence

Pipeline foes pack Lunenburg hearing, Lowell Sun

Lynnfield pipes up over plan, Daily Item

NGOs Seek to Block Pipeline Development, The National Law Review

Elaine Ulman: The Monster of Minisink – a cautionary tale for fracked gas era, GazetteNet

Pipeline opponents plan to pack hearings, Salem News

Renewable Energy

Baker says he’ll sign solar compromise, Boston Globe

Solar net metering bill could worsen income inequality in Mass., advocates say, MassLive

Long-awaited solar bill headed to governor’s desk, Politico

Vermont Public Service Board considers changes to net-metering rules, Brattleboro Reformer

Canal will be a proving ground for tidal turbines, Boston Globe

Massachusetts House passes bill lifting solar net metering rates, UtilityDive

Senate Expected to Pass Three Renewable-Energy Bills, ecoRI news

What Massachusetts can learn from New York’s solar experience, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker’s hydropower plans cause stir, The Salem News

LePage Asks Massachusetts to Consider Rule Change to Aid Maine Biomass Industry, Maine Public Broadcasting

Advocates offer lukewarm support of solar energy bill, CT Post

Harnessing the ocean, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Reducing Natural Gas Overreliance Risks in Massachusetts through renewable energy, Union of Concerned Scientists

Where in Massachusetts are stalled solar projects located?, MassLive

Baker board denies Cape Wind permit extension, CommonWealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

NEEP Blog 3 part series

Quincy moving forward with plans to convert outdoor lights to LEDs, Patriot Ledger

How utilities can boost customer savings by marrying efficiency and DR programs, UtilityDive

Treasurer talks state bank’s green benefits, The Brown Daily Herald

DOE’s Building Energy Asset Score Platform: A Useful First Step to Efficiency, Energy Manager Today

Nuclear

Your View: Consider nuclear when eliminating carbon, South Coast Today

New Hampshire, Massachusetts in nuclear plant exercise, Bakken.com

Old Vermont Yankee insurance fund to aid solar, hydro projects, VTdigger.org

Industry group disputes Vermont’s nuke fears, Vermont Biz

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Supreme Judicial Court to consider if Mass. electric companies can buy natural gas pipeline capacity on behalf of power plants, MassLive

National Grid announces sharp drop in electricity rates, WCVB Boston

PUC Staff Recommends Audit of Emera, Citing High Power Outage Rate, Maine Public Broadcasting

ISO-NE Again Defends Capacity Auctions, RTO Insider

ISO New England: Power Prices at Record Lows, Electric Co-op Today

Electricity Bills on Rise as Power Generation Costs Decrease, Maine Public Broadcasting

Power plants more efficient, but at a cost, New Haven Register

Governor, legislative leaders announce working group to study dam purchase, Vermont biz

Hydro dam purchase possibilities raise questions in VT State House, WPTZ

National Grid proposed rate hike opposed by AG’s office, Eagle Tribune

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