Energy News for week ending May 27, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Massachusetts Senate OKs a ban on new pipelines within 1,000 feet of a school or senior center, MassLive

Kinder Morgan formally withdraws federal application for Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, MassLive

Compression station plan rejected by Weymouth Conservation Commission, Patriot Ledger

Attorney General’s ‘listening session’ takes aim at Kinder Morgan, GE plans, Berkshire Eagle

16 clergy members arrested at West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline protest, Wicked Local Natick

Burrillville flipping the script on proposed power plant, (opinion) RI Future

NERC special assessment warns of growing reliance on natural gas, Platts

Natural gas pipeline pullout bad news for Vermont economy, Watchdog.org

Senators call for pause on pipeline construction, CT Post

Pipeline opponents rejoice at news of application’s withdrawal, The Keene Sentinel

Renewable Energy

Protesters push public health council to review proposed Springfield biomass plant, MassLive

After Tennessee Gas Pipeline project’s demise, Mass. focus shifts to green energy, Berkshire Eagle

All-in for offshore wind, (opinion) The Boston Globe

Massachusetts offshore advances, reNews

Google’s Project Sunroof Expands To 42 US States, CleanTechnica

Energy bill leaves Cape Wind unplugged, The Boston Globe

Massive solar array pitched in Fitzwilliam, The Keene Sentinel

Massachusetts Has Chance to Think Big, Move Forward Toward Clean Energy Future, (opinion) Union of Concerned Scientists

DONG Energy completes acquisition of US offshore wind development project in New Jersey, announces “Ocean Wind”, Windpower Engineering

RES and National Grid agree fast balancing, Windpower Monthly

Rooftop solar: Net metering is a net benefit, Brookings Institution

Energy Efficiency

Efficiency efforts are a bridge to clean-energy future, (opinion) The Boston Globe

Affordable Housing Pushes Energy Efficiency, Energy Manager Today

GMP, Efficiency Vermont and HEAT Squad team up, Mountaintimes

UMass and Eversource create a safer Campus with energy efficient lighting, MassLive

Nuclear

Pilgrim site eyed for $100 million energy substation, Cape Cod Times

Pilgrim Station gets passing grade in latest inspection, The Manomet Current

Vermont Yankee, Vernon tax agreement signed, Brattleboro Reformer

Vernon’s fate gets turn in spotlight at national nuclear summit, VTDigger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Electricity consumption on the rise, CommonWealth Magazine

Gov. Charlie Baker discusses hydropower at tour of Worcester’s Polar Beverages, MassLive

Natural gas price fall drives down wholesale power costs in NE, Vermont Biz

High Tension: Is Maine Facing an Energy Crisis?, MPBN

Analysis Finds Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rising In State, Hartford Courant

UMass Becomes First Major Public University to Divest from Direct Fossil Fuel Holdings, (press release) UMass News

Massachusetts bill would encourage hydropower, offshore wind, Boston Herald

House energy bill gets mixed review, Worcester Business Journal

BELD making pitch for new $104 million power plant in Braintree, Wicked Local Braintree

Wetlands at Eversource site shaping up to be bigger issue in Acushnet, SouthCoastToday.com

Eversource’s Northern Pass project hits a snag, New Haven Register

Decision to extend review for Northern Pass criticized, The Union Leader

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