Energy News for week ending November 18, 2016

In energy news this week we have protests from Pittsfield, MA to Rockport, MA and up to Hanover, NH in Support of Standing Rock and opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline (Berkshire Eagle, Gloucester Daily Times,Valley News). With respect to a project closer to home, the Citizens Against the Rehoboth Compressor Station tell the local board of selectmen their group has grown to more than 700 members and that more events, meetings and protests are planned (Sun Chronicle).

At the annual NECBC energy conference this week, Gordon van Welie, president and CEO of ISO-New England said opposition to new gas pipelines and contracting for energy outside the region has him “worried” (CommonWealth Magazine). Lastly, in a throw-back to the Nixon Era, the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is issuing, “Don’t Blame Me,I’m from Massachusetts” bumper stickers calling them a “fun footnote…(and that) we’re committed to making Mass. a national role model” (Herald News).

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline protesters in Pittsfield support Standing Rock, Berkshire Eagle

Oil market latest pressure for Dakota Access pipeline,

Group opposing proposed Rehoboth gas compression grows, The Sun Chronicle

Proposed Natural Gas Plant Has Rehoboth Seeing Red, CBS Local

Hinesburg group seeks to stop construction of gas pipeline, CT Post

US cancels energy leases in Montana area sacred to Blackfeet, CT Post

Rockporters join in pipeline protest, Gloucester Daily Times

In Hanover, Protesters Gather in Solidarity Against Dakota Access Pipeline, Valley News

Renewable Energy

Eversource pushing big solar project, CommonWealth Magazine

In Vermont, wind energy takes 3 hits in 1 week, Penn Energy

As Ocean Wind Farms Near Reality, Plots Thicken, Vineyard Gazette

Hiland Hall lowers energy bill with solar arrays, Bennington Banner

One Man Changed How Cambridge, Massachusetts Thinks About Solar Power, CleanTechnica

RGGI prices throttled by US election results, Carbon Pulse

Panel: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Possible Now, ecoRI news

Panel presents offshore-wind farm progress report, Martha’s Vineyard Times

State, local officials celebrate Goshen Community Solar Project,

Subsidy-reliant offshore wind steals skills, ideas from Big Oil, Reuters

Wind power picking up steam in region’s coastal waters,

New England Clean Energy employees build solar playhouse, Worcester Telegram

Downing’s Next Step Is Solar Energy Firm,

Take a deep breath and don’t freak out about the future of clean energy under Trump, Washington Post

Environmentalists alarmed by Trump, Cape Cod Times

Mass. environmental group issues ‘Don’t blame me’ bumper stickers following election, Herald News

Energy Efficiency

RI Awards First Energy Grants to Three Farms, ecoRI news

Providence Joins Effort to Cut Climate Pollution, ecoRI news

Naugatuck Residents Show Commitment to Energy Efficiency,


EPA’s big bet on nuclear put U.S. climate goals at risk, EE News

What Changes When Vermont Yankee Is Sold?, Vermont Public Radio

Illinois plant may be model for Vermont Yankee cleanup,


Power grid operator sounds alarms, CommonWealth Magazine

Update: $30M in Microgrid Funds Now Available in Connecticut Following Vote, Microgrid Knowledge

Medway: State board officially approves Exelon expansion, MetroWest Daily News

Maine’s energy chief stepping down, says lobbyists have too much power, Press Herald

Mass. DEP developing new greenhouse gas regulations, Worcester Telegram

ISO-NE Capacity Requirement Shows Flat Demand, More Solar, RTO Insider

Quebec chief files motion in Northern Pass proposal, Nashua Telegraph

NARUC after Trump: Utility regulators see a ‘whole new world’ for fossil fuels, Utility Dive

National Grid electrical conduit project approved in Saugus, Wicked Local Saugus

Deadlines set for Eversource to sell all of its power plants, The Union Leader

Hudson scorches Eversource over power project, Wicked Local Hudson


Pipelines are obsolete technology, CommonWealth Magazine

The Trump threat on energy, CommonWealth Magazine

With renewables, intermittency is a problem, CommonWealth Magazine


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