Energy News for week ending December 2, 2016

Happy Friday. In this week’s energy news the Boston Globe reports that despite protests, the Spectra pipeline began transmitting gas on Thursday. Bruce Gellerman of WBUR brings listeners (and readers) inside Northfield Mountain to learn about New England’s largest battery. And in Rhode Island, according to EcoRI, the CLF is pushing back against a pipeline tax after similar measures in other NE states were struck down by the courts

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline protesters glad Mayor Walsh came to West Roxbury vigil, Wicked Local West Roxbury

West Roxbury pipeline to open, despite protests, The Boston Globe

Vermont to miss benefits of falling natural gas prices, Watchdog.org

Residents gear up to oppose Rehoboth natural gas compressor station, WPRI 12

EPA’s late changes to fracking study downplay risk of drinking water pollution, Marketplace.org

Law Foundation Again Seeks Dismissal of Pipeline Tax, ecoRI news

Renewable Energy

Small, clean energy projects chosen to boost power grid, WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Solar farm takes root on former Worcester landfill, Telegram & Gazette

Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines, Penn Energy

Is Burning Wood CO2 Neutral?, Energy Collective

Things Mainers can do to combat climate change, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Offshore wind energy looks to space industry for synergies, Offshore Wind Journal

Connecticut Advances Small-Scale Renewables Contracts, RTO Insider

Republican gains in Maine’s legislature cloud rooftop solar’s future, Utility DIVE

How Rhode Island’s Offshore Wind Farm Affects Fishermen, WBUR

Deepwater nabs Delaware lease, reNews

Maersk, Dong Energy in $10B merger talks, Kallanish Energy

DEEP gives initial approval to four solar projects in region, theday.com

Small, clean energy projects chosen to boost power grid, WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Somersworth committee recommends solar exemption, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Fuel Cells Lose Out In Latest Round of Connecticut’s Clean Energy Picks, WNPR

Despite political shifts, solar decision expected by year’s end in Maine, Press Herald

Energy Efficiency

White House rushing out energy efficiency rules in flurry of 11th-hour actions, Utility DIVE

Homes at Derby’s Singer Estate set new efficiency standards, CT Post

VSAC receives Energy Star honor, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

11 Connecticut clean energy projects advance in DEEP program, New Haven Register

Nuclear

Without the Clean Power Plan, are nuclear plants essential to combat climate change?, Utility Dive

State panel meets after announcement of Vermont Yankee sale, The Daily Progress

Battery made from a diamond and nuclear waste could last thousands of years, TreeHugger.com

NextEra reaches tentative deal with nuke plant union, The Daily News of Newburyport

Pilgrim nuclear power plant undergoing thorough review, The Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England’s Largest Battery Is Hidden Inside A Mass. Mountain, WBUR

Otten says Northern Pass could save the Balsams resort $200000 annually, Union Leader

Needham Board of Health finds no risks related to Eversource project, Wicked Local Needham

Emera Maine customers will see small bill increase next month, WAGM

Gov. Paul LePage pushes for cheaper electricity, Lewiston Sun Journal

In New Hampshire, stakeholders debate the next NEM successor tariff, Utility DIVE

Salem PowerChoice Program to Offer Lower Prices, Salem Patch

Nova Scotia plans cap-and-trade program for power plant CO2 emissions, Utility DIVE

Editorial/Opinion

Jim Roche: Energy cost and reliability are hitting NH employers, The Union Leader

Bury or don’t bury: Eversource can’t win, The Union Leader

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: Natural gas projects prioritize profit over safety, Wicked Local Weymouth

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