Energy News for week ending December 9, 2016

Welcome to the start of the weekend. Speaking of which, look to social media and out your front door for members of Mothers Out Front and other groups who plan on tagging and sharing the locations of gas leaks in their communities on Saturday (Wicked Local Bedford). ISO New England says the region will have enough power for this winter (Platts) but a cold arctic blast is causing gas prices to rise (Bloomberg). Lastly, in Maine developers pulled the plug on a 62 turbine, 165MW wind facility after the lengthy interconnection process caused them to lose their PPA (Bangor Daily News).

Natural Gas/Pipelines

Rehoboth Compressor Station Galvanizing Opposition, EcoRI

Weymouth to sue power plant owner over land deal for compressor station, Patriot Ledger

Gas pipeline delays most notable 2016 trend: Correction, Argus Media

Protests Continue As West Roxbury Pipeline Starts Operation, WGBH

Arctic Chill Blasting the U.S. Puts $4 Natural Gas Within Reach, Bloomberg

Medical group targets health concerns of West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline, Wicked Local Dedham

Belledune natural gas options: Too soon to explore, says Enbridge, CBC News (Canada)

Gas leaks in Bedford: environmental group wants them plugged, Wicked Local Bedford

Renewable Energy

Can new tariff models help Massachusetts solve the rooftop solar compensation puzzle?, Utility Dive

Developers hit brakes on massive wind project in Aroostook County, Bangor Daily News

Fishing interests, New Bedford sue feds over New York wind turbines, South Coast Today

Be the Change: Maine’s New Born Global Challenge, Renewable Energy World

Ameresco to develop community solar projects in Massachusetts, PV World

MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts, Biomass Magazine

Eversource Plans Solar Projects In Pittsfield and Lanesborough, iBerkshires.com

Pellet boiler tour offers energy lessons, Recorder

State to begin deliberating on Antrim wind project today, Keene Sentinel

Solar farm project revisited in Somersworth, Fosters.com

Energy Efficiency

ACEEE Ranks Most Energy-efficient States, ACHR News

SPECIAL REPORT: Maynard family reduces their carbon footprint, MetroWest Daily News

Nuclear

Nuclear plant officials quizzed about gun-tampering response, Eagle Tribune

Pilgrim Station closure impacts region, Wicked Local Plymouth

NRC email fuels concerns about Plymouth nuke plant safety, Wicked Local Pembroke

Pilgrim Station eyed as site for hydroelectric power cable, Manomet Current

Windham region looks for ‘green’ recovery from Yankee closure, VT Digger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Mid-Cape Towns to Benefit from Eversource System Upgrade, CapeCod.com

Regulators look to improve Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, VT Digger

Cape Light Compact Going 100 Percent Renewable and Announces Competitive Pricing, CapeCod.com

NRG’s Unit 3 Gets Unanimous OK From Commission, Capenews.net

Medway selectmen ink contract with energy consultant, MetroWest Daily News

Power line to link Canada, NE gets key US permit, Burlington Free Press

Power line developers dismiss need for costly grid upgrades, VT Digger

Climate, government trust on legislators’ minds at WMass summit, Gazettenet.com

ISO New England Implements Winter Reliability Program, Transmission & Distribution World

Energy landscape undergoes major changes, Herald News

SPECIAL REPORT: Energy benefits of being local, Wicked Local Westford

ISO New England says to have enough power this winter, Platts

Overheard at the ISO-NE Consumer Liaison Group Meeting, RTO Insider

Energy report: Bad news for those already struggling to pay, CT Post

Wallingford power rates going up, Record Journal

Holden Municipal Light Department projects revenue increase, Worcester Telegram

Leader Q&A: Eversource chief says Northern Pass ‘going well’, NH Union Leader

Editorials/Op Eds

Letter: Bay State must commit to renewable energy, Eagle Tribune

Ex-Senator: Closure of Vermont Yankee a cautionary tale for NY (Commentary), Syracuse.com

Solar energy deserves continued support, The Day

My Turn: Replace Eversource with a true cooperative electric utility, Concord Monitor

Our View: Pollution curbs on coal-fired plants have made Gulf of Maine tuna safer, Press Herald

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