Energy News for week ending December 16, 2016

Weekly Energy News 12.16.16

Happy bone-chilling Friday! This week’s energy news brings a union of Eversource and DONG Energy on the Bay State Wind offshore wind project (CommonWealth Magazine). Within what seems seconds of the announcement, the opinions were already rolling in, including Cynthia Arcate who suggests the deal should “send shivers up the spine” (CommonWealth Magazine).

At last week’s Roundtable Jesse Jenkins of MIT mentioned a new report titled, “The Utility of the Future” was due for release this week and right he was. Robert C. Armstrong, MITEI’s director and the Chevron Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT said of the report, “Our study does not try to predict the future or prescribe which technologies should prevail; instead, it provides a toolkit for businesses, policymakers, and regulators to navigate the unfolding changes in the system and develop a more robust, efficient system for the future.” (MIT news)

One other highlight from this week is a Boston Business Journal article which looks at Massachusetts’ clean energy sector and reports the industry has grown to over 100,000 jobs.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Sen. Warren wants pipeline halt, Wicked Local Dedham

R.I. Tribe Opposes Power Plant and LNG Projects, EcoRI

EPA reverses course on fracking safety, The Hill

A town unites in a battle against a gas compressor station, The Boston Globe

With Gas Pipeline Projects Blocked, State Searching for an Energy Plan, Hartford Courant

Spectra station fuels fears of fishery setback in Braintree, Wicked Local Weymouth

Google car helps PSE&G target leaky gas pipes, NorthJersey.com

The oil and gas industry is quickly amassing power in Trump’s Washington, Washington Post

Invenergy Making Deal With Woonsocket for Water, EcoRI.org

Renewable Energy

Dong finds Bay State partner, renews

Clean energy jobs top 100,000 for first time in Mass., according new report, Boston Business Journal

Haverhill School Committee snuffs out Tilton solar project, Eagle Tribune

DONG, Eversource form Bay State Wind, CommonWealth Magazine

The Solar Industry Has Paid Off Its Carbon Debts, The Atlantic

Fossil fuels meet renewables: VT gas station goes solar, BurlingtonFreePress.com

America’s first offshore wind farm is up and running, CNBC

Senate President Stan Rosenberg says energy and climate change to remain on Beacon Hill front burner, MassLive

Environmental Panel Seeking To Protect Forests, Farmland From Solar Energy Projects, Hartford Courant

For solar and wind energy projects, a new lease on land, PRI

The US solar industry is booming — and it isn’t afraid of Trump, Washington Post

Federal appeals court lifts injunction on New England renewables RFP in Allco case, Utility DIVE

State regulators approve Antrim wind farm, Penn Energy

Energy Efficiency

RGGI Carbon Auction Prices Drop 22%, RTO Insider

Maine nets $1.8 million in latest RGGI auction, Mainebiz

Energy Efficiency Jobs: Nearly 1.9 Million and Growing, Natural Resources Defense Council

A Powerful Investment: Clean Energy Financing in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Low Fuel Costs Hurting Environmental Efforts, CT News Junkie

Does Connecticut’s Green Bank Hold the Secret to the Future of Clean Energy?, Inside Climate News

Town leads by example, Woburn Daily Times

Harvard reaches goal of cutting gas emissions by 30 percent, Penn Energy

Nuclear

Trump Team’s Asking for Ways to Keep Nuclear Power Alive, Bloomberg

Dunne suggests data center would be good fit at Vermont Yankee site, Times Argus

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector, MIT News

Unprecedented Arctic warmth in 2016 triggers massive decline in sea ice, snow, PHYS.org

DOE issuing permit for New England transmission project in Vermont, Electric Light & Power

Energy landscape undergoes major changes, SouthCoastToday.com

Winter electricity supply should be adequate, ISO says, Journal Inquirer

Eye On Weather: Adaptation Critical As Climate Continues Changing, CBS Local

Ambri Returns to the Energy Storage Hunt With Liquid Metal Battery Redesign, Greentech Media

Boston Calls for Microgrid Development as a Climate Strategy, Microgrid Knowledge

GMP Opts Out Of Controversial ‘Alternative Regulation’ System, VPR

Editorial/Opinion

Eversource finds a loophole, CommonWealth Magazine

The promise of the nation’s first offshore wind farm, The Boston Globe

Pilgrim employees work hard to keep it safe, Cape Cod Times

Winter reliability efforts go only so far, CommonWealth Magazine

Why CT Needs Expanded Gas Pipelines, Hartford Courant

OUR OPINION: The long view on offshore wind, The Patriot Ledger

Letter: Blocking Spectra Energy’s ‘Access Northeast Project’, Worcester Telegram

Opinion: Vt. Yankee still supports community, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Editorial: How to fight power plant construction, Concord Monitor

The clean energy economy is now, Seacoastonline.com

 

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