Energy News for week ending December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays! We’re keeping our note short this week. This will be the last energy news of 2016, but we’ll be back in your email boxes on January 6, 2017.

Have a warm and wonderful holiday season.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Speakers in Grafton highlight risks of proposed gas pipeline, Worcester Telegram

Seekonk selectmen urged to join gas pipeline fight, The Sun Chronicle

FERC Suggests Spectra Energy Gas Facility Would Not Pose Cancer Risk, Based on Study by Spectra Consultant, desmogblog.com

Access Northeast on Pause at FERC to ‘Solidify the Commercial Foundation,’ Natural Gas Intelligence

Uncertainty over Spectra plans causes local concerns, Wicked Local Braintree

Greenfield gas line rupture sealed off, The Recorder

10 States Where Citizens Are Fighting Pipeline Projects, EcoWatch

Renewable Energy

RGGI’s Year-end Review: Climate Progress with More to Come, Natural Resources Defense Council

Las Vegas now runs completely on renewable energy, USA TODAY

New U.S. Offshore Wind Facility Planned Near Massachusetts, Power Engineering Magazine

Renewable Energy Sector Remains Optimistic Amid Trump Policy Outlook, MainePublic.org

Largest military solar energy project in Northeast breaks ground on JD MBL, Edwards Air Force Base, af.mil

Utility Green Mountain Power Wants to Help Customers Go Off-Grid With Solar and Batteries, Greentech Media

Solar Could Outpace Natural Gas for New Generation in 2016, Greentech Media

Why Maine’s renewable power remains a pipe dream, Press Herald

Wind Farm Off RI in Operation, Valley News

Franklin: Local charity receives solar system, Milford Daily News

PUC Delays Plan To Phase Out Solar Power Incentive, MainePublic.org

Local environmentalists troubled by Trump policies, Wicked Local Winchester

Why is corporate America picking wind power over solar?, The Guardian

Burlington Electric to buy power from Maine wind farm, Penn Energy

Maine regulators push net metering decision into 2017, Utility DIVE

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Is Growing Jobs & Fueling The Economy, CleanTechnica

Craft Brewery Adds Energy Efficiency to Recipe for Success, vtdigger.org

State office complex gets energy efficiency upgrades, The Daily Progress

Greenwich Residents Commit To Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Mullins Center embracing energy conservation in new renovations, The Daily Collegian

Massachusetts Announces US $11.4 M for Municipal LED Streetlight Conversion, LED Inside

State completes project at Plum Island plant, Wicked Local Newburyport

New Hampshire State Department Partners With Unitil And ConEdison Solutions On Energy Efficiency Project (press release), Investor Ideas

Nuclear

Pilgrim Back Online After Valve Repair, CapeCod.com

Proposed Vermont Yankee sale seeking state approval, The Keene Sentinel

Feds Consider Saving Nuclear Power By Slashing Regulations, Daily Caller

Plymouth: Decommissioning of Pilgrim Under Review, 95.9 WATD-FM

4 companies chosen to pursue nuclear waste burial test, PennEnergy

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Baker sets emission reduction targets, CommonWealth Magazine

A Community Microgrid that Beats Utility Rates: Bridgeport’s Story, Microgrid Knowledge

Bernardston residents express concern over new energy deal, The Recorder

Obama Blocks Offshore Drilling In Atlantic, Arctic Areas, NPR

AG eyes National Grid pay probe, Boston Herald

Work on power lines, fewer outages, Ridgefield Press

Yarmouth power plant installs giant battery in first project of its kind in New England, Press Herald

Power transmission line through Vermont wins federal approval, Brattleboro Reformer

Power-Plant Water Fight Intensifies in Woonsocket, ecoRI news

Healey urges DPU to investigate utility-company profits, Lowell Sun

Energy Project Faces Skepticism from a Town with a History of Taking a Stand, NH Public Radio

Rockland eyes electricity switch that could yield ‘substantial savings’, The Enterprise

Editorial/Opinion

Opinion: Must end energy gridlock, Burlington Free Press

Letter: Power plant just one example of state ignoring development rules, The Westerly Sun

An open letter to the Woonsocket City Council on the sale of water to Invenergy, RI Future

Northern Pass a rigged process? – Carl Lakes, Caledonian Record

The Trump administration should invest in offshore wind farms, Washington Post

The real price of megawatts, no matter the source, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Maine can be a leader in solar energy, but rooftop by rooftop isn’t how it is going to happen, Bangor Daily News

Can New England steal California’s storage thunder?, Utility DIVE

Time To Clean Up The Solar Industry — Stop the Scams, Real Clear Energy

SITTING IN: New solar incentive program a boon for Mass. Residents, Wicked Local Marblehead

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