Energy News for week ending January 6, 2017

Happy New Year! The first week of 2017 brought us news that the story of Russian hackers infiltrating a Vermont utility laptop was not true (Washington Post). Two interesting stories came out over the holiday break: first more details came out about Spectra delaying its Access Northeast pipeline possibly pushing it out to 2019 (Utility Dive) and second, the Commonwealth of MA is proceeding with energy storage procurement goals (Solar Industry Magazine). And, if you have a few minutes check out the video from Vox that takes you in and up a wind turbine and read the story about the Archimedes Screw technology that is now creating power from a CT dam (Hartford Courant).

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Spectra delays Access Northeast natural gas pipeline, Utility Dive

Weymouth sues power plant owner over land deal, The Patriot Ledger

Council Ordinance Works to Eliminate Gas Leaks in Boston, Beacon Hill Times

New England’s Controversial Pipeline Proposal Suffers Severe Setbacks, POWER Magazine

$1.2 million settlement clears a hurdle for Tennessee Gas’ Sandisfield Pipeline, Berkshire Eagle

Weymouth: Town Council Wary About Spectra Energy Projects, 95.9 WATD-FM

Connecticut Supreme Court: No environmental study needed for gas expansion plan, New Haven Register

Tennessee Gas pipeline may ‘bulldoze’ sacred Native American sites, The Berkshire Edge

Tennessee Gas sets Nov. 1 target for Otis State Forest pipeline, The Berkshire Eagle

Renewable Energy

US government forges ahead on offshore wind, FuelFix

Get a look at the innards of a 270-foot wind turbine, Vox.com

Scott plans to keep wind moratorium pledge, Rutland Herald

Scott And Legislators Differ On Two-Year, Large-Scale Wind Moratorium, Vermont Public Radio

Fight Over A Wind Turbine In Holland Pits Pastoral Beauty Against Renewable Energy, Vermont Public Radio

Dozens of rural Maine townships opt out of fast-track wind power zone, Press Herald

In Vermont, Solar, Batteries Key Energy Revolution, ABC News

Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths, CT Post

Massachusetts Readies Energy Storage Targets, Solar Industry

Hanover Committee Embraces New 2050 Energy Goal for Town, Valley News

A Small Public Investment In Solar Could Produce Large Benefits for Vermont, CleanTechnica

Northeastern States Look to Power Purchase Agreements to Cut Carbon, Environmental Leader

Archimedes Screw Being Used To Generate Power At Meriden Dam, Hartford Courant

Renewable Power Standards Face Uncertain Future, MainePublic.org

MIT report questions value of distributed solar, PV Magazine

Net Metering Rules in Maine to Remain in Place for Now, State Regulators Say, Renewable Energy World

Energy Efficiency

New England to Charge Ahead on Clean Energy Makeover in 2017, RTO Insider

Final batch of Obama efficiency rules could test Trump administration, Utility Dive

Federal Funding Helps Massachusetts Farms Save Energy, Business West

Greenfield surpasses goal to reduce energy use, The Recorder

Nuclear

NRC questions Seabrook Station in audit report, Eagle-Tribune

As a US Business, Nuclear Power Stinks, POWER magazine

Protest Planned as Federal Inspectors Return to Pilgrim, CapeCod.com News

NRC “carefully considering” request for meeting on Pilgrim station, Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

City Council opposes Burrillville power plant, Cranston Herald

Woonsocket would get $18M in water deal for Burrillville plant, The Providence Journal

Details revealed on Invenergy’s play for Providence Water, RI Future

Community Aggregator Beats Eversource Prices, Energy Manager Today

Climate Report Looks to Spark Action, ecoRI news

FERC conditionally approves Dynegy’s $3.3B purchase of Engie fossil fuel plants, Utility Dive

Eversource spends $930 million for service maintenance across state, Monroe Courier

Study: Make big changes to energy rules to aid Maine’s struggling loggers, Bangor Daily News

Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation, Washington Post

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Care needed in Vermont Yankee mothballing, GazetteNET

Tom Evslin: Is Vermont better off without Yankee?, vtdigger.org

Leach: Perry may solve nuclear waste problem, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Smith: Put wind off the right shores, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Invenergy power plant: A new political monster?, Valley Breeze

Let’s hold Exxon accountable, CommonWealth magazine

Editorial: A clean, and green, alternative, Worcester Sun

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