Energy News for week ending January 20, 2017

It’s Friday so it’s time for the weekly energy news. Eversource filed a rate case this week calling for price hikes that the Berkshire Eagle says could “shock” Western MA customers. Shortly after the filing, MA Attorney General Healey issued a press release and told the Boston Globe that profits should go to “customers as savings, not raising rates.”

In other news, a CT lawmaker is trying to save Millstone from the same fate of other nuclear plants – that is shutting down due to low wholesale energy prices (New Haven Register). Lastly, the EIA released data that power sector emissions dropped below the transportation sector for first time in 4 decades (Utility DIVE).

Have a great weekend and Go Pats!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Rep. Lynch Calls on Full Report on Leak at Spectra Station, Patch.com

Opponents of Weymouth gas compressor rue lost opportunity to stop project, The Patriot Ledger

Spectra says it’s willing to meet with Weymouth council about gas leak, Wicked Local

National Grid Rhode Island Pulls Access Northeast Regulatory Filing, Natural Gas Intelligence

Grafton selectmen rescind approval for gas pipeline drilling, Worcester Telegram

Renewable Energy

Sunrun partners with National Grid to expand rooftop solar, storage, Utility Dive

Corporate Buyers Which states make buying wind power easy for big brands?, The AWEA (blog)

Council OKs delay on solar power plants, Ricentral.com

Largest solar facility in Massachusetts goes live, The Salem News

Renewable Energy Is “Gaining Ground According To Nearly Every Measure,” says IRENA, Clean Technica

Energy Efficiency

Sustainable energy group offers expert tips for homeowners, Commons

Connecticut Honda Dealer Achieves Grid Neutral Status, Justmeans

Did you know marijuana is America’s most energy-intensive crop?, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Energy-Efficient Improvements to Waltham Ice Rink Will Save Approximately $15k, Patch.com

Nuclear

Connecticut nuclear plant seeks to bid on state contracts, The Daily Progress

Connecticut lawmaker aims to ensure Millstone stays open, New Haven Register

Key player in Vermont Yankee closure leaving Entergy, Brattleboro Reformer

Vermont Yankee could be sold to New York company, Brattleboro coalition yet to determine next steps, The Recorder

Miniaturized Nuclear Power Plant? US Reviewing Proposed Design, NPR

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

EIA: Power sector emissions drop below transportation sector for first time in 4 decades, Utility DIVE

Eversource seeks big distribution rate hike, CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource requests electric rate hike that could shock Western Mass. Customers, Berkshire Eagle

Healey wants to pull plug on Eversource’s proposed rate hike, The Boston Globe

There’s a revolution happening in electricity. Utilities need to keep up, Vox.com

Report Describes $5.9B in Health Benefits from RGGI’s Carbon Reductions, MicroGrid Knowledge

NK knocked back by National Grid, Ricentral.com

Forest Society seeks details of fiscal relationship between Balsams, Northern Pass, Conway Daily Sun

Mercer wants city to be backup water source for power plant, Valley Breeze

Massachusetts eyes lofty electric car goal, Wicked Local Billerica

Medway power plant critics place hopes on environmental appeal, MetroWest Daily News

Officials probing after several manholes explode in Brockton, Penn Energy

Editorial/Opinion

Listen to the real energy concerns, New Hampshire Business Review

Fracking Blamed For Early Closure Of NY Nuclear Plant, Forbes

Paul Burns: Clean energy works for Vermont, vtdigger.org

How Bangor and Portland are taking meaningful action against climate change, Bangor Daily News

Rooftop Solar: Too Expensive to Meter, Energy Collective

Getting real about natural gas in Massachusetts, Lowell Sun

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