Energy News for week ending January 27, 2017

Good afternoon. TGIF. Focusing on some good news this week, let’s start with Columbia Gas of Massachusetts getting praised by environmental activists for its “aggressive” work on reducing gas leaks (MassLive).  Second, also from MassLive, President Trump has appointed Massachusetts’ own Cheryl LaFleur to lead FERC – at least for the time being.

Depending on where you stand on the issue – this may be good or bad news – FERC approved Spectra’s Weymouth gas compression station (Patch.com) – but those who aren’t happy are calling on Governor Baker to block it (Wicked Local Weymouth).

Speaking of compression stations, State Rep. Paul Heroux has filed legislation blocking a similar project in Rehoboth (Sun Chronicle). In fact, nearly 6,000 bills were filed for the current legislative session in MA. Among them is one that would require phasing out fossil fuels across all sectors, including heating and transportation, and moving to all renewables by 2050 (Solar Industry).

Two more items of note, Eversource proposed $100M worth of energy storage for MA (Microgrid Knowledge) and Utility DIVE reports that the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy finds organized power markets save about $3 billion annually in generation costs, largely by ensuring lowest-cost units are dispatched when needed.

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Columbia Gas pledges more aggressive program to go after pipe leaks, gaining praise from community activists, MassLive

Climate Activists Praise Shift In Gas Leak Repair Practices, WAMC

Power & Gas Index: 8 regional charts show the link between gas and electricity markets, Utility DIVE

Heroux files legislation to block Rehoboth gas compression station, The Sun Chronicle

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Gives Spectra Compressor Station OK, Patch.com

Pipeline opponents convince selectmen to rescind approval, Community Advocate

Natural gas prices rise as inventory decreases, FuelFix

Water Use Contested At Special Providence Council Meeting, Rhode Island Public Radio

National Grid withdraws pipeline tax proposal, Ricentral.com

Hidden Data Suggests Fracking Created Widespread, Systemic Impact in Pennsylvania, Public Herald

US LNG exports shift to Europe from Asia, Reuters

Feds: Natural Gas Leaking From Pipeline in Gulf of Mexico, ABC News

Governor urged to oppose compressor station project in Weymouth, Wicked Local Weymouth

Renewable Energy

Mass. Legislators Propose 100% Renewable Energy Mandate, Solar Industry

Uncertainty for wind, solar advocates, The Providence Journal

Road map for struggling biomass industry?, Mainebiz

UConnPIRG’s “lead” campaign strives to create renewable energy future for CT, UConn Daily Campus

Eversource proposes solar array on farmland in Hadley, MassLive.com

LIPA to vote on $740M wind farm project off Rhode Island, Newsday

Home of World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Bypasses Trump Sphere, Bloomberg

Gov stands for dams, Kennebunk Post

Deepwater Wind’s NY Offshore Project On The Verge Of Approval, North American Windpower

Trump orders EPA to remove web page on climate change, says report, CNET

Carbon Tax Among Top Priorities For Environment Council Of RI, Rhode Island Public Radio

Going solar may mean going slower in Vermont, Watchdog.org

Maine’s $13M bailout of biomass plants will mean jobs, but at a cost of $23,700 each, Bangor Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Waltham Company Awarded $50K for Clean Energy Project, Waltham Patch

One of Trump’s First Actions in Office? Stop New Energy Efficiency Standards, Greentech Media

Brandon Sorbom: Designing a fusion future, MIT News

Energy-efficient design, MIT News

School committee talks energy efficiency, Ricentral.com

New program looks to make Mattapoisett more energy efficient, Sippican Week

Environmental groups want more done on clean energy, mass transit, wwlp.com

Nuclear

Millstone Wants Access to Bigger Markets for its Electricity, Hartford Courant

Vermont Yankee buyer lobbies for feds’ blessing, vtdigger.org

State requests hearing on Yankee sale, Rutland Herald

Nuclear dilemma: Plants age, risks rise in wake of failed energy push, Columbia Daily Tribune

NRC to Discuss Pilgrim Inspection Findings Next Week, CapeCod.com News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Trump picks Massachusetts native Cheryl LaFleur to lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, MassLive

Balsams developers says $2M loan not tied to support of Northern Pass project, Berlin Daily Sun

Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid Project Reaches Milestone, Microgrid Knowledge

Proposal aims to reduce utility tax bill, Seacoastonline.com

Study: Deregulated power markets save $3B annually, Utility DIVE

ISO-NE Scarcity Rules Unfair to Generators, FERC Says, RTO Insider

House again passes Kennedy’s energy rates bill, Fall River Herald News

Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts, Microgrid Knowledge

AG Healey speaks out against Eversource rate hike, GazetteNET

Needham residents push for alternate route for Eversource project, Wicked Local Needham

SPECIAL REPORT: Energy landscape undergoes major changes, Wicked Local Weymouth

Power plant would need 16k gallons of water a day, Johnston Sun Rise

Editorial/Opinion

U.S. Solar Energy Employs More People Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined, (infographic) Forbes

Your View: What is fracking?, SouthCoastToday.com

We need an insurance policy for climate change, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Business Resolve On Climate Action Is More Urgent Than Ever, Forbes

Will Offshore Wind Continue To Grow Under Trump?, OilPrice.com

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