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.
Heroux files legislation to block Rehoboth gas compression station, The Sun Chronicle
Pipeline opponents convince selectmen to rescind approval, Community Advocate
Water Use Contested At Special Providence Council Meeting, Rhode Island Public Radio
National Grid withdraws pipeline tax proposal, Ricentral.com
Governor urged to oppose compressor station project in Weymouth, Wicked Local Weymouth
Mass. Legislators Propose 100% Renewable Energy Mandate, Solar Industry
Uncertainty for wind, solar advocates, The Providence Journal
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
Gov stands for dams, Kennebunk Post
Deepwater Wind’s NY Offshore Project On The Verge Of Approval, North American Windpower
Carbon Tax Among Top Priorities For Environment Council Of RI, Rhode Island Public Radio
Going solar may mean going slower in Vermont, Watchdog.org
Waltham Company Awarded $50K for Clean Energy Project, Waltham Patch
Energy-efficient design, MIT News
School committee talks energy efficiency, Ricentral.com
New program looks to make Mattapoisett more energy efficient, Sippican Week
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
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
House again passes Kennedy’s energy rates bill, Fall River Herald News
Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts, Microgrid Knowledge
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
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
Will Offshore Wind Continue To Grow Under Trump?, OilPrice.com