Sandisfield, Massachusetts, population 915, has found itself in the news no fewer than five times this week. Why? It’s home to part of the Otis State Forest that is the new home of a natural gas pipeline. Some folks are unhappy about the pipeline so they protested and were arrested (Recorder). Then they built a protest cabin (Berkshire Eagle). And now, they are fighting for their day in court, by asking to be charged with more serious offenses (Berkshire Eagle). After reviewing the situation, DigBoston offers its take on how others can get a pipeline built in four easy steps as they say was done at the Otis State Forest.
Speaking of pipelines, the ProJo offers us a glimpse at how National Grid hunts down gas pipeline leaks in Rhode Island.
There are many renewable stories this week. For the curious, the BBJ asks (and gets answers for) just what is that thing on top of GE’s headquarters? CommonWealth Magazine reports a big international energy player is jumping into the competition for offshore wind power contracts with Massachusetts. Through a company in which it is the major shareholder, Iberdrola S.A., a Spain-based energy giant, is buying a 50 percent stake in Vineyard Wind, one of three companies likely to bid on the Bay State’s offshore wind contracts.
Power Engineering reports that total U.S. electrical generation is set to fall 1.2 percent in 2017 before rebounding by 1.9 percent the next year, according to the latest short-term energy forecast from the Energy Information Administration. Even with the decline, residential electricity prices are expected to increase 2.4 percent in 2017 and another 2.3 percent in 2018.
Lastly, the good news is that for this summer, Utility DIVE reports that the Northeast Power Coordinating Council says the region will have enough power. However, the retirement of one of the largest coal- and oil-fired power plants in New England could put a premium on imports for the region in order to maintain reliability during extreme weather events this summer.
That’s the news for this week. Have a great weekend.
Pipeline protests lead to more arrests, The Recorder
Town Draws Suit for Blocking Energy Firm’s Expansion, Courthouse News Service
Pipeline spill by Dakota Access company could have a ‘deadly effect’, Washington Post
Grafton town meeting puts opposition to pipeline on record, Worcester Telegram
How National Grid in RI hunts down leaks, The Providence Journal
State tour on climate change and clean energy starts on Cape Cod, Cape Cod Times
Committee Kills Anti-Offshore Wind Turbine Bill, Freepress Online
Vineyard Wind brings in a big player, CommonWealth magazine
Avangrid subsidiary gets 50 percent stake in Atlantic wind farm project, New Haven Register
Vermont Renewable Energy Company Bought by St. Louis Firm, U.S. News & World Report
Connecticut Utility Regulator Issues Decision on CT Solar Lease, Energy Central
Massachusetts towns ditch standard electric service to embrace green power, Wicked Local Cambridge
Lawmakers vote against moving UMaine wind project farther from Monhegan, Portland Press Herald
Just what is that thing on top of GE’s headquarters?, Boston Business Journal
Committee Set to Vote on Bill to Preserve Solar Incentives, Freepress Online
How Mainers keep finding new sources of energy, Bangor Daily News
Cambridge, Eversource partner to launch energy pilot, Wicked Local Cambridge
US Air Force Makes A $243 Million Energy Efficiency Pitch, CleanTechnica
Efficiency Vermont proposes 5% rate decrease, Vermont Biz
NRC issues Pilgrim inspection report, Cape Cod Times
US Energy Chief Touts Nuclear Energy, Vows Cleanup Progress, U.S. News & World Report
Why Nuclear Energy Doesn’t Dominate the Globe, Popular Mechanics
Millstone bill clears a committee hurdle, theday.com
Coalition wants state to reject part of Vermont Yankee plan, Brattleboro Reformer
How is Vermont Yankee being kept safe?, wwlp.com
DHHS: No common cause in pediatric cancer cluster, Seacoastonline.com
Eversource plans to lower electricity rates for summer, MassLive.com
Eversource projecting 1.4% increase in electric bills, The Union Leader
NH House panel shelves long-term power deal legislation, New Hampshire Business Review
Northern Pass land purchases questioned, The Union Leader
U.S. Electrical Generation to Decline in 2017, Power Engineering
Mary Powell Is Not Your Typical Utility Executive, Greentech Media
An ill wind blows in Augusta, Bangor Daily News
Kathy Sullivan: Hearings reveal true costs of Northern Pass, The Union Leader
Letter: On Northern Pass, a visitor’s perspective, Concord Monitor
Massachusetts should raise its net energy metering caps, pv magazine USA
Robert Thorson: Climate Change And The Nuclear Power Riddle, Hartford Courant
Juliet Cuming: Renewable energy proud, vtdigger.org
Economy can grow under solar industry, Foster’s Daily Democrat
The downside of renewables, CommonWealth Magazine