Happy Friday afternoon.
There are a lot of stories this week! Let’s start with one from ISO-NE’s Newswire. They are reporting that “New England will be under the shadow of the moon for much of the afternoon on August 21 during a partial solar eclipse. According to NASA, the eclipse will occur between approximately 1:20 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with the peak expected at around 2:45 p.m., when about 65% of the sun will be blocked (called obscuration). If it is a sunny day, the ISO expects that output from the region’s 2,000 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will drop during these 2 hours and 40 minutes, but anticipates having sufficient resources available to meet the resulting rise in electricity demand.” Be sure to check out the page to see the eclipse map and an easy to understand detailed explanation.
The US EIA announced this week that for the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States, based on March data. They expect similar results for April.
We all know Massachusetts is tops when it comes to energy efficiency. This week, the ACEEE announced The 2017 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard that looks at the performance of the 51 largest electric utilities in the United States and highlights cutting-edge efforts. Topping the list are Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts, which both earned the same score (91%). As is noted in the blog post, “both achieved more than 3% savings as a percentage of their retail sales in 2015 — a notable achievement.” Notable indeed.
Have a great weekend and a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.
Pipeline blasting plans raise fears, Berkshire Eagle
Gas bills going up for 12000 National Grid customers, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Eversource begins first phase of gas line project in Wallingford, New Haven Register
New Coalition Supports Burrillville Power Plant, Wants Affordable Energy Prices, Rhode Island Public Radio
Departments run drill on how to respond to a leak in Spectra line, Wicked Local West Roxbury
Labor, environmentalists tout first US offshore wind farm, SouthCoastToday.com
Cape Wind opposition continues, Cape Cod Times
Where offshore wind researchers see the most opportunity, Bangor Daily News
Saco looking to get rid of wind turbine, National Wind Watch
Big business sees the promise of clean energy, The Economist
Wind Turbines: Behind the Spin, Machine Design
Company gets rights to put solar panels on old Wallingford landfill, Meriden Record-Journal
Nexamp Completes Community Solar Project In Massachusetts, Solar Industry Magazine
Number Of Clean Energy Jobs Increasing In RI, Rhode Island Public Radio
Trump’s Delay on Energy Efficiency Is Illegal, Natural Resources Defense Council
Energy Efficiency Bill Would Help Schools, U.S. News & World Report
NRC reports on Seabrook Station nuke plant, The Daily News of Newburyport
Oral arguments set for nuke plant license amendment, The Daily News of Newburyport
Vermont Yankee offers safety assurances as fuel move starts, Brattleboro Reformer
Trespass charge dropped against Vermont Yankee activist, vtdigger.org
Carbon Pricing Bill Attracts Support and Opposition, Rhode Island Public Radio
Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives, MicroGrid Knowledge
Heat waves: Demand response’s time to shine, Utility Dive
Proponents, opponents speak out at Northern Pass hearing, The Union Leader
Analyst: Northern Pass could save customers about $18 a year, The Union Leader
Eversource rate tweak missed review deadline; new hearings ordered, Berkshire Eagle
Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want, Greentech Media
Chris McKay: Sound regulations restricting wind power, vtdigger.org
Letter: No to Northern Pass, industrial wind, Concord Monitor
Editorial: New England’s energy challenges, The Providence Journal
If the feds won’t face climate change, the region can, The Boston Globe
Paris withdrawal won’t deter wind, solar, CommonWealth Magazine