Class Action | Presidential Permit | 20M dollars for Western MA
Happy Friday afternoon folks.
There are a ton of stories this week, but here are three that stood out for us.
Vermont Business Magazine reports that on Thursday afternoon Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc were hit with a class-action lawsuit stating that the two energy companies caused electricity consumers in New England to incur overcharges of $3.6 billion in a years-long scheme that impacted six states and affected 14.7 million people. The lawsuit was filed November 14, 2017, in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The complaint alleges the scheme violates multiple federal and state competition laws and state consumer protection statutes.
Good news this week came for Northern Pass in the form of receiving its Presidential Permit from the US Dept. of Energy. The Telegram reported that the permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. There is still a ways to go before it’s done though. The article reports that the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC, is expected to announce its final written decision on the project by March 31, 2018. And, along with the state approval, the project also is awaiting a permit from the U.S. Forest Service allowing the project to pass through parts of the White Mountain National Forest and a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected by the end of the year.
Speaking of transmission projects, over at MassLive.com, Mary Serreze reports that TDI New England has pledged 20 years of funding, at $1 million annually, to Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions for deep energy retrofits to low-income homes, if its New England Clean Power Link wins a major utility contract in the Bay State. TDI plans 98 miles of underwater and 56 miles of underground cable to deliver 1,000 megawatts of hydro, or hydro and wind, from Canada. Christmas comes a month late for bidders. Serreze notes that the winners will be announced Jan. 25 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and electric utilities Eversource, National Grid and Unitil.
That wraps it up for this week. As always, you can find more news and events at NEEnergyNews.com.
Oh, and we’re taking next Friday off so we’ll be back in your in boxes on December 1. In the meantime, you can find energy stories Tweeted at @McMComm
Have a wonderful, safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving holiday.
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Sandisfield highway chief: ‘Road is shot from pipeline work,’ Berkshire Eagle
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Renewables Policy/RGGI/Climate change
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Summit touts renewable energy progress, Salem News
No One Satisfied With New Vermont Wind Power Sound Rules, New York Times
Deepwater may fund UMass offshore wind, fishing study, Cape Cod times
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Americans for Prosperity: NH should dump energy-efficiency efforts, New Hampshire Business Review
Eversource Powers Up Energy Efficiency, The Keene Sentinel
Going Green Could Help Harwich Earn Some, Cape Cod Chronicle
Boston-based Current is now on GE’s chopping block, Boston Business Journal
Making More Sustainable LEDs With Reusable Materials, Greentech Media
City moving to purchase only above-ground streetlights, Eagle Tribune
Sea level rise factors into nuclear waste discussion, Cape Cod Times
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Brayton Point bidder chosen, sale to be announced soon, SouthCoastToday.com
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