Energy News for week ending December 22, 2017

Bids are in | Rate Hike Appeal | Smoke and Noises

Happy holidays everyone!

Perhaps this week’s biggest energy news was the submission of bids for Massachusetts’ offshore wind solicitation. CommonWealth Magazine reports, “The three companies vying to build the first major offshore wind farm in the United States filed their proposals on Wednesday with Massachusetts officials. Each of the firms kept their pricing a secret, so they publicly tried to differentiate their projects based on size, transmission approaches, construction timetables, and partnerships. Size was the biggest difference. Each of the companies was required to submit a bid for a 400 megawatt project, but they were free to submit additional proposals for less or for more, up to a high of 800 megawatts. The state procurement, which will be spread out over many years, calls for 1,600 megawatts in total.”

It appears MA Attorney General Maura Healey is saying just a minute, with respect to Eversource’s rate hike. Jim Kinney over at MassLive.com reports that “Healey filed an appeal Wednesday in Boston against an Eversource electric rate hike approved last month by the state Department of Public Utilities and scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. She is asking the DPU to reconsider the decision, according to a press release. Such actions often result in a negotiated settlement between the attorney general’s office and the utility, according to Healey’s website.”

If your holiday travels take you to the North Shore, the Salem News says, “Don’t be alarmed by the loud noises and apparent smoke coming from Salem Harbor Footprint later this week. It’s actually steam, and it’s just the $1 billion project cleaning out its pipes. The project is still a long way from being done, and due to significant delays on that front, Footprint is vulnerable to possible penalties from the entity that manages the New England power grid. Sometime late this week, the new natural gas-firing power plant will conduct “what, in the industry, you call ‘hot commissioning,'” explained Footprint chief operating officer Scott Silverstein. “This is the beginning of the process of starting up the turbines and boilers, and getting those up and running.”

That’s it for us this year. We’ll be back in your in-boxes on January 5, 2018.

All of us at McMahon Communications wish you all a safe, happy, wonderful, and joy-filled holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

 

Natural Gas/Pipeline

FERC reaffirms its approval of Atlantic Bridge pipeline, with compressor station planned in Weymouth, MassLive

Con Edison seeks ‘non-pipe’ solutions to address peak gas demand, Utility Dive

Residents hold pipeline vigils outside State House, Wicked Local Wellesley

National Grid seeks increase for gas bills, Gloucester Daily Times

Anti-fracking protester court case thrown out, Gazette & Herald

US tax overhaul likely to spur spending by refiners, pipeline cos, Reuters

Insidious Gas Leaks Are Casting Doubts Over Shell’s Clean Credentials, Bloomberg

Gas Under Threat? California Regulators Target PG&E Natural Gas Plants With Energy Storage, Greentech Media

Renewables Policy, etc.

Massachusetts agrees to slash power plant emissions under 9-state system, MassLive.com

Massachusetts Report Tallies Clean Energy Jobs, Solar Industry

Why French Utility EDF Is Entering the US Distributed Storage Market, Greentech Media

Carbon Loophole: Why Is Wood Burning Counted as Green Energy?, Yale Environment 360

DEEP tees up retooled renewable energy purchase plan, Hartford Business

 Wind

Neighbor demands shuttered Falmouth turbine be removed, Cape Cod Times

Acoustic tech for wind farms proves whale effective, Energy Live News

Block Island sees benefits from 1st US offshore wind farm, News Times

Nonprofit group pushes to keep Falmouth turbines spinning, Cape Cod Times

Wind turbines could soon be banned in this tiny Western Massachusetts town, MassLive

After 16 Years, Hopes for Cape Cod Wind Farm Float Away, New York Times

Lessons from the Country’s First Off-Shore Wind Farm, WCAI

Falmouth official orders plan to dismantle wind turbine, Cape Cod Times

LUPC declines to expand expedited permitting area for wind power project, Daily Bulldog

National Grid commits $20 million to the NEK as part of new Power Link line, Vermont Biz

Wind RFP

Offshore wind: Start big or small?, CommonWealth Magazine

Bay State Wind pledges $1 million to BCC if it wins contract, South Coast Today

Bids Are in for Massachusetts Offshore Wind Procurement; Storage Included, Renewable Energy News

Offshore wind bidders identify Brayton Point benefits, Fall River Herald News

Three companies submit bids for offshore wind power, Cape Cod Times

Developers Proposing Large-Scale Offshore Wind Farms, Maine Public

Solar

Congressional lawmakers urge ‘strong and effective’ remedies in solar trade case, Utility Dive

Town opposes New Milford solar project, The Greater New Milford Spectrum

Somerville Solar Array Awarded to Local Non-Profit, Patch.com

Energy Efficiency

Smart buildings save energy and improve occupant comfort, ACEEE

New York advances efficiency plans, focusing on load control and demand management, Utility Dive

Large buildings may soon get report cards for energy efficiency, The Real Deal

Clean Energy 2017: States and Cities Shine Despite Trump, Natural Resources Defense Council

Europe Inches Closer to Strong Energy Efficiency Target, Energy Collective

Nuclear

Millstone nuclear plant is profitable, new Connecticut draft report says, Utility Dive

Millstone Owner Argues Costs Are Driven Up By Being In Connecticut, Energy Central

Advocates Use Millstone’s Profitability To Question Push For New Markets, Hartford Courant

Entergy Asks FERC to Clarify Indian Point Retirement Process, RTO Insider

Nuclear regulator ignores employee safety warnings, watchdog report finds, Utility Dive

Hinkley Point: the ‘dreadful deal’ behind the world’s most expensive power plant, The Guardian

After Indian Point, power needs hinge on three proposed plants, report says, Lohud.com

N.J. committee sends nuclear subsidy bill to state legislature, Reuters

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Framingham reaches $500K settlement with Eversource over polluted site, MetroWest Daily News

Vermont Lawmakers Eye New Incentives For Electric Vehicle Purchases, Vermont Public Radio

EPA Funding Will Help Clean Diesel Projects in New England States, U.S. EPA.gov (press release)

California Sues Trump Administration, This Time Over Oil Industry Rules, Governing

Natural gas, water heaters, connected devices and EVs lead DR trends to watch, Utility Dive

Hopkinton officials still charged up over double utility poles, MetroWest Daily News

Meet the microgrid, the technology poised to transform electricity, Vox.com

Massachusetts labor union backs Eversource transmission line through New Hampshire, MassLive

Major testing of power plant begins soon, Salem News

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey appeals Eversource rate hike, MassLive.com

Blockchain shows promise for energy companies, ZD Net

2018 Promises to Be a Year of Innovation in the Energy Sector, (press release) Alt Energy Magazine

Editorial/Opinion

The Hoobub and the Grinch: Northern Pass Edition, InDepthNH.org

Approval of Electric Vehicle Utility Proposal in Massachusetts A Sign of What’s Coming Down the Pike in Northeast & Mid-Atlantic, HuffPost

A vulnerable power grid: Let’s invest in critical national infrastructure, The Hill

Nuclear Energy Pros And Cons: The True Advantage Of Nuclear Power Science Trends

Rendall: Warm wishes from Vermont Gas, Vermont Biz

 

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