Energy News for week ending October 5, 2018

No Free Lunch | 8 Years in a Row | Hydrophobic

Happy Friday afternoon everyone.

Here are some highlights from the news this week.

From the AP we have, No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US. “Ramping up wind power in America would also dial up the nation’s temperatures, a new study out of Harvard found. While wind energy is widely celebrated as environmentally friendly, the researchers concluded that a dramatic, all-out expansion in the number of turbines could warm the country even more than climate change from burning coal and other fossil fuels, because of the way the spinning blades disturb the layers of warm and cold air in the atmosphere…Some parts of the central United States are already seeing nights that are up to 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) warmer because of nearby wind farms…The researchers and other scientists stressed that climate change from greenhouse gas emissions is clearly a far bigger threat globally and over the long term than turbine-caused warming, which is temporary and stops when the blades aren’t turning. Despite the potential drawbacks, wind energy still makes more sense for the environment than fossil fuels, Keith said.”

Would we expect anything different? MassLive reports that, For 8th year, Mass. named most energy-efficient state in the nation. “For the eighth year running, Massachusetts has been named the most energy-efficient state in the nation. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which issues the annual scorecard, noted utility-led programs such as Mass Save, “stretch building codes” for cities and towns, incentives for combined heat and power, and standards for state buildings…The scorecard measures six categories, including utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state government policies, and appliance standards. Massachusetts in 2016 approved a three-year energy efficiency plan. In 2017, $740 million in investments yielded $2.6 billion in savings…”

From the new energy technology file we bring you a story from Popular Mechanics, A New Hydrophobic Surface Could Turn the Ocean’s Waves Into Electricity. “There’s waterproof and then there’s the surface developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego. They’ve developed a surface so hydrophobic that it can actually be used to generate electrical voltage, turning seawater into 50 millivolts (or around 0.05 volts)…The created surface holds a negative electrical charge, so when the positive ions in salt water move over the surface an electrical potential difference is created. That difference creates a voltage…Although it’s just a proof of concept, the idea becomes impressive when deployed on a much larger scale. There’s a lot of ocean water out there, and the team hopes that it could be used for energy harvesting methods through desalination plants. From ions to waves, there’s a lot of potential energy in the water that covers 70 percent of the planet, and these hydrophobic surfaces could help tap into that energy.”

More news is below. Have a great long weekend.

 

Merrimack Valley

Disaster could be a turning point in energy debate, Eagle Tribune

State rep seeks Western Massachusetts public hearings on Columbia Gas after Merrimack Valley explosions, MassLive

After Baker tasked Eversource with Merrimack Valley response, executives cut checks to his campaign, Boston Globe

After Dozens of Gas Explosions, a Community Looks for Alternatives to Natural Gas, Inside Climate News

Longmeadow considering moratorium on Columbia Gas construction, citing recent explosions, MassLive

Columbia Gas pulling workers from other states amid tight labor market, Boston Globe

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

DPU presses Natl. Grid on alleged violations, CommonWealth Magazine

Northampton City Council resolves to oppose gas pipelines, Hampshire Gazette

Power plant hearings delayed as regulators consider request to cancel contract, Valley Breeze

New York Gas Plant Comes Online Despite Opposition, Power Magazine

City Council opposes Burrillville power plant, Cranston Online

Agency: Gas lines safe; State utility regulators questioned in wake of Massachusetts disaster, Journal Inquirer

Connecticut state lawmakers want review of gas pipelines, WHDH

Compressor foes warn of dangers with infomercial, Weymouthwickedlocal.com

Liberty Utilities to create natural gas from closed Bethlehem landfill, Concord Monitor

Manhole left open, failure to investigate gas leak: National Grid cited for 29 reported safety violations amid lockout, MassLive

National Grid lockout causing ‘collateral impact’, MassLive

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Utilities have a problem: the public wants 100% renewable energy, and quick, Vox.com

A New Hydrophobic Surface Could Turn the Ocean’s Waves Into Electricity, Popular Mechanics

Carbon prices could save us … if we actually start using them, Grist

Portland hub monitors 425 solar projects, six wind farms, Portland Press Herald

Researchers to develop renewable fuel additives from sawdust, Biomass Magazine

Pellet project in Maine awarded $200,000 REAP grant, Biomass Magazine

The US Is Ready For 100% Clean Energy — 10 Cities Model How To Get There, CleanTechnica

 

Wind

No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US, AP News

A new study on the side effects of wind energy is almost begging to be misused by climate change deniers, Business Insider

Baker, Gonzalez agree to offshore wind pledge, Gloucester Times

Yarmouth shellfishermen get say on wind cable hearings, Cape Cod Times

Trump’s Import Tariffs Will Make U.S. Wind Power More Expensive, Renewable Energy World

Barnstable, Vineyard Wind officials sign cable agreement, Cape Cod Times

State board to take up Vineyard Wind cable route, South Coast Today

Why this dairy farm may be the last stand for wind energy in Vermont, WindAction

Company plans to build wind turbines along Lake Ontario, Energy Central

Wind farm design calls for 47 turbines, National Wind Watch

 

Solar

CT Manufacturer Impact Plastics Goes Solar, Solar Industry

75 Attend Community Meeting on New Solar Initiative in Exeter, GoLocalProv

Eversource to hold solar open house, Wicked Local Medfield

Massachusetts Regulators Approve New ‘SMART’ Solar, Storage Program, Renewable Energy World

Con Edison proposes installing solar panels on New York City Housing Authority developments, Daily Energy Insider

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

For 8th year, Mass. named most energy-efficient state in the nation, MassLive

Make your home greener—and more resilient, Popular Science

Vermont’s energy efficiency utilities under inspection in new investigation, VTDigger

Stormy weather ahead: Federal agencies begin to roll back efficiency policy, ACEEE Blog

A tiny, beleaguered government agency seeks an energy holy grail: long-term energy storage, Vox.com

New Jersey’s Planned $4.1B Clean Energy Investment includes $180M for Storage, Renewable Energy World

 

EVs

Electric vehicle advocates urge Connecticut regulators not to forget sector in grid planning, New Haven Register

 

Nuclear

NRC issues draft safety evaluation for nuclear plant, Daily News of Newburyport

Nuclear panel elects new leaders, but future still unclear, VTDigger

Decision on Vt. Yankee sale expected soon, The Recorder

Trump Signs Legislation to Promote Advanced Nuclear Reactor Technology, Greentech Media

Connecticut agencies say Millstone ‘at risk’ as Dominion seeks boost in clean energy RFP, Utility Dive

Entergy’s last layoffs by month’s end, Brattleboro Reformer

Utilities submit proposals for nuclear subsidies, NJ Spotlight

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO-NE to focus on market solutions for winter energy security in 2019, Utility Dive

Demo permits obtained for Brayton Point cooling towers, Herald News

US Will Have 88 Gigawatts of Residential Demand Flexibility by 2023, Greentech Media

Foes of CMP power line gear up for protest in Skowhegan, Kennebec Journal

Connecticut residents want monitoring of new New York power plant, The Register Citizen

A device to track your energy use, right down to the toaster, Boston Globe

Eversource penalized $117,911 for environmental violations in Franklin County, The Recorder

Limited CMP customer data exposed during file transfer, Portland Press Herald

Massachusetts Microgrid Market Gets Even More Interesting with Siemens Plan to Acquire Russelectric, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Loss of plant would hurt, Providence Journal

Gas pipeline review process is good idea, Lowell Sun

Letter: Safety is top priority of natural gas industry, Concord Monitor

EDITORIAL: Gas leaks, dying trees? It’s a theory worth exploring, Sentinel & Enterprise

Eliminate Carbon-Based Energy, Hartford Courant

Our view: Solar power is a key ingredient, Salem News

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