Energy News for week ending October 12, 2018

Swim Caps to the Rescue | Carbon Eating Battery | Blame the Cat

 

Happy Friday afternoon everyone.

We have a lot of serious news this week, so we thought we’d keep the highlights light before you delve into the more meaty news below.

From Greentech Media, “Exposure to sunlight, freezing temperatures and precipitation can erode the leading edge of wind turbine blades, shortening the life of the blade and reducing the overall productivity of the turbine. With turbine blades getting longer, from around 50 meters just a few years ago to 80 meters or more today, the force of natural elements working to degrade a blade’s leading edge has increased. A Danish company believes it has found a solution. PolyTech’s ELLE (Ever Lasting Leading Edge) is a polyurethane shell applied to turbine blade tips. The product has been likened to a “swim cap” for turbine blades.”

In other news from Greentech Media, “A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has unveiled a battery technology that could potentially mop up carbon dioxide from thermal power plants. The lithium-based battery works by absorbing carbon dioxide into a water-based amine called 2-ethoxyethylamine and then mixing this with a non-aqueous liquid electrolyte used alongside a carbon cathode and a lithium anode. With every discharge, the carbon dioxide is converted into a solid mineral carbonate that builds up on the cathode. Carbon dioxide is thus used up as the battery cycles and converted to an inert material that can serve as a source of carbon for industrial purposes…A battery that can eat up carbon dioxide is still some way off from reality, though.”

And from myjoyonline.com (sourced from Utility Dive), “A family in Russia’s Barnaul region was recently taken to court by the local energy company for accumulating a debt of approximately 80,000 rubles ($1,218) in unpaid bills. In their defense, the accused claimed that it was all their cat’s fault, not theirs…Often times they spotted it climbing on the electricity meter in order to reach the roof, and even tried moving the meter on an adjacent wall, but to no avail. They told the judge that the cat eventually broke the meter’s wire seal and somehow tampered with the device, which resulted in absurdly high bills… Fortunately for the cat, the energy company’s lawyer managed to prove its innocence in front of the judge.”

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Merrimack Valley

NTSB: Columbia Gas work order ignored critical pressure sensor, Eagle Tribune

Residents vent frustrations at gas information meeting, Eagle Tribune

Columbia Gas plans to inspect, fix at least 350 dwellings per day in Greater Lawrence after gas disaster, MassLive

Massachusetts voters aren’t happy with corporate response to Columbia Gas explosions, new poll says, MassLive

A real dilemma, Regional gas disaster ruffles local real estate market, Eagle Tribune

Lawrence businesses fight for survival as gas remains shut off, Boston Globe

Gas cut off over pressure issue not far from explosion area, Eagle-Tribune

Travel trailers open for residents still without gas service, Boston Herald

Columbia says it will replace appliances, Eagle Tribune

 

Woburn

Gas is restored to most Woburn homes that lost service, Boston Globe

Heightened natural gas concerns reflected in trail of letters, Telegram.com

State agency slams National Grid over safety, compliance, Boston Herald

DPU orders halt to National Grid linework, Patriot Ledger

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Utility stop-work order affecting Cape project, Cape Cod Times

‘Sneaky’ sale of city water protested at rally, Herald News

Consumers wanted it, dealers got it: Cleaner heating oil now the standard in Maine, Portland Press Herald

Growing opposition to compressor station in Rehoboth, WJAR

Clean Transportation Technologies Can Cut Emissions and Save Northeast Over $1 Trillion in Reduced Spending on Oil., Union of Concerned Scientists

Protests Of Gas Pipeline Project Follow Merrimack Valley Disaster, WAMC

 

Lockout

National Grid defends use of replacement workers during lock out, Boston Globe

Baker steps up involvement in National Grid lockout, WB Journal

Locked out National Grid workers rally against company President Marcy Reed, MassLive

US Rep. Seth Moulton urges National Grid, Columbia Gas to deploy locked out steelworkers in gas explosion recovery effort, MassLive

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

In dual forums, Baker, Gonzalez stake their positions on environment, Boston Globe

US Sen. Ed Markey to make 2018 election ‘referendum’ on Trump administration’s climate change policy, MassLive

UN climate change report puts pressure on governments to act, Salem News

The Hurricanes, and Climate-Change Questions, Keep Coming. Yes, They’re Linked., New York Times

Holyoke school kids learn engineering skills at HG&E ‘Clean Energy Day’, MassLive

Cape Cod Canal site testing ground for technology, Cape Cod Times

How High Does Carbon Need to Be? Somewhere From $20-$27,000, Bloomberg L.P.

U.S. oil CEO says corporations should work to stem climate change, Reuters

Rising transportation emissions are a threat to Maine’s environment, MSN

 

 

Wind

How a ‘Swim Cap’ Could Extend the Life of Wind Turbine Blades, Greentech Media

Ørsted to buy Deepwater Wind for $510m, CommonWealth Magazine

Barnstable enters host agreement with Vineyard Wind; Covell’s Beach is favored cable landfall site, Wicked Local Dennis

Wind power execs say deal will give Connecticut greater access, New Haven Register

 

Solar

Solar, Wind Made Up At Least 20% Of Electric Generation In 10 States Last Year, Solar Industry

Former Westport landfill to become solar farm, South Coast Today

High Efficiency SunPower® Solar Project Now Operating at Bose Corporation’s Global Headquarters in Massachusetts, Business Journals

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

MIT Unveils Early-Stage Carbon-Eating Battery, Greentech Media

Here’s How Energy Efficient New York Is, Patch

Get Smart: Lessons for the Storage Industry From the Home Automation Market, Greentech Media

 

Nuclear

Latest NRC Quarterly Pilgrim Plant Report Shows Progress, CapeCod.com

U.S. to Strengthen Controls on Nuclear Technology Exports to China, Wall Street Journal

Seabrook nuclear plant closer to license extension, Seacoastonline.com

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Family sued over unpaid electric bills place blame on their cat, myjoyonline.com

ISO-NE defends short-term plan to maintain fuel security, S&P Global Platts

EIA predicts higher winter heating costs for most energy sources, Biomass Magazine

Group drops challenge to Sandwich power plant expansion, Cape Cod Times

With winter deadlines looming, National Grid lockout taking toll on development, Boston Globe

NEPOOL OKs Penalty for Delayed Capacity Resources, RTO Insider

Seacoast Reliability Project faces public hearing, Seacoastonline.com

Watchdog group drops challenge to power plant expansion, Cape Cod Times

Maine regulators invite more public comment on CMP hydro project, MSN

Council backs Eversource plan, harbor commission concerns remain, The Hour

With New Developments Coming To Dorchester, Eversource Moves To Boost Power Supply, WGBH

Why doesn’t the U.S. bury its power lines?, The Conversation

 

Editorial/Opinion

Gas explosions show how dangerous the fuel is, CommonWealth Magazine

Guest MINDSETTER™ Eccleston: Why No Environmental Impact Statement From Invenergy?, GoLocalProv

Should Massachusetts proceed with the deal to import hydro electricity from Quebec?, Boston Globe

Uncle Sam is all-in on expensive, impractical batteries, Washington Examiner

Down to Earth: A choice: forests or solar panels?, Daily Hampshire Gazette

LETTER: Reader says questions persist on evacuation plan, Daily News of Newburyport

 

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