Energy News for week ending February 15, 2019

Glacial Changes | Maryland | Moooo

 

Happy Friday afternoon folks.

We’re starting out this week with a couple of climate change stories.

First, from the New York Times, in what is a graphically cool piece as well as interesting relative to adapting to climate change, is a story about how Switzerland (yeah, I know it’s not the “Northeast”) is rethinking how they use hydropower. Check it out, if for nothing other than the presentation of the information.

Our second climate change story comes from the AP which reports that Matt Fitzpatrick, an ecology professor at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Sciences in Frostburg, Maryland, “looked at 12 different variables for 540 U.S. and Canadian cities under two climate change scenarios to find out what the future might feel like in a way a regular person might understand. He averaged the climate results from 27 different computer models then found the city that most resembles that futuristic scenario.” For those of you in greater Boston and other coastal New England cities, it looks like we’re all going to experience what’s typical weather right now for various areas in Maryland. For those that reside inland, your weather is more west. For example, Burlington, VT will feel like Taylorville, IL and Hartford, CT like Sikeston, MO. All in all it looks warmer and wetter. The link to the interactive map is https://fitzlab.shinyapps.io/cityapp/

Last story for this week is from Seven Days in Vermont about cheese – Cabot Creamery’s farms to be specific. While this long read has a lot of details about their operations including “Fitbits for cows” (who knew?) there is a section on their energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. “Consider electricity: Fairmont’s East Montpelier milking parlor is active nearly 24-7…Fairmont recently installed energy-efficient LED lighting in its barns, recommended by Efficiency Vermont. And it now has solar panels on the roofs. The company that installed the panels last year now sells power to the farm at a reduced rate. Ayer expects that arrangement to shave 11 percent off the farm’s annual power bill. Gladstone noted that Newmont runs on alternative energy, too. The farm worked with Green Mountain Power, Catamount Solar and Yankee Farm Credit to install a solar array in Fairlee that produces 50 percent of the farm’s power…Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport generates some of its energy using a wind turbine, but the cows there also create some renewable energy of their own — with help from a biodigester. The digester provides the right environment for the manure to break down and release methane gas, which in turn powers a generator producing renewable electricity for Vermont homes and businesses. Aptly dubbed “Cow Power,” it’s available to Green Mountain Power customers, who can choose to pay an extra four cents per kilowatt for it; the money flows back to the farm.” So this weekend when you might be enjoying some wine and cheese, you can say that you’re supporting renewable energy and helping to keep us the heck out of Maryland.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the long weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Holyoke utility, citing pipeline constraints, halts natural gas hookups, CommonWealth Magazine

Enbridge wins lawsuit over town’s opposition to compressor station, Reuters

Legislators want gas system study, Newport Daily News

National Grid pays out $360K to those affected by Newport gas outage, WPRI 12

State to consider reopening door for proposed Killingly natural gas plant, The Day

Enbridge gave Massachusetts studies by climate denier, ALEC associate in gas project assessment, NationofChange

Salem YMCA closed following gas explosion outside, Salem News

Head Of Mass. Pipeline Safety Division Stepping Down, WBUR

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Report recommends action to transition to a clean-energy economy for New England, Portland Press Herald

State kickstarts Western Massachusetts wood chip industry with renewable thermal energy grants, MassLive

Eversource plugs into green power with offshore wind, solar projects, Boston Globe

9 Northeastern states share $115M from carbon sale, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

No, the Green New Deal won’t threaten the grid, Vox.com

Where Glaciers Melt Away, Switzerland Sees Opportunity, New York Times

Clean Energy Solutions Must Include Nuclear, (Whitepaper) Clearpath.org

A dozen power plant and pipeline projects could derail Phil Murphy’s clean energy goals, NorthJersey.com

State kickstarts Western Massachusetts wood chip industry with renewable thermal energy grants, MassLive

Heading south: Warming to change how US cities feel in 2080, AP News

Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal, Bloomberg L.P.

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind submits 1,200 MW proposal to New York’s 800 MW offshore wind RFP, Utility Dive

ISO New England Interconnection Queue Has More Offshore Wind Than Gas, CleanTechnica

ISO-NE capacity prices fall amid controversy over Vineyard Wind participation, Utility Dive

R.I. offshore wind price bit higher than Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

In $225 million partnership, Eversource takes deep dive into offshore wind projects in Atlantic, Hartford Courant

Shell, innogy, & Stiesdal Offshore Technologies To Partner On Floating Offshore Wind, CleanTechnica

Eversource To Pay $225 Million For A Half Share In 2 Offshore Wind Projects, WBUR

Rhode Island to run rule over Revolution power play, Renews.biz

Betting $1 Million on Offshore New Jersey Wind Paid Off Big Time, Renewable Energy World

National Grid contract with Orsted would save customers $90 million over 20 years, ProJo

Falmouth Wind Turbines Called ‘Disaster’ On National Stage, Falmouth Enterprise

 

Solar

Vast swarm of homes with solar-battery systems poised to act as ‘virtual power plant’ in New England, MassLive

Solar Panels, Smartphones and a FitBit for Cows: Cabot Creamery Farmers Adapt to the Digital Age, Seven Days

Sunrun Wins Milestone Solar, Storage Contract In ISO New England Auction, Solar Industry

Another solar array proposed for Franklin, Milford Daily News

CT sees slight uptick in solar jobs, Hartford Business Journal

How much is Cohasset saving? Stats from town’s solar array now available online, Wicked Local Cohasset

U.S. solar jobs down for second year as Trump tariffs weigh, Reuters

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Maine Town Sees LED Streetlights Paying for Themselves Fast, Government Technology

U.S. Energy Storage Market is set to exceed an annual deployment of 3,000 MW by 2024, MarketWatch

Eversource Charges Forward with Cutting-Edge Battery Storage on Martha’s Vineyard, CapeCodToday

 

EVs

Electric car charging stations planned for downtown, Eagle Tribune

Pennsylvania prods utility investment in charging as part of EV growth plan, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Supporters Say Seabrook Nuke Protects Climate; Critics Worry About Cracks In The Concrete, WBUR

With concrete degrading in critical parts of Seabrook, environmental advocates urge to delay renewal of license, Boston Globe

NRC defends Seabrook Station’s license extension, Keene Sentinel

CEOs Ask Trump to Help Them Sell Nuclear Power Plants Abroad, Bloomberg L.P.

A Look Inside Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Before Its Reactor Goes Quiet, WGBH

Exelon: Need Pa. Action by May to Save TMI, RTO Insider

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England efficiency advocates raise alarm over potential capacity market changes, Utility Dive

Mills shows new support for CMP transmission line, Portland Press Herald

$1.1 million in funds approved to buy Augusta streetlights from CMP, replace with more efficient lights, Kennebec Journal

Glick calls for ‘new approach’ to capacity markets in wide-ranging NARUC talk, Utility Dive

New Hampshire grid mod proposal recommends ‘tempered’ approach to AMI, Utility Dive

Auction for New England’s future power needs yields lowest clearing price in six years, New Haven Register

Big Win for Local Energy: First Virtual Power Plant Snags Contract in US Wholesale Capacity Auction, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Commentary: Let’s go 100 percent renewable to protect the North Shore, Daily Item

Klaber’s viewpoint: The problem with New York regs, Business Journals

Eversource mandate, New Hampshire Union Leader

Positive signs state is ready to seize offshore wind-energy opportunity, The Day

The Answer Is Blowin’ in the Wind, New York Times

My Turn: Dissecting the Northern Pass appeal narrative, Concord Monitor

Editorial: The cost of rolling back bulb standards, MetroWest Daily News

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