Energy News for week ending February 22, 2019

MA picks up the tab| Plant reuse | Lantern

 

Happy Friday afternoon energy friends.

According to CommonWealth Magazine, “The road has been cleared of significant hurdles for the New England Clean Energy Connect project to bring clean hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, and Maine will get a bevy of economic and environmental benefits for hosting the lines that will deliver the energy. New Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday that she is now behind the project that Massachusetts is relying on and has agreed to allow the project to advance in the federal and state approval process with conditions intended for the benefit of Mainers…The governor’s office also touted the environmental benefits of the settlement, saying it will substantially reduce the state’s carbon footprint, control energy costs, and create jobs for Mainers. ‘And it will cost Maine ratepayers nothing,’ Mills said Thursday. ‘Massachusetts will foot the bill.’”

I’ve always believed that if we want to be good stewards of energy generation, we need to look at the full lifecycle of a plant and its environs – regardless of its fuel source. With coal and nuclear power plants retiring in large numbers, the sites are offering multiple opportunities for redevelopment. Some come with controversy – as in the old Edison plant in South Boston (Boston Globe). Others could remain part of the industry – such as New Jersey where, “Orsted alerted mariners last month that its 170-foot surveying vessel will study waters off Atlantic County, and the path runs near both B.L. England in Upper Township and the Oyster Creek Generating Station in Forked River. Orsted spokeswoman Lauren Burm confirmed the company is eyeing the two plants as a way to connect its turbines to the energy grid.” (Press of Atlantic City). And in Vermont, according to a story in Seven Days, the plan for an old coal plant in Burlington includes, “…filling in the basement of the old structure and removing the brick exterior. It would leave in place a steel skeleton. The open-air space would include public restrooms and space for vendors and concerts. Additional walkways, public art, a performance venue, a viewing deck or outdoor areas could also be added to the project in the future, pending additional funding.” Considering the mess that is there now and is blocking the view of the lake, this is some seriously good news.

For our last feature this week, we leave the Northeast and head to Europe. Since, we just mentioned art where there once was energy, we now bring you energy as art. From Wired UK, “From the outside, the newly upgraded Länsisalmi power substation, in southern Finland, looks like an art installation; behind its glass walls, two 400kV transformers constantly work to distribute electricity to 800,000 residents in the cities of Helsinki and Vantaa. Architect Bratislav Toskovic, from Helsinki-based Parviainen, was in charge of the redesign. ‘The main inspiration was electricity, and the visual element of light,’ he says. ‘I wanted to convert concrete structures into lanterns.’ To achieve that, he clad the substation’s three buildings with glazed glass panels – detached from the building’s walls by 60cm – and lined them with LED lights, which at night transform the complex into a glowing beacon. As the plant is visible from a major highway, Toskovic had the idea that it could be a landmark.”

That’s the recap for this week. Enjoy the news below and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Gas companies could face hefty fines for service loss, Eagle Tribune

Natural gas hookups off limits in more Mass. Towns, Boston Business Journal

Toll from natural gas disaster in Merrimack Valley passes $1 billion, Boston Globe

New England electric grid vulnerable to natural gas shortages, ISO-NE head says, The News-Times

In bitter cold, gas barge off Massachusetts helped keep down New England energy prices, Hartford Courant

Killingly power plant plans push forward, The Bulletin

Weymouth Compressor Station Opponents To Meet With State Officials, WBUR

April ballot in Rehoboth includes nonbinding question on natural gas lines, Sun Chronicle

National Grid searches for source of natural gas leak in Providence, WJAR

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

MIT study: Climate change could mean more stagnant air in summers, thunderstorms, Boston Globe

Natural Gas Guru Who Corrected the CIA Says Russia and U.S. Pick the Wrong Fight, Bloomberg

Grid operator laments lack of action on carbon pricing, CommonWealth Magazine

Independent power company seeks first 200 customers for renewable energy, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Renewable Energy Projects Power New England Away From Fossil Fuel Dependence, CleanTechnica

State Rep. Peake Calls for Climate Change Fight at JFK Presidents’ Day Brunch, Cape Cod

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

How Willing NH Is To Change Lifestyles To Battle Climate Change, USA Patch

The Nature Conservancy identifies strategies to achieve clean energy future, VTDigger

Report: $100 Billion Would Put Northern New England On 80 % Clean Energy, New Hampshire Public Radio

Smaller, safer, cheaper: One company aims to reinvent the nuclear reactor and save a warming planet, Science

 

Wind

Mills signs executive order reversing LePage moratorium on wind energy permits, Press Herald

Feds hear SouthCoast voices at Vineyard Wind hearing, South Coast Today

Vineyard Wind Proposes 1,200 Megawatt “Liberty Wind” Offshore Project For New York, Clean Technica

3,500 acres on Glebe Mountain to be conserved, Brattleboro Reformer

Four Bidders Vie for NY Offshore Wind Project, RTO Insider

Wind energy companies love NY, Cape Cod Times

Don’t say goodbye to South Jersey power plants yet, offshore wind firm says, Press of Atlantic City

National Grid Awaits Approval of Revolution Wind Agreement, Commercial Property Executive

 

Solar

Eversource’s leap into solar power hits milestone; more planned, Berkshire Eagle

Standard Solar Acquiring 27 MW Portfolio In N.Y., R.I., Solar Industry

Turning Point Energy wins approval on solar farm, Breeze Publications

Solar carport at Massachusetts Comcast call center enough to offset 95 percent of consumption, Leedpoints.com

Eversource Powers Up 19 ‘Universal’ Solar Sites, Cape Cod

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

DOE proposal to change how it sets efficiency standards creates new hurdles, advocates say, Utility Dive

100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage. This Polar Vortex Test Showed How Much., Inside Climate News

Greater Boston Food Bank and Eversource Partner to Cut Energy Consumption at Yawkey Distribution Center, NA Clean Energy

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

Groups Seek to Head off ISO-NE EE Changes, RTO Insider

NYSERDA Launches $1 Million Multi-Year Home Energy Ratings Pilot to Improve Energy Performance to Combat Climate Change, NA Clean Energy

Webster urges residents to get National Grid energy checkups, Telegram

 

EVs

Panel explores wide-ranging electric vehicle policy options, Daily Energy Insider

 

Nuclear

AG Healey, Secretary Beaton Seek to Intervene in Sale of Pilgrim Nuke, Eagle-Tribune

Citizens’ Group Files Petition over Concrete Degradation at Seabrook Nuclear Station, Engineering News-Record

Uncertainty shadows Pennsylvania’s debate over nuclear power, AP

Crowd debates 20-year extension of nuke plant’s operating license, Gloucester Times

PSEG’s LaRossa insists utility will close nuclear plants without subsidy, ROI NJ

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Mass. hydro project showers benefits on Maine, CommonWealth Magazine

New England’s wholesale power markets are becoming complicated, regional grid operator says, MassLive

Average ISO New England, Inc Salary, PayScale

ISO-NE capacity auction redo still needed: Vineyard Wind, S&P Global Platts

This massive lantern is actually a power plant in Finland, Wired.co.UK

Burlington to Move Forward With Moran Plant Redesign, Seven Days

 

Editorial/Opinion

Frigid Temperatures? Not a Problem in New England, CLF Blog

Our Opinion: Green New Deal needs a tighter focus, Berkshire Eagle

A rural take on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

The Green New Deal’s Impossible Electric Grid, Wall St. Journal

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Canton climate study a good start, but change is needed, Canton.wickedlocal.com

Will Lamont lead or stay out of the way on offshore wind?, Connecticut Mirror

Maine Voices: None of us can afford to sit back as climate change poses threat to all life on Earth, Portland Press Herald

Editorial: We applaud work toward clean energy, Seacoastonline.com

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