Energy News for week ending June 21, 2019

LaFleur Leaving FERC Late August | No on Burrillville | $18 Billion

 

Good afternoon. Here are few quick hits from this week’s energy news.

From S&P Global Platts, “US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Cheryl LaFleur will step down at the end of August, she announced on Twitter Thursday. The departure of LaFleur, a Democrat, likely will restore a Republican majority at the commission responsible for critical decisions affecting the US electric power and natural gas sectors. FERC has had an even 2-2 split of Republicans and Democrats since former Commissioner Kevin McIntyre died in early January. The White House has yet to nominate his replacement, although FERC General Counsel James Danly is considered the likely nominee. Whether the White House would put forward a Democrat to replace LaFleur in the near future is more uncertain. ‘After 9 amazing years, I will be leaving @FERC at the end of August,’ LaFleur wrote, noting that FERC’s July 18 open meeting would be her last.”

From the Providence Journal we learn, “In a long-awaited decision with far-reaching implications for the state’s energy regime and environment, Rhode Island regulators on Thursday rejected approval of a proposal to build a $1-billion fossil-fuel burning power plant in Burrillville that would be among New England’s largest. The Energy Facility Siting Board is the lead permitting agency for major energy projects in Rhode Island, and its decision to deny a license to the Clear River Energy Center would appear to seal the fate of the divisive proposal put forward by the Chicago-based developer Invenergy four years ago. The company has the right to appeal the ruling to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, but it is unclear if it will.”

The last tidbit for this week comes from the Salem News, “Massachusetts will have to spend more than $18 billion to fortify its coastline against rising seas and monster storms fueled by a changing climate, according to a new report. The report, compiled by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Climate Integrity — a nonprofit that supports states and communities that sue polluters — estimates the state would have to spend that much over the next 20 years to fortify seawalls and other barriers to defend against erosion, flooding and other impacts of a warming planet. Nationwide, 22 coastal states and Washington, D.C. will have to spend $400 billion collectively in that period to fend off the impacts of climate change, the report stated.”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

U.S. Oil, Gas Hit Record Production Levels in 2018, Wall St. Journal

New York emissions-reduction bill would push natural gas out of power sector by 2040, Platts

No on Burrillville power plant: State agency rules it’s not needed, Providence Journal

NiSource Plans Sale of Unit Tied to Gas Explosions, Bloomberg L.P.

President promises to avoid disasters, Eagle-Tribune

Eversource pledges to fix gas leaks near 5 Worcester schools, Telegram.com

 

Weymouth

Compressor foes state their case at hearing, Patriot Ledger

Confused About The Weymouth Compressor? Here’s What You Need To Know, WBUR

Federal Pipeline Regulators Hear Safety Concerns About Weymouth Compressor From Officials and Residents, WGBH

Lynch urges reset on compressor project, MetroWest Daily News

Residents come out strong against proposed Weymouth compressor, Wicked Local

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Best Carbon Capture Facility In World Emits 25 Times More CO2 Than Sequestered, Clean Technica

New Jersey adopts rules to rejoin RGGI, heading to 100% clean energy by 2050, Utility Dive

US air quality is slipping after years of improvement, AP

The global transition to clean energy, explained in 12 charts, Vox.com

With More Storms and Rising Seas, Which U.S. Cities Should Be Saved First?, New York Times

Climate change prep will cost $18B, Salem News

New York State passes sweeping renewable energy measure that could provide a model for Connecticut, Hartford Courant

Bills to energize renewable-power development in Maine go to governor, Portland Press Herald

Congress pushes for renewables to have same private investment incentives as fossil fuels, Utility Dive

Proposed changes to state’s renewable energy regs stir controversy, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Climate change threatens commercial fishers from Maine to North Carolina, Phys.org

Powerful business group adds climate change to its priorities, Boston Globe

 

Wind

Maine’s Floating Offshore Wind Project Anticipates New Investor This Year, Greentech Media

Mills signs wind bill, announces plans to advance offshore energy, Portland Press Herald

‘Open to everyone’: Brayton Point company says it’s prepared for busy port, Providence Journal

Feds delay Vineyard Wind assessment one month, southcoasttoday.com

US looking to harness the ocean winds with British help, BBC

Two Erie County legislators oppose wind turbines on lake, Observer Today

 

Solar

Big solar bill gets near-unanimous approval in Maine Senate, WABI-TV

12-acre solar farm operational on Fidelity campus in Merrimack, WMUR

Two companies petitioned for Trump’s solar tariffs—now they’re both out of business, Quartz

US sees record solar installations at 2.7 GW in Q1, but challenges remain: report, Utility Dive

Rooftop solar panels get boost from tool that previews a year on grid in minutes, Phys.org

 

Efficiency/Storage

Power Companies Want to Tap the Tesla Batteries in Your Home, Bloomberg L.P.

These 100 year old homes are on the cutting edge of energy efficiency, djournal.com

Southern New Hampshire Health Partners with Eversource to Advance Energy Efficiency, NA Clean Energy

New Jersey’s 2021 storage goals could require $650M in subsidies, report for legislature finds, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Americans are paying more than ever to store deadly nuclear waste, Los Angeles Times

C-10 plans public meeting on Seabrook nuclear safety, Wicked Local

Semi-autonomous robots to make decommissioning nuclear reactors faster and safer, New Atlas

Fusion-Powered Spacecraft Could Be Just a Decade Away, Space

Decades later, Maine Yankee plant stuck with spent nuclear fuel as feds pick up $10M tab, LoHud.com

Dismantling nuclear plants is a gold mine for some, but at what risk to you?, LoHud.com

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

FERC commissioner LaFleur to leave late August, restoring Republican majority, S&P Global Platts

Anbaric Eyes New York-New Jersey Ocean Grid, Subsea News

Mills’ vetoes of CMP bills survive override votes in House, Portland Press Herald

Trump Administration Relaxes Emissions Limits on Power Plants, Scientific American Magazine

Colorado firm continues to consolidate energy tech business with Mass. Company, Boston Business Journal

Women Are Missing Out on the Biggest Job Boom in America, Bloomberg

Research on electricity system data gets $3.8M grant from Rockefeller Foundation, Boston Business Journal

 

Editorial/Opinion

Our Turn: Dave Chenevert and Doug Gablinske: We must address R.I. energy crisis, Providence Journal

Biomass regulatory changes no big deal, CommonWealth Magazine

New Jersey should support multiple offshore wind developers, says Gregory Lalevee, The Press of Atlantic City

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