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.
U.S. Oil, Gas Hit Record Production Levels in 2018, Wall St. Journal
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
Compressor foes state their case at hearing, Patriot Ledger
Lynch urges reset on compressor project, MetroWest Daily News
Climate change prep will cost $18B, Salem News
Bills to energize renewable-power development in Maine go to governor, Portland Press Herald
Proposed changes to state’s renewable energy regs stir controversy, Daily Hampshire Gazette
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
Two Erie County legislators oppose wind turbines on lake, Observer Today
Power Companies Want to Tap the Tesla Batteries in Your Home, Bloomberg L.P.
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
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
Research on electricity system data gets $3.8M grant from Rockefeller Foundation, Boston Business Journal
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