26 days a year | At Risk | Vows to fight
Happy Friday afternoon folks.
We start with a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists and a story from WBUR, “Feeling the heat this summer? Well, it’s just going to get worse. Massachusetts is going to see more hot and humid days in the coming decades, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Days that feel like 100 degrees (or higher), which rarely happen in Massachusetts now, will occur 26 times each year by the end of the century if no action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the report finds. Ninety degree temperatures will likely occur in the state about one month a year by 2050 and more than two months a year by 2100. Currently, the average is seven to 10 days.” It’s not just Massachusetts that faces increased heat. From the Hartford Courant, “Hartford could see as many as 44 days a year of summer temperatures above 90 degrees by 2050 if the U.S…Currently, Hartford averages just 11 days during the year when temperatures hit the 90-degree Fahrenheit mark.”
In some other dispiriting news, CommonWealth Magazine reports that, “Vineyard Wind says its offshore wind farm could be in jeopardy if the federal government fails to approve its environmental impact statement over the next six weeks. In a carefully worded statement issued early Thursday morning, the company appeared to be prodding federal officials at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to move quickly to approve the environmental impact statement. The statement represents a shift for the company, which had earlier acknowledged delays were expected in the review of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm.
Last for this week, just after we sent out last week’s Energy News, the MA DEP approved the air permit for the Weymouth compressor station. But the fight may not yet be over. From WATD, Ron Mariano represents the 3rd Norfolk District, which includes the Fore River Bridge, the proposed site for a natural gas compressor station. He’s saying that he’s disappointed in the DEP for their decision to approve the air quality permits after mishandled hearings, as well as with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC. Mariano says the fight is frustrating, but doesn’t end here.”
That’s the recap for this week. Here are two words for you to remember this weekend – hydrate and shade.
Stay cool and have a wonderful weekend.
Hopkinton wants answers on ‘thermal anomaly’ at LNG tank, MetroWest Daily News
Pipeline foes choke region’s economy, Press Enterprise
Pingree’s amendment would require Pentagon to prepare for climate change, Portland Press Herald
Study predicts more ‘extreme heat’ days in Maine as climate warms, Portland Press Herald
Climate Change Will Strain Federal Finances, Scientific American
Maine Enacts Beneficial Electrification Law; State to Issue RFP for Pilot Projects, Mircorgrid Knowledge
N.S. approves new attempt to harness Bay of Fundy’s powerful tides, Vancouver Courier
Vineyard Wind says project at risk, CommonWealth Magazine
Baker, Vineyard Wind mum on Feds’ project guidance, Southcoasttoday.com
Ørsted/Deepwater: We’ll Be On Time, The Independent
In Amagansett, Pushback on Offshore Wind Farm, The Easthampton Star
Freedom approves Invenergy community host agreement worth $12 million, Olean Times Herald
Maine regulators approve 22-turbine wind power project, Portland Press Herald
NextEra Energy Hosts Public Information Session On Large Solar Project, New Hampshire Public Radio
Rhode Island Getting Pair Of Community Solar Projects, Solar Industry
National Grid Acquires Renewables Developer Geronimo Energy, Greentech Media
Sunrun Wins Another Capacity Contract for Aggregated Home Storage, Greentech Media
Three Mile Island nuclear plant shutdown cost: $1.2 billion, The Morning Call
Experts: State’s goal to have 300,000 electric vehicles by 2025 will be a challenge, MetroWest Daily News
Our View: Turning the page from the gas disaster, Eagle Tribune
ARENA, Weymouth: Correcting compressor station misstatements, Patriot-Ledger
YOUR VIEW: Offshore wind should not go forward until there are answers, South Coast Today
As wind energy grows, need for gas plants shrinks, Republican-American
Clean energy comes with a high price. Lowell Sun