Energy News for week ending January 15, 2021

Vetoed! | Imminent Start | Bug Robot

Happy Friday folks.

Well, we got the answer to last week’s question about whether Governor Baker was going to sign the climate bill or not. Thursday evening he opted for the veto. The good news is that Senate President Spilka and House Speaker Mariano are prepared to refile the bill, but it’s likely to face some significant changes. We have several stories related to this for you below.

According to the Portland Press Herald there are signs of preparation in Maine for the NECEC. “Obscured by a swirling snow squall, an amphibious off-road transporter with 5-foot-high tires maneuvered Friday along the Maine ITS 89 snowmobile trail at the base of Coburn Mountain. At a junction, two workers from Northern Clearing, a Wisconsin-based right-of-way contractor, stepped into the wind and 11-degree cold and secured a sign and pink flagging tape to a small tree. The sign was one of hundreds being erected in remote stretches of northwestern Maine between the Canadian border and The Forks. They will guide crews – likely starting next week – to where they will begin clearing sections of a 53-mile-long corridor through the forest for Central Maine Power’s $1 billion hydroelectric power corridor project, called New England Clean Energy Connect.”

For the new tech feature we have a giant bug for you. From Electrek, “Robots aren’t going to take over the world, but they can definitely make life a lot easier for humans. And that was the aim of BladeBUG, a UK startup that has developed insect-like robots to inspect, maintain, and repair offshore wind turbine blades without the need for rope access…How will the offshore wind industry maintain and repair the giant turbine blades once they’re swooshing through the air, high above the water, without requiring wind turbine workers to dangle precariously above the sea? (Who’s going to want to hang off the giant 14 MW Haliade-X Dogger Bank turbine blades? Yikes.) Not only does the robot make it safer for rope access technicians; it also saves money for the wind turbine companies, as it’s expensive to have humans climb out onto turbine blades.”

That’s the recap for this week. As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Massachusetts Climate Bill

Massachusetts lawmakers prepare to refile climate bill if Gov. Charlie Baker lets clock run out, MassLive

In veto letter, Baker objects to a lot in climate change bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes climate bill that sets carbon emissions targets ahead of 2050, MassLive

Reluctantly, governor vetoes Mass. climate change bill, but it may soon be back on his desk, Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes sweeping climate change bill, AP

Massachusetts Gov. Vetoes Bill Calling for Net-Zero Emissions by Midcentury, Greentech Media

Climate Change

Climate coalition wants brighter light on Beacon Hill voting, Herald News

Covid-19 Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020, New York Times

Details, timing could lead to climate bill veto, WWLP

The carbon skyscraper: A new way of picturing rapid, human-caused climate change, Washington Post

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Almost All New US Power Plants Built in 2021 Will Be Carbon-Free, Greentech Media

Clean Energy & COVID-19 Crisis | December 2020 Unemployment Analysis, E2

Wind, solar to make up 70% of new US generation in 2021 while batteries gain momentum: EIA, Utility Dive

The New Climate Bill Won’t Make Or Break A Proposed Biomass Plant In Springfield. But Another State Plan Will, WBUR

Gov. Cuomo pushes wind, solar expansion amid COVID-19 economic downturn, NY Post

Report: Raimondo’s 2030 renewables goal achievable, Providence Journal

2021 Outlook: Will hydrogen experience a breakthrough?, Utility Dive

Wind

To bolster green economy, New York will build nation’s largest offshore wind program, Utility Dive

Power from Mayflower Wind could be cheaper thanks to stimulus bill, Boston Herald

Wind Developers Tout Safety Of Transmission Cables Being Constructed In East Hampton, WSHU (NY)

This ‘bug’ robot will inspect and repair offshore wind turbine blades, Electrek

New York’s Latest Clean Energy Push Includes 2.5GW of Offshore Wind Contracts for Equinor and BP, Greentech Media

Efficiency/Storage

Halt to progress of utility efficiency programs could rob New Hampshire of economic boost, ACEEE Blog

Eversource extends energy incentives to COVID-19 vaccine freezers, Hartford Business Journal

Trump’s DOE Saddles Households with High-Cost, High-Emission Furnaces and Water Heaters, ACEEE

EVS

GM ushers in electric era with ambitious brand refresh, inclusive marketing campaign, Utility Dive

2021 Outlook: The future of electric vehicle charging is bidirectional — but the future isn’t here yet, Utility Dive

Proterra Set To Take Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Business Public via SPAC Transaction, Greentech Media

Nuclear

Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Review Could Signal Federal Repository Approval, The Sand Paper

The social costs of nuclear power plant closure, NEI Magazine

Natural Gas

2021 Outlook: Greening natural gas while planning for service reliability, Utility Dive

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Data centers are energy hogs. Could they help power the grid?, Grist

MIT Study: Transmission Is Key to a Low-Cost, Decarbonized US Grid, Greentech Media

New transmission approaches can cut billions in decarbonization costs: MIT, clean energy coalition, Utility Dive

Pearl Street Technologies: A New Way to Optimize the Transmission Grid, Greentech Media

Climate-Proofing Your Home: Improving Your Backup Power Supply, Bloomberg Green

Green economy plans fuel new metals and energy ‘supercycle,’ The Guardian

Report: Renewables Are Suffering From Broken US Transmission Policy, Greentech Media

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