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
In veto letter, Baker objects to a lot in climate change bill, CommonWealth Magazine
Massachusetts Gov. Vetoes Bill Calling for Net-Zero Emissions by Midcentury, Greentech Media
Covid-19 Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020, New York Times
Almost All New US Power Plants Built in 2021 Will Be Carbon-Free, Greentech Media
Report: Raimondo’s 2030 renewables goal achievable, Providence Journal
2021 Outlook: Will hydrogen experience a breakthrough?, Utility Dive
Eversource extends energy incentives to COVID-19 vaccine freezers, Hartford Business Journal
The social costs of nuclear power plant closure, NEI Magazine
MIT Study: Transmission Is Key to a Low-Cost, Decarbonized US 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