Energy News for week ending February 12, 2021

CMP Solar Problems | Unloved | So Long GTM

Happy Friday folks.

There was a ton of energy news this week and most was positive. We can’t highlight it all, but a few stories raised eyebrows and others made us sad.

Central Maine Power finds itself in the news again and this time over its solar policies:

Under pressure, CMP says it can do faster, cheaper solar hookups, Press Herald

Mills calls for investigation of CMP solar problems, Press Herald

CMP’s solar energy controversy prompts multiple state probes into Maine’s electric grid, Bangor Daily News

And from Connecticut As Finger-Pointing Over Unloved Gas Plant Continues, Who Really Gets To Call The Shots?, WNPR

This is story that makes us sad. GTM is a great news outlet that will surely be missed when it is shutdown in March, Greentech Media news group to be closed by oil, gas, energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, Energy Transition Now.

The Biden Administration’s love of EVs is causing this category of news to grow. We have several stories below that outline benefits and challenges. And if you’re in the market for an EV, check out this story from the Wall St. Journal. The New Electric Vehicles Now Hitting the Road. I have my eye on a Nissan Ariya – it will need to handle carrying kayaks, bicycles, and golf clubs though.

That’s the recap for this week. Enjoy the long weekend and stay safe!

MA Climate Bill

Spilka: Senate Taking Climate Amendments “Seriously,” State House News Service (subscriber content)

Baker takes more conciliatory tone on climate change bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker Sends Climate Bill Back With Amendments, State House News Service via WBUR

Amendments Weave Environmental Justice Into State’s Permitting, State House News Service

Lawmakers urged to reject changes to climate bill, Gloucester Times

Climate Change

NARUC, NASEO unveil 5 ‘blueprints’ to guide state energy planning on climate, other challenges, Utility Dive

How will McKee steer Rhode Island on environmental policy?, Boston Globe

There’s a Dirty Secret Behind Many Utility Climate Pledges, Greentech Media

Mass. Climate Change Undersecretary Resigns After Comments Come Under Fire, WBUR

Baker moves on quickly from Ismay, CommonWealth Magazine

Here’s how Elon Musk’s $100 million Xprize competition for carbon removal will work, TechCrunch

Panel: Tackle ocean acidity to save state’s shellfish, Gloucester Times

CT has big plans for tackling climate change. Now it has to make them happen., CT Mirror

Trump’s Environmental Policies Killed Thousands of People, Scientists Say, Bloomberg Green

Municipalities must now make climate change part of master-plan updates, NJ Spotlight

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

What Would It Take To Reach Biden’s Carbon-Free Electric Power Goal by 2035?, reason.com

Hydropower Jostles for Role in Global Green Recovery Programs, Greentech Media

Canada plans hydropower push as Biden looks to clean up U.S. grid, Reuters

Connecticut River dam debate shows that hydropower is more complex than just blocking a lot of water, Concord Monitor

Should biomass be considered a renewable energy source? The debate rumbles on, NS Energy

Wind

Floating Wind Turbines Buoy Hopes Of Expanding Renewable Energy, Wall St. Journal

The US offshore wind sector prepares for take-off., Lloyds Register

Mass. may go bigger in next offshore wind round, Fall River Herald News

Vestas Ups Stakes in Race for World’s Biggest Wind Turbine, Bloomberg Green

New training programme aids US businesses entry into offshore wind market, Renewable Energy Magazine

Wind developers eager for federal approvals for projects off Long Island, News Day

Before the wind turbine plant, a training academy to teach its workers, CBS 6 Albany

Solar

North Shore utilities partner again, this time on solar power, Salem News

National Grid seeks approval to expand access to solar energy for low-income customers, WWLP

Clean Energy, Lower Bills Are Stars of Croton’s New Solar System, River Journal  

Under pressure, CMP says it can do faster, cheaper solar hookups, Press Herald

Mills calls for investigation of CMP solar problems, Press Herald

CMP’s solar energy controversy prompts multiple state probes into Maine’s electric grid, Bangor Daily News

Green Lantern completes sixth solar array for Vermont’s Sugarbush Resort, Solar Power World

Efficiency/Storage

Plus Power Breaks Open Market for Massive Batteries in New England, Greentech Media

DOE lab aims to answer the ‘big questions’ about storage and help dramatically increase deployment, Utility Dive

How US Grid Operators Plan To Tackle Energy Storage at Gigawatt Scale, Greentech Media

Charging Forward: Burlington’s Building Electrification Effort Hits the Ballot, Seven Days

GMP announces extra savings on heat pumps for low- and moderate-income customers, VT Digger

EVs

The New Electric Vehicles Now Hitting the Road, Wall St. Journal

Electric vehicles could be ‘imperfect substitutes’ for gas-powered cars, new study suggests, Utility Dive

Auto industry peers into an electric future and sees bumps ahead, Washington Post

Carmakers in US to spend $250B on electrification by 2023, push for national standard, group says, Utility Dive

Ford doubles electric vehicle investment to $22 billion through 2025, Electrek

E.V.s Force Carmakers to Reinvent the Wheel, and Brakes, and Mirrors, New York Times

Ford boosts investment plan for EVs and self driving vehicles, reports loss, Reuters

EV Company With Almost No Revenue Posts 3,000% Gain in 8 Months, Bloomberg

Study reveals EV secret: They are driven less than gas cars, E&E News

Middletown first in CT to have all-electric school bus, Middletown Press

Nuclear

Sea-level rise could threaten coastal nuclear waste facilities, Yale Climate Connections

Mini Nuclear Reactors Offer Promise Of Cheaper, Clean Power, Wall St. Journal

Is Nuclear Power Poised for a Resurgence?, Power Magazine

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Environmental Groups Sue Federal Regulators Over Western Mass. Pipeline Plan, WBUR

Glick sees consensus on FERC considering climate, environmental justice in siting gas infrastructure, Utility Dive

Weymouth Mayor Hopes To Take Down Incinerator Plant With Compressor Station Money, Patch.com

As Finger-Pointing Over Unloved Gas Plant Continues, Who Really Gets To Call The Shots?, WNPR

Democrats Split Over Proposed Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Plants in Connecticut, CT Mirror

C-Zero Raises $11.5M to Scale Up ‘Turquoise Hydrogen’ Technology, Greentech Media

Burning fossil fuels kills an estimated 350,000 Americans a year, including 7,600 in Massachusetts, study finds, Boston Globe

Shell’s Falling Oil Output Ends Century-Long Business Model, Bloomberg

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New Tech, Gadgets Helping Balance Renewable Energy Resources in Today’s Electrical Grid, Microgrid Knowledge

Grid operators to request extension on FERC Order 2222 compliance, regulator cites ‘short’ timeline, Utility Dive

Company trying to purchase Hampden plant eventually wants to mix trash with sewage sludge, Bangor Daily News

Town, state officials resist RMLD’s biomass power deal, Daily News

Eversource Operating in the New Reality of a Pandemic, Utility Products

Burlington enters Phase 3 in creating district energy system, Vermont Biz

Controversial power line caught up in high-stakes power struggle, Press Herald

CMP raises 1st pole as construction on contested $1B corridor begins, Bangor Daily News

Electric sector can learn from the Florida water utility hack, say experts, Utility Dive

When power most needed, ‘peaker’ polluters fire up in Berkshires. Should that continue,? Berkshire Eagle

SolarWinds security to-do list post hack, Utility Dive

Grid operators to request extension on FERC Order 2222 compliance, regulator cites ‘short’ timeline, Utility Dive

Rockland energy broker accused of fleecing customers in $100M lawsuit, Westfair Online

Many NJ customers fall way behind on utility bills. State urged to extend moratorium on shutoffs,  NJ Spotlight

Raimondo appoints former RI Senate majority leader Revens to PUC, ProJo

Greentech Media news group to be closed by oil, gas, energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, Energy Transition Now

Opinion

The Big Picture Of Wind Power – Editorial, Falmouth Enterprise

Will developers block clean energy standards?, CommonWealth Magazine

Cleaning up the power grid requires a federal-state partnership, Utility Dive

Commentary: Maine needs CMP to be a partner to clean energy, not an obstacle, CentralMaine.com

Developing floating offshore wind can help protect Maine’s seafaring culture, marine environment, Penobscot Bay Pilot

Campbell Andersen: Why we need climate resolutions in 2021, Vermont Biz

Commentary: Floating offshore wind is a new industry by Maine, for Maine, MaineBiz

Oversight of wind energy and fisheries should calm overblown fears, Press of Atlantic City

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