Energy News for week ending March 19, 2021

Support Signaled | Scale Back Rule | Good Vibrations

Happy Friday folks.

Busy day, so we’ll just call your attention to these three articles of note.

Theoharides signals admin support for revised climate bill, WWLP

Gas utilities seek to scale back engineering rules, Salem News

Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home, The Guardian

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

MA Climate Bill

Legislature approves climate bill, sends back to Governor Baker, Boston Globe

Theoharides signals admin support for revised climate bill, WWLP

Climate bill clears Massachusetts Senate again after last week’s delay, MassLive

Senate passes climate change bill 39-1, CommonWealth Magazine

Cost concerns echoing as climate bill advances, WWLP

Climate Change

As climate change makes more droughts likely, state plans to issue controversial new policy that may increase water restrictions, Boston Globe

Berkshire County shows challenges of meeting goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Telegram & Gazette

How protecting the ocean can save species and fight climate change, Washington Post

A forgotten Cold War experiment has revealed its icy secret. It’s bad news for the planet., Washington Post

Analysis: Sheen comes off green in crowded climate investment space, Reuters

Climate Change Website Deleted by Trump Is Rebooted Under Biden, Bloomberg Green

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Top Democratic tax writers differ on clean energy breaks, Roll Call

Green Mountain Power to buy power from Great River Hydro, VT Digger

Soaring Biofuel Costs Are Latest Sign of Americans Driving Again, Bloomberg Green

Wind

Report to policymakers: ‘Remove barriers’ and ‘go big’ on offshore wind off MA coast, Cape Cod Times

Here’s what experts say about the possibility of ‘frozen turbines’ in Massachusetts, South Coast Today

Bids For Next Offshore Wind Project In Mass. Will Have Greater Focus on Equity, WBUR

New York green light for South Fork export cable, ReNews

Franklin County to repay state for wind farm tax abatement, Sun Journal (Maine)

Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home, The Guardian

Footprint presents alternate vision for redevelopment of vacant land, Salem News

Solar

Recent approval of CT’s largest solar project revives old tensions, CT Insider

So Big It’s Boring: The Rise of Utility-Scale Solar, Greentech Media

Solar projects outperform wind for 3rd straight year despite pandemic: Fitch, S&P Global

FERC boosts small solar, reversing PURPA ruling that had upended 40 years of precedent, Utility Dive

Efficiency/Storage

He wanted to get his home off fossil fuels. There was just one problem. Want to electrify your home? Good luck finding a contractor. Grist

Survey seeks Columbia Gas disaster victim input, Eagle Tribune

New York Power Authority sees progress on Buildsmart2025, Yahoo News

State attorneys general challenge Trump-era rollback of energy efficiency standards, The Hill

EVs

EV Turning Point: Momentum Builds for U.S. Electric Vehicle Transition, Yale Environment 360

Electric Cars Will Cost More Using Ethically Sourced Batteries, Bloomberg Green

Volkswagen to Build Six Electric-Vehicle Battery Factories in Europe, Wall St. Journal

Exclusive: U.S. looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles – documents, Reuters

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Gas utilities seek to scale back engineering rules, Salem News

Biden EPA toughens smog curbs at power plants to protect ‘downwind’ states, Reuters

House Republicans pitch nuclear, natural gas as ‘cleaner’ energy future, The Hill

Gasoline Demand Has Peaked, Global Forecaster Says, Wall St. Journal

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New England power market stakeholders mull market designs to aid energy transition, S&P Global

How much more energy will the US need to electrify everything?, Quartz

Rhode Island Issues RFI in Anticipation of Municipal Microgrid Program, Microgrid Knowledge

Environmental group asks energy regulators to block use of utility customers’ money for lobbying, The Hill

Narragansett Electric being sold to Pennsylvania company, Providence Journal

Bipartisan House lawmakers to reintroduce grid security bill after Texas outages, SolarWinds attack, Utility Dive

FERC prevents states from blocking demand response in DER aggregations under Order 2222, Utility Dive

Opinion

Boston’s next mayor must be bold on climate, CommonWealth Magazine

Roadmap bill is a first step, but we need legislative transparency for a Green New Deal, Wicked Local

Opinion/Budris: Burning waste has no place in Rhode Island, Providence Journal

Despite his claims, science is not on Vic Gatto’s side, CommonWealth Magazine

My Turn: This river’s nuclear nightmare, Greenfield Recorder

Don’t believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net zero carbon by 2050, The Guardian

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