Big week for OSW | Overcharged | It’s going to hurt
Happy Friday folks. It’s opening day at Fenway! Spring has officially sprung.
Here’s what’s big news and/or interesting this week.
It was a two-fer week for the energy industry with President Biden’s release of his huge offshore wind and infrastructure plans. We have included a lot of article links below with both local and national perspectives. Suffice to say, a lot of people are excited at the possibilities these plans bring. Of course there is caution about how much gets through Congress and the multiple hurdles to overcome – for example the siting and permitting of transmission.
In other news, MA AG Maura Healey released a report finding that Massachusetts residents who get their power through competitive electric suppliers paid $426 million more over five years than they would have if they’d stayed with their utility companies. State House News Service via WWLP has the story.
And from Jon Chesto at the Globe, “The heating oil industry is fired up about a proposal to take away energy-efficiency rebates from its customers as part of a state-led effort to wean homeowners off fossil fuels. At issue are priorities endorsed March 24 by the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council that includephasing out Mass Save rebates for new oil-fired systems for heat and hot water, as well as no-interest loans for homeowners to install them,as soon as January. Rebates for natural gas-fired and propane installations would be ratcheted back significantly. ‘It’s simply not fair,’ said Michael Ferrante, president of the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association. ‘I wouldn’t say it’s going to cripple the industry. But it’s going to hurt us. And it’s going to hurt heating oil customers.’”
Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!
President Biden’s OSW & Infrastructure Plans
Biden touts offshore wind plan, Cape Cod Times
How to build an industry to support offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine
Biden Envisions Thousands of Wind Turbines Spinning at Sea, Bloomberg Green
Biden Blueprint Seeks to Unleash Offshore Wind Energy, State House News Service
Biden sets big goal for offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine
US Adds Offshore Wind Area off New York, RTO Insider
Biden to Push Offshore Wind Projects, Wall St. Journal
Biden makes push to expand offshore wind energy, Seafood Source
Renewable-Energy Backers Want 10-Year Tax Credits in Biden Plan, Bloomberg Green
Biden Infrastructure Plan Targets Electric Cars, Clean Power, Bloomberg Green
Biden’s Big Infrastructure Plan Would Further Boost Renewable Energy, Wall St. Journal
Old data slows climate change efforts, Eagle Tribune
Companies Ask Their Customers to Help Them Cut Emissions, Wall St. Journal
Massachusetts’ landmark climate law, Grist.org
Massachusetts new climate change bill ‘worth waiting for,’ Cape Cod Times
Mass. clean energy sector lost nearly 20,000 jobs in 2020, Boston Business Journal
Footprint rallying behind offshore wind, Salem News
Big Wind Turbines Prove No Deadlier to Wildlife Than Small Units, Bloomberg Green
Massachusetts law authorises 2.4 GW more offshore wind by 2027, Renewables Now
Schneider Microgrid and Energy Savings Program Could Cut Jersey City Costs by $21M, Microgrid Knowledge
Thinking of buying an electric vehicle? Read this first., Washington Post
Xiaomi Enters Electric Vehicle Market With $10 Billion Commitment, Wall St. Journal
White House Wants Nuclear in Clean Energy Mandate, McCarthy Says, Bloomberg Green
New Mexico files lawsuit to block Holtec nuclear waste facility, cites risk to oil and gas, Carlsbad Current Argus
Appeals court hears arguments in CMP power line case, Press Herald
Climate change already causing power grid issues, CommonWealth Magazine
Columnist Marty Nathan: Biomass a ‘misbegotten’ climate change trend, Daily Hampshire Gazette
What’s missing from the climate change legislation,? CommonWealth Magazine