Energy News for week ending April 17, 2021

Coming Apart at the Seams | Battery Week | Cows Join Carbon Market | Facing Opposition

Good Saturday afternoon.

Apologies for the delayed delivery of this week’s energy news. I’d blame the USPS, but you know…electronic mail.   

Here are a few interesting stories from this week.

Somerset coming apart at the seams, CommonWealth Magazine

Why lithium-ion batteries are so important, Volts

Cows Join Carbon Market in Quest to Curb Planet-Warming Burps, Bloomberg Green

Peabody gas plant faces opposition, Salem News

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay safe!

Climate Change

RI Gov. Dan McKee signs ‘landmark’ Act on Climate, Providence Journal

Vermont Electric Cooperative plans to go carbon-free by 2023, VT Digger

White House considers doubling Obama-era carbon reduction targets: BNEF, Utility Dive

Climate change law codifies environmental justice, CommonWealth Magazine

How high-tech robotic surfboards could change our understanding of the Gulf Stream, Washington Post

Satellite Constellation Set to Unmask World’s Super Polluters, Bloomberg Green

Massachusetts just passed a landmark climate bill. Here’s why Ben Downing thinks it doesn’t go far enough., Boston.com

Senate Democrats float climate diplomacy plan ahead of White House summit, Axios

Biden Says His Climate Plan Means Jobs. Some Union Members Are Skeptical, NPR

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

New rules require more efficient biomass energy plants, WWLP

A Green Grid by 2035? New Report Says We’re Halfway There, Bloomberg Green

Granholm: Reconciliation possible for clean energy standard, but no decisions made, Politico

Wind

New Bedford mayor calls offshore wind ‘generational opportunity,’ CommonWealth Magazine

Interior bolsters offshore wind by revoking Trump-era legal opinion, The Hill

How an offshore wind boom in the US could boost ocean research, The Verge

Samsung Heavy Industry Unveils New Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Design, GCaptain

‘Rapid innovation’: Oil giant Chevron backs new floating wind design for US Atlantic debut, Recharge News

US crew secures Vineyard onshore wire job, ReNews

A Favorable Fetch for US Offshore Wind, Marine Link

Angry Somerset residents elect ally to select board, CommonWealth Magazine

Somerset selectman Holly McNamara resigns ‘effective immediately’ over Brayton Point fight, Herald News

Solar

How a 2019 Maine law spurred $100 million in solar investment, Press Herald

State fines Eversource, builder up to $310,000 for solar project runoff in Southampton, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Efficiency/Storage

Pandemic raises the profile of decarbonization — and clean air — tech for buildings, Canary Media

Energy Efficiency Contractors Say PUC Delays On State Plan Could Harm Their Businesses, NHPR

Eversource honored with award from U.S. Department of Energy, WTNH

How do lithium-ion batteries actually work? David Roberts explains, Canary Media

South Korean battery makers reach last-minute settlement, Washington Post

QuantumScape says its technology is ready to move from the lab to VW’s dealerships. But this secretive startup is very familiar with failure. Bloomberg Green

UMass Dartmouth receives second grant for LED light fixture upgrades, UMass News

EVs

Eversource Energy : Partners with Major Utilities to Increase Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across the Country, Market Screener

DOE commits $100M in grants to put electric trucks on the road, Canary Media

How to get the US to 100% electric vehicles by 2035, Canary Media

Biden’s infrastructure plan goes big on EVs, but his first budget starts small, analysts say, Utility Dive

Nuclear

Indian Point Is Shutting Down. That Means More Fossil Fuel., New York Times

Former NRC chair questions economic feasibility of new nuclear in US, Utility Dive

Atomic Superyacht to Offer $3 Million Eco-Tours With Scientists, Bloomberg Green

Attorney General reaches tentative agreement for dismantling and cleaning up Indian Point, Mid-Hudson News

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Glick spells out views on FERC’s reach amid tempest over Weymouth gas compressor, S&P Global

Replace Your Gas Stove With Induction to Save Energy and Impress Guests, Bloomberg Green

Quincy city councilors call for halt to compressor operations, vow to keep fighting, Patriot Ledger

Shell to Let Shareholders Vote on Shift to Cleaner Energy, Wall St. Journal

U.S. Startup Plans to Build First Zero-Emission Gas Power Plants, Bloomberg Green

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Comparing the actual US grid to the one predicted 15 years ago, Ars Technica

Why is Connecticut No. 1 in the cost of electricity among the 48 lower states? Here are 7 reasons., Hartford Courant

Transmission strategy takes shape as Congress, FERC press ahead with reforms, S&P Global

Glick, Chatterjee clash on RTO expansion incentive as FERC announces transmission initiatives, Utility Dive

US House Bill Would Give Microgrids 30% Tax Credit, Microgrid Knowledge

Eversource raps Connecticut regulators’ report on Tropical Storm Isaias response as error-prone and failing to comply with state law, Hartford Courant

New York approves Con Edison’s proposed $800 mln power line projects, Reuters

How lessons from a microgrid project can lead the way to decarbonizing the electric grid, Tech Republic

NERC finding 25% of utilities exposed to SolarWinds hack indicates growing ICS vulnerabilities, analysts say, Utility Dive

Biden Rushes to Protect Power Grid as Hacking Threats Grow, Bloomberg

Opinion

Op-ed: Offshore wind procurement should use ‘Massport model,’ Boston Business Journal

MBTA needs to get on decarbonization train, CommonWealth Magazine

Why Closing a Nuclear Plant Could Hurt N.Y.’s Environment, New York Times

A Climate Back Door to Watch, Wall St. Journal

Letter: Put gas in the past, Salem News

We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So, Scientific American

Cleaner by the mile: Electric trucks can have outsized environmental and health benefits, Utility Dive

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