Energy News for week ending April 30, 2021

Wind Ups and Downs | Battery Matters | Goodbye IPEC

Happy Friday!

Not only is it really windy here in northeast Massachusetts right now, our news feed this week is full of wind stories too.

While the federal review process started for Revolution Wind, two New England Governors — Maine and Rhode Island – are slowing the wind development pace.

And in Scotland they are finding new life for old turbine blades.

EVs are getting a big push here in the US and abroad. And batteries have become a topic of interest – particularly getting the metals needed and creating longer lasting better models. But the BBC asks a really good question, what will happen to all the dead batteries?

In New York today they said good-bye to the Indian Point Energy Center that shut down for good. We send our best wishes to all the employees – some of whom we’ve had the pleasure to work with and who all are pretty great.

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

Climate Change

EXCLUSIVE White House backs 2030 milestone on path to net zero grid, Reuters

Swift action to cut methane emissions could slow Earth’s warming by 30 percent, study finds, Washington Post

The Climate Solution Actually Adding Millions of Tons of CO2 Into the Atmosphere, ProPublica

The U.S. Will Need a Lot of Land for a Zero-Carbon Economy, Bloomberg

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Outlook 2021: US planned capacity additions again led by solar, wind, S&P Global

New York plans to build 20 renewable energy projects, Power Technology

DOE offers over $8B in transmission loans for clean energy projects, Utility Dive

Utilities testing geothermal heating and cooling, Eagle Tribune

Big Hydrogen doesn’t want you to read this, Canary Media

Eminent domain opens doors for fossil fuels — could it do the same for renewable energy?, Grist.org

Worcester City Council adopts Green Worcester Plan, aims for 100% renewable energy citywide by 2045, MassLive

Wind

Decision delayed on major offshore wind farm as McKee takes closer interest, Providence Journal

Vineyard Wind Approval Could Come Any Day; Mayflower Wind Takes Next Steps, WCAI

Mills Administration Introduces Bill to Prohibit Offshore Wind in Maine’s Heavily Fished Waters For 10 Years, Maine.gov

More Compact and Efficient Vertical Turbines Could Be the Future for Wind Farms, SciTech Daily

US federal environmental review started for offshore Revolution Wind power project, S&P Global

A Scottish university finds new life for old wind turbine blades, Electrek

Mills pushes for 10-year ban on offshore wind development in state waters, Press Herald

Biden’s new moonshot: An offshore wind industry to rival Europe’s, Grist

Wave of Offshore Wind Creates Surge for Energy Justice, EcoRI

Vineyard Wind: Sailing Uncharted Waters, North American Wind Power

Maine contractors fear labor agreement will shut them out of offshore wind work, Press Herald

Conservationists angle for 2nd look at Lowell wind project, using the permit process, VT Digger

Solar

Solar-incentive proposal under fire, NJ Spotlight

New York plans 20MW build-ready solar park, Renews.biz

Navisun establishes pollinator-friendly program with 3.8 MW of new Massachusetts solar, Solar Power World

Southampton Town Plans Large Solar Array, East Hampton Star

Efficiency/Storage

More Clean Energy Will Demand Bigger Battery Storage To Power New England Grid, NHPR

Granholm announces goal to make hydrogen power, EV batteries more affordable, The Hill

GE, others see hybrid storage as ‘the future’ of grid reliability but face technology, optimization challenges, Utility Dive

Newsletter: When promises turn into projects, Canary Media

QuantumScape Defends Its Battery Breakthrough Against the Short Sellers, Bloomberg Green

The Hidden Science Making Batteries Better, Cheaper and Everywhere, Bloomberg Green

Battery-Metal Rush Pits Miners Against Marine Biologists, Bloomberg Green

EVs

Electric cars: What will happen to all the dead batteries?, BBC News

T lays out bus electrification plan, CommonWealth Magazine

State lawmakers pass bill mandating only electric cars sold by 2035, Times Union

Ford to accelerate battery development with $185M ‘Ford Ion Park’ lab in 2022, Detroit Free Press

Electric vehicles on world’s roads expected to increase to 145m by 2030, The Guardian

Audi Sees Electric Cars Occupying Half the Global Market by 2030, Bloomberg Green

White House eyes $42B in existing funding for Biden electric vehicle push, Utility Dive

Nuclear

Nuclear drawdown: How two little-known private companies are taking over the biggest environmental cleanup in U.S. history, Fortune

What ratepayers will pay in subsidies for NJ’s nuclear power plants, NJ Spotlight News

NJ OKs nuclear-power subsidy that you will keep paying for three more years, app.com

This Is the End of Nuclear Energy in New York, New York Times

As Indian Point Goes Dark, New York Races to Swap Nuclear With Wind, Bloomberg Green

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Compressor station coming back online after April 6 shutdown, Patriot Ledger

U.S. Supreme Court tackles pipeline company’s bid to seize New Jersey land, Reuters

Residents, officials speak out against plant, Salem News

Senate votes to restore Obama-era limits on methane gas emissions, Washington Post

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

A battle to get more clean energy into New England’s electric grid is underway. Here’s what you need to know., CT Mirror

Biden Administration to Finance $8 Billion in Power-Grid Improvements, Wall St. Journal

Are market constraints hampering the evolution of ‘last-mile’ grid resources?, Canary Media

New York regulators address data access issues in bid to grow clean energy development, Utility Dive

Throwing up roadblocks to Quebec hydro-electricity, CommonWealth Magazine

How transmission along railroads and highways could break open clean energy growth, Canary Media

Biden plan for cleaner power system faces daunting obstacles, AP

1st 100 Days: New FERC chair eyes power market reforms, environmental justice, S&P Global

Almost All Types of Air Pollution Disproportionately Affect People of Color, Bloomberg Green

Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan meets power system needs but leaves room for political dealing, Utility Dive

PURA to Consider Fines for Eversource, UI Over Response to Tropical Storm Isaias, NBC CT

When a pole falls, who needs to know? Utilities share space — and responsibility, NH Union Leader

Opinion

In dealing with climate change, don’t forget solar, storage, CommonWealth Magazine

Give New York’s farmers a break, NY Daily News

Guest column: Maine’s future hinges on a healthy environment, Press Herald

Our Turn: A path toward New Hampshire’s energy future, Concord Monitor

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