Energy News for week ending May 14, 2021

Vineyard Wind Gets Federal Approval | New MA Wind RFP | Plant on Hold

Happy Friday!

The big news this week was the federal approval of the Vineyard Wind project. We have several stories on that below.

Some recent news stories have noted Massachusetts is falling behind other states on offshore wind procurement. But this week the Commonwealth launched a new RFP for up to 1600 MW of offshore wind.

On the other hand, plans for a natural gas peaker plant in Peabody, MA have been put on hold.

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

Vineyard Wind

Feds Give Final Approval to Vineyard Wind, State House News Service via WGBH

Feds OK Vineyard Wind, first large offshore wind farm in federal waters, BBJ

BOEM Approves 800-MW Vineyard Wind I, RTO Insider

Offshore Wind Project South Of Martha’s Vineyard Clears Last Regulatory Hurdle, WBUR

‘America’s leader in offshore wind’: What Vineyard Wind final approval means for New Bedford, Standard Times

Vineyard Wind approval injects fresh optimism into offshore wind industry, Energy News Network

Climate Change

U.S. has entered unprecedented climate territory, EPA warns, Washington Post

Massachusetts Port Authority revisiting climate action plans, Gloucester Times

Study Predicts ‘Rapid And Unstoppable’ Antarctic Ice Melt If Paris Targets Missed, WBUR

Lawyer faults ‘men’s-club’ dynamic in Mass. v. EPA account, (subscriber content) Greenwire

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

NY to launch large-scale renewable energy projects, The Daily Orange

Leading Energy Companies Partner to Propose Hydro & Upstate NY Renewable Solutions and Green Job Creation for New York, Press release

Wind

State begins 3d procurement for offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts launches 1.6GW offshore wind tender, Windpower Monthly

Biden wants to move energy offshore, but choppy seas are ahead, Washington Post

Anbaric completes second New Jersey offshore probe, ReNews

White House climate czar pledges to balance offshore wind, fishing sector, WPRI

Solar

Early Solar Adopters Oppose Mass. REC Program Change, RTO Insider

Efficiency/Storage

Agilitas Energy $1.4M Rhode Island storage project to avoid up to 8.6X costlier transmission line fix, Utility Dive

Beverly, Salem planning participation in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, Wicked Local

EVs

Most Toyotas Will Still Use Gasoline in 2030, Company Says, Wall St. Journal

Hyperdrive Daily: EV Hesitancy Is Real. Here’s Why, Bloomberg

Nuclear

NorthStar to ship Vermont Yankee’s low-activity wastewater to Idaho, American Nuclear Society

Markey, Warren ask NRC for stricter conditions at Seabrook Station, Gloucester Daily Times

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Plans for Peabody power plant on hold, Salem News

Eversource-Backed Natural Gas Booklets Spark Backlash At Cambridge School, WBUR

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Court lifts injunction on CMP transmission corridor project, Press Herald

Transmission tax credit could unlock 30 GW of renewables, spur over $15B in private capital, report finds, Utility Dive

US utility commissioners: Who they are and how they impact regulation, S&P Global

The grid needs to smarten up to reach clean energy goals, The Verge

Wednesday is deadline for transmission lines to New York City, Albany Times Union

How New York Could Build Publicly Owned Electricity Without Taking Over Dirty Plants, Huffington Post

Biden cybersecurity order tackles software risks in energy, other sectors following Colonial hack, Utility Dive

Opinion

Sen. Edward J. Markey: Green infrastructure is critical to our future (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

New building construction must be affordable while incorporating energy efficient construction, technology and innovation to meet current carbon emissions standards (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Letter to the Editor: Indian Point Would Be the Ideal Location to House a Solar Farm, The Examiner

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