Energy News for week ending June 12, 2021

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Happy Saturday.

There was a lot of energy news this week.

Here are a few interesting stories:

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Climate Change

Despite pandemic, carbon dioxide level in atmosphere hits record high, Washington Post

Watchdogs on alert ahead of climate law implementation, State House News Service via WWLP

Vt. Governor Signs State Budget with $250M for Climate Mitigation, RTO Insider

New Multi-State Initiative Seeks to Protect Coastal Environment, Hawaii Public Radio

G-7 Targets Environmental Crimes in Push for Greater Disclosure, Bloomberg Green

SRPEDD receives $78K+ grant for climate resiliency, WickedLocal

Ninety degree days occurring earlier and more often. A rising toll of health effects. What does this say about climate change?, Boston Globe

Climate Change Has Central Americans Fleeing to the U.S., Bloomberg Green

Renewables/TCI/RGGI

Mass. Bill Would Allow Utilities to Sell Geothermal Energy, Net Zero Insider (subscriber content)

Smithfield seeking proposals for renewable energy projects, Valley Breeze

Vermont Standard Offer program 2021 request for proposals released, soliciting over 12 megawatts of renewable energy, VT Digger

Conservation groups to sue major hydro plan owner over Kennebec damn operations, Press Herald

OTR: Rep. Lori Trahan taking patient approach with move toward green energy, WCVB TV

Renewable Energy Boom Unleashes a War Over Talent for Green Jobs, Bloomberg Green

Electricity Bill with 100% Renewable-Sourcing Goal by 2030 Passes Senate, EcoRI

Convert New York’s Entire Grid to Renewables With This One Trick, Vice.com

How green bottlenecks threaten the clean energy business, The Economist (subscriber content)

The green energy revolution is coming — with or without help from Washington, CNN Politics

Wind

Amended Wind Energy Bill Includes Permanent Ban On Wind Projects Within State Waters, Maine Public

Offshore Wind Farms Show What Biden’s Climate Plan Is Up Against, New York Times

Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Competitive Lease Sale for Offshore Wind Development for New York and New Jersey (Press Release), US Dept. of Interior

Stony Brook University to launch offshore wind training this summer, Newsday

Baker, guvs urge Biden to keep offshore wind a priority, Gloucester Times

One Oil Company’s Rocky Path to Renewable Energy, Wall St. Journal

New Jersey’s 2nd Offshore Wind Project Expected to Be Approved June 24, NBC Philadelphia

State study looks at putting wind turbines in the Great Lakes, seeking public comment, WKBW

Solar

Solar firm expands with acquisition of energy storage systems, WWLP

Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure completes 12 MW of solar projects in New York and Rhode Island, Solar Power World

SolarConnecticut asks governor to veto prevailing wage bill that would add costs to commercial solar, Solar Power World

Maine’s largest solar power project Milo Solar is ‘energized,’ News Center Maine

Hecate Energy plans a $500 million, 500 MW solar project in New York State, PV Magazine

Plenty of voices heard on solar moratorium, Lockport Journal

Solar company wants to be excluded from potential moratorium, Lockport Journal

Wiscasset residents approve 20-acre solar farm at airport, The Times Record

Exclusive: New York project to combine solar power with high-speed broadband, Axios

New Jersey solar-ready warehouse bill heads to Gov. Murphy’s desk, PV Magazine

Kearsarge Energy, GZA complete 2.8-MW solar project at former petroleum facility, Solar Power World

Efficiency/Storage

Urgency Needed on Mass. HVAC Retrofits, Boston Official Says, Net Zero Insider (subscriber content)

Connecticut legislators approve 1 GW energy storage target for the end of 2030, Utility Dive

Incentives, interconnection rule changes needed to drive renewables + storage, Ørsted, DNV experts say, Utility Dive

‘Cool’ roofs, cooler designs as the building industry embraces energy sustainability, Washington POst

Greentown Labs Announces the Healthy Buildings Challenge with Saint-Gobain and MassCEC, Press Release Greentown Labs

How vehicle-to-grid technology could disrupt energy storage investment as we know it, Canary Media

EVs

Good Question: What happens if my electric car breaks down?, WHEC

Connecticut lawmakers once again reject Tesla legislation to sell electric vehicles directly to car buyers, Hartford Courant

Electric vehicle service stations might soon be on their way to Vermont, WCAX

High-speed EV charger network to extend eastward to Acadia, Maine Biz

The Future of Classic Porsches and Jaguars? Electrification, WSJ

G-7 Eyes Ambitious Shift to Electric Cars and Away From Oil, Bloomberg Green

A California Startup Now Offers a Full EV Battery in Just 10 Minutes, Bloomberg Green

GM’s EV Gamble Could Be Toyota’s Gain as Carmakers Place Bets, Bloomberg Green

Nuclear

Energy secretary: ‘Yucca Mountain will not be a storage place for nuclear waste,’ 8 News Now

Advanced nuclear tech in ‘early innings’ but essential to widespread decarbonization, utility execs say, Utility Dive

Gas/Oil/Coal

Shell Vows to Speed Up Emissions Cuts in Wake of Court Ruling, WSJ

Health Experts, Climate Orgs Ask Eversource to Shift from Natural Gas, RTO Insider

Peabody Power Plant Battle Heats Up As ‘Pause’ Nears 30 Days, Patch .com

The Retreat of Exxon and the Oil Majors Won’t Stop Fossil Fuel, Bloomberg Green

Passaic County scraps resolution to oppose gas pipeline project in West Milford, Daily Record

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices, etc.

New England states push for governance changes in ISO-NE, ahead of anticipated MOPR reform, Utility Dive

Newest stretch of N.Y.’s massive ‘Energy Highway’ is opening, Times Union

Energy secretary says enemies are capable of shutting down US power grid, NY Post

FERC Accepts, Rejects Parts of ISO-NE, NEPOOL ORTP Filing, RTO Insider

Divestment goes Maine-stream, Grist.org

New York Utility Negotiation Bill Moves To Cuomo’s Desk, WSHU

Glick: FERC to outline plan to tackle transmission ‘certainly’ by the end of summer, Utility Dive

NYISO Tracker: Higher gas prices, power demand, temps increase NYISO power prices, S&P Global Platts

LIPA Energy Choice Bill Clears a Hurdle, East Hampton Star

Court ruling on utility taxes may save millions for customers, NJ Spotlight

How Microgrids Will Change the Way Electricity Is Made, Delivered and Used, Microgrid Knowledge

‘Private industry can’t do it alone’: Lessons for electric utilities from the Colonial ransomware fallout, Utility Dive

National Grid encourages FERC to provide better incentives for grid-enhancing technology, Utility Dive

CMP fined $360,000 for transmission system testing violation, Sun Journal

Con Ed To Cough Up $530K For Food Spoiled In Isaias Outages, Patch.com

Biden’s proposed corporate tax hike poses potential for costlier utility bills, Fox News

Power Prices Surge Amid Air-Conditioning Binge in U.S. Northeast, Bloomberg Green

Opinion

Hydroelectric relicensing and protecting traditional cultural property on the Connecticut River (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Rep. Caiazzo: Ballot question must present Maine voters with clear choices on NECEC, Press Herald

The safety of nuclear’s future, Science

Commentary: Yes, renewables can supply New York’s energy needs, Times Union

Time to prioritize offshore wind supply chain, CommonWealth Magazine

Solar gone wrong, CommonWealth Magazine

Andrew Ahern: Worcester, this is what the climate crisis feels like, Telegram

Enough Is Enough. It’s Time To Shut Down The Weymouth Compressor, WBUR

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