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Energy News for week ending June 16, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon.

There are a lot of stories this week! Let’s start with one from ISO-NE’s Newswire. They are reporting that “New England will be under the shadow of the moon for much of the afternoon on August 21 during a partial solar eclipse. According to NASA, the eclipse will occur between approximately 1:20 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with the peak expected at around 2:45 p.m., when about 65% of the sun will be blocked (called obscuration). If it is a sunny day, the ISO expects that output from the region’s 2,000 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will drop during these 2 hours and 40 minutes, but anticipates having sufficient resources available to meet the resulting rise in electricity demand.” Be sure to check out the page to see the eclipse map and an easy to understand detailed explanation.

The US EIA announced this week that for the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States, based on March data. They expect similar results for April.

We all know Massachusetts is tops when it comes to energy efficiency. This week, the ACEEE announced The 2017 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard that looks at the performance of the 51 largest electric utilities in the United States and highlights cutting-edge efforts. Topping the list are Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts, which both earned the same score (91%). As is noted in the blog post, “both achieved more than 3% savings as a percentage of their retail sales in 2015 — a notable achievement.” Notable indeed.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline blasting plans raise fears, Berkshire Eagle

Activists question if Keene’s part of effort to create demand for natural gas infrastructure, Keene Sentinel

Gas bills going up for 12000 National Grid customers, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

National Grid combating uptick of gas leaks in RI, Turn to 10

Eversource begins first phase of gas line project in Wallingford, New Haven Register

New Coalition Supports Burrillville Power Plant, Wants Affordable Energy Prices, Rhode Island Public Radio

Senate Hears Bill to Derail Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Departments run drill on how to respond to a leak in Spectra line, Wicked Local West Roxbury

Judge Delivers Blow To Trump Administration In Dakota Access Fight, NPR

Chicago Developer Helps Fund Pro-Power Plant Group, ecoRI news

Natural Gas Industry Brings A Fake Grassroots Group To Eastern Pipeline Fights, HuffPost

Renewable Energy

Wind and solar in March accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time, US EIA

Report: Solar could power state’s flagging economy, CT Post

Competition for offshore wind ramps up in Massachusetts, ABC News

Labor, environmentalists tout first US offshore wind farm, SouthCoastToday.com

Cape Wind opposition continues, Cape Cod Times

Offshore wind may help New Hampshire lower energy costs, Recharge

Where offshore wind researchers see the most opportunity, Bangor Daily News

Wind power group’s new ad campaign aims to win over Trump, The Hill

Goldman Sachs invests in wind power and will help other big brands meet their green goals, Marketplace.org

Poll: Maine Voters Support Solar Energy, But Deeply Concerned About Affordable Energy and See Lowering Costs as Top Priority, Energy Central

Saco looking to get rid of wind turbine, National Wind Watch

2017 Clean Energy Jobs Report: RI Clean Energy Jobs See 66 Percent Growth Since 2014, Energy Central

Pick My Solar Partners with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Local Non-Profits to Create An Online Solar Marketplace, Energy Central

Big business sees the promise of clean energy, The Economist

Wind Turbines: Behind the Spin, Machine Design

August eclipse will miss New England, but still could cut solar power output, Concord Monitor

RGGI CO2 auction price drops to $2.53/st, lowest price since 2012, Platts

Company gets rights to put solar panels on old Wallingford landfill, Meriden Record-Journal

Nexamp Completes Community Solar Project In Massachusetts, Solar Industry Magazine

Energy Efficiency

The results are in: here are the most energy-efficient utilities in the US, ACEEE Blog

Number Of Clean Energy Jobs Increasing In RI, Rhode Island Public Radio

Trump’s Delay on Energy Efficiency Is Illegal, Natural Resources Defense Council

11 states sue Trump’s DOE over stalled energy-use limits, ABC News

Energy Efficiency Bill Would Help Schools, U.S. News & World Report

Genbright and Ice Energy partner to reduce peak electricity demand on Nantucket, Penn Energy

Green Mountain Power’s Latest Distributed Energy Play: Smart Water Heaters for 99 Cents a Month, GreenTech Media

Nuclear

Natural Gas Industry Blasts Nuclear Power With Fake News, Forbes.com

DOE shells out $67M for advanced nuclear technology research, Utility Dive

Plymouth: Proposal to Build Converter Station on Pilgrim Site Goes Before Selectmen, 95.9 WATD-FM

NRC reports on Seabrook Station nuke plant, The Daily News of Newburyport

Oral arguments set for nuke plant license amendment, The Daily News of Newburyport

Vermont Yankee offers safety assurances as fuel move starts, Brattleboro Reformer

Trespass charge dropped against Vermont Yankee activist, vtdigger.org

Ferland: Commend citizens’ panel for an extraordinary Vermont Yankee Meeting, VermontBiz

How Retiring Nuclear Power Plants May Undercut U.S. Climate Goals, New York Times

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Carbon Pricing Bill Attracts Support and Opposition, Rhode Island Public Radio

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives, MicroGrid Knowledge

Powered Down, Massachusetts’ Last Coal-Burning Plant Leaves A Void, WGBH

ISO-NE prepared to operate grid through partial solar eclipse in August, ISO-NE Newswire

Utility CEOs to DOE: Hands off state energy policies, grid planning, Utility Dive

Heat waves: Demand response’s time to shine, Utility Dive

Southern California power supply at risk this summer -FERC, Reuters

Proponents, opponents speak out at Northern Pass hearing, The Union Leader

Analyst: Northern Pass could save customers about $18 a year, The Union Leader

Cape Light Compact Concerned with Changes in New Eversource Filing, CapeCod.com

Eversource rate tweak missed review deadline; new hearings ordered, Berkshire Eagle

“Do you believe?” is the wrong question to ask public officials about climate change, Vox.com

Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want, Greentech Media

Morse, Bradley Support Repeal of Electric Consumption Tax, Biomass Study, Energy Central

Editorial/Opinion

Natural Gas Industry Blasts Nuclear Power With Fake News, Forbes.com

Chris McKay: Sound regulations restricting wind power, vtdigger.org

Letter: No to Northern Pass, industrial wind, Concord Monitor

Editorial: New England’s energy challenges, The Providence Journal

Millstone nuclear plant not in ‘limbo’. Needs no special financial treatment, MassLive.com

If the feds won’t face climate change, the region can, The Boston Globe

Paris withdrawal won’t deter wind, solar, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending June 9, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon.

Just a few quick bits for you this week.

The Harford Courant reports that Millstone Nuclear lost its legislative battle and is raising the specter of shutting down again. And in Seabrook, Seacoastonline.com reports NRC officials got an earful when they came to town to discuss the plant’s annual performance, which by the way had no safety or performance issues, but still members of the audience spoke against license renewal.

On the natural gas front, the Berkshire Eagle reports that work on a section of the Otis pipeline was stopped to provide quiet for a mystery species.

Lastly, the Worcester Business Journal via the State House News Service reports that “an emergency regulation intended to support the continued development of an additional 1,600 megawatts of solar energy was filed Monday by the Baker administration.” Let’s hope the weather predictions for more sunshine come through.

Have a great weekend.

Climate Change/Paris Climate Accord

4 New England States Join Paris Climate Goal Alliance, U.S. News & World Report

US states, cities vow to uphold Paris climate accord goals, Utility Dive

Scott commits Vt. to climate alliance, Rutland Herald

In face of Paris withdrawal, local companies vow to press forward with green energy policies, Keene Sentinel

DONG Energy says US wind projects not impacted by climate deal withdrawal, Reuters

Mass. joins other states to fulfill US pledges on carbon, The Boston Globe

Gov. Sununu: New Hampshire Will Not Join Climate Alliance, NECN

Weather Channel site goes apocalyptic after Trump Paris accord speech, AOL

Hawaii enacts law committing to goals of Paris climate accord, Reuters

In Trump Country, Renewable Energy Is Thriving, New York Times

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Some Otis State Forest pipeline work halted to provide quiet for ‘mystery’ species, Berkshire Eagle

Why local businesses should oppose the Weymouth compressor station, Climate Action Business Association

Pros and cons of fracking: Research updates, Yale Climate Connections

Anti-fracking committee members claim Griswold selectman has conflict of interest, Norwich Bulletin

Amendment Seeks to Overturn CT Pipeline Tax, Public News Service

Boston security firm hired for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. surveillance in Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Natural gas pipeline work to come through Griswold this summer, Norwich Bulletin

Hopkinton neighbors oppose Eversource’s gas gate station, MetroWest Daily News

Renewable Energy

Hadley planners postpone vote on Eversource solar array, GoingGreen

State files three-month emergency solar extension, Worcester Business Journal

DONG Energy to Incorporate Batteries Into UK Offshore Wind Farm, New York Times

Sound testing for Plymouth turbines underway, Cape Cod Times

VT attorney who fought the Public Service Board on wind power becomes its chairman, Windwatch.org

Town Council Pushes For Offshore Wind In Gulf Of Maine, North American Windpower

Investing In Renewable Energy: Is It Worth It?, Seeking Alpha

Emera officials optimistic they’ll get clean energy deal with Massachusetts, CKOM

Hopkinton council hears plans for solar farm, Providence Journal

EPA ranks Swampscott 34th for renewable-energy use, Swampscott Reporter

New York State Issues RFP for $1.5 Billion in Renewables, Power Engineering

After A Decade Of Growth, Wind Energy Stalls In Maine, WBUR

RI Council to Consider 60-Acre Solar Panel Proposal, NECN

Hopkinton council hears plans for solar farm, The Providence Journal

The Latest: Trump proposes solar panels on border wall, CT Post

Simsbury Rep. John Hampton Calls For Solar Farming Transparency, Patch.com

KLPD inks 20-year deal to build solar energy array, Seacoastonline.com

Durham Town Council backs resolution supporting offshore wind, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy Efficiency

Renewables, efficiency will gain steam, say energy execs, vtdigger.org

Funding for Energy Efficiency is at Risk in Connecticut, and It’s Worse Than Before,

Energy Collective

Big Thinking From a Small State on Energy Systems, Energy Collective

Five URI students are first to earn new energy certificate, URI Today

Ultra-efficient Portland apartment building doesn’t need central heating, Bangor Daily News

Southborough awarded Green Communities grant, Community Advocate

Nuclear

Public argues against Seabrook nuke plant’s relicensing, Seacoastonline.com

Dominion weighs future of Connecticut Millstone nuclear power plant, Reuters

Pilgrim advisory group wants ground rules set, Cape Cod Times

Companies defend Vermont Yankee process, Brattleboro Reformer

Entergy wants to shrink Vermont Yankee security zone, vtdigger.org

Millstone Loses Market Access Battle, Raises Possible Closing Again, Hartford Courant

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO-New England faces ‘seasonal reliability issues’ this summer, Gas to Power Journal (paywall)

Medway: Exelon, environmental law debate delay, Wicked Local Milford

Are Solar and Wind Really Killing Coal, Nuclear and Grid Reliability?, Renewable Energy World

Hearings on proposed Eversource rate hike to begin Wednesday, MassLive.com

Eversource deal on tap for Hingham water company, The Patriot Ledger

State closes door on coal, looks to new beginnings, Eagle-Tribune

Editorial/Opinion

Another Fracking Time Bomb Lurks Beneath US, Forbes

Editorial: Grass-roots response to climate action – Stepping in when the federal government steps away, Worcester Telegram

Opinion: Seeing opportunity in climate fight, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Letter to the Editor: Hamden should take lead on climate sustainability, New Haven Register

Rural Maine can’t wait for solar energy, Bangor Daily News

Editorial: Baker makes right move after Paris accord pullout, The Recorder

Is the state really protecting wild lands?, The Recorder

The truth about electric rates and Northern Pass, New Hampshire Business Review

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Energy News for week ending June 2, 2017

Good Friday afternoon.

The big news this week was President Trump pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement. We’ve devoted a whole section to it below that contains stories and analysis from near and far. Close to home, Boston Magazine reports on Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s tough-talk tweets going viral. And, in the home of the Paris accord, Vox.com reports on French President Macron responding to Trump with a twist on his favorite phrase, “Make our planet great again.”

Eversource found its way into a number of articles this week. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Eversource still wants a $96 million rate increase next year, but it expects to reduce the share that would be paid by customers in Western Massachusetts. That made those folks happy, but according to CommonWealth Magazine, the rate case has had an opposite effect in seven metro suburbs. Bruce Mohl writes the “massive $96 million rate request filed by Eversource in January, would cut the so-called net metering rate from 22 cents a kilowatt hour to 13 cents a kilowatt hour, a 41 percent decrease. The details were included in a letter sent by the seven communities to the state Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday. The letter said Lexington stands to lose $372,000 in annual revenue under the proposal. Newton would lose nearly $365,000, Natick $300,000, and Weston nearly $284,000. Wayland, Westwood, and Arlington would lose lesser amounts.”

On a more positive note for solar, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy blogs about the wonderful opportunity for solar to help pollinators – especially bees. They say, “Swapping out gravel and turf grass, often located underneath solar panels, for native flowers and grasses, is a great way to provide pollen and nectar (2 main food sources) for nearby bees and other pollinators.” They even provide a link to lists of the best plants for your growing region. To help you out, here’s a link to the northeast plant list.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend.

Climate Change/Paris Climate Accord

The 5 biggest deceptions in Trump’s Paris climate speech, Vox.com

Marty Walsh’s Viral Climate Moment, Boston Magazine

The Paris Climate Deal: How to Understand Trump’s Decision, New York Times

Read Obama’s statement on the Paris climate agreement, The Boston Globe

RI is vulnerable if US pulls out of Paris Accord, says scientist, The Providence Journal

Analysts: Leaving climate deal likely wouldn’t add US jobs, CT Post

Mass. critics slam Trump ditching climate accord, Milford Daily News

Three Coal Plants Close the Same Day Trump Said to Exit the Paris Agreement, Greentech Media

Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement, New England Public Radio

Defiant US Mayors Vow To Uphold Paris Climate Accord, Fast Company

Blumenthal: A Trump decision to exit Paris climate accord would cost CT jobs, The CT Mirror

French President Emmanuel Macron responds to Trump: “Make our planet great again,” Vox.com

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Vermont Gas introduces mobile home plan to save homeowners money, Vermont Biz

Weymouth to appeal DEP approval of Algonquin waterways permit, Wicked Local Weymouth

Toxins detected in air near Fore River Basin, doctor says, The Patriot Ledger

Report: Military-style tactics used against Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors, Des Moines Register

Appeal Filed over 2nd Pipeline Expansion Project, Patch.com

Renewable Energy

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Prices Lowest Since 2014, Power Engineering Magazine

Borrego Solar Completes 5 MW Solar Array on Decommissioned Landfill in Palmer, Mass, PV Solar Report

Scottish Power Wins Right to Build Two U.S. Offshore Wind Projects, Power Engineering

SouthCoast suppliers vie for piece of the offshore wind pie, SouthCoastToday.com

Seven suburbs blast Eversource solar proposal, CommonWealth Magazine

Low carbon prices hang over RGGI as June auction approaches, Utility Dive

Six Things You Didn’t Know About the Offshore Wind Power Sector, POWER magazine

Wind projects a possible turning point for 18 ports, Boston Herald

Factcheck: Whale Strandings and Offshore Wind Farms, EcoWatch

What are the connections between solar power and honeybees?, Clean Energy News

Energy Efficiency

Report: Clean Energy Growing in States and Cities Nationwide, Natural Resources Defense Council

Energy Efficiency: The Foundation of Our Clean Energy Future, Natural Resources Defense Council

Predictions About Global Energy Efficiency Since the 1980s Have Been Wildly Conservative, Greentech Media

Residential Energy Efficiency: Taking It To The Next Level, CleanTechnica

Release—Finally—of Appliance Efficiency Standards Applauded, Bloomberg BNA

Nuclear

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019, NPR

NRC holding public meeting on Seabrook nuclear plant, Seacoastonline.com

Vermont Yankee fuel move into more-secure storage is delayed, vtdigger.org

Millstone nuclear power and police accountability, CT Post

Connecticut Seeks to Support Nuclear Energy, Energy Collective

New Law Could Declare Nuclear Reactors To Be ‘Green Energy’ To Save Them, The Daily Caller

Fragile future for US nuclear power, BBC News

Feds face questions about redevelopment at Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Reformer

Gas May Be Killing the Nuclear Option, Bloomberg

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Utility plans jolt Sudbury, Hopkinton, and Needham, The Boston Globe

Study: New Resources Could ‘Crowd Out’ Old in ISO-NE, RTO Insider

Vermont utility offers $1,200 electric vehicle rebate, Utility DIVE

Cambridge ditches standard electric service to embrace green power, WickedLocal Cambridge

Eversource to cut rate increase in Western Massachusetts. Berkshire Eagle

New sewer concept would make energy, fertilizer from wastewater, MetroWest Daily News

State backs herbicide plan for 13 towns, Cape Cod Times

Medway: Grid operator would not allow Exelon postponement, Milford Daily News

Brayton Point powers down, Fall River Herald News

Northern Pass trek leads to $124 fines for 2 in Millsfield, NewHampshire.com

Northern Pass predicts financial windfall for towns, The Union Leader

National Grid, GE, 3M make power grid greener with gas-insulated switchgear, Electric Light & Power

Former power plant manager sentenced for emissions fraud, Penn Energy

Editorial/Opinion

Pass SB 129, save 900 jobs in New Hampshire, Energy Central

Offshore wind moving too slowly, CommonWealth Magazine

Brayton Pt closing ups need for gas, CommonWealth Magazine

Tom Perry: Energy Efficient Building and Retrofitting, Shelburne News

Facts show Millstone bill would fleece ratepayers, theday.com

Stay the course on climate, for the planet, Boston Globe

MICAHEL LANG, Braintree: Despite governmental layers, we’re not protected from compressor station, Patriot Ledger

Maine’s solar industry can employ the next generation, Bangor Daily News

Baker all talk on regional carbon limits, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending April 7, 2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of New England Energy News.

Let’s start with a State House News Service article on Wicked Local that reports that Massachusetts greenhouse gas emissions are down 21 percent compared to 1990. State law requires emissions by 2020 that are 25 percent lower than 1990 levels, and emissions in 2014 were 21 percent below 1990 levels, according to the Department of Environmental Protection. In his article, Michael Norton notes that the greenhouse gas debate is clouded by many factors, including a switch in the policy posture towards energy from the Obama to Trump administrations, the cost and availability of reliable renewable energy resources, natural gas dependence and infrastructure, the pace of the energy storage market development, and plans to close Pilgrim Nuclear Station in 2019.

This week Vox.com gives us a beginner’s guide to the 100 percent renewable energy debate. They say, “it’s not about whether to go to zero carbon, but how to get there.” And, that’s where the dispute comes in. “On one side are those who say we should transition to an electricity system powered entirely by renewables. On the other side are those who say that the primary goal should be zero carbon, not 100 percent renewables…so that in addition to wind, solar, and the rest of the technologies…we’re also going to need a substantial amount of nuclear power and fossil fuel power with carbon capture and sequestration.” Interesting debate. Check it out.

In NH, the Union Leader looks at “Dueling plans to deliver more power.” The article gives a side-by-side comparison of Northern Pass and National Grid’s proposed transmission line dubbed the Granite State Power Link. From timing, to cost savings, to rights of way and delays – the article gives a concise look at the two projects and what comes next for each.

Have a great weekend and if you can, find some time to watch The Masters Golf Tournament. Even if you’re not into the sport, the beautiful course, flowers, trees and birds chirping in the background will give you a nice taste of the spring weather that’s on the way.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Natural gas price spike hikes New England power prices: report, Platts

Lifeline or Pipedream? EBA Panels Debate Need for More Gas in NE, RTO Insider

Lynch requests suspension of Weymouth compressor project, Wicked Local Weymouth

Rehoboth selectmen draft letter to state opposing compressor station, The Sun Chronicle

Rehoboth voters say ‘no’ to compressor station, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Eversource averts strike by gas workers, The Boston Globe

Eversource to Continue Expanding Natural Gas Infrastructure for Norwich Customers, Patch.com

Officials: Construction caused gas-line rupture in Providence, The Providence Journal

Natural-Gas Leak Puts Pressure on Fossil-Fuel Projects, ecoRI news

FERC OKs Atlantic Bridge Construction Despite Challengers, Natural Gas Intelligence

Conservation groups urge Baker to oppose new pipelines, Amherst Bulletin

Maine suspends plans for new LNG peakshaver, Argus Media

PUC Staff Recommends Against Subsidizing LNG Storage Projects—LePage Disagrees, FreePress Online

Renewable Energy

A beginner’s guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy, Vox.com

New England states take fresh look at carbon fee, E&E News

Turbine neighbors are fed up, Ricentral.com

Portland lags on solar nationally but sees opportunity for growth, Environment Maine

State approves Ludlow solar array, Vermont’s largest, Mountaintimes

It’s not so easy buying green power for your home, The Boston Globe

Going green in Seymour with solar energy program, New Haven Register

Comptroller: Offshore wind farm to cost ratepayers $1.62B, Newsday

Clean Energy Center identifies Bay State ports for wind industry, SouthCoastToday.com

Giant Vermont solar array may curtail other, cheaper renewable energy projects, Watchdog.org

Wind energy studies reveal congregations of right whales south of Islands, Wind Energy News

Ambri’s Battery Storage Technology is Heating Up, Breaking Energy

Energy Efficiency

US State Attorneys To Sue Trump Administration Over Energy Efficiency Standards, CleanTechnica

Charlestown receives ‘Energy Champion’ designation, The Westerly Sun

HVAC Systems Help Take a Connecticut House to Zero Energy, Builder Magazine

Leading States and Utilities Achieve Substantial Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Savings, Energy Collective

Energy-efficiency funding targeted in NH House budget measure, New Hampshire Business Review

Alliance to Save Energy urges Congress to advance energy efficiency bills, Daily Energy Insider

Local Climate Change Task Force gets a lesson in lobbying, Wicked Local Boxford

Suburban Edge Commission meets in Shrewsbury to discuss energy efficiency, Wicked Local Sudbury

Nuclear

The United States’ nuclear-power slump, Washington Post

Millstone No Dead Weight for Dominion, Says Opponents’ Study, RTO Insider

Report: Connecticut nuclear support legislation would cost $300M a year, Utility Dive

Group says Millstone bill would do nothing but enrich owners, New Haven Register

Stop The Millstone Payout advertisement focuses on Connecticut senior citizens, New Haven Register

Seabrook taxpayers still subsidizing water, sewer costs, The Daily News of Newburyport

Vermont Yankee water plan poses ‘minimal’ risks, feds say, vtdigger.org

State gives tribes role in sale of Vermont Yankee, Commons

Natalie Hildt Treat is new C-10 director, Newburyport Daily News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Massachusetts greenhouse gas emissions down 21 percent compared to 1990, Wicked Local

Advocates fighting electricity price hike, South Coast Today

No Delay – Trial-Like Hearings on Northern Pass Set To Begin Next Week, InDepthNH

Coastal commerce impacts tacked in new report, Fall River Herald News

Dueling plans to deliver more power, The Union Leader

National Grid proposes 1200 MW Canada-New England transmission line, Utility Dive

Selectmen sign non-disclosure agreement with Eversource, MetroWest Daily News

Harwich Selectmen Withhold Action On Utility Spraying, Cape Cod Chronicle

Power company scooping up land for new Chester-Pittsfield line, Bangor Daily News

How Connecticut’s nuclear bill could open a new front in the plant subsidy debate, Utility DIVE

The top 5 states for utility grid modernization and business model reform, Utility DIVE

Schneider Electric completes Massachusetts microgrid project with Duke Energy and REC Solar, PVTech

Editorial/Opinion

Kill the Access Northeast pipeline, CommonWealth magazine

Natural gas shouldn’t be the boogie man, CommonWealth Magazine

Nuclear Power Is Worth Saving, Bloomberg

Fight Eversource’s spraying on rights of way, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Sandra Levine: Cleaning up Vermont Yankee, vtdigger.org

Judd Gregg: Nuclear power presents opportunity for Trump, The Hill

Nuke plant’s champion downplays the dangers, Nantucket Island Inquirer

Dana Barlow: Steep energy prices batter R.I. companies, The Providence Journal

Forum: Let’s replace, not subsidize, Millstone Power Station, New Haven Register

My Turn: Tilting at windmills on energy prices, Concord Monitor

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Energy News for week ending March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And in Massachusetts – it’s also Evacuation Day. So, instead of a long note today we’re going to get right to the stories so you can evacuate your work premises and enjoy some holiday celebration.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Maryland House overwhelmingly approves fracking ban, Washington Post

More than 100 gas leaks in Concord; Wicked Local Concord

Government Opposition to Power Plant Increasing, ecoRI news

Newton’s leaky problem: The city has 480 reported gas leaks, Wicked Local Newton

Spectra Access Northeast project presentation slated for March 26, Wicked Local Franklin

Natural gas moratorium continues to hurt Amherst business climate, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Webster selectmen oppose RI power plant, Worcester Telegram

Climate Change

Trump’s Defense secretary calls climate change a national security risk, The Hill

A Spark Of Hope For Climate Change Reality, NPR

New England’s Ski Industry Prepares For A Changing Climate, WBUR

Nearly Half A Million US Doctors Warn That Climate Change Is Making Us Sick, Huffington Post

February record warm for 16 states, 145M Americans, USA TODAY

Renewable Energy

Tuesday’s storm proved ideal for Block Island Wind Farm, Providence Journal

US planning more offshore wind leases off MA coast, CommonWealth magazine

New Hampshire utilities, solar companies file rate design settlement proposals, Utility Dive

Massachusetts Preps for US Offshore Wind Construction Boom, Renewable Energy World

7 rural Maine firms will get green energy grants, Penn Energy

Developers Seek Leases for Offshore Wind Projects in New York, Massachusetts Waters, Renewable Energy World

SMART start? Massachusetts utilities, solar at odds over proposed incentive program, Utility DIVE

Two more wind farms sought off Vineyard, Boston Herald

BOEM Announces Offshore Wind Action In The Northeast, North American Windpower

Large-scale floating offshore wind power is finally here, Treehugger

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves, New York Times

Bioenergy park considered at closed landfill, Brattleboro Reformer

Local project buoys FuelCell Energy, Danbury News Times

Why solar panels bloom in Southwest’s land of hydropower, Christian Science Monitor

Trump’s Business Council Is a Who’s Who of Renewable Energy Investors and Climate Champions, Greentech Media

Scientists use solar power to produce hydrogen from biomass, CNBC

Should Energy Storage Share The Tax Credits For Renewable Energy?, CleanTechnica

Google: 4 out of 5 US homes have solar power potential, Engadget

With mills struggling, a Maine lumber firm is building a biomass plant, Bangor Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Rhode Island Building Takes Eco-Standards to a New Level, Environmental Leader

7 Rural Maine Firms Will Get Green Energy Grants, U.S. News & World Report

What Counts as Success in Energy Efficiency Programs?, Energy Collective

Nuclear

Legislation That Would Support Connecticut Nuclear Plant Released, Hartford Courant

Entergy Takes Next Steps for Pilgrim Closure, CapeCod.com

Connecticut bill would protect Millstone nuke by classifying it as a renewable resource, Utility DIVE

Bold Visions for the Future of Nuclear Power, WCAI

Vermont Yankee hearing postponed, The Recorder

Connecticut Moves Closer to Equating Nuclear with Renewables, RTO Insider

Nuke bill takes shape, Hartford Business Journal

Nuke agency OKs Entergy Nuclear’s use of trust fund, The Recorder

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Carbon Emissions Fell Again in the U.S. Northeast. So What’s the Next Step for RGGI?, Microgrid Knowledge

IMAPP Pondering 4 Options for Incorporating Clean Energy in NE, RTO Insider

New England power grid’s ample capacity proves dire predictions wrong, Press Herald

Questions Arise Over Who Would Ultimately Pay for Northern Pass, InsideSources

Can New England Keep the Power on? (video), NECN

Future of Cape’s energy compact riles county assembly, Cape Cod Times

Connecticut considers carbon tax on oil, gas, CT Post

Bracing for an Eversource rate hike, the attraction of Editas, and more, The Boston Globe

APCC voices concern over Eversource spray plan, Wicked Local Brewster

Former Eversource CEO gets big payday in final year, Thehour.com

Utilities reiterate backing for Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Despite making it a priority, LePage remains stymied on lowering energy costs, Press Herald

National Grid apologizes for Brockton manhole cover explosions, Enterprise News

ISO-NE Market Changes for Subhourly Settlements, Real-Time Fast-Start Pricing and DARD Pumps Take Effect, Energy Central

Is Hydro-Quebec Having ‘Second Thoughts’ On Northern Pass? Energy Central

EnerNOC Seeks Strategic ‘Alternatives’ Amid Software Slump, Greentech Media

Editorial/Opinion

Our opinion: More proof the world is changing due to greenhouse gases, Brattleboro Reformer

Their advice: Stockpile KI pills, The Daily News of Newburyport

OP-ED | Millstone Bill Really *Is* All About Rates, CT News Junkie

Letter to the editor: LePage needs to lead on locally made solar power, Press Herald

My Turn: We went solar and you can, too, Concord Monitor

Embrace Gas, Hartford Courant

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Energy News for week ending March 10, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon. Let’s get right to it.

Elisa Wood at Microgrid Knowledge reports that in one day two states made history-making moves on distributed energy resources. She writes that New York ordered actions that begin placing a value on distributed energy resources, a key move in creating the kind of decentralized grid the state is pursuing under its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy. And that meanwhile, Massachusetts issued an awaited solicitation that makes significant funding available for energy storage, a technology that promises to disrupt the way the electric power industry has managed energy for more than a century – and in doing so elevate microgrids, solar and other distributed energy resources. Wood notes, both states are often on the vanguard of energy policy innovations.

The news coming out of Washington, DC isn’t looking so good for the Energy Star Program. The Washington Post reports that even though the Energy Star program is good for the climate and economy, Trump wants to kill it anyway. According to the story, since its inception, the Energy Star program says it has saved consumers an estimated $430 billion on utility bills and avoided 2.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Journalist Chelsea Harvey writes, “Why the administration sees fit to remove it, then, remains unclear. But some say the budget proposal may not get much further, anyway. Some lawmakers have suggested that the plan is likely to face resistance in Congress, even among Republicans. And the treatment of the Energy Star program may spur criticism from the private sector as well.” Let’s hope she’s right.

The plans for the budget slashing at the EPA led its Chief Environmental Justice Official, Mustafa Ali, to step down. According to the story in Inside Climate News, Ali penned a long letter, “devoid of rancor” to Scott Pruitt, the EPA’s new administrator, urging him not to kill the agency’s programs.

Speaking of environmental downsizing, the Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts is enforcing its environmental rules less due to years of reductions in staff. The good news is that the administration’s latest budget proposal calls for a 4 percent increase for the DEP, some of which is earmarked to hire 15 new compliance officers.

Lastly, on the South Shore and Buzzards Bay, some Plymouth-based wind turbines are raising the hackles of neighbors. The Cape Cod Times reports that the four turbines on the Keith Mann Cranberry Bog, just over the border from Bourne are resulting in stories of deafening noise, unexplained headaches, and restless nights – by residents of Bourne. Bourne Selectman Michael Blanton said, “It was put right on the town line, right on the county line; just outside of our reach to be able to exercise any jurisdiction, exercise any regulatory authority and really … approve, disapprove or mitigate much of the project to any degree.” Bourne officials have pleaded with the Plymouth Board of Health and the MA DEP for relief, but at the moment, still feel “kind of helpless.”

There are a lot more news stories below. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Environmental Study: Leaking Gas Pipelines Costing State Consumers Millions, Adding Air Pollution, Hartford Courant

Amended plan for power plant might spur new opinions from R.I. agencies, Providence Journal

Quincy throws its weight and dollars behind compressor-station appeal, The Patriot Ledger

CLF Sues Over Johnston Reselling Water For Burrillville Power Plant, Rhode Island Public Radio

Local Environmental Groups Unite Against Power Plant, ecoRI news

Delays Could Derail Proposed Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Fast Growth Coming for Northeast Shale Gas Pipelines, Bloomberg BNA

EIA’s Changing Oil, Natural Gas Projections For 2017, 2018, Forbes

What do people call Baker about? The Weymouth natural gas compressor station, for starters, Boston Globe

Renewable Energy

Plan could increase Rhode Island renewables to 1 GW by 2020, HydroWorld

Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Wind turbines raise hackles in Plymouth and Bourne, Cape Cod Times

Wind Power Blows Through Nuclear, Coal as Costs Drop at Sea, Bloomberg

1 MW Community Solar Farm Goes Online In Southeastern Mass., Solar Industry

Rhode Island Officials Embrace Fossil-Fuel Power Plant, But Say They Want More Renewable Energy, ecoRI news

Solar energy had record year in 2016, FuelFix

Tesla built a huge solar energy plant on the island of Kauai, The Verge

Solar explosion: The changing landscape of residential solar, GazetteNET

Greenhouse at Lebanon farm producing power along with plants, theday.com

Seven Maine businesses land renewable energy grants, Mainebiz

Big Wind critics: New sound rules for Vermont wind turbines fall short, Watchdog.org

Swanton wind will go ahead despite PSB setback, vtdigger.org

RENEW Northeast Welcomes Offshore Wind Developers, National Wildlife Federation, North American Windpower

‘Let me show you how to go 100% renewable energy’, EcoGeneration

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs With New Brownfield Solar Project, Energy Central

Energy Efficiency

Quincy, National Grid help make homes more energy efficient, The Patriot Ledger

Evergreen Home Performance wins award from Efficiency Maine, PenBayPilot.com

White House plans to ‘close out’ Energy Star, other programs, E&E News

The Energy Star program is good for the climate and the economy. Trump wants to kill it anyway., Washington Post

Nuclear

Vermont AG files for intervenor status in Vermont Yankee sale, The Keene Sentinel

Feds commit to Vermont public meeting on Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Tribe wants say in Vermont Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Nuke plant, town reach deal over pier damage, Seacoastonline.com

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

No status change for Pilgrim nuclear plant, The Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

One Day, Two States, History Making Moves on Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrid Knowledge

Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less, The Boston Globe

New York PSC directs utilities to deploy 2 or more grid-scale storage projects, Utility DIVE

Dunkin’ Donuts, Eversource, National Grid Develop Energy Program, Energy Manager Today

Hinds opposes Eversource rate hike request, Berkshire Eagle

Durham ‘lacks confidence’ in Eversource data, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Report: White House planning deep cuts to DOE efficiency, renewables office, Utility DIVE

Report: New Energy Projects Not Needed for NH’s Economic Growth, New Hampshire Public Radio

After losing money on hydropower venture, Camden to decommission Seabright Dam, PenBayPilot.com

Hanover Pond restored in Meriden; testing of hydroelectric technology underway, Meriden Record Journal

Purchase of 13 dams on the Connecticut River nearing finish line, vtdigger.org

New Hampshire Climate Denier’s Work Has Powerful New Audience: His Brother, The Governor, DeSmog

Could biofuel save Maine’s timber industry?, Bangor Daily News

Editorial/Opinion

Our Opinion: Eversource rates and the east-west divide, Berkshire Eagle

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

Replacing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant with Energy Efficiency, Huffington Post

Jon Copans: Modelling a local and vibrant climate economy, vtdigger.org

Trump’s puzzling clean energy stance, CommonWealth Magazine

A Guide to the Debate Over Closing Nuclear Plants, Greentech Media

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Energy News for week ending February 10, 2017

Good Friday Afternoon. On the gas front this week, MassLive reports that the judge involved in the case for the pipeline easement, plans to OK the settlement causing some folks to stage a funeral (Berkshire Eagle). WWLP’s I Team investigates and finds that contractors cause 100’s of gas line accidents each year in Massachusetts; many never call 811.

Not in the New England, but interesting none-the-less is an article from the LA Times saying Californian’s are paying big time for power they don’t need.

CommonWealth Magazine reports this week’s power auction went smoothly, but the Enterprise reports folks at Brockton Power are feeling left out.

In the department of be careful what you wish for, Utility DIVE digs in on an ISO NE report showing that CO2 emissions spiked after Vermont Yankee’s closure. And, the Telegram reports that municipal utilities are crying foul over the new greenhouse gas limits.

Lastly, because it’s still fun to talk about the Patriot’s win, the Bangor Daily News reports their second half comeback lit up New England – literally!

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Berkshire judge plans to OK settlement for pipeline easement through state forest, MassLive

Proposed Access Northeast pipeline would cost New England consumers $6.6 billion, The Redding Pilot

Officials blast Spectra Energy for limited monitoring at gas metering leak, The Patriot Ledger

I Team: Gas lines hit by contractors, WWLP

Next battle for Weymouth compressor opponents: Clean Air Act permits, The Patriot Ledger

Forest pipeline opponents hang tough, Berkshire Eagle

New London to consider ban on fracking waste, theday.com

Another state legislature just introduced a ban on fracking, ThinkProgress

Air quality hearing planned for new gas turbine at Sandwich plant, Cape Cod Times

Protesters stage ‘funeral’ as court prepares to grant Tennessee Gas access to Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Renewable Energy

The ‘New Normal’ in America: Renewables Boom, Emissions Plunge and Consumers Save More Than Ever, Greentech Media

Rhode Island Looks to be First State with Carbon Tax, ecoRI news

Exploring a New Mechanism to Cut Carbon Pollution in RGGI, Natural Resources Defense Council

Distributed Solar: Exploring New Opportunities, Electric Light & Power

Offshore Wind Moves Into Energy’s Mainstream, New York Times

Wind Farm’s Impact on RI Tourism to be Studied, ecoRI news

MA Solar Employment Strong, But Dipped Last Year, Banker & Tradesman

Hebron Academy’s rooftop solar project largest in state, Lewiston Sun Journal

Is there a future for land-based wind turbines south of Boston?, Boston Globe South

Solar power is an untapped resource in these 10 cities, Penn Energy

Lawmaker wants to protect island from wind energy testing, Penn Energy

Energy Efficiency

West Hartford Residents Show Commitment to Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Wading Into the Trump Era of Energy Efficiency, Energy Collective

Nuclear

Trump and US Nuclear Power Find Common Ground in Jobs Push, Bloomberg

ISO-NE: New England CO2 emissions spike after Vermont Yankee closure, Utility Dive

In nuke debate, clash over cost, competition, Hartford Business

Power Producers Oppose Legislation Helping Millstone Nuclear Plant, Hartford Courant

Possible sale could speed Pilgrim decommissioning plan, The Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Power auction goes smoothly for 2020-2021, CommonWealth Magazine

Municipal light plants decry proposed greenhouse gas limits, Telegram

State regulations seek to reduce emissions, Salem News

Californians are paying billions for power they don’t need, LA Times

Brockton power plant project fails again at energy auction, The Enterprise

Trump’s election could have a mixed impact on New England’s energy industry, Boston Globe

With tax reform on the table, senators prepare second push for energy storage incentives, Utility Dive

Patriots’ comeback lit up New England — literally, Bangor Daily News

Manufacturers can earn $3500 with National Grid program, Worcester Business Journal

NH lawmakers hear arguments to repeal power initiatives, The Union Leader

Lawmakers start to get behind carbon emission bills, Sentinel & Enterprise

Increase in Maine electricity delivery costs sends bills soaring for big business, Press Herald

US consumer spending on electric power drops in 2016, Electric Light & Power

Dynegy completes $3.3B acquisition of Engie power plants, Utility Dive

Con Edison creates new energy company, Electric Light & Power

New York ISO releases 5-year roadmap to dispatchable DERs, Utility DIVE

Trump’s Energy Shift Could Bring Higher Gas Prices, Analysts Say, New Hampshire Public Radio

Rhode Island Looks to be First State with Carbon Tax, ecoRI news

Editorial/Opinion

EDITORIAL: Keep the pressure on gas proposal, The Sun Chronicle

COMMENTARY: Compressor Station threatens Hingham, Wicked Local Hingham

Steve Comeau: Getting real with renewable energy, vtdigger.org

Guest commentary: Take government out of utility cost equation, The Westerly Sun

Can Nuclear Power Rise From The Chaos In Washington?, Forbes

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