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Energy News for week ending July 13, 2018

Happy Friday the 13th!

We hope everyone’s day is going well.  We’ve got lots of stories below.

Here are a few we found interesting:

Clean energy is catching up to natural gas much faster than anyone thought, “For around 10 years, the conventional wisdom in the energy sector has been that natural gas is ascendant. Coal is dirty, and it’s getting expensive, but it’s too early to jump all the way to renewable energy. To get from the fossil fuel present to the renewable future, we will need … a bridge. Natural gas is meant to be that bridge, a way to reduce our emissions relative to coal while we work on scaling up renewables…” Vox.com

FERC Thwarts ISO-NE’s Attempt to Keep Mystic Gas Units Online, “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on July 2 denied ISO-New England’s (ISO-NE’s) request for a tariff waiver to keep two gas-fired units—a total capacity of 1,700 MW—at Exelon’s Mystic Generating Plant in Boston, Massachusetts, running to address “fuel security risks.” The commission instead gave the grid operator a year to submit permanent tariff revisions that will improve its market design and better address regional fuel security concerns.” Power Magazine

NEPOOL Votes for Press Ban, Discusses Fuel Security, “Fuel security was at the top of the agenda during the annual summer meeting of the New England Power Pool Participants Committee, which also featured presentations by ISO-NE’s external and internal Market Monitors. Members attending the June 26-28 committee meeting at the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook, Conn., also voted to change NEPOOL rules to formalize the policy of banning the press from their meetings. NEPOOL is the only RTO/ISO stakeholder body in the country that bars the public and press from meetings. The vote, which approved changes to committee bylaws and the Second Restated NEPOOL Agreement, passed with 79% in favor in a sector-weighted vote, according to a notice of action taken at the three-day meeting. The changes add a definition of “press” and bar anyone working for the news media from becoming a NEPOOL member or alternate for a participant.” RTO Insider

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Former FERC Chair Kelliher questions need for more New England pipelines, Utility Dive

Despite renewables gains, gas leads new US generation, Utility Dive

FERC allows Valley Lateral Pipeline to commence service, Utility Dive

Summer demand could push US gas generation to record levels: EIA, Utility Dive

Columbia Gas rate plan faces challenges, Salem News

Another shot in the pipeline wars, CommonWealth Magazine

NEPOOL Votes for Press Ban, Discusses Fuel Security, RTO Insider

Diamond Generating wins key permits for $1.5B gas plant to power NYC, Utility Dive

Easthampton Board of Health puts off signing anti-pipeline letter to Gov. Baker, MassLive

Duke Energy Is Betting on Pig Power to Curb Fossil Fuels, Bloomberg

Activist groups, officials host hike to illustrate opposition to Burrillville power plant, Providence Journal

Heat wave sparks switch to ultra-low sulfur heating oil, VTDigger

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Clean energy is catching up to natural gas much faster than anyone thought, Vox.com

Mass. Senate passes $2 billion environmental bond bill for climate resiliency work, MassLive

Biomass plants shut down after Gov. Sununu’s veto of subsidy, New Hampshire Union Leader

Somerset gains $3.6M in RGGI funds to help next year’s tax picture, Herald News

Concord City Council Expected To Pass Renewable Energy Goal, New Hampshire Public Radio

Overheard at New York Renewable Energy Conference, RTO Insider

New York power users fear paying twice for clean energy attributes, Utility Dive

 

Wind

Cuomo kick-starts New York offshore wind with 800 MW procurement, Offshore Wind Journal

New wind industry investments in Maine hinge on election of governor, Portland Press Herald

State Takes Another Small Step Toward Cranking Up Offshore Wind Industry, NJ Spotlight

Wind developers wait for November to see market signals in Maine, Utility Dive

New Bucket Technology Could Slash Offshore Wind Costs, Maritime Executive

New R&D Consortium Aims to Slash Offshore Wind Costs in the US, Greentech Media

Wind developers wait for November to see market signals in Maine, Utility Dive

Developer gives up on planned North Ridge wind energy project, Central NY Business Journal via National Wind Watch

Offshore wind development in Maryland seen higher cost option, IER says, Daily Energy Insider

 

Solar

Deerfield Select Board gives informal OK to solar farm, Daily Hampshire Gazette

The Future of Exeter—Solar or More Housing—Farmers Seek Support, GoLocalProv

Solar-Powered Food Car Brings Sustainably Sourced Food, U.S. News & World Report

Solar Investment Down Nearly 20% From the First Half of 2017, Greentech Media

Pennsylvania draft plan calls for 11 GW in-state solar, Utility Dive

DSUN, Emergya have 75 MW of NY community solar shovel-ready, Renewables Now

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Vermont Increases Energy Efficiency Standards, Ecopreneurist

Massachusetts Faces Make-or-Break Decision on Landmark Storage Incentive, Greentech Media

New York’s energy storage target could end up at 3 GW by 2030, Utility Dive

Grid resiliency and energy storage bill passes Massachusetts House, MassLive

 

EVs

EVs could drive 38% rise in US electricity demand, DOE lab finds, Utility Dive

When Will Electric Vehicles Act as a Grid Resource Under the V2G Paradigm?, Renewable Energy World

 

Nuclear

Dominion to state: Millstone ‘at risk now’, The Day

Communities around NH nuke plant want info on evacuation, Southcoasttoday

Criticism of Seabrook nuclear power plant finds new momentum, Wicked Local

Millstone nuclear plant threatens shutdown, Connecticut Post

Vermont Yankee water cost: $6M and counting, VTDigger

Panel learns: Nothing happens fast when it comes to fate of nuke waste, The Recorder

State Will Postpone Decision On Vermont Yankee Sale Until Federal Ruling, VPR

New Brunswick should have second nuclear reactor: energy minister, The Chronicle Herald

Fearing climate change, experts in San Diego warn U.S. nuclear industry faces collapse, Energy Central

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

FERC Thwarts ISO-NE’s Attempt to Keep Mystic Gas Units Online, Power Magazine

Utility Non-Wires Alternative RFPs Coming to Massachusetts?…Enel X Expands Canadian Footprint, Microgrid Knowledge

Transforming the Massachusetts Grid to Accommodate DERs, North American Clean Energy

NYPA applies predictive monitoring strategy to transmission assets, Utility Dive

Legislature Overrides Veto of Bill Holding Utility Shareholders – Not Customers – Responsible for Investigation Costs, Energy Central

Somerset ConCom addresses former Brayton Point power plant property demo work near river, South Coast Today

Locked out, National Grid workers grapple with loss of income, health insurance, Boston Globe

Haverhill passes moratorium on National Grid projects during lockout, Eagle-Tribune

U.S. Northeast grids monitoring heat wave, say power is sufficient, Business Insider

Wallingford electric rates decreasing for the remainder of 2018, New Haven Register

City Strikes Deal On Energy Prices, Valley News

Pacheco: ‘No excuse’ for House not to act on energy bill, Taunton Daily Gazette

Eversource substation to stay, solar farm under consideration for Manresa Island, The News-Times

How FERC’s ‘unprecedented’ PJM order could unravel capacity markets, Utility Dive

Connecticut electric utilities finish near the bottom in customer service study, New Haven Register

Maine regulators broaden audit of CMP to include the company’s customer service, Portland Press Herald

In Need of Electricity, Massachusetts Looks to the North—Again, Wall Street Journal

 

Editorial/Opinion

Massachusetts residents pay the highest power bills in the continental US, Boston Globe

Gas lockout endangers everyone, CommonWealth Magazine

Our best interests on the Connecticut River?, National Wind Watch

Why federal regulators shouldn’t save the Mystic power plant, Boston Globe

LETTER: Offshore wind will help stop use of fossil fuels, southcoasttoday

Column: Significant savings through solar, Gloucester Daily Times

 

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Energy News for week ending June 22, 2018

No Scorecard Yet | Something for Everyone | Who Owns it

 

Happy Friday everyone. Hopefully you can get out to enjoy today’s weather because this weekend’s forecast isn’t spectacular.

Now for the news. Mary Serreze over at MassLive reports that the Massachusetts Senate did not include the residential energy efficiency scorecard in its Omnibus Energy Bill. Serreze writes, “Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) introduced a scorecard amendment during floor debate, but said it was taken off the table before the Senate voted on the omnibus bill last Thursday night. An amendment from Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop) met a similar fate. Lesser said lawmakers decided to wait for another day, and would continue talks with trade groups that oppose the idea: the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and Greater Boston Real Estate Board. ‘We were not able to agree on the substance,’ said Lesser. ‘So we hope to be able to meet in the middle.’ The real estate organizations said they support a property owner’s ability to voluntarily obtain an energy inspection, and support a buyer’s ability to inspect a property, but oppose legislation that would mandate energy audits and scores.”

Regardless of which side of the natural gas fence you sit on, one of two items in the news this week was sure to support your position. For those in favor of gas, Bloomberg reports that “World energy ministers representing about two thirds of the global population tussled over how the world can achieve a cleaner energy future. The compromise answer: Natural gas, at least for now. A consensus statement from G20 energy ministers meeting in Argentina cited the potential of natural gas “to expand significantly over the coming decades.” Meanwhile, the group said nations that “opt to enhance their renewable energy strategies” should bolster investment and financing within that arena.”

For those who wish to keep natural gas in the ground, the Washington Post reports that “The U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year — nearly 60 percent more than current estimates and enough to offset much of the climate benefits of burning natural gas instead of coal, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. The higher volumes of natural gas leaking from across the industry’s supply chain would be enough to fuel 10 million homes and would be worth an estimated $2 billion…”

Last for this week is a story from Utility Dive related to policy issues around Massachusetts’ energy storage market. From the article, “A little-noticed debate in Massachusetts could have a big impact on the trajectory of the state’s energy storage market. Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) convened a technical conference on solar and storage facilities participating in ISO-New England’s forward capacity market (FCM). The question of capacity payments and who is entitled to them is part of a larger debate about how distributed energy resources are going to be deployed in Massachusetts. The key issue in the capacity debate is not the technical issue of qualifying for ISO-NE’s FCM, but the policy question about who will retain ownership and control of a facility’s capacity. ‘The main issue is who owns the rights once a project is installed and who gets to bid into the FCM,’ Ted Ko, director of policy at Stem, told Utility Dive. It is an issue that is ‘extremely important for the storage industry in Massachusetts,’ he said.”

That’s the recap for this week. You can find events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

 

 Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

A Greener Future Starts With Natural Gas, World Energy Chiefs Say, Bloomberg

Methane leaks offset much of the climate change benefits of natural gas, study says, Washington Post

Massachusetts Gas Workers Vote to Authorize National Grid Strike, USA Patch

Trump’s steel tariffs threaten multibillion dollar expansion of US, Canadian pipelines, Washington Examiner

FirstEnergy Calls out FERC ‘Failure’ to Act on Resilience, RTO Insider

Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater spurs fat cell development, Science Daily

Fracking boom takes toll on Pennsylvania’s communities of color and lower-income areas, ThinkProgress

Utilities Commission Rejects $639 million SDG&E Natural Gas Pipeline, Times of San Diego

Most American homes are still heated with fossil fuels. It’s time to electrify., Vox

 

Renewables Policy/Climate Change/RGGI

Putting a price on carbon gains momentum in Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

Pacheco: Putting price on carbon is not a tax, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill, MassLive

National Grid targets 80% carbon cut across buildings, transport, power, Utility Dive

How a Florida Utility Became the Global King of Green Power, Wall St. Journal

World on track for 50% renewables by 2050, says Bloomberg energy outlook, Utility Dive

Gov Malloy Signs Landmark Bills on Climate Change Resiliency and Renewable Energy (Press Release), Energy Central

NY Task Force Examines Carbon Pricing Market Impacts, RTO Insider

 

Wind

Gov. LePage set up wind-farm review panel to meet in private. Now, the names of its members are secret., Press Herald

New York state to lead new offshore wind research effort, Penn Energy

Avangrid pulls the plug on wind farm in Hopkinton, North Country Public Radio

State officials seek supplemental report Vineyard Wind project, Cape Cod Times

The Lifesaving Benefits of Offshore Wind Power, U.S. News & World Report

Connecticut Approves 250 Megawatts Of Clean Energy Including 200 Megawatt Revolution Offshore Wind Farm, CleanTechnica

Alliance watchful on cable-laying proposal, Cape Cod Times

 

Solar

Nexamp Completes Charlton’s Fourth Community Solar Project (Press Release), Energy Central

New York State to increase incentives for commercial, industrial solar projects, Daily Energy Insider

Middletown officials seek opt-out clause on solar project, Newport Daily News

Solar To Supply All Of CT Lumber Company’s Electricity, Solar Industry

Eversource’s new 5,000-panel solar facility unveiled in Ludlow, WWLP

CEA Releases 2018 Solar Energy Report; Finds Incentives Contributed Significantly to Solar Power Expansion, Electric Energy Online

Fidelity Investments wants 12-acre solar field to power part of 554-acre Merrimack campus, New Hampshire Union Leader

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

‘Home energy scorecard’ idea pulled from Senate energy bill, MassLive

EIA: US electric utilities spent $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, Daily Energy Insider

National Grid Expands Energy-Efficiency Program, Rhode Island Public Radio

Cannabis businesses shut out of Maine’s energy-efficiency programs, Portland Press Herald

UN Aims to Eradicate Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs, Greentech Media

New Smart Meters, Energy Efficiency Help O&R Beat the Heat, Energy Central

Research Spotlights Energy Efficiency of Ride-Hailing Services, NREL.gov

Is New Hampshire on the verge of battery energy storage history?, Utility Dive

In Massachusetts, capacity ownership of distributed resources could determine fate of storage, Utility Dive

How School Buses Could Help Run Air Conditioners During Peak Demand, Renewable Energy World

In Massachusetts, capacity ownership of distributed resources could determine fate of storage, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Nuclear power shutdowns could cut energy prices, increase air pollution: Penn State, TMI weigh in, PennLive

New project could relieve pressure on Vermont Yankee, VTDigger

Selectmen call for NRC hearing on nuke plant evacuation, Seacoastonline.com

Indian Point: Nuclear power plant gets positive safety grades, new decommission details, The Journal News

 

EVs

New law boosts electric vehicle charging infrastructure in NH, New Hampshire Business Review

New global leader of EV uptake emerges – in Massachusetts, RenewEconomy

Should All Utility Customers Pay for EV Infrastructure and Microgrids?, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Projected US renewables could accelerate power price volatility — what can grid operators do?, Utility Dive

UPDATE: Sununu vetoes energy bills; Republican senators seek an override, Concord Monitor

New York utilities improved electric reliability, gas safety, electric safety, customer service performance in 2017, Daily Energy Insider

NJBPU convenes inaugural 2019 Energy Master Plan Committee, Daily Energy Insider

Plan For New England Powerline From Canada Drawing Criticism, NPR

Electricity sellers allegedly posed as CMP auditors to sign up customers, Bangor Daily News

Sununu Vetoes Net Metering Bill; Advocates Still Energized, New Hampshire Public Radio

Study: Hartford Competitive In Office Costs, Though Businesses Hit By Pricey Energy, Hartford Courant

Six Senate candidates tackle energy issues at Northampton forum, MassLive

Connecticut company aims to make energy choice easier for NH consumers, New Hampshire Business Review

 

Editorial/Opinion

Our View: Don’t waste state’s time with secret wind panel, Portland Press Herald

Climate Action column: Nuclear power plants carry benefits and costs, says Kahn, Ipswich Wicked Local

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Energy News for week ending May 25, 2018

Taking it in | No reconsideration | They don’t belong to you

 

Happy Friday!

Given it’s the start of a long weekend we’ll keep it short today.

The biggest news of course was the awarding of the MA 83C RFP for offshore wind to Vineyard Wind. According to an article on Southcoasttoday.com there were some who were surprised that the state didn’t award contracts to two bidders. And just after the announcement Erich Stephens, chief development officer for Vineyard Wind, was quoted only as saying “I’m still at the point of … taking it in.” The New York Times also has a great story on what it means for the offshore wind industry in the US and in particular, New Bedford. And, how at the same time as Massachusetts’ announcement, “Rhode Island announced it would award a 400-megawatt offshore wind project to another bidder (Deepwater Wind) in the auction.”

The Union Leader reports “There will be no reconsideration of the Northern Pass by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee…An appeal to the state Supreme Court is now the most likely option for the project.”

And last for this week is a report in the Salem News that “State regulators earlier this year told a dozen electric, natural gas and water companies to show how they plan to pass along savings from a federal tax cut to their customers. Attorney General Maura Healey wasn’t happy with the response, it seems. Her office blasted the companies, calling their plans inadequate and accusing them of “holding onto tax revenues that legally do not belong to them,” in a letter to the state Department of Public Utilities…Healey’s office is hiring a private consultant to review the utilities’ plans and determine if they are fudging the numbers, Geary noted.

 

As always you can find events at Northeast Energy News. Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Offshore Wind/83C RFP/RI

‘Taking it in’: Vineyard Wind wins offshore wind contract with Massachusetts, South Coast Today

Project Selected to Bring Offshore Wind Energy to the Commonwealth, Mass.gov (press release)

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Contract for 1,200MW of Offshore Wind, Greentech Media

In Landmark Day, East Coast States Secure 1.2 GW of Offshore Wind for US, Renewable Energy World

Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S., New York Times

Two big wind farms to rise off coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Boston Globe

Baker makes bold bet on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts and Rhode Island announce large offshore wind projects, Press Herald

CMP’s parent company to build nation’s largest offshore wind project, Bangor Daily News

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Northeast Region Slated for Record Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity Buildout in 2018, The Energy Collective

Divided FERC restricts climate impacts in pipeline reviews, Utility Dive

N.H. Supreme Court on natural gas pipeline expansion could provide spark for Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

NH court OKs novel pipeline financing approach, CommonWealth Magazine

Court Overturns Pipeline Denial, Valley News

Fall River Regrets Water Sale to Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

The Great American Fracking Bubble, CleanTechnica

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

NY Task Force Examines Carbon Pricing Impacts, RTO Insider

NY Gov., Communities Question Environmental Justice of Proposed Waste-to-Energy Facility, Renewable Energy World

As more solar and wind come onto the grid, prices go down but new questions come up, The Conversation

1st Franklin candidates debate energy, climate policy, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Report: Renewables, Energy Efficiency in New England Will Replace the Need for Gas Pipelines, Renewable Energy World

Activists rally against bill that would allow energy incentives for biomass, The Providence Journal

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind to deploy wind measurement buoy at Massachusetts offshore wind project, Compelo

Turbine will not spin again in Falmouth, Cape Cod Times

New London, state leaders push offshore wind development as Mass., R.I. projects move forward, The Day

 

Solar

New UMaine energy proposal calls for biomass, solar, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

‘Solar For All’ Brings Green Energy To Lower-Income Households, WSHU

GID and Black Bear announce Massachusetts solar projects, pv magazine USA

Rhinebeck and Vermont solar companies merge, plan to add employees, Poughkeepsie Journal

City Council to talk solar power, The Laconia Daily Sun

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Energy Efficiency Leads in Job Growth as Energy Sector Adds Over 130,000 Jobs in 2017, Renewable Energy World

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Harder to Find, More Expensive in High-Poverty Neighborhoods, Greentech Media

 

EVs

Utility trade groups press EPA to embrace EVs in fuel standard rewrite, Utility Dive

EV charging could significantly reduce storage needs, DOE lab finds, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

NorthStar makes new promises for Vermont Yankee purchase, Brattleboro Reformer

NRC releases summary of Seabrook nuclear plant visit, Gloucester Daily Times

Panel seeks to define state role in Pilgrim closure, Cape Cod Times

New Jersey Gov. Murphy signs bills creating zero emission credits for nuclear, Utility Dive

Proposed NRC rule changes raise safety concerns, Cape Cod Times

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Site Evaluation Committee rejects Northern Pass appeal for new hearing, Union Leader

Bill Gives Municipalities More Say in Power-Plant Siting, ecoRI news

Eversource Under Fire For Gas Rate Hike Request, Hartford Courant

3 Questions: New England’s wholesale electricity markets, MIT News

Electricity company overcharged customers millions, but was still losing money, Bangor Daily News

New York Public Service Commission forecasts lower energy prices this summer, Daily Energy Insider

Cold snap tested reliability of region’s power grid and arguments against fossil fuels, Portland Press Herald

Maine eyes lower ratepayer costs from increased electric integration with Canada, Utility Dive

Utilities slow in reducing charges, Salem News

New York State Public Service Commission begins management, operations audit of National Grid, Daily Energy Insider

Generators slam ISO-NE cost recovery proposal for Exelon gas plant, Utility Dive

Some Mainers question hydro-electricity line for MA, CommonWealth Magazine

Farmington rethinks endorsement of Quebec to Massachusetts power line, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Is the Great Experiment of Wholesale Electricity Competition Ending?, Electric Light and Power

Governor LePage seeks input on a new era in Maine energy, PenBayPilot.com

Concerns raised over CMP transmission line proposal, Daily Bulldog

Rhode Island and New England May Get Hit with Rolling Blackouts in the future, GoLocalProv

Blumenthal Slams Eversource For Proposed Rate Hike, New England Public Radio

 

Editorial/Opinion

Eversource: Time to rein in competitive electricity suppliers, CommonWealth Magazine

Offshore wind rush is irresponsible, CommonWealth Magazine

Natural gas is not a clean fuel, CommonWealth Magazine

We need to put a price on carbon, CommonWealth Magazine

How Massachusetts can blaze a trail for climate action, Boston Globe

“Green” energy, an environmental disaster, PowerLine Blog

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Energy News for week ending May 18, 2018

Smart Meters Rejected | Contentious Bills | Going Haywire

 

TGIF

This week we begin with a story from Greentech Media that follows-up to last week’s grid mod announcement in Massachusetts. Digging a little deeper into the smart meter portion of the order they write, “Massachusetts regulators see a future in which customers are leaving investor-owned utilities for municipal aggregators and competitive third-party suppliers, and they aren’t sure how to fit mass-market smart meter deployments into that future. Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an order that ‘declined to preauthorize any customer-facing investments’ — that is, smart meter deployments.” The reasons according to the article, “it found several weaknesses in each utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) business case, based on a combination of two unusual factors prevailing in the state. First, all these utilities have already deployed simpler automated meter reading systems, which have already allowed each utility to achieve the significant meter-reading savings that account for a big chunk of the AMI business case.” And second, is the inability to tap into a constant stream of data to enable real time rates, “The problem is that each utility customer that switches to a non-utility energy provider is no longer part of each utility’s list of prospective time-varying rate (TVR) adopters, even though the utility paid for the smart meter that made them available.”

In NH, three “contentious” renewable energy bills are on their way to Governor Sununu’s desk. From the NH Business Review, “New Hampshire’s renewable industry will get a boost – though at a possible cost to ratepayers – if three bills passed last week by lawmakers are signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu. Senate Bill 446… (increases) fivefold the size of projects that would qualify for net metering…SB 446 would extend the upper limit from 1 megawatt to 5 megawatts, allowing large businesses, municipalities and even small hydro generators to take advantage of it, paving the way for much larger renewable energy projects…SB 365…would require Eversource to pay 80 percent of the default rate to six wood-burning plants for three years…and SB 577, which would continue the current subsidized rate for the Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin.” When it comes to Bill 446, “Critics, including utilities and some business groups, claim that generators are paid too much for the power, and this amounts to a subsidy paid for by other ratepayers. Advocates say that renewable energy saves money on distribution and generation costs.” Other concerns include in increase in rates that could jeopardize manufacturing jobs in the state.

If you’re in need of an excuse for why you’re late; or bummed out that you showed up early for work one day – blame the power grid. From the AP, “Your electric clock might be running a bit cuckoo. Because of a change in federal energy regulations, some scientists say your trusty, older plug-in clock may be losing or gaining a few ticks over time…Electric clocks keep time based on the usually stable and precise pulses of the electric current that powers them. In the U.S., that’s 60 hertz (cycles per second). In the past, regulators required power companies to immediately correct the rate if it slipped off the mark. But that precision is expensive to maintain, so last year, the correction part was quietly eliminated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission…The changes could be just matters of seconds and all but unnoticeable, but the time could drift by as much as seven and a half minutes between time changes in March and November, when people reset their clocks, according to a study conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Naval Observatory.” Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

As always you can find events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House, CommonWealth magazine

Pipeline protesters shut down City Council subcommittee meeting (VIDEO), Lowell Sun
Fall River City Council condemns water deal with Invenergy, opposes plant construction
, Uprise RI

Another skirmish in the pipeline wars, CommonWealth magazine

How Trump’s EPA Is Moving to Undo Fracking Wastewater Protections, EcoWatch

Gas leaks near schools: Wellesley School Committee contacts National Grid, Wicked Local

500 Greenpoint Locals Wait Days For National Grid To Restore Gas, Patch.com

 

Renewables Policy/Climate Change/RGGI

CT Slapped With Lawsuit Over Raid Of Clean Energy Funds, Solar Industry

3 contentious renewable energy bills head to governor’s desk, NH Business Review

On Cape Cod, Tides Could Become A Renewable Energy Source, wgbh.org

IBM joins forces with a start-up to combine crypto with environmental credit trading, CNBC

Why a 100-year-old Indian company is investing billions into renewable energy, Quartz

Americans want more clean energy. Here’s what they’re actually willing to do to get it, CNBC

Portland’s Casco Bay High School hopes to become ‘greenest’ in Maine, The Forecaster

U.S. Department of Energy announces funding opportunity for marine energy R&D, Renewable Energy World

Clean energy future the focus of Worcester environmental forum, Telegram

If Solar and Wind Hit 50% of Generation, US Wholesale Energy Prices Could Fall 25% or More, Greentech Media

New York proposes strict carbon emission limits for existing power plants, Utility Dive

NYSERDA Announces $10 Million Available to Launch New Cleantech Accelerator, NA Clean Energy

Greentown Labs and Schneider Electric Announce the Greentown Labs Bold Ideas Challenge, NA Clean Energy

 

Wind

Brayton Point chosen for wind turbine foundation factory, Herald News

High values are blowing in offshore winds; policymakers may need more, Utility Dive

World’s largest offshore wildlife aerial survey off NY’s coast halfway complete, Windpower Engineering (press release)

Offshore wind developer eyeing potential of South Brooklyn shipping hub, Offshore Wind Journal

Winning the battle to reduce the cost of offshore wind, Maritime Journal

State’s high court shoots down appeal against Antrim Wind; project can go forward, Keene Sentinel

Union official backs Bay State Wind, CommonWealth Magazine

 

Solar

Solar activists lobby for legislative attention, Sentinel and Enterprise

Solar Power: ‘Clear and Present Danger’ to RI’s Forests, ecoRI news

Sunrun Boosts Revenue 37%, Expands Partnership With National Grid, Greentech Media

RI Company Develops Solar-Powered Refrigeration System For Tractor-Trailers, Rhode Island Public Radio

CESA honors six states for clean energy excellence, Solar Power World

68-acre solar installation proposed in Tiverton, The Providence Journal

Cumberland council OKs solar farm, mulls garage move, The Forecaster

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Mobile Lab Will Test Energy-Saving Water Technology, WAMC

Efficiencies help lighten summer power demand, Sentinel & Enterprise

Groups sue Connecticut state officials for raiding clean energy and efficiency funds, New Haven Register

US House Committee Cuts Federal Energy Research, Boosts Energy Storage, Union of Concerned Scientists

Storage Might Solve Some Big Grid Problems, but Not the Ones You Think, Greentech Media

National Grid grants $1 million in energy efficiency rebates to world’s largest housing cooperative, Daily Energy Insider

Energy savings ideas topic of Energy and Environmental Conference, Eagle Tribune

Big Battery Boom Hits Another Roadblock: Fire-Fearing Cities, Bloomberg

 

Nuclear

1st Quarter Inspection at Pilgrim Finds No Violations, CapeCod.com News

Advocacy to Keep US Nuclear Reactors Open Picks Up Steam, Energy Collective

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Will Soon Face a Moment of Reckoning, Greentech Media

Report Says More Nuclear Plants in Financial Trouble, Power Magazine

Nuclear-Waste Tax Case Battled at 11th Circuit, Courthouse News

 

EVs

Another NH utility tiptoes into a little bit of support for electric vehicles, Granite Geek

Are electric cars worse for the environment?, Politico

RMLD Celebrates New Bolt, New Charging Station, Patch.com

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Clocks may go a little cuckoo with power grid change, AP

Massachusetts rejects smart meter rollout for ‘weaknesses in the business case’, Utility Dive

Massachusetts Rejects Smart Meter Rollouts, as Competitive Energy Undermines the Business Case, Greentech Media

Exelon sets its price for keeping Everett plants open, CommonWealth Magazine

The Northeast Power Coordinating Council Reports: Annual Assessment Forecasts Adequate Electricity Supplies for this Summer, Energy Central

US Northeast, Canada to have adequate summer power supply, Platts

Eversource plans 5% summer electricity rate cut, MassLive.com

National Grid’s full-year profits rise helped by US business, Reuters

New York ISO Zone A real-time power spikes to $1400/MWh on strong demand, Platts

Eversource invests to ease tree threat to utility lines, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Eversource Aims To Restore Power By Sunday After Four Tornadoes Strike, Hartford Courant

New York in bid to shut down all coal plants by 2020, Energy Voice

Message to FERC: Think Beyond Bulk Power to Achieve Grid Resilience, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Natural-Gas Constraints Bad for Business, Bad for Environment, AIM blog

Time to update state’s appliance standards, CommonWealth Magazine

Obama saw a key role for natural gas, CommonWealth Magazine

Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off, The Conversation

Meredith Angwin: Rolling Blackouts For New England?, Caledonian Record

New York’s Green Energy Roulette, Wall Street Journal

Letter: Epping must stand up to pipeline, Concord Monitor

Letter to the editor: CMP now acts in its own self-interest, not for the benefit of Mainers, Press Herald

One Well-Placed Hurricane Will UTTERLY DESTROY Costly Offshore Wind Systems On The East Coast, Daily Caller

Rhode Island Should Lead by Example to Prevent Loss of Forestland, EcoRI

Climate disruption has real impact on health in Massachusetts and we should be doing more (Viewpoint), MassLive

Out-of-towner explains Granite Bridge opposition, Seacoastonline.com

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Energy News for week ending May 11, 2018

Grid Mod in MA | Duck Curve Arrives | All Turbines Mapped

Happy Friday afternoon.

This week we begin with grid mod as the topic and a State House News Service story in the Sentinel and Enterprise that Massachusetts “State officials on Thursday issued an order authorizing utilities to spend $220 million statewide on upgrades to the electrical grid over the next three years, and set up a process that could result in some smart meter investments ushering in more dynamic ways of pricing power. The grid upgrades would be targeted at preventing future outages, allowing areas to more quickly bounce back from a power outage, and better accommodating renewable energy generation…Installing smart meters for every residential ratepayer would cost $1.5 billion, according to the Baker administration, which has opted instead to set up a process that could result in using smart meters in situations where they would render the highest benefits for the least cost, according to an official.”

All of those solar installations out there have brought something bird-like to New England that, from a US perspective, is mostly seen in California. From PV Magazine, “As solar comes to more regions of the United States, it is beginning to alter the dynamics of electricity supply and demand. These are most noticeable on weekend days in the spring, when solar output is high but electricity demand is lower than during the week and not inflated by air conditioning use, as it is in the summer.

The result of this is the “duck curve”, as documented in California. There the output of solar is suppressing mid-day demand, with a steep ramp-up in demand that must be met by other resources as the sun goes down. When coupled with a lack of sufficient flexibility in the rest of the electricity fleet and operation of the grid, this can result in negative prices and curtailment of resources…New England’s grid operator has reported that on April 21 behind-the-meter solar met sufficient demand that for the first time net daytime demand fell to a lower level than overnight demand…the increase in solar led to a fall in the region’s wholesale electricity price to -$2.65 per megawatt-hour around 3 PM.”

We end this week with an article from the Washington Post titled, “Every one of America’s 57,636 wind turbines, mapped.” From the article, “To create the database, the USGS partnered with the Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association. The organizations merged their individual data sets to create a new database that was more accurate and comprehensive than previous efforts. Once they compiled the new database, researchers attempted to visually verify the precise location of each turbine using satellite imagery. They intend to update it periodically in the coming years as the wind industry grows.” The piece not only gets into geographical reasons for why wind is more popular in some parts of the country than others, but also speaks to political climates that create certain disparities.

As always you can find events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Energy giant sues Weymouth over pipeline station, saying federal law overrides zoning, Boston Globe

Burner Tips: Collaboration between utilities and environmental groups might not be the norm, but in Massachusetts, the two sides have come together to find mutual solutions, American Gas Magazine

Reducing Methane Emissions Amidst a ‘National Leadership Void,’ BrinkNews.com

CT regulators ignore health and climate destroying methane leaks, Stratford Star

Connecticut Senate votes to gut net metering, extend renewable energy mandate, pv magazine USA

Rick Perry suggests using ‘national security’ to override opposition to pipelines, ThinkProgress

Weymouth compressor station opponents seek stories of illness, Wicked Local

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

State Clean Energy Laws Make New England Grid More Resilient, Natural Resources Defense Council

Commission reduces fees for popular renewable energy program, vtdigger.org

Under the Sea: A Roadmap for Renewable Energy, MarineLink

Scientists Say Ocean Circulation Is Slowing. Here’s Why You Should Care., InsideClimate News

NYSERDA Announces $10 Million Available for Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge Initiative, North America Clean Energy

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold, Boston Globe

 

Wind

What’s the best bet on wind?, CommonWealth Magazine

Every one of America’s 57,636 wind turbines, mapped, Washington Post

Offshore wind developer, unions partner on workforce training initiative, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Wind-energy meetings scheduled amid concerns about East End, Newsday

US Offshore Wind Can Realize 25 GW through Synergies with Oil & Gas Sector, Renewable Energy World

Council passes bill to encourage wind energy, Queens Ledger

Offshore-wind developers want more details on state straw proposal, NJ Spotlight

Lawyers for wind developer want Hopkinton to increase turbine height to 600 feet, National Wind Watch

Offshore Wind’s Value Exceeds Its Construction Costs In New York And New England, Energy Collective

Bay State Wind signs agreements to build training center in New Bedford, SouthCoastToday.com

AWEA 2018: Offshore hubs to spring up on Atlantic coast, Windpower Monthly

Offshore Wind’s Value Exceeds Its Construction Costs In New York And New England, Energy Collective

East Hampton Town Trustees Move Forward With Plans For Joint Hearing On Deepwater Project, 27east.com

 

Solar

Sun And Solar Power Cut Electricity Demand From New England Grid To Lowest Ever, Hartford Courant

It’s Official. All New California Homes Must Incorporate Solar, Greentech Media

The duck curve comes to New England, pv magazine USA

Solar power helps New England hit historic milestone, Concord Monitor

US Navy leases photovoltaic solar panels near Rhode Island station, Electric Light & Power

Five New England Colleges To Buy Solar From Maine Project, Solar Industry

Vermont reduces incentives for renewable energy program, Penn Energy

Solar-Panel Makers Ramp Up U.S. Manufacturing Plans, Wall Street Journal (Pay wall)

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

State Strategic Plan Looks to Boost Energy Efficiency, Cut Customer Costs, NJ Spotlight

Rutland family receives $5K to make their home energy efficient, Mountaintimes

Why The Energy Storage Problem Won’t Be A Problem For Long, CleanTechnica

As energy storage costs decline, market changes needed to increase deployment, Platts

New York City moves to streamline energy storage permitting, Utility Dive

Energy storage, wind, and solar companies are recruiting coal miners for their work ethics and high-tech skills, Environmental Defense Fund

 

Nuclear

Bill seeks to prioritize nuclear waste removal at Pilgrim, Patriot Ledger

Vermont Yankee resumes fuel move, Brattleboro Reformer

Seabrook officials analyze financial issues, The Daily News of Newburyport

Indian Point task force study urges Entergy to turn over property, The Journal News | LoHud.com

Nuclear Energy Institute Recommends Rejection of PJM Capacity Proposals, Daily Energy Insider

One Thing Trump, Some Environmentalists Both Love: Nuclear Power, Bloomberg

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New Hampshire rethinks distributed generation-only pilots for non-wires alternatives, Utility Dive

How CMP plans to pipe clean energy to Massachusetts through Maine, Bangor Daily News

Baker, Healey split on electricity sellers, CommonWealth Magazine

Do Healey, Baker have a truce?, CommonWealth Magazine

Connecticut lawmakers pass sweeping energy bill, Utility Dive

Solar, efficiency drive declining peak load in ISO New England, Utility Dive

DPU issues electric grid modernization order, Sentinel & Enterprise

Under Pressure: Steam Pipe System Draws Scrutiny, NBC Boston

Eversource customers can get $3000 rebate on Nissan Leaf electric car, Concord Monitor

Eversource Looks to Offshore Wind, New Rates for Growth, RTO Insider

Eversource pushes ahead with pursuit of Connecticut Water, Journal Inquirer

PUC refuses to intensify inquiry into CMP billing problems, Press Herald

Utilities commission won’t ramp up CMP billing investigation, Bangor Daily News

Maine Lawmakers Signal Opposition to NECEC, RTO Insider

Worried About Grid Resilience? Don’t—You Can Sleep Well, Natural Resources Defense Council

Eversource generation rate to fall July 1, Hartford Business

New Hampshire’s Coming Energy Crunch Is A Job Killer, InsideSources

Colleges To Train Next-Gen Utility Workers, New Haven Independent

 

Editorial/Opinion

What’s up with the Globe and natural gas?, CommonWealth magazine

SUZANNE TORRES, Weymouth: An issue of credibility in Spectra debate, The Patriot Ledger

Climate Change Shouldn’t Need a Salesman, Wall Street Journal

Maurice Kreis: Rolling blackouts in New Hampshire? Not a chance, Concord Monitor

LETTER: Expanding natural gas pipelines is not the right energy solution, SouthCoastToday.com

Viewpoint: Climate change is here. Boston has no time to waste., Boston Business Journal

Time to hit the off switch on electricity sellers, CommonWealth Magazine

NextEra’s Robo Is Wrong About Offshore Wind, Energy Collective

Connecticut Energy Legislation a Mixed Bag for Clean Energy, North American Clean Energy

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Energy News for week ending March 16, 2018

Russians at the switch | Mortally wounded |Clean Peak Standard | What’s in a name

Happy Friday afternoon.

This week brings disconcerting energy news of Russian cyberattacks where hackers had their fingers on the switches at US power plants. According to the story in the New York Times, “The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will…‘We now have evidence they’re sitting on the machines, connected to industrial control infrastructure, that allow them to effectively turn the power off or effect sabotage,’ said Eric Chien, a security technology director at Symantec, a digital security firm. ‘From what we can see, they were there. They have the ability to shut the power off. All that’s missing is some political motivation,’ Mr. Chien said.”

Earlier in the week, Portland Press Herald wrote about the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee’s decision to delay its final decision on the Northern Pass Project, “The proposal to build a $950 million power line through western Maine received a major boost on Monday, when a decision by a regulatory board in New Hampshire mortally wounded the project’s competitor…The result is placing new scrutiny on CMP’s plan to build a 145-mile line along a corridor it already owns. The line would run from Beattie Township, on the Canadian border north of Route 27 and Coburn Gore, through Farmington and Jay to Lewiston, where it would connect to the regional electric grid. The line would cross the Kennebec Gorge, a scenic, 10-mile cut in the river traversed each summer by thousands of whitewater rafters. It also would bisect the Appalachian Trail. The project cost would be borne by Massachusetts electricity customers.”

Speaking of Massachusetts, Shira Schoenberg at MassLive reports that “Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday released a $1.4 billion bond bill that would authorize spending on climate change preparedness and environmental protection…The bill includes authorization for $300 million to respond to the impacts of climate change — $170 million to repair dams and seawalls and help coastal communities, and the rest split between grants to communities and implementation of a statewide plan to adapt to climate change.”

Utility Dive noted that one provision of the bill is the creation of a “new Clean Peak Standard for utilities to increase the use of clean energy during high-demand periods that are also carbon intensive…The proposed legislation language would direct the Department of Energy Resource to create a new clean peak standard for all retail electricity suppliers selling electricity to end-use customers. The standard will require all retail electricity suppliers to provide ‘a minimum percentage of kilowatt-hour sales’ from clean peak energy resources, ultimately determined by regulations. The legislation specifies that, ‘to the maximum extent practicable,’ the Clean Peak Standard cannot raise individual customer rates more than $0.005/kWh in the aggregate of any year.”

Last for this week, and to end on a lighter note, is a story from Newhampshire.com which reports that some folks in New Hampshire, Seabrook to be specific, are having a hard time believing that Disney writers weren’t making ties to their community in a movie called “Zombies.” The movie is, “set around a nuclear power plant disaster that creates zombies in a small, suburban town. It’s wildly popular among children and has received good reviews so what’s the problem? The fictional town is named Seabrook.” Seabrook Selectman Aboul Khan said that he’s not “worried about a zombie apocalypse in Seabrook, but used the opportunity to stress the safety of the power plant. ‘We have a very good track record for many years and we do exercises every year with state agencies,’ he said. ‘We are prepared for any kind of accident or any kind of issue that might come.’”

As always you can find events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Northeast Gas Pipeline Buildout Hits Bottleneck in Massachusetts, Natural Gas Intelligence

Scituate is withdrawing their opposition to Invenergy and their support for Burrillville, Uprise RI

Why Is Russian Gas in Boston Harbor?, Wall Street Journal

Lawmakers hear dueling pipeline positions, Hartford Business

From Asthma to Cancer, ‘Blistering’ New Report Details Human Cost of Fracking, EcoWatch

New York Loses Bid to Block Millennium Gas Line Project, Bloomberg Quint

Pipeline Opponents Pleased With Caveats, Valley News

Federal Regulators End Key Tax Benefit for Certain Pipeline Companies, Wall St. Journal

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Storms focus attention on climate change, as Gov. Charlie Baker releases $1.4 billion environmental bond bill, MassLive

Massachusetts governor seeks Clean Peak Standard with $1.4B bond bill, Utility Dive

Push is on for carbon tax in New York, Lockport Journal

Clean energy projects in Albany to get share of $1.4 billion in state money, Albany Business Review

Regional plan could provide local say on renewables, Stowe Reporter

3rd District candidate unveils green-jobs plan, Lowell Sun

State of renewables not what you might think, Rutland Herald

Could FERC Order Put State Clean Energy Policies in Danger?, Greentech Media

Report: Severe weather in Northeast tied to warming Arctic, Cape Cod Times

Clean Energy Is Key to New England’s Fuel Security, Natural Resources Defense Council

Towns tell state leaders to act on climate change. Are they listening?, vtdigger.org

Connecticut renewable energy supporters to push for legislative gains, Litchfield County Times

Climate Change Resolution Adopted In 35 Communities, Vermont Public Radio

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse featured among ‘Voices for 100 percent Renewable Energy’, MassLive.com

The 2018 Community Power State Scorecard, CleanTechnica

Emissions and Dispatch Top Talk at NY Task Force, RTO Insider

NA Markets: Compliance demand re-emerges in California as RGGI awaits next week’s auction, Carbon Pulse

‘Reggie’ states addressing transportation emissions, Yale Climate Connections

 

Wind

Bay State Wind Teams With Massachusetts Energy Storage Company, NA Windpower

Ocean City loses bid to push back offshore wind developments, Delmarvanow.com

Study gauges economic impact of offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Offshore wind backers push New London area as potential hub, theday.com

Report Quantifies Economic Impact Of Vineyard Wind’s Offshore Proposal, North American Windpower

Offshore wind company partners with Red Sox, Cape Cod Times

Vineyard Wind plans workforce development, Barnstable Patriot

Bay State joins permit fast lane, reNews

 

Solar

Worry over solar sprawl spreads across Rhode Island, Providence Journal

Solar-powered brewery donates extra power to senior center, Caledonian Record

US solar forecast ratcheted down as tariffs weigh, The Week

Even under pro-coal President Trump, U.S. solar is doing pretty well, Washington Post

Vermont lodge and bierhall goes solar, Solar Power World

A Push To Expand A Struggling Sector Of Solar Energy In Connecticut, WSHU

Wilton among state leaders in solar technology, Thehour.com

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

A global game changer for energy efficiency investments, Environmental Defense Fund

How an energy-efficient house can become a big wind-powered battery, Treehugger

Efficiency Startup Gets Funding to Cut Energy Use by Buildings, Bloomberg

Green buildings will have to go beyond conserving energy, Popular Science

State Report: Budget Raid On Energy Funds Hurting Connecticut Economy, Hartford Courant

For utilities trying to drive conservation, mixed messages may be best, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Vermont Yankee deal gives state more financial peace of mind, Vermont Biz

Vermont Yankee sale case will extend into summer, vtdigger.org

Nuclear Community Engagement Experience Takes Place On Saturday in Barnstable, CapeCod.com News

Disney: ‘ZOMBIES’ movie set in power plant town called ‘Seabrook’ a coincidence, NewHampshire.com

Congress Hasn’t Given up on Nuclear Power, Futurism

The quiet fight to finally send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain, Washington Examiner

Nuclear subsidy bill re-engineered as three separate measures, NJSpotlight.com

Interest in Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Is Growing. So Are Fears They Aren’t Viable, Greentech Media

 

Electric Vehicles

Electric cars are becoming increasingly greener in the US thanks to a cleaner electric grid, Energy Central

Pennsylvania proposal could bolster EV charging infrastructure, Utility Dive

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says, New York Times

Split FERC approves ISO-NE 2-part capacity market plan, Utility Dive

Powelson ‘very nervous’ about long-term reliability in ISO-NE, Utility Dive

ISO New England real-time price spike leads to increase in oil, hydro generation, Platts

Report Examines Comparatively High Expenses For New England’s Power Grid Operator, New England Public Radio

Lawyer: Site Evaluation Committee won’t decide whether to reconsider Northern Pass rejection until May, Union Leader

Time running short for N. Pass, CommonWealth Magazine

Prospects improve for CMP’s $950 million power line plan, Press Herald

Northern Pass Hydropower Project Again Delayed, ecoRI news

Utility workers travel to restore Cape’s power, Cape Cod Times

State launches probe into utilities’ response to 2 storms, Albany Times Union

7News Investigates: Seeking Power Outage Solutions Underground, WHDH TV

Cryptocurrency Companies to See Electric Rates Rise in NY. Opening for Microgrids?, Microgrid Knowledge

Schneider Electric and REC Solar collaborate on Massachusetts microgrid, Solar Power World

Pennsylvania Microgrid Bill Wins Committee Vote. Heads to House, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Columnist Stanley Rosenberg: Building our green, clean energy future, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Column: Securing a clean energy future, Gloucester Times

Maine needs new natural gas capacity to control our energy costs, Bangor Daily News

Letter: Thanks to supporters of renewable energy, Bennington Banner

New York Is Moving Aggressively To Harvest Its Offshore Wind, Forbes

Letter: A proposal on the Vermont Yankee sale, Brattleboro Reformer

Yankee candor: A deal to decommission Vermont Yankee is promising, but only if it involves transparency, The Keene Sentinel

Stop pouring money into fusion energy research, Eagle Tribune

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Energy News for week ending January 26, 2018

Northern Pass Wins it All | A Disaster | Wind to Beat Hydro

 

Happy sunny Friday.

 

Some of the biggest anticipated news this week was the selection of winning bids in Massachusetts’ Section 83D RFP. What was interesting is that there was just one winner. Eversource’s Northern Pass project to bring Canadian hydro to New England beat out dozens of other bidders. From WBUR, “’We had a lot of good options and this is the one that rose to the top,’ said Judith Judson, Massachusetts’ commissioner of energy resources. Evaluators determined the project would provide the ‘greatest overall value,’ to the state’s electric ratepayers, she added. When completed, the line is expected to deliver the equivalent of 17 percent of the state’s current electric load.” Not everyone is happy about the choice though. See below for statements released by several energy and environmental organizations. And as the Boston Globe article notes, years of litigation is possible.

 

From the Worcester Telegram, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and the Environment, Matthew Beaton speaking to the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change on Wednesday, reported that “During the frigid 15 days between Christmas and Jan. 9, power generators in Massachusetts burned about 2 million barrels of oil — more than twice the amount of oil they burned during all of 2016. ‘Economically, this is a disaster for us in New England. Equally as important, environmentally the emissions and the profiles of what occurred in this timeframe is nothing but a disaster,’ Beaton said. He added, ‘We can’t ignore this and I think this has to be part of an honest conversation of how we look at the challenges facing our system.’” One of the answers seems to be Siberian gas (Boston Globe).

The EIA released its short-term energy outlook this week and as the Daily Energy Insider reported the EIA revealed that “natural gas will hold its lead as the top supplier of electricity in the United States over the next two years.” However, as Utility Dive notes, the EIA also predicts that wind will beat hydro as leading US renewable resource in the same time frame.

We have a good number of articles below on Trump’s 30 percent solar tariff that was announced this week including one from Greentech Media that asks, Did Trump’s Solar Tariffs Just Launch a US Manufacturing Renaissance? And from the “Jetson’s” category we have a few articles on electric vehicles, including barges (The Guardian) and planes (Greentech Media) and another from Bloomberg that reveals, Off-the-Shelf Nuclear Plants Could Soon Help Power Electric Cars.

That’s it for this week. As always, be sure to check out Northeast Energy News for events. Have a great weekend.

 

83D

Mass. Taps Eversource’s Northern Pass For Hydropower Project, WBUR

Baker goes with Eversource’s Northern Pass, CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource wins big contract to build power line project through New Hampshire, Boston Globe

Northern Pass prevails in Mass. Clean Energy RFP, handing victory to Eversource and Hydro-Quebec, MassLive

Northern Pass wins entire Massachusetts clean energy bid process, Concord Monitor

Massachusetts Picks Northern Pass For Major Energy Contract, Maine Public

NEPGA Statement

NECEC Statement

RENEW Northeast Statement

CLF Statement

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

As Siberian gas awaits US landing, a second ship may be coming, Boston Globe

The end of natural gas is near, GreenBiz

EIA expects natural gas to hold lead as source for electricity generation through 2019, Daily Energy Insider

AG opposes gas-pipeline price break for new Back Bay high rise, Universal Hub

Pipeline advocates renew calls for expansion, MetroWest Daily News

Invenergy withdraws lawsuit challenging power-plant connection costs, The Providence Journal

Invenergy Ends Water Deal With Narragansett Indian Tribe, Rhode Island Public Radio

Invenergy Lawyer Accuses Town of Burrillville of Lying, ecoRI news

Pipeline in Holyoke stirs up conversation, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Massive oil burn during cold snap a ‘disaster,’ says Beaton, Worcester Telegram

New England About To Get Liquefied Natural Gas From Unusual Source, NewBostonPost

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

The trouble with Trump leaving climate change to the military, Vox.com

EPA loosens Clean Air Act rules for major pollution sources, Utility Dive

CT’s clean energy edge: Going, going . . . or coming back?, The CT Mirror

RI Environment Council Focused on Climate Change, ecoRI news

State Lawmakers Not Just Blowing Smoke About Rejoining RGGI, NJ Spotlight

City Council aims for 100 percent green, Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

Wind

EIA: Wind to beat hydro as leading US renewable resource in next 2 years, Utility Dive

A small town in SLC just got cut from a multimillion-dollar wind deal. Its reaction? “Relief.”, NCPR

Baker mentions offshore wind project in speech, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Vineyard wind takes more comment from the public, Cape Cod Times

LePage blocks new wind energy projects, creates secretive commission to study impacts, Press Herald

World’s biggest wind farm would have its own artificial island, NBCNews.com

Getting to ‘head-spinning’ low prices for US offshore wind, Utility Dive

 

Solar

Trump issues 30% tariff on solar imports, Utility Dive

Will utilities keep investing in solar after Trump’s tariffs?, Utility Dive

Mass. solar industry ‘just got a hit in the nose’ from Trump’s new tariff, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

Critics say Eversource’s new fee casts a shadow on solar power, Boston Globe

Will the Eversource rate design that DER advocates couldn’t stop slow the Massachusetts solar boom?, Utility Dive

Did Trump’s Solar Tariffs Just Launch a US Manufacturing Renaissance?, Greentech Media

At Davos, Gore defends Trump solar tariff: report, Fox News

Solar groups balk at DPU Eversource decision, Trump tariffs, The Recorder

Massachusetts “SMART” Rates to Boost Community Solar, (press release) Energy Central

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

A better battery? MIT researchers say discovery could improve storage of energy from wind, sun, Boston Globe

Saving Watts to Save Drops: Inclusion of Water Efficiency in Energy Efficiency Programs, (report) ACEEE

6 months after target adoption, Massachusetts sees energy storage growth, challenges, Utility Dive

Dover, Sherborn join Green Communities, Wicked Local Dover

Nissan announces energy storage solution using solar, Energy Digital

 

Electric Transportation

‘Every New Vehicle Will Be Electric’ by 2025, Disruption Expert Says, Renewable Energy World

World’s first electric container barges to sail from European ports this summer, The Guardian

How many electric cars can the grid take? Depends on your neighborhood, arstechnica.com

Electric Airplanes Could Remake Aviation, Greentech Media (Audio)

 

Nuclear

Can We Make A Nuclear Reactor That Won’t Melt Down?, Forbes.com

State Nuclear Bailout Lawsuit Moves Forward, NY Law Journal

Vermont Yankee sale settlement may be imminent, vtdigger.org

Off-the-Shelf Nuclear Plants Could Soon Help Power Electric Cars, Bloomberg

CT to move ahead with nuke power auction, Hartford Business Journal

Indian Point: Owners, workers reach tentative deal, The Journal News

Dominion’s Millstone nuclear plant could warrant subsidies, draft report says, Utility Dive

NextEra: Nuclear plant operator ‘uncompromising’ with safety, Gloucester Daily Times

Vermont Yankee fuel plan gets environmental OK, vtdigger.org

Report: Nukes should be allowed to compete with wind, solar, Penn Energy

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Milford power plant gets a boost, Milford Daily News

Attleboro area electricity collaborative renews contract, Sun Chronicle

FERC Denies New England Tx Owners ROE Rehearing, RTO Insider

FERC, RTOs: Grid Performed Better in Jan. Cold Snap vs. 2014, RTO Insider

ISO New England power study highlights fuel-security risks, Daily Energy Insider

New England Energy Grid Pushed To Brink During Recent Cold Snaps, Vermont Public Radio

Eversource customers could see another rate increase, WFSB

Advocacy groups oppose National Grid rate hike, Albany Times Union

Brayton Point sale price: $8.5 million, Herald News

State investigates National Grid’s storm response, Gloucester Times

Everett sues Baker administration to nix tax deal for power plant, Boston Globe

In Quebec, it’s power versus a people on hydroelectricity, Boston Globe

Van Welie takes energy analysis to Capitol Hill, CommonWealth Magazine

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Our Opinion: Unintended consequences of solar panel tariff, Berkshire Eagle

Union: Money is clouding CLF’s judgment, CommonWealth Magazine

What’s happened to CLF?, CommonWealth Magazine

CLF denies financial ties to TDI, CommonWealth Magazine

To the Editor: CLF has a conflict of interest, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Maine Compass: State has reached its limit on wind power, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

COLUMN-Commentary: A tale of a tanker, Russian gas, sanctions and energy politics, Reuters

Trusting industry to police industry standards leads to lasting harm, (nuclear) Commons

Editorial: Murphy says yes to RGGI and no to Christie, NorthJersey.com

How US Tariffs Will Hurt America’s Solar Industry,  New York Times

YOUR VIEW: The outrageously high cost for energy in Massachusetts is an issue that matters, SouthCoastToday.com

LETTER: Climate change demands voices be heard at State House, Wicked Local Cambridge

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