Category Archives: Northeast Energy News

Energy News for week ending February 26, 2021

Upgrades Cost Over 1.5 Billion |  Huge Opportunity | Fighting to Stay in Business

Happy Friday folks.

Not enough time for a detailed recap, but here are a few articles you might find interesting:

LI grid upgrades for wind, solar power could top $1.5 billion, News Day

A huge opportunity here’: NH looks to offshore wind turbines for renewable energy, Fosters Daily Democrat

As Cities Grapple With Climate Change, Gas Utilities Fight To Stay In Business, NPR

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

Texas Analysis

Days Before Blackouts, One Texas Power Giant Sounded the Alarm, Bloomberg

How Texas’ Power Generation Failed During the Storm, In Charts, New York Times

The Texas Polar Vortex Resurrects the Question of Fuel Diversity for the Decarbonized Grid, Greentech Media

After Texas Crisis, Biden’s Climate Plan Hangs on Fragile Power Grid, Bloomberg Green

Could a Texas-style blackout disrupt New England? Unlikely, but the crisis is a warning, Boston Globe

His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752., New York Times

Texas Blackout Boosts Australian Bank by Up to $215 Million, Wall St. Journal

Texans Will Pay for Decades as Crisis Tacks Billions Onto Bills, Bloomberg Green

The Two Hours That Nearly Destroyed Texas’s Electric Grid, Bloomberg Green

Texas Electric Bills Were $28 Billion Higher Under Deregulation, Wall St. Journal

Could it Happen Here?

 What Happened in Texas, Could It Happen in RI?, Go Local Providence

Could a Texas-style blackout disrupt New England? Unlikely, but the crisis is a warning, Boston Globe

Climate Change

As climate change increases flooding, Mass. likely to see damaged-property costs surge, report says, Boston Globe

Scientists see stronger evidence of slowing Atlantic Ocean circulation, an ‘Achilles’ heel’ of the climate, Washington Post

Most Americans Don’t Have Enough Flood Insurance for Climate Change, Bloomberg

Ice, Fire, Floods: Extreme Weather and Climate Change, Washington Post

Restarting Texas’s Frozen Energy Heartland Will Be a Climate Mess, Bloomberg Green

What New Net-Zero Studies Tell Us About Electricity Decarbonization, The Breakthrough Institute

Climate bill threatens economic development, business groups say, Boston Business Journal

Climate leaders go ‘all in’ to halve emissions by 2030, Utility Dive

Barnstable County climate change plan wins assembly and community approval, Cape Cod Times

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Report Finds That a Clean Energy Standard Is the ‘Linchpin’ of US Achieving Climate Goals, Greentech Media

Report: ‘Grid-Enhancing Technologies’ Could Save $5B per Year by Boosting US Renewables Capacity, Greentech Media

Texas freeze casts renewable energy as next battle line in US culture wars, The Guardian

Plug Power to build $290M hydrogen production facility in WNY, Times Union

LI grid upgrades for wind, solar power could top $1.5 billion, News Day

Albany’s port suddenly at the center of things, Times Union

Wind

A huge opportunity here’: NH looks to offshore wind turbines for renewable energy, Fosters Daily Democrat

Attorney general says Connecticut Port Authority is being investigated, The Day

Offshore Wind Developer Signs Job Training Agreement with 6 NJ Labor Unions, NBC Philadelphia

Today is Deadline for Comments on South Fork Wind Farm Environmental Report, East End Beacon

Solar

GMP microgrid in Panton will keep the lights on during outages, VT Biz

Green Development LLC announces the completion of solar farms in Glocester and Hopkinton, (RI) Press Release, EIN Newswire

AC Power, Citrine Power awarded solar land lease in Green Township N.J. for community solar, Solar Builder Magazine

Proposed solar array project fails to impress Moreau Planning Board; Public hearing set for April 19, Post Star

Efficiency/Storage

Morrow Batteries Is Taking Its First Steps to Norwegian Gigafactory, Bloomberg Green

EVs

It looks like the Batmobile, works on solar energy, and could be the future of cars, Washington Post

Electric car chargers are popping up all over North Jersey. Tenafly looks to install them next, northjersey.com

Nuclear

NYS PSC Hearings On Indian Point License Transfer Draw Numerous Comments, WAMC

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

As Cities Grapple With Climate Change, Gas Utilities Fight To Stay In Business, NPR

Lawmakers push regulators to reexamine compressor approval, Patriot Ledger

The battle over climate change is boiling over on the home front, Washington Post

Texas Is Awash in Natural Gas. It Didn’t Help in the Storm, Wall St. Journal

Neighbors say Vermont Gas failed to meet energy efficiency promises in pipeline case, VT Digger

Voters to weigh in on potential Burlington fossil fuel fee, WCAX

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

In A Blow To Environmental Justice Advocates, State Regulators Approve Controversial East Boston Substation, WBUR

New York Power Authority offers remote monitoring of utility assets to customers to reduce downtime, increase productivity, Niagara Frontier Publications

New York begins construction on $854m transmission project, Power Technology

Senate Confirms Granholm to Head US Energy Department, Greentech Media

Local governments want energy choice, but say LIPA programs are holding them back, News Day

N.H. considers bill to enhance community power aggregation while strengthening customer protections, Daily Energy Insider

Maine’s largest private electricity supplier renews legal battle over its deceptive practices, Boothbay Register

Possible hundreds of billions in US power sector securitizations spur ratepayer protection debate, Utility Dive

Unpaid utility bills mount during pandemic, Eagle Tribune

Connecticut utilities seek to end pandemic-related shut-off ban, Hartford Courant

Program to help New Hampshire renters pay bills, AP

Unpaid Electric Bills May Leave Eversource Customers on the Hook for Further Rate Hikes, CT Examiner

CMP corridor sparks bill requiring similar projects to bring benefits to Mainers, WGME

New anti-CMP corridor referendum makes Maine’s November ballot, Bangor Daily News

NECEC corridor application postponed in Wilton, Sun Journal

Opinion

Baker’s $175m regulatory gift to biomass, CommonWealth Magazine

CMP Chairman: CMP is on the team for Maine’s renewable energy future, Press Herald

Renewable power requires competent and accountable utilities, Maine Monitor

New Jersey’s Dirty Secret: The Injustice of Incinerators and Trash Energy in New Jersey’s Frontline Communities, Earth Justice

Springer/Lesnikoski: McNeil renewable energy supports sustainable forestry, VT Digger

Gas pipeline will threaten water quality, wildlife and wetlands, CT Mirror

Sense of unfairness fueling continued opposition to CMP plan, CentralMaine.com

Maine compass clean energy corridor will help families like mine, Centralmaine.com

Matt Cota: Things to consider in Vermont’s thermal energy transformation, VT Digger

Another Voice: Natural gas plays a role in N.Y. energy independence, Buffalo News

Climate change could play a big role in pandemic, recession recovery plans, Bangor Daily News

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Energy News for week ending February 19, 2021

Texas Explainers | Can it Happen Here | Zombie in Western Mass

Happy Friday folks.

Of course the big news this week were the problems in Texas. There was a lot of finger pointing among some parties, but it became clear it wasn’t all the frozen wind turbines’ fault. We have a few articles below that give some clear explanations about what happened, as well as others that look at if, when, or how that situation could happen elsewhere, particularly here in the northeast.

This is a story that keeps on giving and the headline from Western Mass Politics and Insight takes the award for most attention grabbing one of the week, Markey Grabs a Shovel to Help Bury Zombie Biomass Project…

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

Texas

Why the Texas power grid is struggling to cope with the extreme cold, Vox.com

The Texas grid got crushed because its operators didn’t see the need to prepare for cold weather, Washington Post

Power experts cite gas constraints as main cause of ERCOT outages, but system planning questions remain, Utility Dive

Severe weather, blackouts show the grid’s biggest problem is infrastructure. not renewables, TechCrunch

Can it Happen Here?

A Glimpse of America’s Future: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids, New York Times

Could Rolling Blackouts Happen In New England?, NHPR

After Texas blackouts, MPUC will look at climate demands for Maine’s electricity grid, Maine Biz

Climate Change

$10 billion bill offered to power climate legislation, State House News Service via WWLP

Lamont administration lays out legislative agenda on climate change, The Day

How the Warming Arctic Helped Drive a Deep Freeze Into Texas, Bloomberg Green

There’s an invisible climate threat seeping from grocery store freezers. Biden wants to change that., Washington Post

New FERC Chair’s Focus: Environmental Justice and Climate Change Impacts, Greentech Media

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Holyoke’s energy stays green and affordable as demand expected to grow, MassLive

12-year battle continues: Area organizations urge Gov. Charlie Baker to not allow rule changes favorable to Springfield biomass plan, MassLive

Markey Grabs a Shovel to Help Bury Zombie Biomass Project…, Western Mass Politics and Insight

Stop raiding Clean Energy Funds to plug holes in NJ Transit budget, advocates say to Murphy, NJ.com

Ignoring pandemic, Americans installed record amounts of solar and wind energy, CBS News

Wind

Vestas Looks at Wind Turbines Made of Wood With Startup Stake, Bloomberg Green

Anbaric, DNV GL Preparing Bid for New Jersey Offshore Wind Transmission, North American Wind Power

US offshore network boosts board, ReNews

The Emerging US Offshore Wind Industry Is Ready for Take-Off, Commercial Property Executive

Some worry N.J. offshore wind project will affect views, fishing, and tourism, Inquirer.com

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind to test ocean floor for energy project, Press of Atlantic City

Solar

Massachusetts solar installers form unique alliance to address installer shortage, Solar Power World

State revamps home solar compensation, Journal Inquirer (CT)

Hopkinton Town Council considers solar ordinance amendments, Westerly Sun

Efficiency/Storage

Boston’s first net-zero-carbon building could tower over Downtown Crossing, Boston Business Journal

New Hampshire companies call for enhancing state’s energy-efficiency standard, NH Business Review

SEPA/ESA report details multiple ways utilities can make battery storage financially viable, Utility Dive

S&P: Despite storage growth, US to achieve ‘marginal’ carbon-free capacity increases through 2035, Utility Dive

EVs

State now offering rebates to spur electric truck sales, State House News Service via WWLP

Massachusetts to subsidize electric trucks in expansion of rebate program, Boston Globe

VW ‘unintended victim’ in battery supplier dispute, seeks four-year reprieve, Reuters

Nuclear

Regulatory Harmonization: An Upcoming Hurdle for SMRs? Greentech Media

How and why a nuclear reactor shut down in Texas cold snap when energy was needed most, Washington Examiner

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

FERC To Take Another Look at Weymouth Gas Compressor, State House News Service

Manchin urges Biden to support “responsible” natural gas, Axios

How to Decarbonize Natural Gas, Greentech Media

FERC to reopen 1999 policy on gas project approvals, add environmental justice considerations, Utility Dive

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Eversource CEO expects regulators to allow $341M spent on Tropical Storm Isaias to be collected from ratepayers, Union Leader

Unpaid utility bills mount during pandemic, Eagle Tribune

Biden gets his first energy crisis — and an opening, Politico

Biden Official Says Texas Storm Shows Infrastructure Need, Bloomberg

Biden to Meet With Unions Pushing for Infrastructure Spending, Wall St. Journal

NYS Public Service Commission approves transmission lines, Daily Energy Insider

FERC reliance on ratepayers to fund utility cybersecurity insufficient to meet rising threat, analysts say, Utility Dive

State regulator launches probe into future of Maine’s electric grid, Press Herald

How the Rich Can Escape America’s Unreliable Power Grid, Bloomberg Green

The thorny politics of the next Canadian energy project are being debated in Maine, Bangor Daily News

Representative Serpa opposes medical waste to fuel pyrolysis facility, Uprise RI

Tiny Maine community divided as construction on CMP corridor begins, Bangor Daily News

Many locals wary as CMP corridor breaks ground near The Forks, CentralMaine.com

N.H. House Bill That Would Change Current Community Power Structure Gets Its First Hearing, NHPR

Opinion

Outlook 2021: Modernizing natural gas distribution system is priority for Eversource (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Should Your Town Politicians Be In Charge of Your Electrical Power? NH Journal

Questioning ‘artificial’ electrification, Utility Dive

No state is an island — Transmission keeps the lights on, Utility Dive

A Plan to Future-Proof the Texas Power Grid, New York Times

Doubling Down on a Centralized Grid Is More Expensive Without Distributed Energy, Greentech Media

We need to know why CMP seeks big increase in interconnection fees, Bangor Daily News

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Energy News for week ending February 12, 2021

CMP Solar Problems | Unloved | So Long GTM

Happy Friday folks.

There was a ton of energy news this week and most was positive. We can’t highlight it all, but a few stories raised eyebrows and others made us sad.

Central Maine Power finds itself in the news again and this time over its solar policies:

Under pressure, CMP says it can do faster, cheaper solar hookups, Press Herald

Mills calls for investigation of CMP solar problems, Press Herald

CMP’s solar energy controversy prompts multiple state probes into Maine’s electric grid, Bangor Daily News

And from Connecticut As Finger-Pointing Over Unloved Gas Plant Continues, Who Really Gets To Call The Shots?, WNPR

This is story that makes us sad. GTM is a great news outlet that will surely be missed when it is shutdown in March, Greentech Media news group to be closed by oil, gas, energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, Energy Transition Now.

The Biden Administration’s love of EVs is causing this category of news to grow. We have several stories below that outline benefits and challenges. And if you’re in the market for an EV, check out this story from the Wall St. Journal. The New Electric Vehicles Now Hitting the Road. I have my eye on a Nissan Ariya – it will need to handle carrying kayaks, bicycles, and golf clubs though.

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

MA Climate Bill

Spilka: Senate Taking Climate Amendments “Seriously,” State House News Service (subscriber content)

Baker takes more conciliatory tone on climate change bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker Sends Climate Bill Back With Amendments, State House News Service via WBUR

Amendments Weave Environmental Justice Into State’s Permitting, State House News Service

Lawmakers urged to reject changes to climate bill, Gloucester Times

Climate Change

NARUC, NASEO unveil 5 ‘blueprints’ to guide state energy planning on climate, other challenges, Utility Dive

How will McKee steer Rhode Island on environmental policy?, Boston Globe

There’s a Dirty Secret Behind Many Utility Climate Pledges, Greentech Media

Mass. Climate Change Undersecretary Resigns After Comments Come Under Fire, WBUR

Baker moves on quickly from Ismay, CommonWealth Magazine

Here’s how Elon Musk’s $100 million Xprize competition for carbon removal will work, TechCrunch

Panel: Tackle ocean acidity to save state’s shellfish, Gloucester Times

CT has big plans for tackling climate change. Now it has to make them happen., CT Mirror

Trump’s Environmental Policies Killed Thousands of People, Scientists Say, Bloomberg Green

Municipalities must now make climate change part of master-plan updates, NJ Spotlight

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

What Would It Take To Reach Biden’s Carbon-Free Electric Power Goal by 2035?, reason.com

Hydropower Jostles for Role in Global Green Recovery Programs, Greentech Media

Canada plans hydropower push as Biden looks to clean up U.S. grid, Reuters

Connecticut River dam debate shows that hydropower is more complex than just blocking a lot of water, Concord Monitor

Should biomass be considered a renewable energy source? The debate rumbles on, NS Energy

Wind

Floating Wind Turbines Buoy Hopes Of Expanding Renewable Energy, Wall St. Journal

The US offshore wind sector prepares for take-off., Lloyds Register

Mass. may go bigger in next offshore wind round, Fall River Herald News

Vestas Ups Stakes in Race for World’s Biggest Wind Turbine, Bloomberg Green

New training programme aids US businesses entry into offshore wind market, Renewable Energy Magazine

Wind developers eager for federal approvals for projects off Long Island, News Day

Before the wind turbine plant, a training academy to teach its workers, CBS 6 Albany

Solar

North Shore utilities partner again, this time on solar power, Salem News

National Grid seeks approval to expand access to solar energy for low-income customers, WWLP

Clean Energy, Lower Bills Are Stars of Croton’s New Solar System, River Journal  

Under pressure, CMP says it can do faster, cheaper solar hookups, Press Herald

Mills calls for investigation of CMP solar problems, Press Herald

CMP’s solar energy controversy prompts multiple state probes into Maine’s electric grid, Bangor Daily News

Green Lantern completes sixth solar array for Vermont’s Sugarbush Resort, Solar Power World

Efficiency/Storage

Plus Power Breaks Open Market for Massive Batteries in New England, Greentech Media

DOE lab aims to answer the ‘big questions’ about storage and help dramatically increase deployment, Utility Dive

How US Grid Operators Plan To Tackle Energy Storage at Gigawatt Scale, Greentech Media

Charging Forward: Burlington’s Building Electrification Effort Hits the Ballot, Seven Days

GMP announces extra savings on heat pumps for low- and moderate-income customers, VT Digger

EVs

The New Electric Vehicles Now Hitting the Road, Wall St. Journal

Electric vehicles could be ‘imperfect substitutes’ for gas-powered cars, new study suggests, Utility Dive

Auto industry peers into an electric future and sees bumps ahead, Washington Post

Carmakers in US to spend $250B on electrification by 2023, push for national standard, group says, Utility Dive

Ford doubles electric vehicle investment to $22 billion through 2025, Electrek

E.V.s Force Carmakers to Reinvent the Wheel, and Brakes, and Mirrors, New York Times

Ford boosts investment plan for EVs and self driving vehicles, reports loss, Reuters

EV Company With Almost No Revenue Posts 3,000% Gain in 8 Months, Bloomberg

Study reveals EV secret: They are driven less than gas cars, E&E News

Middletown first in CT to have all-electric school bus, Middletown Press

Nuclear

Sea-level rise could threaten coastal nuclear waste facilities, Yale Climate Connections

Mini Nuclear Reactors Offer Promise Of Cheaper, Clean Power, Wall St. Journal

Is Nuclear Power Poised for a Resurgence?, Power Magazine

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Environmental Groups Sue Federal Regulators Over Western Mass. Pipeline Plan, WBUR

Glick sees consensus on FERC considering climate, environmental justice in siting gas infrastructure, Utility Dive

Weymouth Mayor Hopes To Take Down Incinerator Plant With Compressor Station Money, Patch.com

As Finger-Pointing Over Unloved Gas Plant Continues, Who Really Gets To Call The Shots?, WNPR

Democrats Split Over Proposed Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Plants in Connecticut, CT Mirror

C-Zero Raises $11.5M to Scale Up ‘Turquoise Hydrogen’ Technology, Greentech Media

Burning fossil fuels kills an estimated 350,000 Americans a year, including 7,600 in Massachusetts, study finds, Boston Globe

Shell’s Falling Oil Output Ends Century-Long Business Model, Bloomberg

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New Tech, Gadgets Helping Balance Renewable Energy Resources in Today’s Electrical Grid, Microgrid Knowledge

Grid operators to request extension on FERC Order 2222 compliance, regulator cites ‘short’ timeline, Utility Dive

Company trying to purchase Hampden plant eventually wants to mix trash with sewage sludge, Bangor Daily News

Town, state officials resist RMLD’s biomass power deal, Daily News

Eversource Operating in the New Reality of a Pandemic, Utility Products

Burlington enters Phase 3 in creating district energy system, Vermont Biz

Controversial power line caught up in high-stakes power struggle, Press Herald

CMP raises 1st pole as construction on contested $1B corridor begins, Bangor Daily News

Electric sector can learn from the Florida water utility hack, say experts, Utility Dive

When power most needed, ‘peaker’ polluters fire up in Berkshires. Should that continue,? Berkshire Eagle

SolarWinds security to-do list post hack, Utility Dive

Grid operators to request extension on FERC Order 2222 compliance, regulator cites ‘short’ timeline, Utility Dive

Rockland energy broker accused of fleecing customers in $100M lawsuit, Westfair Online

Many NJ customers fall way behind on utility bills. State urged to extend moratorium on shutoffs,  NJ Spotlight

Raimondo appoints former RI Senate majority leader Revens to PUC, ProJo

Greentech Media news group to be closed by oil, gas, energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, Energy Transition Now

Opinion

The Big Picture Of Wind Power – Editorial, Falmouth Enterprise

Will developers block clean energy standards?, CommonWealth Magazine

Cleaning up the power grid requires a federal-state partnership, Utility Dive

Commentary: Maine needs CMP to be a partner to clean energy, not an obstacle, CentralMaine.com

Developing floating offshore wind can help protect Maine’s seafaring culture, marine environment, Penobscot Bay Pilot

Campbell Andersen: Why we need climate resolutions in 2021, Vermont Biz

Commentary: Floating offshore wind is a new industry by Maine, for Maine, MaineBiz

Oversight of wind energy and fisheries should calm overblown fears, Press of Atlantic City

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Energy News for week ending February 5, 2021

Solar Baffled | Regional Approach | Power the World

Happy Friday folks.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

Solar industry baffled as Maine energy provider cites costly upgrades to accommodate them, NH Union Leader

Gov. Baker sees potential in regional approach to wind energy, State House News Service via Herald News

The Battery Is Ready to Power the World, Wall St. Journal

And if you’re looking to test your climate knowledge, take this quiz in the Washington Post Climate-friendly farming and Science Moms.

As always enjoy the weekend, Stay safe and as much as it pains me to say this, Go Bucs!

Climate Change

Biden team in talks with utilities, car companies about emissions: climate adviser, Reuters

Social factors could be final barrier to deep US decarbonization, National Academies report finds, Utility Dive

U.S. Cities Are Vastly Undercounting Emissions, Researchers Find, New York Times

Climate-friendly farming and Science Moms, (quiz) Washington Post

Experts Tell Biden: Your Climate Goals Require a Carbon Price, Bloomberg Green

Sea Levels Are Rising Faster Than Most Pessimistic Forecasts, Bloomberg Green

Waiting 10 years to start eliminating emissions will cost the US more than $3.5 trillion, Quartz

A State-by-State Model of the US Net-Zero-Carbon Future, Greentech Media

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

The dark side of ‘green energy’ and its threat to the nation’s environment, Deseret News

Green Hydrogen Backers See Opening in Biden Climate Ambition (1), Bloomberg Law

WoodMac on Green Hydrogen: It’s Going To Happen Faster Than Anyone Expects, Greentech Media

Cambridge energy firm raises $158M after closing SPAC deal, Boston Business Journal

Wind

Gov. Baker sees potential in regional approach to wind energy, State House News Service via Herald News

Salem’s possible role in building off-shore turbines explored, Salem News

Feds put Vineyard Wind back on permitting front burner, Herald News

Offshore wind projects may get back on track, Salem News

Biden administration puts Vineyard Wind energy project back on track, Boston Globe

Somerset’s Brayton Point Commerce Center at an impasse, The Herald News

Fishermen, developers hit impasse over offshore wind farm plan, Providence Journal

Wind Energy Research Project Inches Ahead, The Free Press

The Empire State Building and its related buildings are now powered by wind, Washington Post

Rich Hamptons Residents Scared of ‘Violent Energy Releases’ From Offshore Wind Farm Cable, Gizmodo

Solar

Solar industry baffled as Maine energy provider cites costly upgrades to accommodate them, NH Union Leader

Solar developer fined $1.14M for wetlands damage in Williamsburg, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Biden wants solar jobs. People may not want them, E&E News

Efficiency/Storage

The Battery Is Ready to Power the World, Wall St. Journal

How to Engage Middle America on Climate? Make Resilience Primary, says Gina McCarthy, Microgrid Knowledge

New York offers $15m to pilot heat pump technology, Energy Live News

Unions, trades say energy-code costs could thwart construction, State House News Service via BBJ

Beyond Declining Battery Prices: 6 Ways to Evaluate Energy Storage in 2021, Greentech Media

Building domestic supply chain for battery storage could be a priority for lawmakers, Senate aides say, Utility Dive

EVs

In push for clean transportation, Mass. focuses on electric cars over public transit, Boston Globe

GM’s all-EV plan could shake the energy industry, E&E news

Tesla: Batteries better for long-haul EVs, hydrogen is ‘just crazy,’ Utility Dive

As GM gives ‘huge’ boost to EVs, states vary in advancing supportive policies, reports find, Utility Dive

Nuclear

New Mexico’s nuclear rush. A massive nuclear waste site near Carlsbad is seemingly on a fast track. Can the company behind it be trusted?, Searchlight New Mexico

Nuclear has another friend in Biden, but changes at the NRC could mean more scrutiny ahead, Utility Dive

Latest tussle over $300M nuclear subsidies rests on financial viability of the units, NJ Spotlight

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Coal to Exit From U.S. Power System by 2033, Morgan Stanley Says, Bloomberg Green

Fore River Basin air monitors called ‘community science project,’ Patriot Ledger

INTERVIEW: New FERC member backs up-front, ‘robust’ vetting in gas project reviews, S&P Global

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

As Final Vote On Electrical Substation Nears, East Boston Residents Say State’s Approval Process Has Left Them Out, WBUR

SolarWinds fallout could last for years, as power industry secures vulnerable equipment: Dragos CEO, Utility Dive

EVs, turbines, solar panels pose circular economy dilemma: NIST workshop, Utility Dive

New FERC member argues power markets must ‘respect’ state policy choices, S&P Global

Boston kicks off community choice electricity program, aiming to surpass state’s renewables requirement, Utility Dive

As Boston gets on board, community power compacts gain steam, WWLP

Eversource Responds to Shocked Connecticut Customers After Bill Increase, Kicks 1055

NE States Considering Different Market Models, RTO Insider

Opinion

Want Environmental Justice? Look to Energy Efficiency., Politico

How Joe Biden’s Tax Plan Will Drive Up Utility Bills Nationwide, Forbes.com

Natural Gas Service Ban Would be Irresponsible for Consumers, Workers and Families Across NYC, Consumer Energy Alliance

GOP is corrupting NH public utilities panel, Valley News

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Energy News for week ending January 29, 2021

Take Two | Competing Priorities | East Boston Protest

Happy Friday folks.

Here’s what we’re reading:

Take Two: Lawmakers Again Send Climate Bill to Baker, State House News Service via WBUR

Environmental Priorities — Solar Energy and Land Conservation — Compete in the Legislature, CT Examiner

East Boston Residents Protest Controversial Electrical Substation Project, WBUR

There are also several stories this week on EVs and others on how to improve the grid to allow for more renewable development. Be sure to check them out.

As always enjoy the weekend, Stay safe and warm!

MA Climate Bill

Take Two: Lawmakers Again Send Climate Bill to Baker, State House News Service via WBUR

Let’s try this (climate change bill) again, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker admin makes its case ahead of climate bill vote, State House News Service via WWLP

Theoharides explains $6b cost figure, CommonWealth Magazine

As Lawmakers Plan Vote On Climate Bill, A Showdown With Baker Seems Likely, WBUR

Climate Change

World’s Ice Is Melting Faster Than Ever, Climate Scientists Say, Wall St. Journal

NJ meets first goal in reducing carbon emissions, but still has ‘incredible hill to climb,’ NJ Spotlight

25 states promised to stay in the Paris Agreement. Did they follow through?, Grist

‘Energy’ Is Its Name. But What Can the D.O.E. Actually Do on Climate?, New York Times

Biden Executive Orders Set Broad Federal Role in Clean Energy and Climate Change Mitigation, Greentech Media

New U.S. Strategy Would Quickly Free Billions in Climate Funds, New York Times

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Jiminy Peak a model for renewable energy tax incentives, Rep. Neal says, Berkshire Eagle

Expensive Renewable-Energy Report Completed But There Are No Plans to Advance Its Recommendations, EcoRI

Boeing Eyes Jetliners Fueled by Waste in Race to Zero Emissions, Bloomberg Green

Wind

Janet Mills Proposes 10-Year Moratorium On Wind Development In Maine-Managed Waters, Maine Public

Vineyard Wind looks to regain spot in project pipeline, Fall River Herald News

Will Airborne Wind Power Finally Fly in 2021,? Greentech Media

Solar

Environmental Priorities — Solar Energy and Land Conservation — Compete in the Legislature, CT Examiner

The Race Is On for Commercial Deployment of Solar in Open Seas, Greentech Media

Efficiency/Storage

How to stop your house’s expensive drafts — and save the planet, Washington Post

National Grid petitions NY PSC to approve small battery project’s dispatch, wholesale market roles, Utility Dive

Tesla Had 83% Increase In Energy Storage Deployments In 2020, CleanTechnica

4 Energy Storage Questions Answered, Microgrid Knowledge

New York approves utility revenue sharing for battery storage systems, Utility Dive

EVS

Where Exactly Does Joe Biden Plan To Put 550,000 EV Charging Stations,? Jalopnik.com

Shift to Electric Vehicles Spurs Bid to Make More Batteries in U.S., Wall St. Journal

Biden plan to electrify federal fleet will boost EV market, but many questions remain, experts say, Utility Dive

New Jersey OKs PSE&G’s $166M EV infrastructure program, omits heavy duty vehicles, Utility Dive

G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035, New York Times

Exclusive: U.S. oil industry seeks unusual alliance with Farm Belt to fight Biden electric vehicle agenda, Reuters

Nuclear

NY attorney general sues over nuclear plant shutdown plan, AP

Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor Parts Sent to Texas for Disposal, WCAI

Oyster Creek: Out with the old nuclear plant, in with a new one? The choices ahead, app.com

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

National Grid seeks hike in gas bills, Salem News

In Newton, leaks in gas lines are a never-ending challenge, Boston Globe

US Northeast spot gas prices, power prices spike amid lower-than-normal temperatures, S&P Global

As Biden vows monumental action on climate change, a fight with the fossil fuel industry has only begun, Washington Post

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New York approves $854M transmission line, outlines path to reach storage, renewables goals, Utility Dive

Transmission seen as pivotal to Biden administration’s climate, environmental justice goals, S&P Global

Transmission trouble: Pipeline woes presage challenges for clean energy buildout, S&P Global

Report Calls for a Ground-Up Overhaul of Federal Transmission Grid Policy, Greentech Media

‘No compelling reason not to’: Former FERC chairs, commissioners call for federal transmission overhaul, Utility Dive

East Boston Residents Protest Controversial Electrical Substation Project, WBUR

Con Edison Tests ConnectDER as a Utility Touchpoint for Distributed Energy, Greentech Media

Opinion

Op-ed: We are the next generation. It’s time to embrace solar., Boston Business Journal

Rhode Island Needs a Plan to Fully Decarbonize, Uprise RI

February 19 is deadline for new climate change law, CommonWealth Magazine

No rules? No problem on Beacon Hill, CommonWealth Magazine

Pass the climate change bill again, CommonWealth Magazine

America’s investor-owned utilities: We can achieve a 100% clean energy future, Utility Dive

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Energy News for week ending January 22, 2021

NY on Top Again | Devouring Energy | 5-Minute Charging

Happy Friday folks.

Busy week so we can’t do a full recap, but we do draw your attention to these stories

As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Climate Change

State Legislature Files Climate Bill, Again, WBUR

Trump Rules Easing Power-Plant Emissions Limits Are Vacated by Court, WSJ

Biden rejoins Paris climate accord, works to overturn Trump’s climate policies, Washington Post

Biden’s narrow path to an infrastructure dream, Politico

In Switch, Chamber of Commerce Backs Climate Action, Possible Carbon Tax, Bloomberg Green

Businesses Aim to Pull Greenhouse Gases From the Air. It’s a Gamble., New York Times

Biden Moves To Have U.S. Rejoin Climate Accord, WBUR

TCI opponents push other states to reject controversial carbon tax, Boston Herald

Biden’s climate steps could have big impact on energy firms, AP

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

New York City’s Biggest Power Producer Aims to Import Renewable Energy From Upstate, Greentech Media

Money Managers Look to Blue Seas for Green Investments, Wall St. Journal

Global investments into clean-energy technology reach record high, Axios.com

Bill Gates-Led Fund Raises Another $1 Billion to Invest in Clean Tech, Bloomberg Green

No-Name Clean Tech Firms Are Turning Into Billion-Dollar Bets, Bloomberg Green

Wind

Interior Department agencies move to streamline offshore wind permitting, Utility Dive

In the offshore wind industry’s East Coast arms race, Mass. falls behind New York, Boston Globe

Offshore wind stagnated under Trump, Biden policies could create a boom for offshore energy, Cape Cod Times

Offshore Wind Backers Hope Vineyard Wind Permitting Woes Will End Under Biden, WBUR

Permitting for big U.S. offshore wind farm will resume ‘very, very soon’: Avangrid CEO, Reuters.com

Solar

‘Not slowing down’: Solar will be cheapest power resource in US by 2030: WoodMac, Utility Dive

Efficiency/Storage

Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?, Fast Company

A Megabattery Boom Is Coming to Rescue Overloaded Power Grids, Bloomberg

EVS

Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced, The Guardian

Electric vehicles close to ‘tipping point’ of mass adoption, The Guardian

Fleet electrification can have ‘outsized influence’ on EV adoption, RMI analysis concludes, Utility Dive

Nuclear

Up for renewal, controversial $300M nuclear subsidies could be cut, state consultant advises, NJ Spotlight

NRC to discuss 100-year licenses for nuclear plants, Gloucester Times

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

After years of protests, a glimmer of hope for opponents to the Weymouth gas compressor, Boston Globe

‘Where does the energy come from?,’ Hudson Valley Times

President-elect Biden to end Keystone XL pipeline in fight on climate change, Washington Post

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Construction of $1 billion Maine power corridor halted by federal appeals court, MassLive

Hydro-Quebec’s American dream, LaPresse

Opponents continue push against Maine power project, Boston Globe

President Biden Names Richard Glick as FERC Chair, Greentech Media

Governor Cuomo Announces PSC Approval of Major Transmission Line Project from Oneida County to Albany County, Gov. Cuomo

Opinion

Debunking Baker’s 6 reasons for climate veto, CommonWealth Magazine

10 state utility commission chairs to FERC: Let’s strengthen federal-state electricity regulatory relationships, Utility Dive

The best way to use our ‘available’ wood, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending January 15, 2021

Vetoed! | Imminent Start | Bug Robot

Happy Friday folks.

Well, we got the answer to last week’s question about whether Governor Baker was going to sign the climate bill or not. Thursday evening he opted for the veto. The good news is that Senate President Spilka and House Speaker Mariano are prepared to refile the bill, but it’s likely to face some significant changes. We have several stories related to this for you below.

According to the Portland Press Herald there are signs of preparation in Maine for the NECEC. “Obscured by a swirling snow squall, an amphibious off-road transporter with 5-foot-high tires maneuvered Friday along the Maine ITS 89 snowmobile trail at the base of Coburn Mountain. At a junction, two workers from Northern Clearing, a Wisconsin-based right-of-way contractor, stepped into the wind and 11-degree cold and secured a sign and pink flagging tape to a small tree. The sign was one of hundreds being erected in remote stretches of northwestern Maine between the Canadian border and The Forks. They will guide crews – likely starting next week – to where they will begin clearing sections of a 53-mile-long corridor through the forest for Central Maine Power’s $1 billion hydroelectric power corridor project, called New England Clean Energy Connect.”

For the new tech feature we have a giant bug for you. From Electrek, “Robots aren’t going to take over the world, but they can definitely make life a lot easier for humans. And that was the aim of BladeBUG, a UK startup that has developed insect-like robots to inspect, maintain, and repair offshore wind turbine blades without the need for rope access…How will the offshore wind industry maintain and repair the giant turbine blades once they’re swooshing through the air, high above the water, without requiring wind turbine workers to dangle precariously above the sea? (Who’s going to want to hang off the giant 14 MW Haliade-X Dogger Bank turbine blades? Yikes.) Not only does the robot make it safer for rope access technicians; it also saves money for the wind turbine companies, as it’s expensive to have humans climb out onto turbine blades.”

That’s the recap for this week. As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Massachusetts Climate Bill

Massachusetts lawmakers prepare to refile climate bill if Gov. Charlie Baker lets clock run out, MassLive

In veto letter, Baker objects to a lot in climate change bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes climate bill that sets carbon emissions targets ahead of 2050, MassLive

Reluctantly, governor vetoes Mass. climate change bill, but it may soon be back on his desk, Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes sweeping climate change bill, AP

Massachusetts Gov. Vetoes Bill Calling for Net-Zero Emissions by Midcentury, Greentech Media

Climate Change

Climate coalition wants brighter light on Beacon Hill voting, Herald News

Covid-19 Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020, New York Times

Details, timing could lead to climate bill veto, WWLP

The carbon skyscraper: A new way of picturing rapid, human-caused climate change, Washington Post

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Almost All New US Power Plants Built in 2021 Will Be Carbon-Free, Greentech Media

Clean Energy & COVID-19 Crisis | December 2020 Unemployment Analysis, E2

Wind, solar to make up 70% of new US generation in 2021 while batteries gain momentum: EIA, Utility Dive

The New Climate Bill Won’t Make Or Break A Proposed Biomass Plant In Springfield. But Another State Plan Will, WBUR

Gov. Cuomo pushes wind, solar expansion amid COVID-19 economic downturn, NY Post

Report: Raimondo’s 2030 renewables goal achievable, Providence Journal

2021 Outlook: Will hydrogen experience a breakthrough?, Utility Dive

Wind

To bolster green economy, New York will build nation’s largest offshore wind program, Utility Dive

Power from Mayflower Wind could be cheaper thanks to stimulus bill, Boston Herald

Wind Developers Tout Safety Of Transmission Cables Being Constructed In East Hampton, WSHU (NY)

This ‘bug’ robot will inspect and repair offshore wind turbine blades, Electrek

New York’s Latest Clean Energy Push Includes 2.5GW of Offshore Wind Contracts for Equinor and BP, Greentech Media

Efficiency/Storage

Halt to progress of utility efficiency programs could rob New Hampshire of economic boost, ACEEE Blog

Eversource extends energy incentives to COVID-19 vaccine freezers, Hartford Business Journal

Trump’s DOE Saddles Households with High-Cost, High-Emission Furnaces and Water Heaters, ACEEE

EVS

GM ushers in electric era with ambitious brand refresh, inclusive marketing campaign, Utility Dive

2021 Outlook: The future of electric vehicle charging is bidirectional — but the future isn’t here yet, Utility Dive

Proterra Set To Take Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Business Public via SPAC Transaction, Greentech Media

Nuclear

Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Review Could Signal Federal Repository Approval, The Sand Paper

The social costs of nuclear power plant closure, NEI Magazine

Natural Gas

2021 Outlook: Greening natural gas while planning for service reliability, Utility Dive

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Data centers are energy hogs. Could they help power the grid?, Grist

MIT Study: Transmission Is Key to a Low-Cost, Decarbonized US Grid, Greentech Media

New transmission approaches can cut billions in decarbonization costs: MIT, clean energy coalition, Utility Dive

Pearl Street Technologies: A New Way to Optimize the Transmission Grid, Greentech Media

Climate-Proofing Your Home: Improving Your Backup Power Supply, Bloomberg Green

Green economy plans fuel new metals and energy ‘supercycle,’ The Guardian

Report: Renewables Are Suffering From Broken US Transmission Policy, Greentech Media

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Energy News for week ending January 8, 2021

Will he or won’t he sign | Mayflower Sees More Savings | Giant Jenga

Happy Friday folks.

Welcome to the first 2021 edition of the Northeast Energy News.

The big question – which at the writing of this newsletter remains open – is will Governor Baker sign the Climate Bill (and several others) into law or not. Many organizations are speaking out in support. We have a whole section of articles on the climate bill below and most look at it from different angles.

Today, Mayflower Wind announced additional savings for customers of Massachusetts’ three largest electric utilities coming from the federal Investment Tax Credit. OffshoreWind.biz says it best, Mayflower Wind Electricity Users Stand to Save USD 500 Million.

We love new technology and had a toss-up between the Washington Post article on how researchers are converting carbon dioxide into jet fuel. But the giant Jenga won out. From IEEE Spectrum Gravity Energy Storage Will Show Its Potential in 2021.

That’s the recap for this week. As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Massachusetts Climate Bill

Massachusetts Enshrines Net-Zero Emissions by Midcentury in Bill, Greentech Media

Natural Gas Power Reliance Factors Heavily in Massachusetts Net-Zero Actions, Power Magazine

Climate Roadmap Bill Sent To Baker’s Desk, State House News Service via WBUR

Massachusetts climate legislation is ‘roadmap’ to decarbonization, say clean energy groups, Utility Dive

Massachusetts lawmakers deal blow to Springfield biomass project, MassLive

Here’s a look at the winners and losers in the state’s far-reaching climate bill, Boston Globe

Climate bill would clear up solar tax confusion, CommonWealth Magazine

Noting 2018 Gas Explosions, Area Legislators Add Safety Provisions to Climate Change Bill, WHAV

Climate Change

How Trump Tried, but Largely Failed, to Derail America’s Top Climate Report, New York Times

Researchers unveil new method for converting carbon dioxide into jet fuel, Washington Post

Plans Show Larger Role for Nature in Fight Against Carbon, State House News Service

Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals, AP News

U.S. Disaster Costs Doubled in 2020, Reflecting Costs of Climate Change, New York Times

New Bedford launches climate action plan for not just the city, but also residents, South Coast Today

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Subsidies a Bone of Contention as Renewable Energy Producers Seek Federal Ruling, CT Examiner

Boston’s ready to join dozens of other municipalities in renewable-energy push, Boston Globe

The 10 Ways Renewable Energy’s Boom Year Will Shape 2021, Bloomberg Green

Can a city truly be 100% renewable? It’s complicated., Grist

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority touts renewable energy initiatives, Transportation Today

Wind

Mayflower Wind Electricity Users Stand to Save USD 500 Million, offshorewind.biz

Offshore wind developer wants to hear from N.J. recreational fishermen, app.com

As Rumors Swirl Of Large-Scale Turbine Farm, Fishermen Worry About Rapid Pace Of Wind Development, Maine Public

South Fork OWF Draft EIS Out, Offshorewind.biz

Solar

EGEB: A new community solar marketplace launches in the US, Electrek

Vermont public-private partnership turns unused corn silage land into 2.2-MW solar array, Solar Builder

Seeking to avoid Sununu veto, Republicans push narrow expansion of net metering for cities, Concord Monitor

Woolwich board approves 30-acre solar project, Press Herald

Efficiency/Storage

Gravity Energy Storage Will Show Its Potential in 2021, IEEE Spectrum

Vermont’s State House first in nation with battery backup power, Vermont Biz

Nuclear

First-in-the-nation tax on spent nuclear fuel aimed at helping Indian Point communities, lohud.com

New nuclear plant could rise at site of former one in NJ, AP News

In the New Mexico desert lies an answer to Indian Point’s nuclear waste problem, The Leader

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

1st Circuit asked to stop hydropower corridor construction, Power Grid International

New England begins work on FERC Order 2222 compliance, but system impact is unclear, Utility Dive

PSE&G expected to bring smart meters to New Jersey, NJ Spotlight

President Biden’s Vision for the Power Sector, T&D World

Public Advocate Calls For Exempting Low-Income Mainers From Electricity Tax, Maine Public

Opinion

Baker is wrong to subsidize wood burning, CommonWealth Magazine

We Already Have the Key to a Clean Energy Economy. We’re Just Not Using It, Greentech Media

What Matters for Electrification?, Energy Institute at Haas

Climate science demands a halt to Killingly power plant, CT Mirror

Mass. Is Going On A Greenhouse Gas Diet. So Should Every Other State In The Northeast, WBUR

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Energy News for week ending December 18, 2020

Start-up Delayed | Mass Loses EE Crown | Off the Table

Happy Friday folks.

Sorry, no time for a detailed recap today but we do draw your attention to these three articles:

Start-up of Weymouth compressor station delayed, Patriot Ledger (And if you missed it earlier this week, it check out the Boston Globe article below about the local activists’ efforts to try and stop the compressor. It’s a great read)

Mass. no longer most energy-efficient state, CommonWealth Magazine (The #2 spot isn’t so bad)

Vineyard Wind Project Officially Taken Off The Table for Now, State House News Service via WWLP

All of us at McMahon Communications wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year. We’ll be back in your inboxes on January 8, 2021.

As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Climate Change

Lofty Climate Goals Get Reality Check at Global Summit, Bloomberg Green

Covid-19 sparked a run on outdoor heaters and fire pits. Which is better for the planet?, Washington Post

To Cut Emissions to Zero, U.S. Needs to Make Big Changes in Next 10 Years, New York Times

Mass., other states near historic agreement to curb transportation emissions, Boston Globe

Meet Gina McCarthy, a Mass. native who is set to serve as White House climate coordinator, Boston Globe

The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World, ProPublica

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

FERC ruling seen as setback for Northeast renewables, E&E news

No ‘green halo’ for renewables: First Solar, Veolia, others tackle wind and solar environmental impacts, Utility Dive

Why Offshore Wind and Energy Giants Are Chasing Off-Grid Green Hydrogen, Greentech Media

Wind

Offshore wind CEO denies claims he’s biding time for Biden, E&E News

Vineyard Wind Is Said to Face Lengthy Delay After Pulling Permit, Bloomberg Green

Vineyard Wind Withdraws From Federal Permitting Process, The Vineyard Gazette

Vineyard Wind Project Officially Taken Off The Table for Now, State House News Service via WWLP

US DOE Gives $21 Million for Innovative Offshore Wind Technologies, Offhorewind.biz

Solar

New weather station to help with wildfire prevention, AP

Efficiency/Storage

Craft Beverage Industry To Get Energy Efficiency Assistance, AP

The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ACEEE

California replaces Massachusetts as most energy efficient state, State House News Service via WWLP

Mass. no longer most energy-efficient state, CommonWealth Magazine

EVs

Electric vehicle models expected to triple in 4 years as declining battery costs boost adoption, Utility Dive

Jay Leno on How Driving Changed in 2020—and How It Will Change Even More, Wall St. Journal

Nuclear

East Coast nuke plants prepare to send waste to New Mexico via Holtec project, Carlsbad Argus

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Start-up of Weymouth compressor station delayed, Patriot Ledger

In Weymouth, a brute lesson in power politics, Boston Globe

Lawmakers Push For Gas Pipeline Safety In Climate Bill, GBH

Weymouth Compressor Could Get A Fresh Look From Feds, State House News Service (subscriber content)

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Want 100% clean power? Forget new technology, study says, E&E News

Eversource Named #1 Energy & Utility Company In Newsweek Magazine’s List Of Most Responsible Companies, Patch.com

Major hack hits energy companies, U.S. agencies, E&E News

Biden to name Granholm as energy secretary, Washington Post

Trio of New England decisions could help or hurt renewables as ISO-NE, NEPOOL face off at FERC, Utility Dive

Maine regulators will consider how to better measure utilities’ service quality, Bangor Daily News

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Energy News for week ending December 11, 2020

New Climate Bill | Greener Cement | House of Tomorrow

Happy Friday folks.

We begin with a story from the State House News Service via the Berkshire Eagle, “Massachusetts state senator prods climate bill negotiators with new bill. Hoping to deliver ‘a wake-up call’ and highlight the urgency of the issue, state Sen. Marc Pacheco this week filed a new bill combining what he viewed as the best parts of the climate policy bills that six other lawmakers have been trying to reconcile since August. The Senate dean who chairs its Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change filed essentially his own vision for a conference committee report Wednesday and said he wanted to make sure Beacon Hill is ‘not losing sight of the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions…’ The late-session bill, which was not referred to a committee when the Senate met Thursday, would establish a requirement to get to net-zero emissions by 2050 with interim limits every five years, increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard that governs the amount of clean energy that utilities must purchase, codify environmental justice policy terms, increase the state’s offshore wind authorization to 6 gigawatts by 2035, and establish a goal that 100 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2035.

This next story from Utility Dive is pretty cool. “GE announces first US wind turbine blade recycling program with Veolia. GE Renewable Energy announced Tuesday a multi-year agreement with Veolia North America for the first U.S. wind turbine blade recycling program of its kind. The majority of blades from onshore turbines that GE changes out during repowering efforts will be shredded and used to replace raw materials for cement manufacturing, creating a ‘circular economy for composite materials,’ Anne McEntee, CEO of GE Renewable Energy’s Digital Services, said in a statement. In Europe, such recycling processes have grown to commercial scale, and GE plans to deploy the program at scale quickly. The process will make wind turbines fully recyclable, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cement production by a net 27%, according to environmental impact analysis by Quantis U.S. The reprocessed blade has a net-positive environmental impact by replacing coal or other raw materials in the cement production process, according to GE.”

This next article is also cool and is more interactive than wordy. You can scroll the “House of Tomorrow” and see all the features including refrigerators that order ahead, a green roof, solar on the outside walls, interchangeable rooms, and cones of silence! (OK they didn’t call them that, but basically that’s what they are) all available at The House Of Tomorrow, Wall St. Journal.

That’s the recap for this week. Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

Climate Change

Massachusetts state senator prods climate bill negotiators with new bill, State House News Service via The Berkshire Eagle

As Climate Envoy, Kerry To Seek ‘Ambition’ With ‘Humility,’ WGBH

Earth just notched its warmest November, as 2020 closes in on record for hottest year, Washington Post

‘Very small silver lining’ of COVID-19? An extra 2.5 years to reduce power sector emissions: report, Utility Dive

Are utilities legally required to plan for climate change? ‘The devil is in the details.,’ Utility Dive

Most states are below their greenhouse gas reduction goals: report, The Hill

Global warming has profoundly transformed Arctic in just 15 years, report warns, Washington Post

The world’s rich need to cut their carbon footprint by a factor of 30 to slow climate change, U.N. warns, Washington Post

The Paris agreement survived the Trump administration. What happens now?, Washington Post

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Poll: Majority of Mass. Voters Support Regional Greenhouse Gas Pact, WBUR

R.I. Works On Creating Right Mix of Renewable Energy, EcoRI

Peterborough voters to consider transition to clean energy, Sentinel Source

Vanguard Renewables announces opening of Organics Recycling Facility, Waste Today Magazine

Ellsworth hydro project and future of Graham Lake are inextricably linked, Bangor Daily News

New York Power Authority’s plan for 70% renewable energy by 2030 approved, PV-Tech

The Bumpy Road to a Hydrogen Economy, Greentech Media

The New Green Energy Giants Challenging Exxon and BP, Wall St. Journal

Does low-cost renewable energy, storage mean hydrogen is here to stay,? Utility Dive

Wind

N.J.’s first offshore wind farm gets boost, E&E News

PSEG says it will take 25% stake in Ørsted Ocean Wind project, NJ Spotlight

GE announces first US wind turbine blade recycling program with Veolia, Utility Dive

Mayflower Wind Awards Contract to Burns & McDonnell for Feed Design of Onshore Substation and Cable System, Press Release, Utility Dive

Offshore wind CEO on Biden and why Trump critics are wrong, E&E News

Maine signs wind-focused clean energy accord with United Kingdom, Press Herald

Atlantic Shores, Ørsted apply in new round of offshore wind contracts, Press Of Atlantic City

Solar

Solar vs. wind: Federal study finds a winner, E&E News

Confusion over tax status stymies solar projects, CommonWealth Magazine

AUI Partners building Rhode Island’s largest single-rooftop solar project, Solar Power World

Bath Iron Works set to buy energy from 6 Maine solar projects, Press Herald

Solar developer, investor, unite on pollinator-friendly projects, Rutland Herald

First R.I. community solar project at affordable-housing complex marks completion, Providence Business News

Solar power, which can save money even for people who don’t have it, is the future, Concord Monitor

Decision on Southington solar panel project delayed, My Record Journal

Efficiency/Storage

The House Of Tomorrow, Wall St. Journal

Green buildings ‘unheralded hero’ in emissions fight, experts say, Utility Dive

A Danbury battery startup business faces its first big test, CT Post

EVs

The T’s next set of battery-powered buses wouldn’t reduce much pollution, Boston Globe

Is This The Electric Vehicle Filling Station of the Future?, Greentech Media

The electric bike that could change delivery as we know it, E&E News

Feds eye nuclear-powered EVs: Breakthrough or bad idea?, E&E News

About 150 U.S. Cadillac Dealers to Exit Brand, Rather Than Sell Electric Cars, Wall St. Journal

This breakthrough electric vehicle never needs to be plugged in, Fast Company

QuantumScape is building a better electric car battery that it says charges to 80% in 15 minutes, CNBC

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power deploys vehicle-to-grid charger, publicpower.org

Con Edison testing V2G service from 5 electric school buses, Green Car Congress

Nuclear

MIT Study Lays Bare Why Nuclear Costs Keep Rising, Greentech Media

This Is the Company That Will Decommission Indian Point in Buchanan, Westchester Magazine

Does nuclear power deserve to be in the Green New Deal?, Medium.com

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Why Gas Stoves Are More Hazardous Than We’ve Been Led to Believe, Slate

Battle reignites over first East Coast gas bans, E&E News

NOAA greenlights seismic harassment of dolphins and whales, E&E News

N.Y. pledges to purge fossil fuel risks from pension fund, E&E News

Entire Aquidneck Island delegation opposes planned expansion of fracked gas, Uprise RI

Inside Clean Energy: The Era of Fossil Fuel Power Plants Is Rapidly Receding. Here Is Their Life Expectancy, Inside Climate News

Dartmouth College drops plans for wood chip heating, pivots toward cleaner oil, Valley News

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Grid operator projects sufficient energy for winter demand, Eagle Times (NH)

Residents call for Burrillville’s Ocean State Power Plant to be phased out using “just transition” framework, Uprise RI

Residents: How will Keene’s power plan affect my electric bill?, Sentinel Source

Transmission, local resources, market improvements key to decarbonization: CAISO and NYISO chiefs, Utility Dive

Long-running dispute over regional energy market settled, Bangor Daily News

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy, Greentech Media

16 Mass. Elected Officials Challenge State Agency On East Boston Substation, WBUR

How an Energy Startup’s Plan to Disrupt the Power Grid Got Disrupted, Wall St. Journal

Need for heating assistance growing in Mass. during pandemic, South Coast Today

As residents grapple with COVID and harsh winter, Sen. Ed Markey, advocates call for $10B boost to low-income home energy assistance, MassLive

Nova Scotia Power Picks Sunverge for Virtual Power Plant, Microgrid Knowledge

With closing date set for MIRA trash plant, Connecticut looks for a long-term solution, Hartford Courant

Opinion

Solar revolution is stalled, needs to shift into gear, CommonWealth Magazine

Why energy-efficiency programs are good for New Hampshire businesses, consumers, NHBR

Out with the old, in with the new: Why regionalized grid coordination is inevitable, Utility Dive

Utility regulators wake up to the long-term risks of gas, Opinion

Op-Ed: Repower NJ’s ‘sacrifice zones,’ NJ Spotlight

Opinion/Getting ready: Maine won’t wait to take action on climate, Seacoastonline.com

DEEP should make solving the puzzle of siting large scale solar a priority, CT Mirror

My Turn: State’s triennial energy efficiency plan is under attack, Concord Monitor

Don’t squander State Pier opportunity, The Day

Op-Ed: How fishing and offshore wind can — and should — coexist, NJ Spotlight

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