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Energy News for week ending June 9, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon.

Just a few quick bits for you this week.

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

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

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

Have a great weekend.

Climate Change/Paris Climate Accord

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

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

Scott commits Vt. to climate alliance, Rutland Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natural Gas/Pipeline

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

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

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

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

Amendment Seeks to Overturn CT Pipeline Tax, Public News Service

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

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

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

Renewable Energy

Hadley planners postpone vote on Eversource solar array, GoingGreen

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

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

Sound testing for Plymouth turbines underway, Cape Cod Times

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

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

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

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

Hopkinton council hears plans for solar farm, Providence Journal

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

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

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

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

Hopkinton council hears plans for solar farm, The Providence Journal

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

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

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

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

Energy Efficiency

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

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

Energy Collective

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

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

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

Southborough awarded Green Communities grant, Community Advocate

Nuclear

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

Dominion weighs future of Connecticut Millstone nuclear power plant, Reuters

Pilgrim advisory group wants ground rules set, Cape Cod Times

Companies defend Vermont Yankee process, Brattleboro Reformer

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

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

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial/Opinion

Another Fracking Time Bomb Lurks Beneath US, Forbes

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

Opinion: Seeing opportunity in climate fight, BurlingtonFreePress.com

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

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

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

Is the state really protecting wild lands?, The Recorder

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

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Energy News for week ending May 26, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon. A few quick bits this week before heading out for the holiday weekend.

Two power plants in southern Massachusetts mark milestones here at the end of May. For Pilgrim in Plymouth, the Worcester Business Journal reports the plant came back online Monday after its final refueling outage. And, in Somerset, MassLive reports that next Thursday, June 1 is the day that the coal-fired Brayton Point plant is set to retire.

Environmentalists are cheering the loss of Massachusetts’ last coal-fired generating station, but they are crying foul about Spectra’s proposed natural gas compression station. According to the Patriot Ledger, residents against a proposed natural gas compressor station want an independent consultant to conduct a new air quality analysis for the project after what they see as a biased review by state environmental regulators.

Last bit for this week is an article in the MetroWest Daily News where the battle over a new transmission line that goes through Sudbury, MA among other communities, came to a head at a meeting with the Energy Facilities Siting Board. From the article, “Spilling out of a 750-seat auditorium where applause followed nearly every speaker, dozens of residents and elected officials spoke seemingly with one voice Thursday night. Their message: An inactive, wooded railroad corridor abutting residential neighborhoods, wildlife habitats, and conservation lands is no place for a power line.” It appears the best line of the night was this, “First, a poem,” resident Bill Schineller said. “I went into the woods because I wanted to pick a site for a transmission line, wrote Henry David Thoreau never.”

As always, you can find event listings at New England Energy News. Enjoy the long weekend and please take a moment to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

FERC denies efforts to stop pipeline work, The Recorder

FERC denies ‘stop work’ requests for pipeline project in Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Norfolk TM speaks out against proposed pipeline, Wicked Local Norfolk

Massachusetts Admits to ‘Regularly’ Allowing Companies to Edit Draft Pollution Permits, DeSmog

DEP approves waterways permit for compressor station, Wicked Local Hingham

Fracking ban, compressor stations debated before environmental panel, Wicked Local Braintree

Dakota Access pipeline springs 2 more oil leaks, RT

Another Regional Natural-Gas Pipeline Project Moves Forward Despite Widespread Community Opposition, ecoRI news

US should act against proposed Russian gas pipeline, Democratic senator says, MarketWatch

Natural gas boom, cyberthreats drive FERC’s need for budget boost, Washington Examiner

Opponents of proposed compressor station want independent air quality review, Patriot Ledger

Fore River residents say independent air testing shows hazardous pollutants, Patriot Ledger

Renewable Energy

Meriden power plant uses Archimedes Screw Turbine, Register Citizen

Obama’s Clean Power Plan Might Be Dead In DC, But States Are Rebuilding It Themselves, Fast Company

As solar matures, rate design and incentive debates grow ever more complex, Utility Dive

Massachusetts Community Solar Project Goes Online, Solar Industry

Towns ditch standard electric service to embrace green power, Wicked Local Winchester

Groups Say Billions Needed To Jumpstart Stalled Wind Energy in Maine, Maine Public

America’s first offshore wind farm launched with GE turbines twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, Business Insider

What’s Up With Wind Power in Vermont?, CleanTechnica

What’s With Burlington’s Solar-Powered Trash Cans?, Seven Days

Proposed Army Corps solar project on Cape Cod Canal first of its kind, Cape Cod Times

Framingham inks 20-year net metering agreement, MetroWest Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Connecticut Green Bank named finalist in national awards, Danbury News Times

Harvard’s building a model for energy efficiency by renovating a decades-old home, Curbed

Energy Efficiency: A Big Loser in Trump’s Proposed Budget, Natural Resources Defense Council

Ellington Home Wins Energy Efficiency Contest, Hartford Courant

Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?, Yale Environment 360

Create Jobs: Revive Energy Efficient Building Tax Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council

Nuclear

Millstone bill heads to full Connecticut legislature, New Haven Register

Nuclear brinksmanship: Does Millstone need help to stay open?, The CT Mirror

Pilgrim fueled for last two years, Worcester Business Journal

Decommissioning in Focus: Pilgrim Panel Holds First Meeting, CapeCod.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Sudbury: Residents decry ‘catastrophe’ of Eversource power line, MetroWest Daily News

Why There’s No Such Thing As a Free Market for Electricity, Greentech Media

Last coal plant in Massachusetts to close for good June 1, MassLive.com

NECEC Institute and Mass Energy: An Analysis of the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard, Electric Light & Power

New Network Launches for Vermont Climate Economy Businesses, vtdigger.org

Eversource pulls Agawam solar farm plans, wwlp.com

Eversource presents proposed route for 115-kilovolt transmission lines, Thehour.com

Town of Avon, Connecticut, Issues RFP for Microgrid Project Design, Microgrid Knowledge

‘Leading edge’ restrictions on electricity sellers become Maine law, Bangor Daily News

New electricity aggregation plan offers slightly lower price and more renewable energy, Arlington Advocate

Rhode Island Leapfrogs toward a Grid of the Future and Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge

A Fuel Cell Microgrid Keeps the Lights on for a Connecticut High School, Microgrid Knowledge

For the first time in years, NOAA predicts an above-average hurricane season, Washington Post

Editorial/Opinion

AWEA 2017: Building on the momentum in the US offshore wind industry, Windpower Monthly

Guest commentary: RI Infrastructure Bank supports economy, clean environment, Westerly Sun

Stop the Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Making best use of Yankee site, Rutland Herald

Why Nuclear Power Subsidies Must End, The Beacon

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Energy News for week ending March 3, 2017

Happy FriYAY! An arctic storm front is expected to move through this evening so bundle up – winter is back, but the forecasters say it’s just for a couple of days.

In this week’s news, we have a story from Vox that explains RGGI. But, they note there is good and bad news. The good news is that it’s working. The bad news is that it’s not reducing carbon. To clarify that they wrote, “it (RGGI) has benefitted from emission reductions in the Northeast, but it hasn’t really caused any, or at least not many. Whether it can serve as an instrument of meaningful decarbonization — and retain its integrity and popularity — largely remains to be seen.”

Speaking of decarbonization, North American Windpower reports that Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is seeking to grow renewable energy in the state by a “whopping” 1,000 percent. In the press release she said, “The goal will include energy from a broad portfolio of clean energy resources, including offshore and onshore wind and solar.” The article goes on to note that a Providence Business News article brings up a notable point: There is not yet any legislation to go along with the governor’s goal. Further, as of June 2016, approximately 95% of Rhode Island’s net electricity generation was derived from natural gas.

Last note for today – Wicked Local Woburn tells a story of how a monster slowly made its way through several Massachusetts towns. A high capacity autotransformer, weighing approximately 467,000 pounds, was moved from a dock in Everett to Eversource’s Woburn substation on Pond Street. The 35-foot long, 13-feet wide, 18-feet tall piece of equipment was moved with State Police escort on a 12-axel transport trailer through Everett, Chelsea, Malden, Melrose, Stoneham, Medford, Arlington and Winchester. The convoy traveled at about 5 miles per hour over several hours, Eversource officials said. Here’s to improved electric capacity and reliability!

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

3 million Americans at risk from human-induced earthquakes this year, USA TODAY

Residents quietly protest proposed pipeline, Wicked Local Shrewsbury

Revealed: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Close Ties to Lobbyists for Spectra Energy, Whose Pipeline Projects He Backs, DeSmog

Rehoboth selectmen unhappy with Spectra Energy, The Sun Chronicle

Cities, Enviros Urge FERC To Pull Pipeline Project OK, Law360

Propane for schools removed from budget; Town to explore natural gas, New Canaan Advertiser

Earthquakes Have to Do with One Very Specific Part of Fracking, Big Think

Trump’s new pipelines are going to get a ‘dog fight’ in some parts of the United States, CNBC

Renewable Energy

Eversource solar array project stalled once again, Berkshire Record

Wind Turbines Loom on Off-Cape Waters, Wicked Local Wellfleet

NH’s wood heat efforts slow, NH Business Review

Making it happen: 2017 is the year for US offshore wind energy, Windpower Engineering

Rhode Island Governor Plots Whopping 1,000% Renewables Increase, North American Windpower

The Northeast’s carbon trading system works quite well. It just doesn’t reduce much carbon, Vox

Vermont among leaders in solar jobs per capita, Vermont Biz

Environmental groups to make hard push to reverse Maine’s new solar rules, Press Herald

Trump Can’t Stop This: Global Renewable Energy Booms, Natural Resources Defense Council

How to Support Renewable Energy (and Why You Really Should), Scientific American

N.Y. tries to balance solar power growth with land-use issues, USA Today

Energy Efficiency

Don’t Underestimate the Secondary Benefits of Energy Efficiency, Energy Manager Today

Heating (Or Cooling) Costs Too High? Heat Pump Technology Has The Answer, Hartford Courant

A Carbon Tax Gains Traction Among Some Conservatives, MainePublic.org

Nuclear

Entergy takes step toward Pilgrim shutdown, Cape Cod Times

State schedules Vermont Yankee sale hearing, vtdigger.org

Pilgrim Station decommissioning panel has four Plymouth members, Wicked Local Plymouth

Scientists Say They’re Finally Getting Close To Fusion Power, Daily Caller

2 Connecticut energy bills aim to help Millstone owner, spur fuel cell use, New Haven Register

NRC bans fired Seabrook Station nuclear plant guard, Seacoastonline.com

California Nuclear Closures Resulted in 250% Higher Emissions from Electricity, The Energy Collective

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Renewables and Microgrids and Nothing Else: Crazy or Maybe?, Microgrid Knowledge

Wholesale electric prices reach new low in New England, but retail prices remain high, Boston Globe

Suppliers see lower electric prices ahead, NH Union Leader

Exelon: Millis water not needed for Medway plant, MetroWest Daily News

State approves transmission line to run under Winchester roads, Wicked Local Winchester

ISO-NE Begins Discussing Order 1000 Public Policy Tx Projects, RTO Insider

2 Vermont utilities say customers targeted by phone scam, Penn Energy

Wholesale electricity prices drop to 13-year low, CommonWealth Magazine

Needham selectmen dig deeper into Eversource project, Wicked Local Needham

Public Hearings to Discuss Eversource’s Proposed Rate Hike, CapeCod.com

Public counsel fires back over businesses’ Northern Pass claims, New Hampshire Business Review

How Secure Is Our Smart Grid?, Government Technology

Woburn autotransformer to up energy output, Wicked Local Woburn

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Making ‘dirty energy’ a thing of the past, MetroWest Daily News

Should Massachusetts commit itself to 100 percent renewable energy?, Boston Globe

Support RGGI for cleaner, healthier air, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Columnist Marty Nathan: Massachusetts leads on renewable energy, GazetteNET

Your Turn, NH — David Worthen: RGGI is good for NH businesses, The Union Leader

Fracking Is Dangerous To Your Health — Here’s Why, Forbes

Invenergy plant provides today’s power needs, Valley Breeze

OPINION: Energy efficiency saves money, adds jobs, Daily Record

You Can’t Have Offshore Wind Power Without Petroleum, Forbes

Guy Page: Earlier decommissioning of Vermont Yankee has multiple benefits, vtdigger.org

The trials and triumphs of offshore wind, GreenBiz

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Energy News for week ending February 3, 2017

Good afternoon. It’s Super Bowl Weekend! With that in mind let’s start off with a fun infographic from Penn Energy that describes what it would take for certain types of renewable energy to power a 60 inch plasma for the duration of the game. Any guesses on the number of potato batteries required?

In other news, MassLive reports that Senators Markey and Warren have asked FERC to rescind the Atlantic Bridge pipeline, but they may be out of luck with their request. Why you ask? Well it seems that despite “loving pipelines” the Washington Post reports that Trump’s personnel moves at FERC left them without a quorum, pretty much stopping them from getting anything done any time soon.

There was a lot of solar news this week from all around the region. The Union Leader reports the largest solar array in New England is planned in Hinsdale, NH – 65 MW total. Eversource, according to CommonWealth Magazine, is seeking higher fees on customers with solar. Bob Rio, writing on the AIM Blog says Massachusetts’ new solar subsidy program “gets it right.” And in Maine, Greentech Media reports that solar customers are going to receive lower bill credits.

Lastly, the NRC tells the Boston Globe that Pilgrim Nuclear in Plymouth is safe. In fact, it can refuel this spring and remain in operation until their planned shutdown date in May 2019.

Have a great weekend. And, Go Pats!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Trump loves pipelines. But he just accidentally froze a bunch of them, Washington Post

Sens. Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren call on FERC to rescind Atlantic Bridge natural gas pipeline authorization, MassLive

Burrillville seeks more time to analyze Invenergy proposal, Valley Breeze

Rhode Island GOP leader asks Trump to jumpstart pipeline, Greeneville Sun

Ruling on Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal may be delayed, Danville Advocate

Tax hike to be on Rehoboth ballot, The Sun Chronicle

New analysis suggests ways for landowners to limit fracking and mineral extraction without regulations, Stanford University News

Florida Fracking Ban Bill Draws Bipartisan Support, InsideClimate News

New data: Pipeline leaks caused by human error are increasing, Digital Journal

US energy official’s resignation not expected to change Spectra decision, The Patriot Ledger

Renewable Energy

Super Bowl and the Environment: A fun look at renewable energy, Penn Energy

Net Metering: Energy Providers Clash On Cap, Utility Rates, New Hampshire Public Radio

Future of clean energy investment fund uncertain, VTdigger.org

Mass. Town To See Savings With Large Rooftop Solar Project, Solar Industry Magazine

Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar, Commonwealth Magazine

Solar Groups Praise Massachusetts’ Continued Support Of Incentives, Solar Industry Magazine

New solar plan cuts subsidies in half, CommonWealth magazine

Wind costs heading in the right direction, Windpower Monthly

Wind Turbines Blow Past Energy Records in Denmark, Popular Mechanics

Wind lender backs away from coal, Windpower Monthly

Proposed solar project in Hinsdale could be largest in New England. Union Leader

Maine Solar Customers to Receive Lower Bill Credits Starting in 2018, Greentech Media

Renewable Energy & Energy Storage To Expand Hand-In-Hand In Emerging Markets, Concludes World Bank, CleanTechnica

US Clean Energy Jobs Surpass Fossil Fuel Employment, Natural Resources Defense Council

Maine PUC tries to strike balance in phased reduction of NEM credit, Utility DIVE

UNH research: Trump voters don’t believe humans affecting climate, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Solar Policy Actions Spiked in 2016, With a Focus on Net Metering, Greentech Media

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts Inks Community Solar Deal, Solar Industry Magazine

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Program Expanded To Burlington Homeowners, WAMC

RI Environmental Activists Ponder Being Trumped, ecoRI news

Vermont Gas, BED launch residential energy efficiency program, Vermont Biz

A small efficiency experiment with big results, Rutland Herald

Energy savings and sustainable practices not out of reach midwinter, Bangor Daily News

Nuclear

Feds allow Pilgrim nuclear plant to remain open, BostonGlobe.com

Vermont Yankee decommissioning panel seeks more local reps, The Recorder

Vermont Yankee to move fuel in spring, vtdigger.org

Seabrook petition seeks to roll back impact fees, The Daily News of Newburyport

AARP wants disclosure, protections for ratepayers in Millstone bill, theday.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

‘Fuel security’ tops ISO New England’s challenges: CEO, Platts

National Grid Helps Drive Massachusetts Toward a Clean Energy Future, (press release) Justmeans.com

NH Supreme Court upholds Northern Pass access decision, The Union Leader

Regional Power Manager Warns of Future Grid Vulnerabilities In New England, WSHU

National Grid proposes added electricity rate reduction in R.I., beginning April 1, Fall River Herald News

An aging Maine power plant and nearby battery illuminate New England’s energy challenges, Bangor Daily News

NH’s high electricity costs threaten state economy, Seacoastonline.com

Vermonters spend less on electricity, despite high rates, BurlingtonFreePress.com

ICYMI: Electric Aggregation Coming To Sudbury Soon, Patch.com

Maine legislative committee questions electricity program staff, Bangor Daily News

Editorial/Opinion

New Solar Subsidy Program Gets it Right, AIM Blog

ViewPoint: Energy costs are costing New England companies, Boston Business Journal (paywall)

“Fitness for Purpose” Obligations for the Offshore Wind Sector, POWER magazine

Letter to the Editor: Regional emissions-cutting program saves money, lives, report shows, New Haven Register

‘Trump Can’t Stop Renewables Energy Growth At Home Or Abroad’, Forbes

Build the pipeline, not the wall, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Maine Compass: Biomass power benefits Maine, CentralMaine.com

Stalled federal policy hurts NH biomass, NHBR

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Energy News for week ending December 9, 2016

Welcome to the start of the weekend. Speaking of which, look to social media and out your front door for members of Mothers Out Front and other groups who plan on tagging and sharing the locations of gas leaks in their communities on Saturday (Wicked Local Bedford). ISO New England says the region will have enough power for this winter (Platts) but a cold arctic blast is causing gas prices to rise (Bloomberg). Lastly, in Maine developers pulled the plug on a 62 turbine, 165MW wind facility after the lengthy interconnection process caused them to lose their PPA (Bangor Daily News).

Natural Gas/Pipelines

Rehoboth Compressor Station Galvanizing Opposition, EcoRI

Weymouth to sue power plant owner over land deal for compressor station, Patriot Ledger

Gas pipeline delays most notable 2016 trend: Correction, Argus Media

Protests Continue As West Roxbury Pipeline Starts Operation, WGBH

Arctic Chill Blasting the U.S. Puts $4 Natural Gas Within Reach, Bloomberg

Medical group targets health concerns of West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline, Wicked Local Dedham

Belledune natural gas options: Too soon to explore, says Enbridge, CBC News (Canada)

Gas leaks in Bedford: environmental group wants them plugged, Wicked Local Bedford

Renewable Energy

Can new tariff models help Massachusetts solve the rooftop solar compensation puzzle?, Utility Dive

Developers hit brakes on massive wind project in Aroostook County, Bangor Daily News

Fishing interests, New Bedford sue feds over New York wind turbines, South Coast Today

Be the Change: Maine’s New Born Global Challenge, Renewable Energy World

Ameresco to develop community solar projects in Massachusetts, PV World

MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts, Biomass Magazine

Eversource Plans Solar Projects In Pittsfield and Lanesborough, iBerkshires.com

Pellet boiler tour offers energy lessons, Recorder

State to begin deliberating on Antrim wind project today, Keene Sentinel

Solar farm project revisited in Somersworth, Fosters.com

Energy Efficiency

ACEEE Ranks Most Energy-efficient States, ACHR News

SPECIAL REPORT: Maynard family reduces their carbon footprint, MetroWest Daily News

Nuclear

Nuclear plant officials quizzed about gun-tampering response, Eagle Tribune

Pilgrim Station closure impacts region, Wicked Local Plymouth

NRC email fuels concerns about Plymouth nuke plant safety, Wicked Local Pembroke

Pilgrim Station eyed as site for hydroelectric power cable, Manomet Current

Windham region looks for ‘green’ recovery from Yankee closure, VT Digger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Mid-Cape Towns to Benefit from Eversource System Upgrade, CapeCod.com

Regulators look to improve Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, VT Digger

Cape Light Compact Going 100 Percent Renewable and Announces Competitive Pricing, CapeCod.com

NRG’s Unit 3 Gets Unanimous OK From Commission, Capenews.net

Medway selectmen ink contract with energy consultant, MetroWest Daily News

Power line to link Canada, NE gets key US permit, Burlington Free Press

Power line developers dismiss need for costly grid upgrades, VT Digger

Climate, government trust on legislators’ minds at WMass summit, Gazettenet.com

ISO New England Implements Winter Reliability Program, Transmission & Distribution World

Energy landscape undergoes major changes, Herald News

SPECIAL REPORT: Energy benefits of being local, Wicked Local Westford

ISO New England says to have enough power this winter, Platts

Overheard at the ISO-NE Consumer Liaison Group Meeting, RTO Insider

Energy report: Bad news for those already struggling to pay, CT Post

Wallingford power rates going up, Record Journal

Holden Municipal Light Department projects revenue increase, Worcester Telegram

Leader Q&A: Eversource chief says Northern Pass ‘going well’, NH Union Leader

Editorials/Op Eds

Letter: Bay State must commit to renewable energy, Eagle Tribune

Ex-Senator: Closure of Vermont Yankee a cautionary tale for NY (Commentary), Syracuse.com

Solar energy deserves continued support, The Day

My Turn: Replace Eversource with a true cooperative electric utility, Concord Monitor

Our View: Pollution curbs on coal-fired plants have made Gulf of Maine tuna safer, Press Herald

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Energy News for week ending October 28, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

PJM, ISO-NE: Gas pipeline opposition could put power reliability at risk, Utility DIVE

Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New YSPH Study Finds, Yale News

Berkshire Gas proposes major new distribution main to lift moratorium in upper Pioneer Valley, MassLive

Clean Energy Proposals Move Forward as Algonquin Gas Expansion is Dealt a Setback, WNPR

Five senators call for halt of Dakota Access pipeline, The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headline

Oklahoma, Pennsylvania pipelines spill oil and gasoline over weekend, RT

Burrillville Power Plant Tax Vote: Deal or No Deal?, ecoRI news

Gas pipeline dealt possibly fatal blow, CommonWealth Magazine

Renewable Energy

Large Maine Companies to Get Millions Back in Cap-and-Trade Payments, Maine Public Radio

Connecticut Gets Federal Grant To Improve Solar Access For Low- and Moderate-Income Homeowners, Hartford Courant

New Hampshire consumer advocate floats net metering successor with TOU credits, Utility DIVE

The “Time is Now” for Offshore Wind in the United States, Renewable Energy World

Report: Renewable energy projects up globally, Press Herald

Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal, BBC News

MA, CT, and RI to negotiate wind, solar deals, CommonWealth Magazine

New England makes green choice, reNews

Ranger Solar beats CMP and Emera Maine on clean-energy bid, Mainebiz

Maine wind power and transmission projects lose out, Press Herald

Offshore Wind Site Investigations Kicking Off In Massachusetts, North American Windpower

Report: U.S. Can Develop 86 GW of Offshore Wind, Power Engineering Magazine

State releases two studies showing wind turbines no threat to wildlife, SouthCoastToday.com

R.I.’s Deepwater Wind the focus of national wind energy conference, The Providence Journal

R.I. Gov. Raimondo picked to lead wind, solar coalition, Fall River Herald News

UPDATE 2-DONG Energy may jettison oil and gas in latest wind shift, Reuters

Natick solar program sets state record, MetroWest Daily News

Journey of the Brave Tern – A Look at the Vessel That Helped Build the Block Island Wind Farm, Renewable Energy World

Energy Efficiency

R.I. firm, National Grid forge deal on energy-efficiency technology, The Providence Journal

IoT Opens Door to Energy Efficiency — Not Just in Large Buildings, Forbes

Vermont Gas and Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative Team Up on Energy Efficiency Effort (press release), VTdigger.org

Brookfield Residents Show Commitment to Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Nuclear

NRC gives Entergy good grades, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Feds endorse Vermont Yankee fuel, waste handling, vtdigger.org

Groups aim to halt Texas nuclear waste facility, The Hill

Power generators sue New York state over nuclear plant subsidies, MassLive.com

Nuclear and natural gas in tug of war over energy future, Albany Times Union

Plymouth: Preparing for the Decommissioning of Pilgrim Power Plant, 95.9 WATD

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Customers Spend 8 Minutes per Year Interacting Online With Their Utility, Greentech Media

New England says no to natural gas, yes to renewables, EENews.net

Vermont study says no to purchase of hydroelectric dams, PennEnergy

Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project, Microgrid Knowledge

2 main Vermont governor candidates differ sharply on energy, PennEnergy

New Hampshire officials open new wood biomass heating plant, Biomass Magazine

Rural America’s First Mobile Home Microgrid Community, Microgrid Knowledge

Sudbury residents vow to battle transmission line plan, Boston Globe

Shareholders sue to stop Spectra merger with Enbridge, FuelFix

Pawtucket, National Grid in a standoff on purchase of streetlights, Valley Breeze

National Grid powers up an increase in rates, Daily Item

Wallingford residents criticize Eversource tree-cutting plans, New Haven Register

Maine paper mills to get bulk of $3M in aid from carbon auction cash, Bangor Daily News

MRECo receives FERC permit for tidal energy test site, HydroWorld

Editorial/Opinion

We could all breathe easier by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Press Herald

Editorial: Berkshire Gas, decide quickly, The Recorder

‘Devastation’ of power plant doubted, Valley Breeze

Measuring the impact of offshore wind, hydro, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending October 7, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Gas industry advised to get local support before fighting big green groups, SNL

Berkshire County natural gas pipeline tangled in legal challenges, MassLive.com

Legal logjam delays Tennessee Gas Pipeline project into 2017, Berkshire Eagle

Opponents bring fight over Burrillville power plant to Woonsocket, Valley Breeze

Siting board threatens to suspend review of power plant proposal, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Maxim Power to Pay $8M to Settle Fuel-Switching Case, RTO Insider

FERC trims MISO transmission returns, Utility Dive

Energy experts to gas industry: Help, don’t obstruct, work on climate issues, SNL

Renewable Energy

Cape Wind reverses, drops appeal, Cape Cod Times

“Wind Cube” makes debut in Woods Hole, Cape Cod Times

Solar panels not always sunny, South Coast Today

Wind project developers reduce number of proposed turbines, Penn Energy News

State rolls out welcome mat for Danish royalty, alternative energy, Worcester Telegram

Study: Tech innovations could cut offshore wind energy costs by a third by 2030, Business Green

Corporate America’s Huge Appetite for Clean Energy, Energy Collective

Vermont to publish energy compliance standards, Biomass Magazine

Quieter offshore wind energy means happier porpoises, Treehugger

Offshore wind business crowd eyes New Bedford, SouthCoastToday.com

Fugro set for Bay State sail, reNews

Vermont offers free guide to going solar, The Daily Progress

City of Montpelier invests in 1 megawatt of solar, Vermont Biz

Three more communities added to Solar Up NH Challenge, New Hampshire Business Review

New Clean Energy Report: America May Not Be Screwed After All, Gizmodo

Energy Efficiency

What does the green bank landscape look like?, GreenBiz

Murphy, Blumenthal Call For National Green Bank, WAMC

Apple orchard goes high-tech, WCAX

Nuclear

Comprehensive Inspection Coming to Pilgrim Plant in November, CapeCod.com News

Rowe seeks federal compensation for hosting nuclear waste at former atomic power plant, MassLive.com

VY kicks off $143M project for fuel storage, The Commons

Questions raised about equipment made by French company may affect Millstone, The Day

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Massachusetts Energy Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond, National Law Review

All hands on deck: Growing energy storage in Massachusetts needs holistic overview of grid, markets, Utility Dive

Construction to begin on site of controversial waste-to-energy plant, Press Herald

Final approval given for reliability project, Londonderry News

Eversource proposes $35 million transmission upgrades in Massachusetts, Electric Light and Power

Massachusetts regulators curb National Grid’s fixed fee hike, Utility Dive

Massachusetts’ New Rate Case Ruling Is Good News for Distributed Energy, Greentech Media

Eversource plan sparks outrage in Brookfield, Danbury News Times

Chilmark selectmen hear Eversource grid modernization plan, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Electric transmission costs scrutinized at NH Energy Summit, New Hampshire Business Review

Growing transmission costs are raising region’s electricity rates, Concord Monitor

Elders question Northern Pass partner’s environmental record, The Union Leader

Covanta gets ‘stay of execution’ as economic development panel sends plan to keep it open to City Council, Berkshire Eagle

Editorial/Opinion

Pilgrim is safe, shouldn’t close early, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: ‘Common misperception’, The Valley Reporter

Nuclear power should replace much of our coal plants, The Hill

Is The Tide Turning On State-Level Solar Policy Fights?, Solar Industry

Maine Voices: Electric customers can’t subsidize solar, Press Herald

‘Precarious’: New England’s energy crisis, The Union Leader

Let’s fix pipeline review steps, The Recorder

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Natural gas doesn’t deserve to be an ‘all the above’ energy solution, Daily Hampshire Gazette

My Turn: Concord needs to show a little Yankee ingenuity, Concord Monitor

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