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Energy News for week ending November 30, 2018

Trailers Removed | Bill to end moratorium? | RI goes big | Enough power

 

Happy Friday afternoon. This week we’re focused on good news.

From the Eagle Tribune, “The process of removing travel trailers placed on the South Common for local gas disaster victims started Thursday morning. Mayor Daniel Rivera said some of the trailers are now being sent to California, where 88 people have been killed and thousands have been left homeless, their homes destroyed by wildfires. The travel trailers were brought to the Merrimack Valley in mid-October after thousands of local residents were left without natural gas for heat and cooking a month earlier…Columbia Gas, the utility provider, is hoping to have gas restored to everyone affected by Dec. 16…Rivera described the removal of the trailers “as definitely a good sign.” “It means there are more people back at home with heat and hot water,” he said.

Over the past few weeks we’ve had a number of stories about how the moratorium on anything but emergency gas repairs has created havoc for some businesses and homeowners. The good news today comes from the Boston Business Journal that, “Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are set to review a bill sponsored by Gov. Charlie Baker that could spur the department of public utilities to lift its moratorium on non-emergency natural gas work throughout the commonwealth. Baker introduced the bill, titled “An Act to Ensure the Safety and Soundness of the Commonwealth’s Natural Gas Infrastructure,” on Nov. 20. Both the House and Senate have referred it to the committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy, which meets Tuesday.

From SolarIndustryMag.com we have this story, “The U.S.’ Smallest State Has Big Renewable Energy Ambitions. ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce.’ A line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or an appropriate description for the State of Rhode Island? Judging by its milestones in the renewable energy industry, the smallest state in the U.S. is living up to this mantra.”

Last for this week is story from MassLive that should warm all of our hearts, er homes, New England will have enough electricity to meet peak winter demands, ISO New England, which manages the power grid for the region, said Wednesday…Starting this winter, ISO New England will maintain a forecast of the region’s energy needs looking out 21 days. And it will use market incentives, so energy providers are paid more for sending gas to where ISO New England believes the gas will do the most good. ISO said it’s also working with utilities to reduce demand when the grid is under stress.”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a great weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Berkshire Gas moratorium continues indefinitely, The Recorder

Invenergy: Loss of New England capacity contract won’t affect proposed gas plant, Utility Dive

Compressor opponent questions lack of outreach, Weymouth.wickedlocal.com

Fore River residents raise questions about compressor station study, Patriot Ledger

Hingham: Officials Approve Intervener Status for Gas Compressor Station (Audio Story), WATD-FM

Connecticut utility regulators tentatively approve settlement agreement in Yankee Gas rate case, New Haven Register

The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard?, New York Times

New England gas plants sold to private equity firm, Boston Globe

Two U.S. pipelines rack up violations, threaten industry growth, Reuters

City of Northampton opposes natural gas pipeline project in Agawam, MassLive

Residents at forum decry Longmeadow Country Club deal with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., MassLive

 

Lockout

Baker bill could help lift gas moratorium as National Grid lockout drags on, Boston Business Journal

Developers push for relief from the natural gas moratorium, Boston Globe

Grid, locked-out workers appear far apart, CommonWealth Magazine

National Grid rebuffs union’s counter-proposal as sides prepare to meet, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

 

Merrimack Valley

Trailers removed as need for shelter declines, Eagle Tribune

Lawmakers Follow Up on Lack of Inspectors in Merrimack Valley Prior to Explosions, NECN

Gas Company Offers Holiday Feast To Those Affected By Pipeline Disaster, NPR

Columbia Gas says Merrimack Valley residents should be back in homes by Christmas, MassLive

Ed Markey vows to change federal gas regulations in wake of Merrimack Valley explosions, MassLive

Family of man killed in gas explosion testifies at hearing; lawmakers aggressive in questioning company leaders, Eagle Tribune

Rivera: Columbia Gas should be disbanded, CommonWealth Magazine

Hearing Date Set For Lawsuits Against Columbia Gas, Patch.com

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Report warns of coastal impact for New England, Salem News

Emissions battle ensnares link to Canadian hydropower, E&E News

A Carbon Tax Wave? 7 States Considering Carbon Pricing to Fight Climate Change, Inside Climate News

Bipartisan group of lawmakers propose landmark carbon tax, The Hill

The U.S.’ Smallest State Has Big Renewable Energy Ambitions, Solar Industry

Let’s Re-Design Wholesale Market Rules To Reap The Benefits of Solar and Wind: Report, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind given more time to meet fishermen’s concerns, Cape Cod Times

Upwind wind farms can reduce the energy production of downwind neighbor turbines, NSF.gov

Ørsted Raises Offshore Wind Target To 15 Gigawatts By 2025, CleanTechnica

Rhode Island Wind-Power RFP Attracts Six Times the Requested Demand, Engineering News Record

 

 

Solar

Massachusetts accepts first applications for new solar SMART incentives, MassLive

BlueWave withdraws solar array proposal in Webster, Telegram.com

Solar Project Completed On Former East Providence Landfill, Solar Industry

Tiverton taps brakes on solar development, Newport Daily News

Easthampton gives final OK to large solar farm off Park Street, MassLive

Farmington planning board approves solar project, Kennebec Journal

Local solar nonprofit seeks to innovate energy assistance, Brainerd Dispatch

New Jersey hits milestone for installation of solar energy projects, Daily Energy Insider

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Weymouth middle school project aims for efficiency, resiliency, Patriot Ledger

Energy efficiency rate to decrease for most home electric bills, VTDigger

US Energy Industry Urges Congress To Fix ITC Eligibility For Energy Storage, CleanTechnica

Energy efficiency can save the world — if we can figure out how to pay for it, Utility Dive

New Hampshire settlement moves ‘cutting-edge’ utility BTM storage pilot forward, Utility Dive

 

EVs

Are regulators hindering EV acceleration?, Utility Dive

GM cuts jobs, ends models amid shift to electric and autonomous cars, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Connecticut Likely to OK Millstone for Zero-carbon RFP, RTO Insider

Fight brewing over prospect of nuclear power plant shutdowns, AP News

Plymouth seeks extended benefits as Pilgrim closes, Cape Cod Times

Ammonia Spill At Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant Declared ‘Unusual Event’, CBS Boston / WBZ-TV

A Growing Number Of States Are Rushing To Save Their Nuclear Plants, The Daily Caller

Nuclear panel questions cask life span, Cape Cod Times

Holtec eyes acquisition of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, Daily Energy Insider

A Bill Gates-backed energy company is developing what could be a game-changing nuclear reactor, Business Insider

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Region’s electricity market in trouble, CommonWealth Magazine

Smart meter deployments slow as questions emerge over cost effectiveness, saturation, Utility Dive

ISO-NE anticipates adequate winter resources, but sees 4 possible challenges, Utility Dive

New England power grid expected to meet winter demand, MassLive

Grid able to generate ample electricity this winter, but don’t expect bills to go down, Concord Monitor

Committee begins Seacoast Reliability Project debate, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold, Portland Press Herald

Shuttered Brayton Point assessed value drops more than 75 percent, Herald News

Newton Signs Historic Green Energy Contract: Mayor, USA Patch

Salisbury to roll out community choice electricity program, Newburyport Daily News

Connecticut-based Eversource Energy launches improved outage map, New Haven Register

 

Editorial/Opinion

Letter to the editor: CMP power corridor project does too much damage, should be rejected, Portland Press Herald

Our region needs the Seacoast Reliability Project, Seacoastonline.com

Maine Compass: Carbon tax best way to slow down climate change, Kennebec Journal

Boston, too, needs to do more on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

We need a Green New Deal in Massachusetts, CommonWealth Magazine

LETTER: Maintain conservative nuclear cleanup standards, Wicked Local Plymouth

Don’t curb gas utilities; clean them up, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending November 16, 2019

Multiple Breakdowns | Panicky Trading | Key Errors | Floatovoltaics

 

Happy Friday afternoon. This week’s energy news is loaded with stories. Here are a few highlights:

 

One of many stories coming out of the Merrimack Valley incident this week is an NTSB report urging new safety measures. From USA Today, “Columbia Gas of Massachusetts did not use a professional engineer to draw up plans to replace old cast-iron gas mains in the Merrimack Valley in September — a factor, federal authorities say, that could have contributed to the explosions that killed one person and injured at least 21 others. That’s one conclusion from an urgent safety report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board Thursday. Massachusetts, like many states, exempts utility companies from state licensing laws for engineers. The NTSB now recommends that Massachusetts end the practice.”

 

Sticking with gas for a minute, in some not-so-good news for a region that relies heavily on natural gas for heating and electricity generation, from CNBC.com, “Natural gas prices surged to a more than four-year high in panicky and volatile trading Wednesday, after the latest cold weather forecasts raised fears that the U.S. is heading for a potentially colder-than-expected winter with too little gas supply…Prices also rose across futures contracts that that would cover the winter months through March, indicating that prices could be pressured all winter by dwindling supply, which is at a 15-year low for this time of year.”

 

In a bit of an Emily Litella moment (from SNL of years past) and perhaps some good news, the Washington Post reports, “Scientists behind a major study that claimed the Earth’s oceans are warming faster than previously thought now say their work contained inadvertent errors that made their conclusions seem more certain than they actually are…As a result, the findings suffer from too much doubt to definitively support the paper’s conclusion about how much heat the oceans have absorbed over time.” Their earlier results, if you recall, suggested there is less time than previously thought to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Last story for this week is an unusual request for an energy project in Central Mass. From Telegram.com, “A Millbury-based solar energy company has floated the idea of covering 24,000 surface acres of Quabbin Reservoir with a floating photovoltaic solar array capable of producing 1 megawatt of power. In his letter, Mr. Strzelecki said he is exploring any interest in developing a floating solar farm at Quabbin, describing floating solar arrays as ‘the future of renewable energy.’…The letter states that such an array, covering 24,000 of the reservoir’s 25,000 acres, would ‘put the Quabbin back in the energy-producing business since the Winsor Dam was put out of commission nearly 30 years ago.’ Mr. Strzelecki’s letter pointed out that “floatovoltaics” benefit from the cooling effect of water as well as being shade-free. Mr. Clark said he discussed the letter with John Scannell, director of the Division of Water Supply Protection, who was dismissive of the idea.”

 

Enjoy the weekend and have a Happy Thanksgiving. We’re taking next Friday off for the holiday.

 

Merrimack Valley

Multiple breakdowns led to natural gas explosions in Merrimack Valley, NTSB says, USA Today

As Merrimack Valley Appliances Are Replaced, Some Residents Want More Energy Efficiency, WGBH

Officials talk safety in anticipation of colder temps, Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts lawmakers ask President Donald Trump to declare disaster in Merrimack Valley after gas explosions, MassLive

Lawmakers to hold oversight hearings on gas explosions, Eagle-Tribune

Lawsuits In Gas Disaster Could Face Hurdle In Obscure State Protections For Utilities, WGBH

For Returning Gas Explosion Victims, Home Isn’t Always Sweet, USA Patch

After AG’s Guidance, Confusion Lingers For Landlords, Tenants, Patch.com

 

Lockout

Political leaders under pressure to fix gas crisis as developers panic, Boston Business Journal (pay wall)

Worcester Rep. O’Day files bill to force National Grid to continue health insurance for locked out workers, Telegram

Gas hookup moratorium putting chill on housing, real estate, Lowell Sun

Plans for gas oversight hearings, lockout bill taking shape, Sentinel and Enterprise

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Natural gas jumps to 4-year high in panicky trading as snow, cold push across US, CNBC

Charlton residents hear details of proposed $100M LNG plant, Worcester Telegram

Pipeline peril: Natural gas explosions reveal silent danger lurking in old cast iron pipes, CBS News

No penalties for 90% of pipeline blasts, E&E News

Climate activists get involved in Agawam pipeline debate, MassLive

Hingham mulls applying for ‘intervenor status’ on Weymouth compressor station, Hingham.wickedlocal.com

Power plant opponents celebrate another victory as case moves into final months, The Valley Breeze

Potential for wetlands disturbance draws ire from opponents of Williams Transco compressor station, Central Jersey

Environmentalists call on Murphy to halt fossil fuel projects, NJTV

Oxford power plant is commissioned, Connecticut Post

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

What Will Maine’s Clean Energy Future Look Like Under New Leadership?, Maine Public

Scientists acknowledge key errors in study of how fast the oceans are warming, Washington Post

Environmental groups hope Democrat gains will spur climate action, VTDigger

Green jobs growing across Central Mass., Telegram

ReEnergy shuts down Fort Fairfield biomass plant, Mainebiz

Ratepayer group asks FERC to nullify state’s biomass subsidy law, New Hampshire Union Leader

Storm Surge brings professor to discuss climate change, Daily News of Newburyport

Confronting Climate Change, Fishermen Collect Data on Changing Oceans, Cape and Islands NPR

 

Wind

7 big turbines rise in Johnston — biggest onshore wind farm in R.I. | video, Providence Journal

Agencies earn right to challenge wind farm studies, National Wind Watch

Motion To Intervene On Turbine Appeal Denied, Falmouth Enterprise

Arkwright hears complaints about turbine sounds, The Observer Today

Former Massachusetts Coal Plant Transitioning To Offshore Wind Support Center, North American Windpower

National Offshore Wind Consortium Announces Roadmap to Accelerate Offshore Wind Industry, NYSERDA

New Jersey in Right Place to Reap Benefits of Emerging Offshore-Wind Sector, NJ Spotlight

Providence zoning board to consider 3 new 364-ft. turbines at waterfront, Providence Business News

BOEM releases potential lease plots for NY offshore wind, South Coast Today

 

Solar

State throws cold water on idea of floating solar array on Quabbin Reservoir, Telegram.com

Local solar nonprofit seeks to innovate energy assistance, Brainerd Dispatch

Cabot Corporation and SunPower Announce Helix® Solar-Plus-Storage Agreement, MarketWatch

Three Solar Projects Completed For Town Of Ashland, Massachusetts, Solar Industry

Falmouth town meeting rejects moratorium on solar permits, Cape Cod Times

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Barrier to Energy Storage in New York?, Microgrid Knowledge

The Forecast on Energy-Efficient Cooling Just Got a Bit Sunnier, PBS

 

EVs

School Districts Rolling Out Electric Buses as Economics Improve: ‘It’s Time to Switch,’ Greentech Media

Tesla, GM, ChargePoint and other EV interests press Congress to continue federal tax credit, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Holtec Files Request to Acquire Pilgrim Nuclear Plant by End of 2019, Cape Cod Today

Natural Gas is Undermining Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Plants—And That’s Bad News for the Climate, Union of Concerned Scientists

Report: New England’s Nuclear Plants Will Be Key To Fighting Climate Change, New Hampshire Public Radio

Cost of US nuclear generation at ten-year low, World Nuclear News

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Rules Protecting N.H. Residents From Winter Utility Disconnection Kick In Today, Valley News

Maine DEP tells CMP its application for 145-mile power line is incomplete, Sun Journal

CT electric generation rates on the rise, Hartford Business Journal

National Grid brass declines invite to discuss gas concerns in Leominster, Sentinel & Enterprise

Visual impact of Seacoast power project to be presented, Seacoastonline.com

Governors push fed on grid modernization, Lowell Sun

Lessons From FERC Staff Reversal In Footprint Power, Law360

Can the Electricity Industry Seize Its Resilience Moment?, Greentech Media

New England Talks Energy Security, Public Policy, RTO Insider

Cannabis Growers Eye Microgrids to Cut Energy Bills, Greentech Media

FERC chair warns of retroactive ratemaking in ISO-NE order, S&P Global Platts

To scare crows in North Adams, National Grid is bringing in a propane cannon that shoots sound, MassLive

NE governors push feds on grid modernization, Lowell Sun

LIPA seeks 2.4% hike in customer delivery charge, Newsday

Utility smart meter installations worry Rockland and Westchester homeowners on privacy, LoHud.com

The Hail Mary plan to restart a hacked us electric grid, Wired

 

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Baker, Walsh must step in on National Grid talks, Boston Business Journal (paywall)

To fight climate change, environmentalists say yes to nuclear power, Boston Globe

Nuclear waste dilemma, The Day

Maine Voices: Start listening, folks: All-out effort needed to prevent climate disaster, Portland Press Herald

For a safe, secure new U.S. energy grid, Lowell Sun

George Smith: 2019 may be Maine’s year for clean energy, Kennebec Journal

GUEST OPINION: Energy Advisory Committee, past and future, Daily News of Newburyport

Ørsted, Deepwater Wind: Are Offshore Wind Mergers Good for us?, Union of Concerned Scientists

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Energy News for week ending August 17, 2018

Abnormally hot | There’s something in the water | Focus on affordability

Happy Friday afternoon.

If you think it’s been hot this summer and your electric bill is skyrocketing from running the A/C so much, you might want to skip this story from US News and World Report, 2018 to 2022 Expected to Be Abnormally Hot. “Around the world, the years 2018 to 2022 are expected to be abnormally hot. According to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications, researchers developed a new system that predicted the current record-setting heat wave will likely continue through 2022, according to a press release. Most recently, June 2018 was the third warmest June on record for the U.S., July was the 11th warmest and the period from May through July was the warmest ever on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The press release stated temperatures will likely be hotter than expected because of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions.”

Cooling off often means a dip in the water. And while people swimming off the Cape have sharks to worry about, the folks on Block Island need not worry about the exposed electric cable. According to a story in the Block Island Times, brought to us via National Wind Watch, Grid seeking remedy to cable issue, “The sea2shore transmission cable, installed by National Grid as part of the Block Island Wind Farm project, can now be seen about 25 feet from Town Beach at low tide…Beachgoers were floating and swimming above the cable, which at low tide was about three feet below the water…There are 34,500 volts running through the cable. ‘While we share the concern about public safety, we are confident that the cable itself is, as it always has been, safe even if not fully covered by sediment,’ he [Ted Kresse, Director of Strategic Communications for National Grid] said.”

Last story for this week we bring an article from Vermont Biz New England governors urge ISO-NE to focus on affordability, “Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement related to ISO New England and affordable electricity… ‘Affordable and reliable energy is a fundamental precursor for a vibrant and competitive New England economy. New England states have to be competitive to attract and retain businesses and residents. Efforts must be made to keep electric rates as affordable as possible. Increasingly, cleaner sources of energy have also become important to our energy system, regional economy, and shared environment. It is vital that our pursuit of a reliable and lower-carbon grid leverage available technologies and competitive markets to foster affordable electric rates for all consumers, particularly the most vulnerable among us…’”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

New Granite Bridge gas pipeline gains support, New Hampshire Union Leader

Tennessee Gas to beef up Agawam compressor and build two-mile pipeline loop, MassLive

FERC rules in favor of natural gas pipeline project, WKBW

The Latest Pipeline Battle Is Ramping Up in New York, The Nation

As National Grid lockout enters week 8, some say ‘hard feelings’ will linger beyond bargaining, Boston Business Journal

The US’ hidden methane problem, Climate Home News

Is the anti-pipeline playbook starting to work?, E and E News

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Close Half of US Coal Fleet by 2030, Greentech Media

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Somerset has $10M in free cash certified; among first in the state, Herald News

Nature Conservancy sees an opportunity to fight climate change – using Maine’s woodlands, Portland Press Herald

Run on renewables: Real estate trusts finally start going green, Boston Business Journal

Advocates say clean energy bill falls short, Gloucester Times

2018 to 2022 Expected to Be Abnormally Hot, US News and World Report

Global Warming? Tell it to the Judge, US News and World Report

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind has a big selling point for its power: cheaper prices, The Boston Globe

NJBPU unveils financing rules for offshore wind, NJBiz

Researchers studying seafloor at offshore wind site, Herald News

New York studies European offshore wind industry to inform development plans, Utility Dive

Atlantic Wind hearings continue before the Penn Forest Township Zoning Hearing Board, Times News Online

Wind farm project on Quebec’s North Shore divides government, Hydro Quebec, CTV News Montreal

Grid seeking remedy to cable issue, Block Island Times via National Wind Watch

 

Solar

State approves rezoning 700 acres in Hancock County for use as a solar farm, MSN

Encore Renewable Energy to Develop 10 MW of Solar Capacity in Vermont, Acres

Massachusetts’ New Clean Energy Bill: Heavy On Storage, Light On Solar, Solar Industry

Town ordered to allow church solar panels, WickedLocal.com

Neighbors object to Webster solar energy project, Worcester Telegram

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Big NYC Landlords Join Plan to Cut Energy Use 20% by 2030, Bloomberg L.P.

Green Mountain Power uses Tesla Power Walls to reduce electricity demand, VTDigger

Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage, Phys.org

Commercial buildings in Agawam now eligible for special clean energy financing, MassLive

Will energy efficiency stall climate disruption?, David Suzuki Foundation Blog

 

EVs

Governors and premiers promote electric vehicle revolution, VTDigger

Electric vehicle charging takes longer in cold weather, researchers say, The Day

 

Nuclear

New England Governors Highlight Value of Nuclear for Their Region, Electric Energy Online

VY completes another decommissioning milestone, The Commons Online

NRC finishes inspection of Seabrook nuclear plant, Newburyport Daily News

Prospective Pilgrim owner touts experience, Cape Cod Times

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Maine environmental group opposes Mass. energy transmission project, Worcester Business Journal

New England governors urge ISO-NE to focus on affordability, Vermont Biz

New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council, MassLive

NEPOOL Files Press Ban with FERC, RTO Insider

Overheard at New York Energy Market Summit, RTO Insider

Suit alleging CMP fraud filed in Portland, Portland Press Herald

Eversource persists with Conn. Water buyout bid, Journal Inquirer

Eversource appeals Northern Pass case to NH Supreme Court, WMUR

Power: BEDC Laments Disruption, Instability from National Grid, This Day

Lawsuit alleges CMP workers were told to blame customers for their high bills, Press Herald

CMP says ‘We’re sorry’ for response to billing complaints, Maine Biz

Environmentalists: Power from massive Canadian dams isn’t renewable, Bennington Banner

 

Editorial/Opinion

The NIMBY State: Saying no to new energy, New Hampshire Union Leader

Letter: William J. Eccleston: Proposed natural gas plant would harm the ecology, Providence Journal

Columnists Ariel Moyal and Julie Johnson: Leadership needed on renewable energy, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Enviro group: Hydro contract bad for Maine, Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

Our View: Ignoring climate change puts Mainers in danger, Portland Press Herald

Op-Ed: Learn from Europe, Keep Wind Generation and Transmission Separate, NJ Spotlight

Maine Voices: Absent oversight, condo associations can stymie energy-efficiency goals, Portland Press Herald

Unions: National Grid’s lockout is threat to public safety, The Lowell Sun

Mass. puts wind power in gear, CommonWealth Magazine

Is wind power blowing holes in Hydro-Québec’s profits?, Globe and Mail

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Energy News for week ending August 3, 2018

Pilgrim to be sold | “base hit” | Competitive Pricing | Don’t get complacent

Happy Friday afternoon. We start today with a housekeeping note. If you want to keep getting the Northeast Energy News each week, please remember to whitelist us in your email. Sometimes an email bounces and our system, which doesn’t like to spam anyone, puts the email on the inactive list and then you don’t get our email. Of course if you’d rather not get the Northeast Energy News, just scroll down to the bottom and unsubscribe. No hard feelings. Now let’s get to the news.

First up, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant to be Sold After 2019 Shutdown (CapeCod.com). “The company that owns the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth will sell the plant, spent fuel, land and decommissioning trust fund to an energy technology company after the upcoming shutdown next year. A statement from Entergy issued Wednesday said Pilgrim and another plant in Michigan will be sold to Holtec International for what’s described as an ‘accelerated decommissioning.’…The sale, pending regulatory approval, will include the transfer of licenses and spent fuel. Holtec said most of the decommissioning could be complete within 8 years. Holtec expects to move all of the spent nuclear fuel out of the spent fuel pools and into dry cask storage within approximately three years of the plant’s shutdown.”

Massachusetts legislature OKs ‘base hit’ clean energy bill at end of session (MassLive) “An energy bill that emerged from conference committee Monday night represents modest progress in Massachusetts’ transition to clean, renewable power, environmental groups said…‘Lawmakers could have knocked it out of the park. Instead, they only got a base hit,’ said Ben Hellerstein, director of Environment Massachusetts. While the compromise bill leaves most of the Senate provisions behind — including a piece that would put a price on carbon — it does include several provisions that won praise from clean energy advocates. Notably, it gets ride of a “demand charge” that the Department of Public Utilities had allowed for new solar adopters in Eversource territory…The bill modestly raises the renewable portfolio standard…The bill could double the state’s offshore wind capacity… the legislation establishes an energy storage target of 1,000 megawatt-hours by 2026.”

Bruce Mohl at Commonwealth Magazine writes, Offshore wind prices look competitive. “The developer of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm is promising to deliver wholesale power to Massachusetts at prices that are far below what Cape Wind was offering nearly a decade ago and not much more expensive than hydro-electricity just procured from Canada. According to contracts filed with the state Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday, Vineyard Wind agreed to deliver electricity at an average price of 8.9 cents a kilowatt hour over the 20-year life of the contract, or a total levelized price of 6.5 cents. While those prices are above the average wholesale price of electricity in New England (3.4 cents a kilowatt hour during 2017), they include the value of environmental attributes that are not included with electricity generated using natural gas. Taking those into account, Baker administration officials said, the offshore wind contract is very competitive with other types of power generation and will slightly lower bills for ratepayers over the 20-year life of the contract.”

Last up for this week is an article from today’s Wall St. Journal, Don’t Get Complacent About Natural Gas. “The first week of August seems like an odd time to fret about a frigid winter, but perhaps not for people who buy, sell and store natural gas. Following Thursday morning’s weekly report from the Energy Information Administration, the amount of gas in U.S. underground storage will be at around 2.3 trillion cubic feet and should keep rising for the next three months. Yet that cushion now stands 24% below where it was this time last year and 20% below the five-year average…But what seems like ample supply could set the market up for panicky winter buying. The last time that happened was in the winter of 2013-2014.”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Don’t Get Complacent About Natural Gas, Wall St. Journal

Soil Testing For Proposed Natural Gas Power Plant In Burrillville Angers Opponents, Rhode Island Public Radio

FERC Flooded with Comments on Pipeline Permitting, RTO Insider

FERC Clarifies New York TOs’ Cost Recovery, RTO Insider

Town resolution backs locked-out workers, blocks National Grid, Arlington

National Grid gas workers still locked out, Eagle-Tribune

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Massachusetts legislature OKs ‘base hit’ clean energy bill at end of session, MassLive

Clean Energy Industry Group Commends Legislature for Moving Clean Energy Forward in Massachusetts, NA Clean Energy

Compromise energy bill criticized as too weak, The Recorder

Clean tech praises Massachusetts energy bill as activist community vows continued engagement, MassLive

DC Circuit tosses challenge to ISO-NE renewable energy market rules, Utility Dive

7 States Urge Pipeline Regulators to Pay Attention to Climate Change, InsideClimate News

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change, New York Times Magazine

Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’, Yale Environment 360

New England Women Talk Climate Change, Resilience, RTO Insider

Despite subsidy, two wood-fired power plants offline for months, Portland Press Herald

 

Wind

First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Offers $1.4 Billion to Customers, Bloomberg L.P.

Offshore wind prices look competitive, CommonWealth Magazine

How can the US reach the cutting edge of offshore wind R&D? DOE seeks input, Utility Dive

Massachusetts expected to double offshore wind commitment to 3200 MW, Windpower Engineering & Development

Vineyard Wind, R.I. fishermen still at odds over turbines, Providence Journal

NY Gov. Cuomo implores Zinke to support offshore wind project, Daily Energy Insider

Antrim Wind Energy to break ground on 9-turbine project as soon as next week, Ledger Transcript

 

Solar

Why Maine towns and cities are investing in solar projects, Bangor Daily News

Keene committee backs plan for solar array at city complex, Keene Sentinel

Pepperell Mill Campus solar array to span 3 buildings and cover 1.5 acres of rooftop, Portland Press Herald

Community solar can address renewables accessibility gap, report finds, Utility Dive

New York DPS reports call for community distributed solar enhancements, Daily Energy Insider

Judge reverses zoning board’s OK of solar farm in Portsmouth, Providence Journal

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Mass. Lawmakers Set Storage Target, Raise RPS, Overturn Rooftop Solar Demand Charge, Greentech Media

Energy storage could take off in Massachusetts with proposed compromise on capacity ownership, Utility Dive

Network Of Tesla Powerwall Batteries Saves Green Mountain Power $500,000 During Heat Wave, CleanTechnica

Don’t miss out on this money for energy-efficient home improvements, Boston Globe

Green River Commons zero-energy condos preview the future, The Recorder

Efficiency advocates fear Trump administration may try to roll back light bulb standards, Utility Dive

 

EVs

U.S. Electric Vehicle Charging Market to Grow to $18.6 Billion, Bloomberg

 

Nuclear

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant to be Sold After 2019 Shutdown, CapeCod.com

Vermont Yankee’s $143 million fuel move finished, VT Digger

DEEP paves way for Millstone’s power bid, Hartford Business Journal

Millstone Hopeful Regulators See Nuclear Power As “At Risk”, WNPR

Dominion expects edge for Millstone in DEEP zero carbon auction, The Day

Red Tape and Green Energy: Why Nuclear Power Is Struggling to Survive, Energy Central

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Cape electricity demand, more osprey could mean more nest fires, Cape Cod Times

Project to import Canadian hydropower through Maine faces final review, Bangor Daily News

Mass. utilities file major contracts to buy Canadian hydro carried over Maine power line, MassLive

Eversource plans more power lines for Dartmouth, Southcoasttoday

Five Months After Energy Cyberattack, U.S. Pushes Collaboration, Bloomberg L.P.

DHS walks back utility cyber warnings as Southern CEO says no grid emergency, Utility Dive

Under scrutiny for storm response, CMP says it’s beefing up its smart-meter network Portland Press Herald

Higher rates help Eversource to post 5% increase in earnings, Journal Inquirer

New York to consider enhancing payments for distributed generation, Utility Dive

Generators say Mystic order mirrors their capacity price concerns, S and P Global, Platts

New York Power Authority on Track to Becoming Nation’s First All-Digital Electric Utility, Energy Manager Today

NJ: Utilities flopped in storm prep, must do better to avoid outages, Asbury Park Press

We’ve been talking about a national grid for years. It might be time to do it., Vox.com

 

Editorial/Opinion

Clean, Reliable Energy Key to Western Mass Jobs (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Lawmakers should embrace clean energy, CommonWealth Magazine

Lawmakers should override governor’s veto of solar energy, SB 446, Seacoastonline.com

Opinion: State Rep Candidate Supports National Grid Workers, USA Patch

Column: Marty Nathan: Our planet has a fever, Daily Hampshire Gazette

No benefits from a wind farm, Sun Journal

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Energy News for week ending November 17, 2017

Class Action | Presidential Permit | 20M dollars for Western MA

Happy Friday afternoon folks.

There are a ton of stories this week, but here are three that stood out for us.

Vermont Business Magazine reports that on Thursday afternoon Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc were hit with a class-action lawsuit stating that the two energy companies caused electricity consumers in New England to incur overcharges of $3.6 billion in a years-long scheme that impacted six states and affected 14.7 million people. The lawsuit was filed November 14, 2017, in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The complaint alleges the scheme violates multiple federal and state competition laws and state consumer protection statutes.

Good news this week came for Northern Pass in the form of receiving its Presidential Permit from the US Dept. of Energy. The Telegram reported that the permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. There is still a ways to go before it’s done though. The article reports that the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC, is expected to announce its final written decision on the project by March 31, 2018. And, along with the state approval, the project also is awaiting a permit from the U.S. Forest Service allowing the project to pass through parts of the White Mountain National Forest and a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected by the end of the year.

Speaking of transmission projects, over at MassLive.com, Mary Serreze reports that TDI New England has pledged 20 years of funding, at $1 million annually, to Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions for deep energy retrofits to low-income homes, if its New England Clean Power Link wins a major utility contract in the Bay State. TDI plans 98 miles of underwater and 56 miles of underground cable to deliver 1,000 megawatts of hydro, or hydro and wind, from Canada. Christmas comes a month late for bidders. Serreze notes that the winners will be announced Jan. 25 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and electric utilities Eversource, National Grid and Unitil.

That wraps it up for this week. As always, you can find more news and events at NEEnergyNews.com.

Oh, and we’re taking next Friday off so we’ll be back in your in boxes on December 1. In the meantime, you can find energy stories Tweeted at @McMComm

Have a wonderful, safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Lawsuit accuses Eversource and Avangrid of causing $3.6 billion in excessive electricity costs in New England, Vermont Biz

Report raises doubts about gas ‘crisis, CommonWealth Magazine

Gas to power majority of New England by 2020, Argus

Natural gas has no climate benefit and may make things worse, Think Progress

Environmentalists Stage Sit-In At Governor’s Office Over Natural Gas Infrastructure, WGBH

Conservationists: Fossil fuel search would target migratory path of right whales, Cape Cod Times

Sandisfield highway chief: ‘Road is shot from pipeline work,’ Berkshire Eagle

Lynch bill could halt Weymouth compressor construction, Wicked Local Braintree

Water protector Winona LaDuke speaks on ‘cannibal economics,’ courage and fighting pipelines, theberkshireedge.com

RI agency opens hearing on LNG plan for Providence waterfront, The Providence Journal

Google Adding Methane Detectors To Street View Cars, CleanTechnica

Pipeline opponents flood FERC with requests for new hearings, Southeast Energy News

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists, The Intercept

DOJ: Protestors Interfering With Pipeline Construction Will Be Prosecuted, OilPrice.com

Groups Sponsored By Fossil Fuel Industry Host Energy Forum, RIPR.org

Renewables Policy/RGGI/Climate change

Renewables Are on a Collision Course With Power Markets, Greentech Media

Virginia Moves to Join RGGI Carbon-trading Market, POWER magazine

Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?, The New Yorker

Seven States Take Big Next Step on Climate: Here’s the What, Why, and How, Union of Concerned Scientists

Summit touts renewable energy progress, Salem News

Fossil fuel emissions will reach an all-time high in 2017, scientists say — dashing hopes of progress, Washington Post

Your car is a big environmental nemesis, and Mass. is stepping in, Boston Globe

Wind

No One Satisfied With New Vermont Wind Power Sound Rules, New York Times

Deepwater may fund UMass offshore wind, fishing study, Cape Cod times

Maine proposes new wind development rules, Utility Dive

The Energy 202: House GOP wants to water down tax breaks for wind energy. The Senate is unlikely to let it., Washington Post

The Future Of Offshore Wind Farms In The Atlantic, WSHU

Bird poo on wind turbines is a problem solved by high tech scarecrows, VICE News

Solar

MIT Reveals a Battery That Stores Solar Energy to Make Heat for Later, Inverse.com

From brownfield to greenfield: Former mine site hosts Vermont’s biggest solar array, vtdigger.org

Northampton solar landfill a ‘dream come true,’ says Ward 6 city councilor at ribbon-cutting, MassLive.com

60-day clock starts for Trump to decide on solar panel tariffs, Utility Dive

Nova Scotia Buildings to Feed Solar Power to Grid under New Program, Energy Central

Energy Efficiency

New Paper Says Emissions Cuts Should Start with Buildings, Not Transportation, Energy Manager Today

Americans for Prosperity: NH should dump energy-efficiency efforts, New Hampshire Business Review

Eversource Powers Up Energy Efficiency, The Keene Sentinel

Going Green Could Help Harwich Earn Some, Cape Cod Chronicle

America First? Trump Energy Cuts Would Eliminate Billions of Dollars in Direct Savings to Consumers, Greentech Media

Boston-based Current is now on GE’s chopping block, Boston Business Journal

Making More Sustainable LEDs With Reusable Materials, Greentech Media

City moving to purchase only above-ground streetlights, Eagle Tribune

Planned Community On Boston South Shore Will Be Laboratory For Sustainable Cities, CleanTechnica

Governor Cuomo Announces $12 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency for Industrial and Multifamily Buildings, NA Clean Energy

Nuclear

Sea level rise factors into nuclear waste discussion, Cape Cod Times

Entergy Objects To Conditions On PUC Consultant For Vermont Yankee Hearings, VPR

US eyes safety rules for small modular reactors, as nuclear touted at UN climate meeting, Utility Dive

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

DOE backs hydropower project bringing energy from Canada to southern New England, Telegram.com

NARUC panel discusses how to prepare for the mother lode of electricity disruptions, Daily Energy Insider

Cooperation, DOE NOPR, State RFPs the Topics at NECBC Meeting, RTO Insider

RI Power Sector Transformation Study Represents ‘A Big Step Forward’, Solar Industry

NH’s high utility bills blamed on subsidies, The Union Leader

Eversource Planning To Hire Staff, Upgrade Communications In Wake Of October Storm Problems, Hartford Courant

Brayton Point bidder chosen, sale to be announced soon, SouthCoastToday.com

National Grid teams with national lab to study transmission modernization, storage, Utility Dive

Thousands still without power in Hampshire County, The Recorder

Blackout: Outage zaps power from 29000 in Hampshire County Wednesday morning, GazetteNET

FERC storage/DER integration proposal gets high marks, but other priorities loom, Utility Dive

Seacoast State Reps Raise Concerns About Eversource Plan to Buy Water Utility, New Hampshire Public Radio

What a US electric grid attack looks like, USA TODAY

The Trump administration went to the UN climate talks to promote coal, Vox

Natl. Grid finds novel way to lobby clean energy procurement, CommonWealth Magazine

Transmission developer TDI offers $20 million for Western Massachusetts home energy retrofits if it wins statewide clean electricity contract, MassLive

Study Claims Quark Fusion May Be the Energy Source of the Future, Bigthink.com

As feds focus on baseload, grid modernization is sweeping the nation, Utility Dive

Chatterjee: FERC Will Move Ahead with Coal, Nuclear Subsidies, Power Engineering

Grid Modernization in Rhode Island: Small State, Big Vision, Microgrid Knowledge

Maine lawmakers to weigh in on reducing power outages, Penn Energy

State demands report on utility’s response to storm, Salem News

Exclusive: Chatterjee details interim plan to save coal, nuclear plants, Utility Dive

Do utilities need rate design for electric vehicle charging? Utility Dive

Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid, Renewable Energy World

Emera COO: Work progressing on Maritime transmission link, Electric Light & Power

CMP President and CEO Sara Burns to retire by year’s end, MaineBiz

Editorial/Opinion

We agree: It’s time to clean up transportation (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Our Opinion: Kinder Morgan must do right by Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

My Turn: Dave Ross: RI needs energy to power innovation, The Providence Journal

Justin Wheating: Championing the climate economy for Vermont, vtdigger.org

One watt at a time: Why electric rates are so high, The Union Leader

Another View — Greg Moore: Why turning on the lights costs more in New Hampshire, The Union Leader

Our view: National Grid should explain storm response, Salem News

Editorial: Encouraging that Columbia Gas sees end to moratorium, Hampshire Gazette

Derrick Z. Jackson: The competition is heating up for offshore wind, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending November 10, 2017

FERC Needs Changes | No Safety Hazard | MA Auto Recyclers Reduce CO2

Welcome to this week’s Energy News. Let’s jump in.

Utility Dive dug into a white paper by the Analysis Group that proposed changes to how gas pipeline projects before the FERC are considered and approved. They write, “The group’s concern is that the market could develop excess capacity, in turn stranding investments. ‘Some industry observers are increasingly concerned about the potential to overbuild capacity on the interstate system in light of anticipated transitions in the nation’s energy system in the future,’ the firm wrote. ‘And there are growing questions about FERC’s balancing of public benefits versus adverse consequences in the context of case-by-case review of applications.’ The paper was commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council.”

Following up on last week’s stories about Columbia Gas’ projects in Western MA, MassLive reports that Ludlow “town fire and public safety officials see no danger in Columbia Gas of Massachusetts’ plan to build a facility here to provide better access to the interstate Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The town has only had preliminary meetings with Columbia Gas, said Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane. But in the interest of improving gas service to residents sees no reason to reject Columbia Gas’ plans.”

Last for this week is good news out of WPI which conducted a study to see if automotive recyclers were helping the state reduce carbon emissions. Recycling International reports the study was commissioned by the Automotive Recyclers of Massachusetts and the results demonstrated ARM is reducing the state’s carbon footprint by at least 2.2 million tons of CO2 each year.

As always, be sure to check out Northeast Energy News for more stories and events. Stay warm and have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Analysis Group: Time for FERC to consider changes to gas pipeline siting, Utility Dive

Massachusetts lawmakers press for law banning ‘pipeline tax,’ Utility Dive

Baker refuses to disavow new pipeline capacity, CommonWealth Magazine

Energy pipelines are on ice, but Baker is still getting heat on natural gas, Boston Globe

Longmeadow: No public safety hazard in Columbia Gas proposal, MassLive

ISO-NE Bars Invenergy Plant from FCA 12, RTO Insider

Bipartisan legislators push for gas industry reforms, Wicked Local Burlington

Concerns raised about utilities’ natural gas dependence, vtdigger.org

EIA: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production reaches new high, WorldOil

Ohio sues developer behind Dakota Access Pipeline over pollution issues, ThinkProgress

Environmentalists just gained a new enemy in the fight against natural gas pipelines, ThinkProgress

How Dominion Energy, Fracked Gas Giant, Lost Big in Virginia Election, DeSmog

Congress, Big Oil Collude to Charge Anti-Pipeline Activists as Domestic Terrorists, Mintpress News

Renewable Energy

Bourne Tidal Turbine Test Site Becomes A Reality, CapeNews.net/Bourne Enterprise

Powerline: NHPR Series Looks at Origins of Clean Energy in New England, NHPR

ISO: Solar, wind help power New England, Hartford Business

What The House GOP Tax Plan Could Mean For Renewable Energy, Solar Industry

The geopolitical implications of renewable energy, Business Insider

100% Renewable Electricity to Power the World by 2050? It’s Happening, Study Says, EcoWatch

Offshore wind Jones Act vessel study released, (press release) Windpower Engineering

Chilmark selectmen won’t endorse Bay State Wind project, MV Times

New Democratic Governor in New Jersey Could Ignite State’s Offshore Wind Sector, Renewable Energy News

Energy Efficiency

Alliance to Save Energy president testifies against proposed changes to ENERGY STAR Program, Daily energy Insider

Energy Efficiency: Bipartisan Solution That Needs Support, Natural Resources Defense Council

South Portland business owner plans to open ‘green’ car and dog wash, Press Herald

Lincoln resident drops energy bill through Mass Save, Wicked Local Lincoln

Could stretch codes supercharge the green building marketplace,? GreenBiz.com

How car recyclers in one US state help reduce carbon footprint, Recycling International

Nuclear

Feds prolong review of Vermont Yankee sale, VT Digger

France backpedals on pledge to cut reliance on nuclear power, Seattle Times

Advanced Nuclear Finds a More Welcome Home in Canada, MIT Technology Review

Entergy opposes proposed decommissioning fee, Wicked Local Marshfield

Film Details Grassroots Effort To Close Vermont Yankee Power Plant, Cape Cod Chronicle

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

No plans for increase in electric rate, Sentinel and Enterprise

Eversource seeks higher winter power rates, MassLive.com

CMP seeks support to build transmission line, Sun Journal

Forgotten by Eversource for years — and then hit with a $29,000 bill, Boston Globe

A big 48 MWh Tesla Powerpack system will power the island of Nantucket, Electrek

Con Edison Transmission gets regulatory approval for Maine Power Express, Energy Business Review

Eversource is ever-optimistic about its Northern Pass power line project, The Boston Globe

FERC Accepts ISO-NE Methodology for Interconnection Cluster Studies, Lexology

Boxford town officials put National Grid on the hot seat, Wicked Local Topsfield

Generators Seek Rehearing of ISO-NE CONE Ruling, RTO Insider

Sudbury: State board denies town’s request to stay Eversource case, MetroWest Daily News

Mandatory state policies work best to curb power plant emissions, study finds, Science Daily

National Grid says it was prepared, but not for this kind of storm, Eagle-Tribune

Former FERC Chairman Joins the Chorus Criticizing Rick Perry’s Coal, Nuke Proposal, Greentech Media

National Grid Develops Innovative Solution for an Island Community’s Unique Energy Challenges, Energy Central

FERC Approves ISO-NE Queue Clustering, RTO Insider

Developers of 1 GW Gas Plant Barred from New England Power Auction, Power Engineering

USDA aiding Maine island electric co-op with $1.5M loan, Penn Energy

ISO New England predicts declining loads due to solar, efficiency, Utility Dive

Con Edison Transmission gets regulatory approval for Maine Power Express, Energy Business Review

Rhode Island lays out strategy for grid modernization, Utility Dive

US report finds Tesla Model S can emit more ‘lifetime CO2’ than a petrol supermini, AutoExpress

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Nice to see concerns on pipeline projects heard, considered, Greenfield Recorder

New England and other cold weather areas need more energy pipelines, ArcaMax

Bring checks and balances to the SEC, New Hampshire Business Review

Why Mainers Should Be Outraged Over Worst Power Outage In State’s History, Forbes

Pointless roadblocks for NorthStar could discourage company, Commons

Planning for the future of the Indian Point workforce: Editorial Spotlight, The Journal News | LoHud.com

Public Outreach Is Needed to Gain Support for the Nuclear Power Industry, POWER magazine

Grateful for response from National Grid, The Daily Gazette

LETTER: House Bill 3564 no good for Massachusetts, South Coast Today

Viewpoint: ITC should focus on economic benefits of solar panel tariff case, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Letters: Leave Candlewood Mountain Alone, Hartford Courant

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Energy News for week ending October 27, 2017

Thorough Review | Seaweed Energy | Cow Power

Good Friday afternoon.

This week brought news from CommonWealth Magazine that the MA DPU is launching “a thorough review” of allegations in a recent report that Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc. artificially constrained natural gas pipeline capacity in New England and drove up electricity prices by $3.6 billion over three years.

Up in Maine, Penn Energy reports that the University of New England in Maine is receiving more than $1.3 million in federal money to develop methods for the U.S. to become a leader at utilizing seaweed for uses such as energy.

And, sticking with not your average energy sources, the Berkshire Eagle says in Dalton, MA, “the town is embracing wind energy, but officials plan to chew a bit more on “cow power.” The Select Board heard a pitch Monday from Hampshire Power to buy electricity produced from cow manure and compost. Doing so would support green energy and yield credits to reduce its electric bill. The five-member board decided to hold off on a decision until its next meeting.”

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Data shows two companies stand alone in their New England pipeline practices, Environmental Defense Fund

Gas leaks increase in Concord, Wicked Local Concord

Massachusetts regulators to review allegations Eversource, Avangrid constrained pipelines, Utility Dive

Tribal dispute provokes another call for state intervention in Burrillville power plant debate, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Burrillville power plant decision delayed over changes to water plan, Valley Breeze

Citizens against the Rehoboth compressor station host Newton Mayor Setti Warren in Attleboro, The Sun Chronicle

Challenge to AIM Pipeline Approval Before DC Circuit Court, Patch.com

Wind energy project off LI to be called Empire Wind, Newsday

Study: Fracking Chemicals Harm Kids’ Brains, EcoWatch

Most Resolutions Against 1 GW Burrillville Plant Suppressed, Power Engineering

Activists bring pipeline protest to downtown Northampton, Hampshire Gazette

Amherst Board of Health asks Baker for more data on natural gas pipelines, Daily Hampshire Gazette

DPU reviewing report’s pipeline claims, CommonWealth Magazine

Renewable Energy (Policy, Miscellaneous, etc.)

Miller Environmental Group Installs First Utility Based Community Geothermal System on Long Island, New York for National Grid, Business Insider

Vinal Tech students unveil Connecticut’s ninth renewable energy E-house, New Haven Register

GE Renewable Energy Continues Strong 2017 Growth, CleanTechnica

Fusion Energy: How Scientists Are Creating Plasma Hotter Than the Sun in Quest for Limitless Clean Energy, Newsweek

Google’s New Office Complex Will Use a Massive Heat Pump Instead of Fuel, Fortune

Maine university getting more than $1M for seaweed-to-energy, Penn Energy

Dalton ponders ‘cow power’ for town electrical needs, Berkshire Eagle

Wind

New Study Finds Offshore Wind May Be Haven for Sea Life, Greentech Media

Light at the end of the tunnel for US offshore wind power, Recharge

Delaware Researchers Discover How to Cut Offshore Wind Construction Costs by $1.6B, Renewable Energy World

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center releases port assessment for offshore wind industry, Windpower Engineering

Developers Plan Wind Farms Off Jersey as Christie Era Ends, Bloomberg

Offshore wind ushers in a new time on Block Island, Windpower Engineering

Distributed Wind Turbine Makers Bolstered by Energy Department Grants, Greentech Media

Deepwater commits to New Bedford for Revolution project, Recharge

Solar

Ruling leads to increased solar panel prices, MetroWest Daily News

Rhode Island Solar Program Hits Cap, Installers Irked, ecoRI news

Solar Panel Facility Eyed At Former West Haven Landfill, Patch.com

Energy Efficiency

Battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency investment tops $1bn, Power Engineering International

I-Team: After Expensive Energy Upgrades, Consumers Struggle To Get Promised Mass Save Rebates, CBS Boston / WBZ

NH House panel to weigh energy-efficiency charge opt-out bill, New Hampshire Business Review

Simple Energy Brings Instant Utility Rebates to Retail Outlets, Greentech Media

Nuclear

Oh, another wrinkle on budget deal: Millstone’s profitability, The CT Mirror

NRC presses Seabrook nuke plant on concrete problem, Seacoastonline.com

Whistleblowers Share Insights About Vermont Yankee Doc, Seven Days

New England Coalition defends expert witnesses in NorthStar hearings, vtdigger.org

Activists mobilize on nuclear power proposals, Cape Cod Times

Cyr Files Bill to Increase Authority of Pilgrim Decommissioning Panel, CapeCod.com News

As climate change fuels fears about nuclear waste, Maine looks to Trump for solution, Bangor Daily News

Former energy secretary highlights national security, low-carbon benefits of nuclear, Daily Energy Insider

Connecticut passes bill to support Dominion’s Millstone nuclear plant, Utility Dive

DOE NOPR

Connecticut AG opposes federal Energy Department’s proposed coal, nuclear subsidies, New Haven Register

RTOs Reject NOPR; Say Fuel Risks Exaggerated, RTO Insider

DOE’s Coal, Nuclear Cost Recovery Plan Receives Onslaught of Opposition, Greentech Media

Obama discriminated against coal, nuclear: US energy secretary, Reuters

What States Told FERC About the DOE’s Grid Resiliency Rule [INFOGRAPHIC], POWER magazine

DOE NOPR opponents: No basis for expanded FPA to justify coal, nuke cost recovery, Utility Dive

FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR, Renewable Energy World

Connecticut AG opposes federal Energy Department’s proposed coal, nuclear subsidies, New Haven Register

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource puts tab for memberships on ratepayers, CommonWealth Magazine

Town committee proposes resolution opposing Eversource rate increase, The Recorder

Northern Pass noise claims challenged, The Union Leader

Workshop To Discuss National Grid’s Electric Rates and Rate Hike: Rep. Lancia, Patch.com

Hydro-Quebec, DOE to explore collaboration on storage, EVs, Utility Dive

New Hampshire won’t join Clean Power plan suit – at least not yet, New Hampshire Business Review

The Energy 202: Tax debate opens door for renewables to get same break as fossil fuels, Washington Post

Board kills directive to bury power lines at park, Penn Energy

Bill would allow municipalities to develop microgrids, Penn Energy

NY regulators move to protect consumers in DER market, Utility Dive

US sounds alarm over increased cyber threat to energy, other sectors, Utility Dive

Maine Legislative Committee to Consider Community Microgrids as a “Force for Good,” Microgrid Knowledge

Hydro-Quebec, DOE to explore collaboration on storage, EVs, Utility Dive

New law allows NY to restrict oil tanker Hudson anchorages, Penn Energy

Editorial/Opinion

Viewpoint: Massachusetts is investing in clean-energy tech for businesses, BBJ (subscriber content)

No, Solar Doesn’t Have a Customer Acquisition Problem, Greentech Media

The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything, Vox.com

RGGI has been effective but Rep. Vadney opposes it, The Laconia Daily Sun

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