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Energy News for week ending May 17, 2019

We’re gonna need a bigger boat | Could not win | Sound advice

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

We start this week’s round-up with a story about a new demand created by the offshore wind industry. From Bloomberg, “Offshore Wind Will Need Bigger Boats. Much Bigger Boats. How do you install a wind turbine almost the size of the Chrysler building in the open ocean? Just get a boat with deck space larger than a football field and a crane that can lift the weight of 1,100 Chevy Suburban SUVs. Those specialist ships are scarce, numbering about a dozen in the world. And at a cost of more than $300 million, they each need to be capable of hoisting generators the size of shipping containers atop steel towers hundreds of feet tall. While wind turbine manufacturers led by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S and General Electric Co. are expanding the size of their machines quickly, the small cadre of mainly closely-held specialist shipowners that does the installations is hesitant to build more ships before they know how big the vessels need to be. That indicates a looming ship shortage in the next decade, threatening the outlook for a seven-fold jump in offshore wind capacity by 2030.”

From the Monty Python, “Not dead yet” category we have a story from NHPR about Northern Pass. “At N.H. Supreme Court, Eversource Argues It ‘Could Not Win’ On Northern Pass. The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Eversource’s bid to revive its Northern Pass transmission line. The justices are considering whether the proposal – a nearly 200-mile high-voltage power line to bring Canadian hydropower through the White Mountains to New England – should get a new hearing with the state Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC. The court’s ruling in the case, which isn’t due out for several months to a year, could also provide new insight on how the SEC functions and whether the legislature should reform it…At Wednesday’s oral arguments, Eversource attorney Bill Glahn contended the utility did pass that test – the SEC just didn’t look properly at all the evidence made available to them. “What they did was put us in a position where we could not win,” Glahn said.”

We wrap up this week with another wind story – this one from EurekAlert! “Can sound protect eagles from wind turbine collisions? Every year, bald and golden eagles are killed when they inadvertently fly into wind turbine blades. One possible way to prevent these deaths is to chase the birds away with acoustic signals — sound. To determine what types of sounds are most effective in deterring the birds, researchers at the University of Minnesota and their colleagues tested the behavioral responses of bald eagles to a battery of both natural and synthetic acoustic stimuli…Perhaps not surprisingly, the eagles were more interested in, and paid closer attention to, natural calls rather than synthetic signals…The study also showed that bald and golden eagles’ ‘working auditory space’ falls within a fairly well-defined frequency band, with an upper cutoff frequency of approximately 6 kilohertz and a lower cut-off frequency below 0.35 kHz. The researchers recommend that signal designers use the data as a developmental guideline in efforts to design effective and efficient acoustic deterrent systems. The results from the project take one critical step forward in the effort to develop acoustic alerting or deterrence technologies that might discourage eagles from flying into wind farm airspaces and reduce instances of injury and death associated with turbine collision, McGee explained.”

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Mass. should step up gas-disaster plans, consultant says, Boston Globe

Longmeadow Town Meeting voters approve restrictions on natural gas facilities, MassLive

Con ed: no new natural gas for Westchester until 2023?, Yonkers Times

A Keystone-Like Pipeline Opens Fierce Battle Over New York’s ‘Energy Future,’ New York Times

National Grid’s 7-month lockout cost utility $362 million, Boston Herald

N.Y. Deals Critical Blow to $1 Billion Shale Gas Pipeline, Bloomberg

Mixed reviews for $80 million gas deal, Andover Townsman

 

Weymouth Compressor Station

Protesters Bolster Case Against Weymouth Compressor Station, WGBH

New Report Finds More Safety Concerns About Proposed Weymouth Compressor Station, WBUR

Opposition ramps up in compressor station fight, Patriot Ledger

Natural gas facility opponents gain support, Boston Globe

Professor accuses DEP of accepting Enbridge, “coaching” on air quality, Wicked Local

Two Days Into Weymouth Gas Compressor Hearings, Safety Of Emissions Disputed, WGBH

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

‘Net Zero’ proponents say science supports new emissions goals, Wicked Local Cohasset

Proposed state rule changes rekindle biomass debate, Berkshire Eagle

Snowing in New England, Soaking in the South — You Call This Spring?, New York Times

Extremes Are the New Norm: Why This Cold Spell is Lingering, NECN

Bates College achieves carbon neutral status to help stave off climate change, Sun Journal

Old, misleading info among perils of teaching climate change, Portland Press Herald

How climate change will affect the rural northeast: Expect three weeks of heat, Phys.org

 

Wind

Floating Offshore Wind Holds Promise for Vertical-Axis Turbines, Greentech Media

Offshore Wind Will Need Bigger Boats. Much Bigger Boats, Bloomberg

Anbaric to flip Massachusetts coal plant site into offshore wind facility with 400 MW storage, Utility Dive

Connecticut House Green-Lights Offshore Wind Legislation, North American Wind Power

House approves bipartisan plan for wind power off New London, Hartford Courant

Wind power would bring new energy source to CT, Connecticut Post

Bose volunteers bond with Framingham students on wind projects, Milford Daily News

Vineyard Wind Receives Key Permit for Construction of Wind Farm Interconnection to Grid, Renewable Energy Magazine

Citizen group calls on Cuomo to squelch Lake Ontario wind power project, The Buffalo News

New London gets shorted in the wind deal, The Day

Prysmian reels in major US cable deal for Vineyard Wind, Recharge News

Can sound protect eagles from wind turbine collisions?, EurekAlert!

No vote on controversial wind turbine, Valley Breeze

Barnstable residents object to Vineyard Wind plans, Cape Cod Times

 

Solar

Scorching revenue growth at solar developer BlueWave, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

WoodMac: Solar Plants Cheaper Than Natural Gas ‘Just About Everywhere’ by 2023, Greentech Media

NY school district opens 3-MW solar farm, Renewables Now

New York provides $1 million for Anheuser-Busch solar array, AP

World’s First Drone-Based Shading Tool Approved in New York, Massachusetts, North American Clean Energy

Simsbury solar power project moves forward as developer buys land, Hartford Courant

State launches solar rebate program for customers of municipal light plants like Shrewsbury’s, Telegram

Sometimes solar panels are not a good fit for your home. Here’s why., Boston Globe

 

Efficiency/Storage

DOE proposal to roll back lightbulb efficiency puts billions in energy savings on the line, Utility Dive

Energy Storage Market size in US worth $4000 million by 2024, MarketWatch

New surface treatment could improve refrigeration efficiency, Science Daily

At Eversource, Energy Conservation Is the ‘First Fuel’, BusinessWest

Two Wayland homes get ‘Gold’ rating for efficiency, WickedLocal

 

EVs

Self-driving buses come to Providence, Boston Globe

 

Nuclear

Most Profitable Job in Nuclear Today Is Tearing Down Reactors, Bloomberg

Green New Deal activists dismiss nuclear power, Axios

NJ utility board going to court over $300M nuclear bailout, Press of Atlantic City

The Fusion Reactor Next Door, New York Times

Seabrook selectmen OK $36M tax agreement with nuke plant, Seacoast Online

Regulators ramp up oversight as Vermont Yankee dismantling begins, VTDigger

Disney could still build nuclear power plant after bill fizzles in Legislature, Orlando Sentinel

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

At N.H. Supreme Court, Eversource Argues It ‘Could Not Win’ On Northern Pass, NHPR

CMP: Bill to create consumer-owned utility amounts to ‘hostile takeover,’ Maine Biz

Northeastern University Aims to Set New Standard for Higher Ed with Advanced Microgrid, Microgrid Knowledge

I-Team: Metering, billing problems at CMP prompt two new state laws, WGME

National Grid says state ownership would delay UK’s move to green energy, Reuters

Massachusetts will have enough power to beat summer heat, ISO New England says, MassLive

With Construction Underway, Opponents Appeal Seacoast Power Line To N.H. Supreme Court, New Hampshire Public Radio

Is there a non-micro role on the New Hampshire power grid for microgrids?, Concord Monitor

Ethics of Beaton’s move to Lowell energy firm questioned, Sentinel & Enterprise

Chairman’s departure leaves Maine PUC with vacancy at critical time, Portland Press Herald

 

Editorial/Opinion

Accelerated gas leak repair campaign shows power of community advocacy, need for continued accountability (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

BIA Business Perspective: To lawmakers — Tread carefully on energy legislation, New Hampshire Union Leader

Letter to the editor: Oil pipeline can’t be swapped for CMP proposal, Portland Press Herald

Benefits of Killingly Energy Center begin with jobs, Connecticut Mirror

Irony of relying on natural gas, pursuit of pipeline should strike cord, The Telegraph

Letter to the editor: NECEC will benefit Maine’s energy supply, environment, Portland Press Herald

Losing nuclear comes at a cost, Daily Item

Get ready for another biomass battle, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending May 10, 2019

No Sweat | Tourist Season | Just add water

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

Let’s get to this week’s energy news.

It’s hard to believe with all this wet and cool weather that summer is just around the corner, but when it arrives, the New Haven Register reports, “No Sweat: Connecticut, New England have enough electricity for summer ahead. Officials with an organization that coordinates electric power grid reliability in the Northeast and parts of Canada said Thursday that Connecticut and New England should have an adequate power supply for this summer. Part of the reason for the adequate supply, according to officials with New York City-based Northeast Power Coordinating Council, is demand for electricity during peak periods continues to decline. The organization’s forecast for overall demand for electricity in New England has decreased by about 600 megawatts from last year’s forecast, to 103,548 megawatts…The NPCC’s forecast for this summer took into account the impending shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Massachusetts, he said…The loss of Pilgrim’s 680-megawatt generation capacity is being offset by a 1,185-megawatt increase in new power-producing assets in New England, said Phil Fedora, assistant vice president for reliability services at NPCC. Among the generation increases is the new natural gas-fired power plant New Jersey-based PSEG is building on the site of the old Bridgeport Harbor generation station.”

Speaking of summer and tourist season, from Recharge News we have, “First US offshore wind farm ‘boosts local tourism.’ Researchers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) found tourism has increased on Block Island since five turbines began operating off its coast in 2016, confounding concerns over offshore wind among some in coastal communities. After analysing AirBnB rental data from roughly two years before and one year after the pioneering US array entered commercial operation, they found results for the rental market to be almost entirely positive for the peak July-August summer months.”

For a new technology focus, we bring you an AP story in the New York Post, “Salt could be the future of renewable energy. Amid the hum and heat of Berlin’s Reuter thermal power station stands a shining contraption that looks out of place in the decades-old machine hall. Its silver pipes and vats contain a substance that Vattenfall, the plant’s operator, says could become a key ingredient for a fossil fuel-free future. The energy company, together with a Swedish start-up, is testing the use of salt — though not quite the common table variety — to store heat, which accounts for more than half the power consumed in Germany. If it works well, the system could help solve a problem posed by renewable energy sources like wind and solar the world over: they are unreliable, meaning they sometimes generate too much, and sometimes too little power…Vattenfall and Swedish start-up SaltX have been taking advantage of a simple chemical reaction that occurs when quicklime becomes wet: the salt-like grains soak up the water, becoming calcium hydroxide and releasing large amounts of heat in the process. By removing the water again — a process not dissimilar to baking — the substance turns back into calcium oxide. The process essentially mirrors how batteries work, except that instead of electricity, the system stores heat. SaltX says it has also patented a way of covering the quicklime with tiny particles — known as a nano-coating — to prevent it from lumping together after several heating and cooling cycles. Roeglin says the process can absorb ten times more energy than water, which is currently used for power-to-heat facilities. And unlike tanks of hot water, which slowly cool down over time, the system can retain the chemically-trapped energy for far longer. Need heat? Just add water.”

There are many more stories below. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Senators renew push to ban offshore drilling off New England, Boston Herald

Longmeadow residents to vote on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline on May 14, WWLP

Columbia Gas settles on road repairs, Eagle-Tribune

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI, etc.

One million species face extinction, U.N. report says. And humans will suffer as a result., Washington Post

Crowd oil not crude oil, Nature Communications

We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant in the world. That’s huge., VOX.com

Salt could be the future of renewable energy, (AP) New York Post

New York to phase out coal by 2020 through strict emissions regulations, Utility Dive

How to Switch to Renewable, Sustainable Energy in Connecticut, NBC Connecticut

Salem PowerChoice Offering More Renewable Energy Options, Patch

Lawmakers hear debate that shows sharp divide over renewable-energy bill, Portland Press Herald

Climate, jobs, power, water: New England candidate debate reveals our priorities, Newcastle Herald

 

Wind

First US offshore wind farm ‘boosts local tourism,’ Recharge News

Falmouth seeks new location for wind turbines, Cape Cod Times

Northeast planned offshore wind farms already bringing economic growth to the region, Renewable Energy World

Sandwich lobsterman raises concerns about offshore wind farms, South Coast Today

Wood to advise on offshore windfarm near Martha’s Vineyard, Energy Voice

Mass. commercial fishermen decry offshore wind projects’ pace, Providence Business News

Connecticut, wind energy producer strike deal to upgrade New London’s State Pier as industry terminal, Hartford Courant

Guilford Windmills To Stand At 650 Feet Tall, The Evening Sun (NY)

Connecticut Looking to Offshore Wind to Power Homes, NBC Connecticut

Transport boat for offshore wind farm to be built in North Kingstown, Providence Journal

 

Solar

Development Moves Forward On Massive Simsbury, Conn. Solar Project, WNPR

Ridgefield brewery goes all solar, The News-Times

 

Efficiency/Storage

Massachusetts’ multipronged policy approach spurs distributed energy storage, Utility Dive

 

EVs

Cobalt for 500,000 electric cars could be harvested from the oceans, New Scientist

Electric Ridesharing Benefits the Grid, and EVgo Has the Data to Prove It, Greentech Media

 

Nuclear

Here’s how you shut down a 47-year-old nuclear power station, 25 News

Ocasio-Cortez: Green New Deal ‘Leaves the Door Open’ on Nuclear, Moring Consult

Sen. King blasts Maine Yankee handling at nuclear energy bill hearing, The Times Record

This Company Says The Future Of Nuclear Energy Is Smaller, Cheaper And Safer, NPR

Three Mile Island reactor shutdown to start soon; Exelon says Pennsylvania nuclear rescue is dead, Philly.com

Startup promotes permanent nuclear waste storage via miles-long drilling, South Coast Today

C-10 responds to nuclear plant owner’s legal motion, Daily News of Newburyport

Seabrook signs $36M tax agreement with NextEra, Daily News of Newburyport

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices, etc.

Ethics of Beaton’s move to Lowell energy firm questioned, Lowell Sun
Army Corps Will Take More Comments On Wetlands Construction Of Seacoast Power Line, NHPR

Renewable energy firm heads to Maine’s high court to fight CMP’s $1 billion transmission line, Bangor Daily News

Second wind: CEO of energy firm Anbaric jokes that he’s a ‘liberal arts guy,’ Boston Business Journal

EPA says CMP permit application with Army Corps of Engineers is ‘incomplete,’ MaineBiz

No Sweat: Connecticut, New England have enough electricity for summer ahead, New Haven Register

NYISO: Decarbonization efforts could be slowed without new transmission, Utility Dive

Air Force Issues RFI for Energy-as-a-Service Contract at Massachusetts Base, Microgrid Knowledge

Permit for CMP transmission line appealed, Press Herald

FERC commissioner LaFleur laments spread of ‘polarization’ to independent agency, S&P Global

Energy suppliers top the UK hate list, Energy Central

Groups turn up the heat on efforts to block Connecticut lawmakers’ energy fund raids, New Haven Register

Time to open ‘time-sensitive’ transmission projects to Order 1000 competition, Utility Dive

Wallingford wins big in legal dispute with electric energy cooperative, New Haven Register

No Sweat: Connecticut, New England have enough electricity for summer ahead, New Haven Register

Maine Senate supports study of CMP project’s impact on climate, Portland Press Herald

NH’s Largest Utility Company Wins Business Of The Year Award, Patch

 

 

Editorial/Opinion

DPU failing to protect Mass. Consumers, CommonWealth Magazine

Why reducing carbon emissions from cars and trucks will be so hard, Boston Business Journal

New York’s Natural Gas Pipeline Ban: Unconstitutional, Bad For The Environment, Economy & Consumers, Forbes.com

Your Gas Stove Is Bad for You and the Planet, New York Times

New Columbia Gas president spells out agenda, Daily Hampshire Gazette

In the pipeline debate, follow the facts, Crain’s NY Business

Massachusetts Needs to Reconsider Nuclear Energy, Boston Magazine

Rivera: No way to pay for gas disaster distress, Eagle-Tribune

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Energy News for week ending April 26, 2019

Waiving Jones| HouseZero| Blast Day

 

Happy Friday afternoon. Here are the highlights from this week’s energy news.

We know things can change in the administration minute to minute or tweet to tweet, however the northeast got some potentially encouraging news this week via Bloomberg: Trump Considering Waiving Jones Act Mandate for Natural Gas, Sources Say. “President Donald Trump is seriously considering waiving the requirement that only U.S.-flagged vessels can move natural gas from American ports to Puerto Rico or the Northeast, according to people familiar with the deliberations. The issue was debated during an Oval Office meeting on Monday, following requests from Puerto Rico and pressure from oil industry leaders to ease the nearly 100-year-old Jones Act requirements, according to three people. Although top administration officials are divided on the issue, Trump is now leaning in favor of some kind of waiver, said two of the people, who asked for anonymity to discuss the private deliberations. The move — which would be fought by U.S shipbuilding interests and their allies on Capitol Hill — has been promoted as essential to lower the cost of energy in Puerto Rico and ease the flow of American natural gas to the U.S. Northeast, where there aren’t enough pipelines to deliver the product from Pennsylvania.”

While many might cheer the easing of the Jones Act, the builders of one home in Cambridge are likely saying, “No thanks. We’re all good.” WGBH brings us, Meet The Cambridge House That Wants To Save The Planet. “On a quiet residential street close to Harvard University, there’s a wood-shingled house that’s easy to miss. Save for some funky-looking angled awnings around the windows, it’s pretty nondescript. But its simplicity belies its ambition. Welcome to HouseZero, arguably the most energy-efficient building in the world. Ali Malkawi, a Harvard professor of architecture and technology and the founding director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, designed HouseZero. When asked why that name, he chuckled. ‘Because there are a lot of zeros,’ Malkawi said. ‘The house doesn’t use almost any energy for heat and cooling. It doesn’t have any electrical light during the day. The building does not have a carbon footprint, including the amount of energy throughout the building materials…’Malkawi is trying to change not just how much energy a building consumes, but how much it produces. The Cambridge house he designed has no lights, no heating or air-conditioning system, and barely a utility bill. While most homeowners or tenants would rejoice over the idea of never having to pay a heating bill, the goal of HouseZero is to produce more energy than it will ever consume. Using passive design, windows automatically open if it starts to get a little warm or stuffy (They can also be opened manually). When the temperature dips outside, a solar chimney keeps the inside temperate… Malkawi hopes that the information gleaned from HouseZero will prove that ultra-efficient buildings like this one are scalable in any climate.”

Well, it’s official. The implosion of the two 500-foot Brayton Point cooling towers will happen tomorrow Saturday, April 27th. According to WPRI News “Time is running short for the large cooling towers at the site of the former Brayton Point Power Station. On Friday, Somerset Police Chief George McNeil said the company performing the demolition has been given the green light for 8 a.m. Saturday.” And according to the Boston Globe, if you haven’t already made your reservations to watch from one of several vantage sites, you may be out of luck. “’Everybody in this area is excited to have the towers come down,’ said Nathan Setera, a manager at Barrett’s Waterfront, a restaurant and bar in Fall River across from the towers. The restaurant is hosting a sold-out “Bring Em Down Breakfast” at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for 250 patrons who will have front-row seats for the implosions. The menu includes a Bloody Mary with a pair of celery stalks in honor of the two towers and a cupcake tower. Castle Island Brewing Co. in Norwood will be there to serve Lil’ Dynomite, a red ale, Setera said. Cristoff Shay, executive vice president and director at Battleship Cove, said tickets for the implosion gathering aboard the USS Massachusetts sold out within 24 hours. ‘It’s a historic event,’ he said. ‘It seemed people were very eager and excited.’”

 

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Trump Considering Waiving Jones Act Mandate for Natural Gas, Sources Say, Bloomberg

North Andover woman’s lawsuit is 16th filed against Columbia Gas since disaster, Eagle Tribune

Utility is undecided about seeking a rate increase after Lawrence-area disaster, Boston Globe

Trump’s Offshore Oil-Drilling Plan Sidelined Indefinitely, Wall St. Journal

Con Edison deal could end natural-gas crisis—in 2023, Crain’s New York

NTSB: 5 lessons learned from a Silver Spring gas explosion that killed 7, WUSA

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Report: Going 100 percent renewable power means a lot of dirty mining, Salon.com

A climate change solution slowly gains ground, Washington Post

Electrifying Your Home is Good for You, Sierra Club

Maine AFL-CIO Becomes First State Federation to Support a Green New Deal Bill, In These Times

New York targets 1.5 TWh of new renewables with latest solicitation, Utility Dive

Americans love clean energy. Do they care if it includes nuclear?, Vox.com

How nuclear plants are gaming climate-change rules, Politico

Is South Portland the ‘greenest’ city in Maine? It’s a leader, for sure, Portland Press Herald

Why Some Landfills are Exploring Virtual Pipelines to Capitalize on Gas, Waste360

New York City eyes Quebec hydropower in bid to go green, Sun Journal

Renewable energy takes bite out of Avangrid’s 1Q profits, Hartford Business Journal

How to stave off that climate anxiety with a renewable energy supplier, Grist

MASSPIRG Campaigning for 100% Renewable Energy, The Beacon – MCLA

Regional Conference Planned on Ocean Energy Innovation, Cape Cod

 

Wind

Offshore wind auction faces a new hitch, Boston Globe

Building Out the US Offshore Wind Supply Chain—a $68 Billion Opportunity, Greentech Media

Massachusetts approves state’s first offshore wind contracts for 800 MW, Utility Dive

Developer of R.I. wind farm announces education, workforce initiative, Providence Journal

NS Zoning Board to resume turbine hearing tonight, The Call (RI)

Massachusetts offshore wind project gets green light at roughly 8.9 cents/kWh, Ars Technica

Students develop acoustic device to detect whales near offshore wind farm, Phys.org

Turbine Blade Testing Underway Ahead of Massachusetts’ 1st Wind Farm, NECN

 

Solar

New Jersey’s Community Solar Market: Ready to Shine, Greentech Media

New York updates distributed solar tariff, clearing path for 1 GW of new generation, Utility Dive

Fate of northern Vermont solar projects uncertain, VTDigger

Encore Renewable Energy takes historic silk mill solar in Keene, N.H., helping city meet its goal of 100% renewables by 2030, Utility Dive

Cape Cod Solar Company Donates Solar Panels to Hingham High School, Cape Cod Today

Seekonk farm gets state grant for solar system, Sun Chronicle

Planning Board delays solar farm application approval, Sun Journal

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

A cleaner, cheaper approach to heating and cooling, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Study Says Lighting Controls Boost LED Efficiency by 47 Percent, Buildings

GE announces first solar+storage projects since renewable business restructuring, Utility Dive

Duke, Eversource commit to create energy storage safety standards, Utility Dive

Meet The Cambridge House That Wants To Save The Planet, WBGH

New York Releases RFI for Energy Storage. Kicks Off $280 Million Incentive Program, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Nuclear

This Vermont Town Took A Big Hit When Its Nuclear Plant Closed, WBUR

NRC Eases Curbs on A-Plant Licenses, Los Angeles Times

New Jersey approves up to $300M in annual nuclear plant subsidies, despite profitability claims, Utility Dive

Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner blasts state’s nuclear bailout bill, Utility Dive

Historic Plymouth Looks To A Future Without Pilgrim, WBUR

As Pilgrim Powers Down, Some Worry It Will Leave Behind Too Much Radiation, WBUR

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

R.I. climate activists to hold ‘watch party’ as Brayton Point towers fall, Providence Journal

Going down: All you need to know about the implosion of Somerset’s cooling towers, Providence Journal

Tower implosion day brunches selling out fast in Fall River, Herald News

State OKs $141 million in charges for storm recovery, The Hour

Eversource seeks Seacoast Reliability Project permit, Seacoastonline.com

Future of New Haven’s defunct English Station power plant unclear, New Haven Register

ISO New England is excluding Invenergy’s proposed power plant from its future power projections, Uprise RI

Burrillville power-plant proposal wins court battle over Johnston water deal, Providence Journal

 

Editorial/Opinion

An Earth Day wish: Bring hydro cars to Mass., Boston Globe

Don’t repeal the offshore wind price cap, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter to the Editor: Fossil Fuels deception, Daily Bulldog

We’ve got plenty of gas and don’t need the PennEast pipeline winding through N.J., group says, NJ.com

Maine Voices: State should put projects on hold, plan for clean-energy future, Portland Press Herald

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Energy News for week ending April 19, 2019

Accelerated repairs | Ambitious EE | Plastic Crystals

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

Let’s end the week on a happy note. Here are three stories that all have positive vibes.

First from MassLive, Springfield councilors praise Columbia Gas for accelerated gas leak repairs. “City councilors, during a meeting Wednesday with representatives of Columbia Gas, said they are pleased with reports that the company has accelerated repairs of gas leaks in Springfield… While the company immediately repairs the most serious leaks, known as Grade 1, it accelerated its program to repair the less serious Grade 2 and 3 leaks. There are 162 known Grade 2 leaks in Springfield that will be repaired by Dec. 1, said David Nelson, operations station manager for Columbia Gas. There 233 Grade 3 leaks, which are defined as not posing a risk to life and property, with the utility company currently planning to repair the two that are deemed the “highest emitters,” Nelson said. City Councilor Jesse Lederman, chairman of the council’s Sustainability and Environment Committee, said he recalls there being 590 gas leaks in all categories in 2017. “It sounds like there is really great progress,” said Lederman, who was one of the community activists lobbying for the accelerated gas repair program. Councilor Adam Gomez also praised the efforts to go after the gas leaks.”

Next, we go to New York with a story from Greentech Media, New York City Set to Pass Ambitious Energy Efficiency Mandate. “New York City is on the verge of enacting one of the most ambitious citywide building energy efficiency laws in the country, aimed at getting its biggest buildings — including landmarks like the Empire State Building and Trump Tower — to shave their carbon emissions footprint by 40 percent by 2030 or face financial penalties. Backers of the bill say it’s an important step to help meet New York state’s broader climate change goals, and could pave the way for similar efforts in cities across the country.”

For our new technology focus we turn to New Scientist, Fridges made from plastic crystals could help cut carbon emissions. A fridge that runs on plastic crystals could solve a big problem: our need to stay cool is warming the planet. Refrigeration equipment, air conditioners and heat pumps are estimated to consume between 25 and 30 per cent of the world’s electricity – and many rely on greenhouse gases to transfer heat. Bing Li at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Metal Research in Shenyang and his colleagues have used an alternative cooling material known as plastic crystals, which they believe could use less energy and be better for the environment.

That’s the recap for this week. Enjoy the stories below and have a wonderful weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Springfield councilors praise Columbia Gas for accelerated gas leak repairs, MassLive

FSU professor: Eversource pipe proposal is not necessary, Milford Daily News

Ashland residents decry pipe plan at hearing, Milford Daily News

State orders more sampling at proposed compressor site, Patriot Ledger

How Canada’s other major energy export could light up New England states, The Telegram

Gas pipeline proposal would tunnel under Merrimack and Souhegan rivers, The Telegraph

Serious gas leak at Andover home repaired, Boston Globe

Columbia Gas responds to over-pressurized gas lines in western Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Satellite confirms key NASA temperature data: The planet is warming — and fast, Washington Post

Trump-appointed energy official: Climate change is real and we must lower carbon emissions, CNN

Electrification Myth-Busting: Heat Pumps Are Ready for Cold Climates Today, Greentech Media

Vermont Utility Green Mountain Power Commits to 100% Renewables by 2030, Greentech Media

Sen. Ed Markey: “We are now in the era of the Green New Deal,” Vox.com

Momentum Builds for Green New Deal Plans as Maine’s Bill Gets a Powerful Endorsement, Earther Gizmodo

Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline in New England, Portland Press Herald

EPA Chief Says Climate Change Is Not His Top Priority, Time

New Hampshire’s new clean-energy consensus, Keene Sentinel

Latest EPA climate pollution data shows disturbing lack of progress, Environmental Defense Fund

Vt.’s Largest Utility Wants 100% Renewable Power by 2030, NECN

Earth Day: Climate change and the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Official warning to banks: Get real about climate change or risk going bust, CNN

Three Areas Where These Young N.H. Leaders Agree On Climate Change Policy, New Hampshire Public Radio

 

Wind

CT’s sole wind farm wants Eversource to cover costly outages, Hartford Business

Offshore wind farms are spinning up in the US—at last, Wired

DPU gives $168m offshore wind bonus to utilities, CommonWealth Magazine

CDC getting ready to take down towers at Brayton Point, southcoasttoday.com

State Pier’s future — wind or no wind?, The Day

Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last, Wired

 

Solar

Proposed R.I. solar farms endangering rural forests, environmentalists say, Providence Journal

Norton town meeting sides with solar farm opponents, Sun Chronicle

Discussion Sheds Light On Second Phase Of EDIC Solar Array, Falmouth Enterprise

UMPI looking into solar energy projects to replace wind turbine, WAGM TV

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

EPA honors Efficiency Vermont with ENERGY STAR award, Rutland Herald

Fridges made from plastic crystals could help cut carbon emissions, New Scientist

New York City Set to Pass Ambitious Energy Efficiency Mandate, Greentech Media

 

Nuclear

Millstone workers, state & local officials tout 10-year deal, The Day

Electric bills to rise as NJ approves nuclear plant subsidies, WKXW

Entergy announces plan to sell Indian Point by 2021, Lohud.com

Gov. addresses future of Millstone nuclear facility, WFSB

Where will the nuclear waste go after Three Mile Island shuts down?, Philly.com

Supreme Court won’t hear nuke subsidy cases, clarifying state energy jurisdiction, Utility Dive

NRC to Meet With Connecticut Nuclear Energy Advisory Council to Discuss 2018 Millstone Station Performance, Energy Central

Hulking Nuclear Plants Try to Get Nimble in Volatile Power Markets, Bloomberg

U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Weren’t Built for Climate Change, Bloomberg

N.J. approves $300 million annual subsidy for nuclear industry that threatened shutdown, WHYY

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Lewiston the big winner in controversial power line project, Portland Press Herald

In CT electric market, ‘buyer beware’ not enough?, The Hour

Durham approves $1M settlement with Eversource, Seacoastonline.com

South Portland-Montreal pipeline pitched as possible route for proposed CMP line, Portland Press Herald

State Releases More Heating Aid; Advocates Want Full Amount, WBUR

What Electrification of Transportation and Buildings Means to Microgrids: Interview, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

We need both renewables and natural gas, CommonWealth Magazine

BAKER AND LAROCQUE: Compressor station threatens Weymouth’s health and safety, Patriot Ledger

Letter: The right way to use RGGI money, Concord Monitor

Letter to the editor: Wind-, solar-charged batteries better option than NECEC, Portland Press Herald

It’s time for power grid to look at benefits of offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter to the editor: CMP line would bring clean power to New England, Press Herald

In face of climate change, time to retreat, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending April 12, 2019

Transparent Wood | Housing Upgrade | No. 1 Threat to the Grid

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

 

This week we start with something that’s seems fantastical but is possible – see-through wood. From the New Scientist, “Transparent wood could one day replace glass in windows. A process for turning it see-through also gives it heat-retaining powers, which could help regulate the temperature of buildings. Céline Montanari at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and colleagues built on previous work which created transparent wood by removing a structural component called lignin from wood, allowing light to filter through. For the next stage, the team soaked de-lignified birch wood in PEG (polyethylene glycol), a polymer that is also found in theatre smoke machines and toothpaste. When encapsulated in the wood panels, this makes it harder for heat to cross – whether you’re insulating a building against the cold outside, or trying to keep out summer heat…’When we build we try to use a lot of glass, but it has a drawback of being a bad insulator, so there are large amounts of heat loss,’ says Montanari. ‘Wood is really amazing, 10 times better at insulating, but it does not transmit light.’ The composite wood isn’t quite as good an insulator as natural wood, but is around four times better than high-end double glazing. The material can also bear heavy loads and is biodegradable, making it easier to dispose of than concrete or glass.”

Next we have a story that I don’t think anyone can complain about. From WCAI, Energy Company Gives Osprey Pair A Housing Upgrade. “Harwich residents brought doughnuts out for Eversouce Energy workers on Tuesday morning as the crew put up a nest platform for a pair of ospreys on Route 28. The birds arrived in the area at the end of March for nesting season but when they went to settle into their old haunt on top of a telephone pole, the nest was gone. Eversource had dismantled the osprey’s nest and covered the site with a rounded plastic guard because the nest posed a safety hazard, says Eversource spokesman Reid Lamberty. ‘It is a matter of a risk to our electric system, to people and to ospreys themselves, in fact, as these nests do have the potential to cause a fire.’ Every time Eversouce takes down an osprey nest from one of their utility poles, they look for a nearby location to build an alternative nesting platform, Lamberty says. But they can’t always find a good spot…This time though, the birds got lucky. After bird watcher Sally Steinmann of South Harwich complained to Eversource, the company agreed to build a nest platform off a nearby utility pole. ‘The public outcry is what made this happen,’ Steinmann says. ‘But it’s the birds who made us want to help them.’”

Speaking of grid hazards, most people think cyber attacks are the greatest threat to the electric grid. It turns out that’s not the case. From Inside Sources, “Last week, President Donald Trump released an executive order intended to protect the U.S. from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks against the electric grid. But there is another threat to the grid, one that is far more low-tech and far more common, than a smuggled EMP device: Squirrels. ‘I’m all for increasing grid resilience, but here’s a threat priority list: 1. Squirrels 2. Tree branches 3. Heat waves/hurricanes/other climate-amplified threats,’ joked Costa Samaras, an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the RAND Corporation in a tweet. He may have been joking, but his math is dead on.  For a small mammal, squirrels cause a surprising amount of damage to the grid. In 2016 alone, utilities reported 3,456 outages caused by squirrels, cutting off power to more than 193,873 customers. These incidents are more common in the spring and fall but can happen throughout the year. To try to stop the furry menaces and to keep equipment safe, utility companies employ a variety of deterrents like wheels, cages, and guards. Despite these efforts, squirrels are a constant operating hazard.” And here I thought keeping them out of the bird feeder was hard enough.

That’s the news for this week. Enjoy the stories below. Have a great weekend. And if you’re running Boston on Monday, take care and have fun!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Sen. Markey unveils federal pipeline safety legislation named after Leonel Rondon, killed in Valley gas disaster, Eagle Tribune

Pennsylvania governor under scrutiny for role in approving pipeline, The Guardian

Trump Plans to Sign Executive Orders to Expedite Pipelines, Wall St. Journal

Study: Natural gas pipelines leaking in Danbury, other cities, Connecticut Post

Power Plant Hearings End, Decision This Summer, ECO RI

Compressor Station Opponents Urged to Oppose Gas, ECO RI

Trump’s order would make it harder for states to block pipelines, Kennebec Journal

Utility Blamed for Gas Explosions Resumes Efforts to Replace Damaged Heating Equipment, NECN

Ocean uproar: saving marine life from a barrage of noise, Nature

Dominion gas explosion kills one, injures 17 in North Carolina, Utility Dive

‘Bomb Trains.’ Trump’s Plan to Ship Natural Gas by Rail Raises Alarm, Fortune

MIT says we’re overlooking a near-term solution to diesel trucking emissions, Ars Technica

Inside the Gas Industry’s Plan to Sink Nuclear Power, Daily Beast

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

How Climate Change Is Fueling the U.S. Border Crisis, The New Yorker

Is Mass. Keeping Its Offshore Wind, Hydro Procurement Promises?, Climate X Change

Global CO2 levels ‘unprecedented’ in last 3M years, E&E News

Millennial legislators bond around push for renewables, Taunton Gazette

Investors Should Worry If Climate Goals Are Missed, Report Warns, Bloomberg

Maryland General Assembly approves 50 percent renewable energy target for 2030, The Baltimore Sun

Nahant earns Green Community designation, Daily Item

100% renewable energy ‘moonshot’ for millennials at Fitchburg State forum, Telegram

Among other millennials, Framingham state Rep. Maria Robinson pushes for renewables, MetroWest Daily News

Climate Change Throws Shade on Forest Wildflowers, Boston University

UNH research: 14 wild bee species native to New England on the decline, New Hampshire Union Leader

Biomass plants ask state Supreme Court to intervene over law, WMUR

 

Wind

State delays decision on Vineyard Wind cable, Cape Cod Times

Vineyard Wind commits to fisheries monitoring, Cape Cod Times

New Jerseyans like the idea of expanding wind power, poll finds, NJ 101.5

New Jersey governor unveils portal to enhance state’s offshore wind supply chain, Utility Dive

US grid developer seeks offshore insights, reNews

Scaling the US East Coast offshore wind industry to 20 gigawatts and beyond, McKinsey & Company

Offshore wind output beats solar for the first time in Germany, Recharge

Bernie Sanders Video Mocks Trump for Being the ‘Only Person in the World’ Who Believes Wind Turbines Cause Cancer, Newsweek

Windsor and Sanford Residents voice their displeasure with a planned wind turbine project, WICZ

 

Solar

L.A. could replace traditional power plants with home solar, experts say, NBC News

New community solar project in Hartland, VT converts brownfield to brightfield, VTDigger

As key solar perk hits sunset, CT grapples with net metering, Connecticut Post

SW looks at solar panels on school roofs, Journal Inquirer

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Windows made of transparent wood could help keep buildings warm, New Scientist

States can grow battery resources with ‘one simple step,’ report finds, Utility Dive

Eversource advances Cape Cod battery project, defers 13-mile distribution line, Utility Dive

Energy efficiency utilities offer $500 incentive for weatherization, VTDigger

MASS SAVE earns 2019 Energy Star® partner of the year – sustained excellence award, Utility Dive

Researchers charge ahead on battery storage, Phys.org

Vattenfall to test salt-based power storage technology, Reuters

 

EVs

Bipartisan group of lawmakers proposes extending tax credits for electric, fuel cell vehicles, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Three Mile Island nuclear reactor dismantling could take six decades, more than $1 billion, Philadelphia Enquirer

NRC sets Sept. hearing date for C-10’s filing, Newburyport Daily News

Indian Point Unit 3 returns to service after final refueling, Mid-Hudson News

Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviewing Millstone decommissioning funds, The Day

Ohio Lawmakers Consider Bailout Plan for the State’s Two Nuclear Power Plants, WKSU

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource fights to keep Northern Pass alive, Boston Globe

This Threat To America’s Energy Grid Is Driving Security Experts Nuts, Inside Sources

How the Energy Department Tackles Cyberthreats, Fedtech Magazine

Berkshire delegation says Baker’s cuts to LIHEAP ‘a shock,‘ Berkshire Eagle

ISO-NE considers new seasonal forward market to improve energy security, Utility Dive

CMP wins key certificate from regulators for transmission line, Portland Press Herald

Watertown hydro plant’s three turbines creating power, Watertown Daily Times

Energy Company Gives Osprey Pair A Housing Upgrade, Cape and Islands NPR

Opponents of CMP transmission line project push bills to slow it down, Portland Press Herald

$30M in state funding available for electric grid projects, Syracuse.com

 

Editorial/Opinion

Nuclear Power Can Save the World, New York Times

Gas hookup moratoriums are not good for any of us, CommonWealth Magazine

Retiring our nuclear plants would be a costly mistake, former federal energy official says, NJ.com

Power companies must prove need for extending natural gas pipelines in New England (Letters), MassLive

Steven Kahl: The Electric Economy is the future, Kennebec Journal

As I See It: Solar on all new homes would help protect Massachusetts’ air and water, Telegram

Retiring our nuclear plants would be a costly mistake, former federal energy official says, NJ.com

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Energy News for week ending March 29, 2019

Wind Round 2 | NH Unhappy with Nuclear Option | Service Recap

 

Happy Friday!

 

It’s been a very busy day so no big recap this week.  We just point your attention to these few stories:

Round 2 begins for the state’s offshore wind contest, Boston Globe

New Hampshire officials unhappy with neighbors’ nuclear option, New Hampshire Union Leader

Former Mass. DPU Chair Reflects on Service, RTO Insider

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline plan speak out at Longmeadow hearing, MassLive

National Grid slow to rebound after lockout, Patriot Ledger

ISO-NE files short-term fuel security plan to relieve gas constraints, Utility Dive

Summit Natural Gas rekindles interest in Farmingdale pipeline, Kennebec Journal

Grid steps up pressure to get state approval of undersea pipeline, Newsday

Can New York have a Green New Deal and a new fracked gas pipeline?, Grist

In blow to climate, coal plants emitted more than ever in 2018, Washington Post

Seismic Testing Approval Process Raises Concern About Impact On Right Whales, WBGH

Trump to sign executive order to speed up pipeline development, Axios

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Solar and wind firms call the ‘Green New Deal’ too extreme, Reuters

Climate change fears spur investment in carbon capture technology, Financial Times via the BBJ (subscriber content)

They Grew Up Around Fossil Fuels. Now, Their Jobs Are in Renewables, New York times

New Hampshire officials unhappy with neighbors’ nuclear option, New Hampshire Union Leader

Despite Favorable Political Winds, Scant Progress in NJ on Climate Change, NJ Spotlight

Where does US climate policy stand in 2019?, Brookings Institution

Legislature approves green energy bills, plastic restrictions, Foster’s Daily Democrat

PJM Members Welcome Carbon Pricing Talks, RTO Insider

Zoning commission considers new rules on green-energy systems, Ridgefield Press

 

Wind

Feds, fishermen reach understanding on wind, Gloucester Times

Round 2 begins for the state’s offshore wind contest, Boston Globe

Baker makes few changes in offshore wind RFP, CommonWealth Magazine

Martha’s Vineyard Turbine Cables Hearing Ends In Murky Waters, USA Patch

Mass. sets specifics for second offshore wind procurement, Southcoasttoday.com

Wind-energy companies pitch benefits for LI in bid for contract, Newsday

Offshore Wind Energy Market is Anticipated to Reach 81,000.0 MW by 2024, MarketWatch

The State Of The U.S. Offshore Wind Market, North American Windpower

Battery and offshore wind costs ‘tumble’, reNews

Big hitters join New York offshore alliance, reNews

Mass. sets specifics for second offshore wind procurement, Herald News

 

Solar

Hartland brownfield site sees a sunny future with solar farm, Valley News

Westerly council OKs solar ordinance, but some worry about effect on homeowners, Westerly Sun

How Co-ops Are Bringing Solar Power to Rural America, Scientific American

Greenskies completes 30th solar system for Town of Fairfield, Fairfield Citizen

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Trump Administration Flips Switch On Energy Efficient Light Bulbs, NPR

Dominion bows to pressure on energy efficiency spending, Washington Post

Energy-Guzzling Hospitals Find Ways to Cut Consumption and Costs, Greentech Media

Medford Revamping Its Energy System, USA Patch

National Grid customers cash in on millions in energy efficiency incentives, WPRI 12

Eversource Plans Battery Storage Facility in Provincetown, Cape Cod

 

Nuclear

40 Years After A Partial Nuclear Meltdown, A New Push To Keep Three Mile Island Open, KCUR

The Energy 202: Rick Perry calls expanding nuclear energy “the real” Green New Deal, Washington Post

Perry defends plan for Nevada nuclear-waste storage site, AP News

CEOs Say Preserving the Nuclear Power Fleet Is Imperative, Power Magazine

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Chamber: National Grid delays affecting manufacturers, development, Worcester Business Journal

New England Grid Operator Puzzles in Microgrids and Energy Storage: Regional Outlook, Microgrid Knowledge

Emera to sell Maine utility for $1.3B, completing 3-year fundraising plan, Utility Dive

Andover-based energy giant gobbles up Kansas renewable-development partner, Boston Business Journal

Former Mass. DPU Chair Reflects on Service, RTO Insider

Maine Lawmakers Revive Microgrid Bill as New Governor Creates a Pro-Green Climate, Microgrid Knowledge

Medford, Massachusetts Moves Forward with Microgrid to Reduce Demand Charges, Improve Resiliency, Microgrid Knowledge

Norwich Public Utilities proposes $93.7 million budget, no rate increases, The Day

Overheard at the NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable, RTO Insider

Food waste-to-energy company in talks with United Metro Energy to locate at EPCAL, RiverheadLOCAL

Unitil rebates will help school recoup project costs, Sentinel & Enterprise

Eversource wants rate hike to cover infrastructure upgrades, WCAX

 

Editorial/Opinion

Letter to the editor: Pipeline editorial ‘shortsighted’, Connecticut Post

Column: Addressing the impact of climate change, Gloucester Daily Times

Joey Bergstein: Carbon pricing will reduce climate change for future generations, VTDigger

Commentary: Three new technologies could reshape Maine’s economy, climate in a good way, Portland Press Herald

Another View: Maine can reduce emissions without CMP project, Portland Press Herald

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Energy News for week ending March 22, 2019

Last Minute Deal | Nuclear Valued | Felled Fruit

Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s energy news recap.

We start in Connecticut with a story that came out just after we published last Friday’s edition. From the New Haven Register, “Last minute deal reached to keep Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear plant open. Gov. Ned Lamont and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes said Friday Dominion Energy and Connecticut’s two major electric utility companies, Eversource and United Illuminating, struck a deal Friday that will keep the company’s Millstone nuclear facility in Waterford operating. Word of the deal came hours before a deadline that Virginia-based Dominion had to notify New England’s regional electric grid operator, ISO-New England, whether or not the nuclear plant would be shut down. Under the terms of the agreement, Dominion will supply Eversource and UI with electric power generated at Millstone for a 10-year period. The deal must still be approved by Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, which has 180 days to act on it. Ken Holt, a Dominion spokesman, said the date when Millstone begins supplying the power to the utilities and other details of the contract won’t be released until PURA has ruled on the deal.”

Speaking of nuclear, and also occurring last Friday, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors released a statement that reads in part, “…A particular challenge is the retirement of nuclear generation resources, which serve approximately 25% of the region’s annual electricity demand. For example, closure of the 2,100 MW Millstone nuclear facility, which Connecticut state agencies have determined to be at risk of retirement as early as 2023, could expose New England ratepayers to increased winter energy security risks. Its retirement could also increase the New England power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. Recognizing that the entire New England region has a stake in ensuring a reliable energy system that also produces affordable outcomes for consumers, the New England Governors commit to work together, in coordination with ISO New England and through the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), to evaluate market-based mechanisms that value the contribution that existing nuclear generation resources make to regional energy security and winter reliability.” Ah, it’s too bad this is all too late for Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee.

For our last feature this week we go back to Connecticut for a story that made us think of the George Bernard Shaw quote, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” From WFSB, Eyewitness News 3, “Fruit trees on a Southington homeowner’s property are now gone after she says Eversource workers cut them all down. Eversource has been working in the area, trimming trees that are near power lines…She says at least 7 of her fruit trees were taken down…some fruit trees have been there for almost 10 years…While there were power lines above her property, she said the trees they cut down were not much taller than a swing set…Eversource said their trimming cycle is every five years and they sent letters before doing the work. ‘This area has many landscaped yards underneath the transmission lines, so in February we sent all the property owners a letter explaining the work that will be done and urged them to call us if there were any concerns,’ said Frank Poirot, Eversource spokesperson. Raudis says she received a letter but it wasn’t specific about her fruit trees, just about cutting down brush…Channel 3 has learned from Eversource that they plan on replacing the trees in Raudis’s yard.” Here’s looking forward to seeing other fruit trees in blossom this spring.

 

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

State sets Longmeadow public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion in Hampden County, MassLive

Granite Bridge pipeline tests state infrastructure corridors, Seacoastonline.com

Liberty Utilities update of natural gas pipeline proposal finds 30% spike in cost to accommodate environmental concerns, New Hampshire Union Leader

Newport Looking For Feedback Following Gas Outage, USA Patch

No new natural gas hookups in New York’s Westchester County, Con Ed says, Reuters

 

Merrimack Valley/Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Columbia Gas Has Paid Out $94.8 Million In Disaster Claims, USA Patch

Utility safety becomes Ray LaHood’s top priority, Boston Globe

Exclusive: Columbia Gas boss talks safety, trust and being a fix-it guy, Business Journals

Bay State legislators question Columbia Gas claims process, Boston Herald

Uncertainty For NiSource Due To Merrimack Recovery, Seeking Alpha

Six months after gas disaster, problems remain in Lawrence, MSN

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Sierra Club’s Massachusetts climate leadership summit focuses on push for change, Telegram

Future of the gas tax? Running on empty., Hartford Business Journal

9 Northeastern states share $115M from carbon sale, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The new, safer nuclear reactors that might help stop climate change, MIT Tech Review

Electrifying news: Solar and wind power has quintupled in a decade, Grist

Environmental groups oppose state’s biomass incentives, Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

Wind

NOAA questions Vineyard Wind environmental impact study, Gloucester Times

As first US utility-scale offshore wind project nears approval, supply chain, permitting come into focus, Utility Dive

What’s Hot in Offshore Wind: 5 Dispatches from the Front Lines, Union of Concerned Scientists

The U.S. is on the cusp of an offshore wind energy boom. Why aren’t energy companies capitalizing on it?, Phys.org

SE Mass. officials seek “tweak’ in wind policy, CommonWealth Magazine

Developer: Dairy Air Wind dilemma caused by state regulators, National Wind Watch (via The Caledonian Record, VT)

Mayor wants to take Weaver’s Cove land for wind energy venture, Herald News

Apex Energy Plans to Bring 33 Turbines to Orleans County, Spectrum Local News (NY)

Suso Provides Falmouth Wind Turbine Update, Falmouth Enterprise

Public hearing starts on Revolution Wind project, Providence Business News

 

Solar

New England transmission operator projects sharp rise in solar generation through 2028, IEEFA

DEEP rejects Candlewood Solar stormwater plan, News-Times

New community solar project in Hartland, VT converts brownfield to brightfield, Utility Dive

In Connecticut, The Costs And Benefits Of Shared Solar Are Tough To Calculate, WNPR

Maine renews net metering as lawmakers prep new clean energy, utility reform bills, Utility Dive

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

How residential energy storage could help support the power grid, McKinsey & Company

Ratepayer-funded energy efficiency is ‘not’ a carbon tax, Foster’s Daily Democrat

New York utility installing battery to reduce peaks in non-wires alternative plan, Renewable Energy World

 

EVs

How Much Oil Is Displaced by Electric Vehicles? Not Much, So Far, Bloomberg

 

Nuclear

Last minute deal reached to keep Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear plant open, New Haven Register

Startup promotes permanent nuclear waste storage, Cape Cod Times

Nuclear Power in the Age of Decommissioning, JD Supra

New England commits to value of nuclear, World Nuclear News

Can Pennsylvania’s energy market, environment survive without Three Mile Island?, PennLive

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

APCC Calls on Eversource, State Regulators to Discontinue Vegetation Control with Herbicides, Cape Cod

PUC revises deadlines in CMP’s $950M hydropower transmission case, Mainebiz

Franklin County commissioners pull support for CMP transmission line, Portland Press Heralds

Dozens gather in Augusta to protest CMP transmission line proposal, WGME

Eversource’s underwater cable plan for Norwalk Harbor stirs resistance, The Hour

Woman upset after Eversource cut down fruit trees in her yard, WFSB

NECEC debate comes to Farmington with hearings, town meeting vote scheduled, The Daily Bulldog

Boston makes its move into electricity purchasing for its residents and businesses, Boston Globe

Anbaric Files for 1.2 GW Massachusetts Wind Interconnection, Subsea World News

 

Editorial/Opinion

Rep. Tina Riley: The bigger picture: The discussion we should be having around the CMP corridor, Sun Journal

Nothing’s perfect: The hidden costs of the Green New Deal, Hartford Courant

Editorial: Pipelines not a part of state’s future, New Haven Register

State of the states: 4 reasons that red plus blue makes green economics, Utility Dive

We need action on clean-energy efforts, by Rob Germeroth, Keene Sentinel

Conn. made the right call keeping Millstone nuclear power plant open, Boston Globe

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