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Energy News for week ending December 8, 2017

Santa & Solar Panels | Energy Storage | Blockchain Investments

Holiday Alert: We’ve found a few stories with great gift ideas for the energy geeks in your life. Prices range from $30-50 for a thermal leak detector to $5,500 for a solar panel package and Tesla Powerwall that can handle the energy needs of an entire house, depending on where you live and your energy usage. The panels, combined with a 13.5 kilowatt-hour Powerwall might let you go off the grid, or sell power back to your utility company. Plus they offer protection against power outages by giving you days of backup.

And in more holiday season giving, 26 energy storage projects in Mass. are sharing $20M in grants to grow the energy storage market. WBUR reports these pilot projects represent a quarter of Massachusetts’ 200-megawatt-hour grid storage mandated target, set for 2020. The state currently has seven megawatt hours of advanced energy storage installed.

Finally, if you haven’t been paying attention to blockchain, a distributed, digital transaction technology, now might be the time. GreenBiz reports that as we transition to a decentralized, digitized and decarbonized energy world, blockchain technology may be the ‘missing link’ to spur on renewable energy investments.

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

Green Gift Guide for Energy Geeks

Energy Adviser: Geeky energy gifts on a budget, The Columbian

HybridCars.com Green Holiday Gift Guide, Hybrid Cars News

Natural Gas/Pipeline

In Massachusetts, Protesters Balk At Pipeline Company’s Payments To Police, HuffPost

Kinder Morgan payments for state police details at nearly $1 million, Berkshire Eagle

Liberty Proposes Gas Pipeline To Run From NH Seacoast To Manchester, New Hampshire Public Radio

Narragansett Tribe plans to sue FERC over gas pipeline approval in Berkshire County, MassLive.com

As more elected officials call for resignation of CRMC chair, Governor Raimondo remains silent, Uprise RI

Community members protest gas plant, The Brown Daily Herald

Weymouth compressor review could take a year, state says, The Patriot Ledger

12 Anti-Pipeline Protestors Will Face Criminal Charges In Court, WAMC

PCBs, fracked gas pipelines endanger human and planetary health, warns author activist, theberkshireedge.com

Leaked PowerPoint Reveals The Gas Industry’s Playbook For Waging Pipeline Fights, HuffPost

Renewable Energy

Mass. Gives Out $20M In Grants To Grow Energy Storage Market, WBUR

The missing link for renewable energy investment? Blockchain, GreenBiz

Maine Utility: Our hydro project has lowest cost, Commonwealth Magazine

Surge of Carbon Pricing Proposals Coming in the New Year, MIT Technology Review

As Cape Wind dies, offshore wind picks up steam in Massachusetts, MassLive.com

Energy chairman Golden gets tour of Greenfield, The Recorder

CAS Scientists Develop ACES to Monitor Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, BU Today

Koch-funded network targets New Hampshire’s renewable energy policies, ThinkProgress

To-the-point: Avangrid touts best cost proposal in Massachusetts RfP, Renewables Now

Energy Efficiency

The Hidden Gem of Wholesale Energy Markets: Energy Efficiency, Energy Collective

A bipartisan message of clean energy progress, MIT News

Clean energy slashed in new budget, Yale Daily News

US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Energy Efficiency Restrictions, CleanTechnica

Nuclear

Millstone shares data with DEEP, PURA, theday.com

On 75th anniversary of first nuclear fission reactor, MIT stages tribute to seminal experiment, MIT News

Saudis invite US firms to develop multi-billion-dollar nuclear power projects, CNBC

Christie Hints He Might Sign Bill to Subsidize PSEG’s Nuclear Plants, NJ Spotlight

Weighing 75 years of the nuclear age, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO-NE Preparing for Energy Storage Growth, RTO Insider

Eversource, National Grid Complete Transmission Line From Mass. To NH, WBUR

Aquarion Water Co. sale to Eversource approved, Seacoastonline.com

Energy fights loom in conference talks, E&E News

As grid modernization accelerates, which states are in the lead, and why?, Utility Dive

Massachusetts approves Eversource rate increase to help boost EV, storage investment, Utility Dive

National Grid to install back-up battery system as electricity demand grows, Nantucket Island Inquirer

National Grid report defends storm response, Gloucester Daily Times

Decision on Eversource rate hike drawing criticism, The Recorder

Why Mergers and Acquisitions Will Define the Distributed Energy Boom,, Greentech Media

One Trump Buzzword to Seal Fate of $700 Billion Power Trade, Bloomberg

Efficiency Vermont rates rise for residents, down for businesses, vtdigger.org

CMP touts its bid to build transmission line through Maine, Press Herald

ExxonMobil opposes ALEC’s attempt to fight EPA climate policy, The Hill

Rethinking the utility company as solar power heats up, PBS NewsHour

Editorial/Opinion

Cape Wind: A blown opportunity, Cape Cod Times

Sandra Levine: An innovative climate policy for Vermont, vtdigger.org

Who Will Fund Clean Energy? Familiar Faces, Bloomberg

Letter: RI Energy Challenge helps town, residents, The Independent

 

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Energy News for week ending December 1, 2017

The next big thing | An unlikely partnership | Heating assistance en route

 

Good afternoon. For this week’s recap we’re focusing on some positive stories.

Starting on the renewables front, NBC News brings us a story of how wave power may be “the next big thing in green energy.” One of the technologies to harness wave power is called the “Lifesaver.” It’s described as a “hulking device, as wide as a school bus is long, [and] looks a bit like a massive buoy or life raft.” The benefits they say are that, “Like solar and wind power, wave power harnesses energy that comes ultimately from the sun. Solar radiation causes air pressure gradients that cause wind, and wind gives its momentum to the ocean surface, producing waves.” They note that a square meter of a solar panel receives 0.2 to 0.3 kilowatts of solar energy, however every meter of the California coast receives 30 kilowatts of wave energy. Further, wave energy has another advantage over solar and wind. Waves are easy to forecast… and unlike solar, wave energy can be harnessed 24/7.

This week WGBH reports that environmentalists and gas companies in Massachusetts are doing something unusual — they’re teaming up to try to fix something they both agree is a problem. That problem is gas leaks. Audrey Schulman, founder of HEET talks about dealing with the utilities, “The relationship in the past was really, really contentious,” Schulman said. “In general, HEET would — my nonprofit — would release some sort of report in the press and the utilities would come back with some angry statement, and I would respond with some angrier statement, and we would both cast aspersions upon each other’s facts, knowledge, clothing. Like, anything we could.”

But one day, a utility executive responded differently, saying more information on gas leaks could help his company. “And I was so startled by that, that I think that that was the moment when I began to realize we might be able to all work together,” Schulman said.

Last upbeat note for this week the MetroWest Daily News reports that, “Despite threats that funding would be eliminated in President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget, the state’s home heating program will continue to keep low-income families warm this year, just as temperatures are beginning to drop.” Nice!

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

Natural Gas/Pipeline

In An Unlikely Partnership, Local Environmentalists And Utilities Work Together To Reduce Gas Leaks, WGBH

Eight energy companies commit to reduce methane emissions within natural gas industry, Penn Energy

Opening of 1-GW Burrillville Power Plant Pushed Back to 2021, Penn Energy

Gas rush: FERC’s pipeline approvals underline persisting controversy over permitting, Utility Dive

Fire reported at natural gas power plant (CT), Penn Energy

Kinder Morgan says holding tank is source of contamination of 547,000 gallons of pipeline test water, Berkshire Eagle

Opponents of LNG facility in Providence say look to the future, The Providence Journal

Opponents Bring Passion, Scrutiny to LNG Hearing, ecoRI news

Vermonters join suit over alleged electricity price-fixing, vtdigger.org

Gas rush: FERC’s pipeline approvals underline persisting controversy over permitting, Utility Dive

South Dakota Warns It Could Revoke Keystone Pipeline Permit Over Oil Spill, InsideClimate News

Environmental concerns mount as Keystone pipeline leaks more oil than predicted, AccuWeather.com

Eversource Energy begins $3.8M expansion of natural gas distribution in Shelton, Westfair Online

A map of $1.1 billion in natural gas pipeline leaks, High Country News

Keystone pipeline spill blamed on damage from its construction, The Hill

Ecologist Sandra Steingraber to speak on fracked gas, PCBs, and our health Saturday in Lenox, theberkshireedge.com

Ohio EPA: Rover Pipeline spill leaks 200 gallons of drilling fluid into Black Fork, Richland Source

US FERC approves 223 MMcf/d Millennium Pipeline expansion in New York, Platts

Chatterjee blames national environmental groups for delaying pipeline approvals, Utility Dive

Renewable Energy

A tale of 2 states: Massachusetts and California provide different lessons on growing community solar, Utility Dive

Savings from solar farm to pump $200K into Williamstown budget, Berkshire Eagle

Why wave power may be the next big thing in green energy, NBC News

In Bid To Sell Wind Energy To MA, Bay State Wind To Hold Community Meetings, RIPR

Work moves forward at 100-kW Bell Mill Hydro in New Hampshire, Renewable Energy World

UMass Dartmouth to study offshore wind and commercial fishing, MassLive

Is Wave Power Finally Ready to Scale Up? Energy Manager Today

Cape Wind fight spins on, Cape Cod Times

Wind industry leaders tout Somerset’s power potential, Fall River Herald News

Long Island muni proposes new compensation scheme for C&I solar, Utility Dive

The Obscure ‘Poison Pill’ Senate Tax Provision Threatening Renewables, Greentech Media

The Energy 202: Why the wind and solar lobby is terrified of the Senate tax plan, Washington Post

Last-minute provision in Senate tax bill could ‘devastate’ renewable energy, Utility Dive

Looking For A Green Way To Heat Your Home? Try A Wood Pellet Stove, Rhode Island Public Radio

Boston Begins Effort To Become Carbon Neutral By 2050, WBUR

Retired Massachusetts coal plant may serve to advance offshore wind, (press release) Windpower Engineering

Shell, one of the biggest oil companies, plans to halve its carbon emissions. Here’s how, CNBC

Energy Efficiency

Harvesting the Sun for Energy Increases Efficiency by 60 Percent, Futurism

First Ever International Symposium on Energy Efficiency, (press release) ELE Times

MA: Two South Shore Farms Receive State Grants to Improve Energy Efficiency, 95.9 WATD-FM

Local farms receive energy grants, The Recorder

Solar powered smart windows break 11% efficiency – enough to generate more than 80% of US electricity, Electrek

Energy efficiency is linked to the internet of things, but adoption rates of energy saving devices is low, Alt Energy Magazine

Nuclear

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Releases List Of Issues To Consider In New Decommissioning Rules, Vermont Public Radio

C-10 responds to Seabrook nuke plant owner’s appeal, The Daily News of Newburyport

Entergy contends Vermont Yankee testing could be dangerous, vtdigger.org

NRC Issues Confirmatory Order Over Security-Related Violations at Millstone Nuclear Power Plant, Energy Central

Closing Indian Point Nuclear Plant Could Be Costly For Surrounding Communities, CBS New York

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO New England warns of gas pipeline constraints while promising adequate power for winter, MassLive

Mass. officials approve Eversource rate hike, Boston Globe

DPU cuts Eversource rate hike by 60%, CommonWealth Magazine

Cape Light Compact announces winter electric pricing, Barnstable Patriot

Pittsfield explains new electricity aggregation agreement, Berkshire Eagle

Powerline: How Hydro-Québec Helped Shape Canadian Energy and Cultural History, New Hampshire Public Radio

If bid is approved, CMP to invest millions in Lewiston converter station, Lewiston Sun Journal

Critics Fault Eversource For Proposing Business Fees Be Charged To Ratepayers, Hartford Courant

National Grid proposes rate increases for RI customers, Turn to 10

Who Needs Coal? Huge Hydropower Project On Tap For New England, CleanTechnica

Northern Pass says it continues to work with developer of recently-approved Bethlehem hotel, The Union Leader

After uncertainty, state gets heating assistance funds, MetroWest Daily News
New York PSC approves Orange and Rockland smart meter installation plan, Daily Energy Insider

Empire State Connector Announces Open Solicitation for 1,000 MW HVDC Transmission Line from Utica to Brooklyn, Energy Central

Pittsfield explains new electricity aggregation agreement, Berkshire Eagle

Utilities commission approves Eversource power plant sale, Penn Energy

New York energy storage target official after Gov. Cuomo signs bill, Utility Dive

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Pipeline bills would protect consumers, GazetteNET

Opinion: Housing unlikely for Vt. Yankee site, BurlingtonFreePress.com

As Northern Pass drags on, what’s the Legislature to do?, Manchester Ink Link

Our view: Keep pressure on utilities to repair gas leaks, Salem News

Big business should watch this tiny state’s power transformation, GreenBiz

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Energy News for week ending November 4, 2017

Protests take new turn | Storm creates havoc | Natgas Moratorium News

Happy Saturday folks!

We had a “wicked busy” day yesterday so this newsletter is a day behind its normal schedule but it’s filled with an extra day of stories so it’s more a like a “Bonus edition!”

Out in western Mass, WAMC reports that Kinder Morgan protests are turning more aggressive. “Massachusetts State Police said in a statement three pipeline opponents were arrested Wednesday. State police say one man trying to escape arrest pushed a trooper and was hit with a stun gun. Further from home, but incredibly disturbing, is a story from KWWL where it is suspected a wind power opponent placed more than a dozen dead rabbits at the base of a wind turbine. A local environmental consultant believes the rabbits were likely placed under the turbine to attract eagles and other birds into the path of the propellers. Just awful.

Big news this week was the wind storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people around New England. Some still remain without power. The response, or slowness of it, has caught the attention of government leaders in Massachusetts (Boston Herald), Rhode Island (ProJo) and Connecticut (NBC Connecticut).

Last for this week,  is news from the Daily Hampshire Gazette where Columbia Gas laid out plans to lift the moratorium on new gas connections in Northampton and East Hampton along with several other projects to improve reliability and reduce gas leaks in its Springfield territory.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Bill aims to protect consumers in pipeline expansions, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Columbia Gas outlines solutions to natural gas logjam, Hampshire Gazette

Natural gas industry seeks expanded infrastructure, Lowell Sun

Spectra defends Weymouth compressor plan amid new concerns, WickedLocal Weymouth

There’s a new tool in the fight to seal the state’s gas leaks, Boston Globe

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. cleared to start flow through Otis State Forest spur, Berkshire Eagle

Police: Kinder Morgan Pipeline Protests Have Turned More Aggressive, WAMC.org

Northeast pipeline controversy exposes gas markets as ‘a recipe for chaos,’ researchers say, Utility Dive

Kinder Morgan denies claims about Otis forest project; TD Bank says it’s not involved, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Power grid operator disqualifies proposed Burrillville plant from electricity auction, The Providence Journal

Public forum in Concord on gas leaks, The Boston Globe

Chelmsford board backs gas leaks bills, Wicked Local Chelmsford

Company says it knew of pipeline coating damage 3 years ago, PennEnergy

Now it’s oilmen who say fracking could harm groundwater, E&E News

How a 672000-Gallon Oil Spill Was Nearly Invisible, New York Times

The Fracking Boom’s Midlife Crisis, Bloomberg

U.S. Energy Regulator Says Coal More Reliable Than Natural Gas, Bloomberg

Climate Change

Dual bills call for climate change action, Lowell Sun

Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause, WBUR

UN environment chief: US likely to live up to Paris accord, CT Post

Atmospheric CO2 Levels Are Now The Highest In 800,000 Years, IFL Science

October 2017 was second warmest on record in Worcester, Telegram.com

Renewable Energy/Policy/etc.

NY Green Bank seeks $1B in private sector investment for clean energy projects, Utility Dive

HomeBiogas 2.0: Ready-to-use biogas solution for the home, Treehugger

New York Stakeholders Question Carbon Pricing Process, RTO Insider

Wind

Bay State Wind opens downtown New Bedford office in wind power bid, South Coast Today

Moosehead-area lawmakers oppose wind projects, Press Herald

Public back New England offshore, REnews

Wind mill tax program not worth the ‘headache,’ Sun Journal

US Bill targets offshore boost, renews

Wind Power Set a New Renewable Energy Record in Europe Last Week, Futurism

US and Denmark sign deal for offshore wind cooperation, Energy Digital

Dead rabbits found on local wind farm, KWWL

Solar

Is solar+storage eligible for net metering in Massachusetts? Tesla and others want to know, Utility Dive

Solar permitting data shows residential market woes, pv magazine USA

New England Solar and Storage Symposium 2017: The Presentations, Greentech Media

Energy Efficiency

Town of Maynard reduces energy use by 22 percent, Wicked Local Bolton

Time to Change Our Clocks Back and Our Lightbulbs Forward, Natural Resources Defense Council

New Hampshire House committee votes to end RGGI-funded efficiency investments, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Malloy signs Millstone bill, then questions its need, The Day

Connecticut governor calls for Dominion cooperation, World Nuclear News

Consultant airs Vermont Yankee contamination concerns, Brattleboro Reformer

NARUC, other energy organizations urge Congress to fund Nuclear Waste Program, Daily Energy Insider

Crews restoring power to Seabrook nuke plant sirens, Seacoastonline.com

Storm knocks out Pilgrim power line, Cape Cod Times

Storm

AG eyes utility’s power restoration efforts after storm, Boston Herald

Following outage, Grid wants to bill ratepayers $39M for tree-clearing, Boston Herald

National Grid under fire for slow response to outages, The Providence Journal

State reports 31000 still without power, Lowell Sun

Utility’s storm prep called into question, Boston Herald

Frustration Mounts As Thousands Remain Without Power, Hartford Courant

Ledyard Mayor, Frustrated With Eversource Response, Postpones Trick or Treating, NBC Connecticut

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Healey fights Eversource’s $4.9M reimbursement request, Boston Globe

Eversource touts N. Pass ‘certainty,’ CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource Seeking $336.8M Electricity Rate Increase Amid Criticism Over Recent Storm Response, Hartford Courant

Sudbury: Eversource power line proposal faces state hearings, Wicked Local Sudbury

Sixty-Four House Members Tell Pruitt RFS has Failed, DTN The Progressive Farmer

Mayor Carpenter: Brockton Power is dead, Enterprise News

Budding marijuana sector brings big load growth, efficiency challenges for utilities, Utility Dive

Fall back no more? Commission moves time zone issue forward, WCVB Boston

Thoughts for fuel: Bringing new technology to home-heating delivery, Boston Globe

Why You Should Fear a Cyberattack on the Grid, Greentech Media

In private meeting Cuomo administration pushes utilities for more REV investment, Politico

What Is Grid Modernization? An Explainer, Conservation Law Foundation blog

Why We Need Microgrid Cybersecurity: The Threat is Real, Microgrid Knowledge

Editorial/Opinion

Budget Hurts Environment, Hartford Courant

Lessons from first campus carbon-pricing scheme, Nature.com

Opinion: Approve Vermont Yankee plan, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Paying environmental tribute to neighboring states, Commonwealth Magazine

Guy Page: ‘Residential standards’ for VY decommissioning make little sense, VT Digger

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Energy News for week ending October 20, 2017

LNG boom | Delayed Report | Where’s the gas

Happy sunny Friday folks.

We start this week with a story from the New York Times about the US’s move from an energy importer to an exporter – specifically related to natural gas. They write, “A shale gas drilling boom over the last decade has propelled the United States from energy importer to exporter, taking the country a giant leap toward the goal of energy independence declared by presidents for half a century. Now the upheaval of the domestic energy sector is going global. A swell of gas in liquefied form shipped from Texas and Louisiana is descending on global markets, producing a broader glut and lower energy prices.”

DOE’s NOPR filing with FERC has caused ISO-New England to delay the release of its much-anticipated fuel security study, according to an article in CommonWealth Magazine. “ISO-New England has been working on its fuel security study since late 2016 and planned to release it Oct. 24. Few details have been released about the study, but it appears to focus on whether New England’s heavy reliance on natural gas for generating electricity could eventually put the grid at risk without the construction of additional pipeline capacity. The study is expected to analyze fuel security for the winter of 2024-2025 ‘because challenges to power system reliability are expected to be manageable in the near term.’ The grid operator decided to hold off after US Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop and issue grid resiliency rules.”

Last story for this week is a story from Greentech Media noting that “A review of Europe’s top wind-powered countries seems to refute the idea that gas peaking capacity is required to balance out intermittent generation. But partly it’s because these high-wind nations have unique balancing acts, and partly because gas is not the answer after all.”

As always, be sure to check out Northeast Energy News for regional energy events. Have a great weekend, the weather looks to be spectacular!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Study accusing Eversource and Avangrid of pipeline manipulation ‘ridiculous,’ says industry trade group, MassLive

Charlestown Gets Say in Burrillville Power-Plant Saga, ecoRI news

EFSB Grants Invenergy Motion To Exclude Resolutions From Evidence, Rhode Island Public Radio

Water supply pact means delay for final hearings on Burrillville power plant plan, Projo

PURA to review CT utilities’ pipeline practices, Hartford Business

Massachusetts reviews natgas manipulation claim, Argus Media

Sen. Asks FERC To Probe $3.6B Market Manipulation Claims, Law360

Fossil Fuel Misinformation Helps Quash Community Effort to Ban Fracking in Youngstown, Ohio, DeSmog

Senate bill would fast-track ‘small-scale’ natural gas exports, The Hill

‘This is a really big deal’: Canada natural gas emissions far worse than feared, The Guardian

Judge Allows ‘Necessity’ Defense by Climate Activists in Oil Pipeline Protest, InsideClimate News

Boom in American Liquefied Natural Gas Is Shaking Up the Energy World, New York Times

Pipeline backers, New York duel over water quality certificates, Utility Dive

Renewable Energy

Lawmakers Debate How To Attract More Renewable Energy In Mass., WAMC

How the US might fulfill its Paris pledge without the White House, Phys.Org

What It Will Take to Rebuild the Caribbean With Clean Energy, Greentech Media

In the Future, Your Home May Be Powered by a Tesla Battery, Futurism

Governors Push Clean Energy Technology, U.S. News & World Report

LePage invites bio-based businesses to call Maine home, Press Herald

Wood pellet boilers at Sanderson opposed, Greenfield Recorder

Vermont Landfill Plans to Build Greenhouses Powered by Geothermal Heat, Waste 360

State’s clean energy sector remains hopeful in a climate of uncertainty, (subscriber content), Boston Business Journal

Wind

Delaware Wants In on the US Offshore Wind Market, Greentech Media

First floating wind farm, built by offshore oil company, delivers electricity, Ars Technica

Can deepwater wind farms power the world?, USA TODAY

US Energy Dept. Shows Love For Teeny Tiny Micro Wind Turbines, CleanTechnica

Maine city struggles to get rid of windmill that never produced energy as promised, Bangor Daily News

This Controversial Law Could Stifle the US Offshore Wind Market, Greentech Media

Solar

South Portland power grid soaks up the sun, WCSH-TV

DEEP taking heat on its proposed changes to solar policy, The CT Mirror

Newport Looks to Move Toward Solar, New Hampshire Public Radio

Solar buy proposed for Manchester, NewHampshire.com

Chelmsford solar project latest as panels continue march across region, Lowell Sun
Three companies bid on Fall River solar farm, Herald News

Solar power project brings a crowd to informational meeting, Daily Bulldog

Moscow Board of Selectmen advocates for solar power project, centralmaine.com

Solar Will Help N.H. Soup Kitchen ‘Get More Food To Hungry People,’ Solar Industry Magazine

Energy Efficiency

The Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Shortchanges the Benefits of Energy Efficiency, Energy Collective

Energy efficiency as a resource: The power of getting more from less, Utility Dive

Europe will be spending $112 billion on energy efficient building technologies in 2026, Climate Action Programme

MA Ranked Among Most Energy Efficient States in US, GoLocal Worcester

World’s most sustainable office space opens in London, Curbed

Connecticut Town Goes LED, Saving $338000 Per Year, Energy Manager Today

Nuclear

Conservative think tank: Plan to help coal, nuclear power ‘arbitrary’, The Hill

Rick Perry’s plan to subsidize coal and nuclear plants is bonkers, Vox

US should incentivize the development of small modular reactors: Moniz, Platts

Opponents say premature closing of Millstone would cost Dominion $1B, The Day

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

PUC Sides With Public’s Right-to-know On Eversource $100 Million Question, InDepth NH

Without Action, Northern Pass to Cut Straight Through Plymouth, PSU The Clock

LaFleur: DOE NOPR likely not detailed enough to form final rule, Utility Dive

Report: New England paying more than necessary for its electricity, The Recorder

Plan to ‘bury the power lines’ dealt another blow, Turn to 10

Eversource case: Protect Sudbury scrambles after expert quits, MetroWest Daily News

Eversource Protest Draws a Crowd, The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

Pack Monandock utility pole project may cause snag for hikers, NewHampshire.com

Connecticut regulators approve two grid modernization proposals, Electric Light & Power

Intermittent Renewables Are Up. So Where Is All of the Gas?, Greentech Media

Citing Trump initiative, grid operator delays report, CommonWealth Magazine

Connecticut regulators open investigation on Eversource, Avangrid pipeline practices, Utility Dive

What FERC Commissioners Are Saying About the DOE NOPR, Greentech Media

What’s Electric Resilience Worth to You?, Microgrid Knowledge

Moniz: Utilities should prepare for very low carbon future, Utility Dive

4 signs that Trump’s furious efforts to save coal are futile, Vox.com

Climate change impacts coming to Crane Beach, Salem News

Editorial/Opinion

Beyond public safety, fixing aging gas pipelines is good for our economy | Opinion, NJ.com

Natural gas supply critical to keeping CT manufacturers competitive, Hartford Business

Time to put pedal to the metal, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. citizens point the way on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

Editorial: Eversource must quickly connect Bar-Way project to the grid, Going Green ​​

Why Cap and Invest Is the Right Solution for Massachusetts Transportation, Union of Concerned Scientists Blog

A way New York can cut electric bills, Albany Times Union

How America Should Promote Energy Innovation in the Face of Extreme Weather, Greentech Media

Sunny days: Gatsas gets a solar deal, Union Leader

My Turn: A windfall for utilities at taxpayers’ expense, Concord Monitor

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Energy News for week ending October 6, 2017

Try a little voodoo | Methane Moooystery Solved | Troubling Conclusion

Happy Friday afternoon. The Energy News list today is UGE! In order to make it easier for folks to find what they want we created more categories. This may not be the case every week, but when have nearly 80 stories, like today, a little more sorting seems to help.

We’ve also been expanding our range to include more Northeast (i.e. beyond New England) stories, and of course have national news stories with potential local and regional implications. We hope you’re enjoying the change. Now, let’s get to a few of the news items.

I love the lede in this Berkshire Eagle article, “When all else fails, keep bugging the pipeline company, and try a little voodoo.” While it sounds like a lot of shenanigans were going on, the story also touches on some kind human interactions between the members of the police detail and the protestors. With all that’s been going on in the world, examples of peaceful protests are welcome news.

The Washington Post brings us the results of a study on upticks in methane over recent years. It seems the cause may be burping bovines. “Just from livestock methane emissions, our revisions resulted in 11 percent more methane in a recent year than what we were previously estimating,” said Julie Wolf, lead author of the study who completed the work while a postdoc at the institute and now works at the Department of Agriculture. “It’s not the biggest contributor to the annual methane budget in the atmosphere, but it may be the biggest contributor to increases in the atmospheric budget over recent years.” And, if you thought the emissions came from the other end of the cow, check out the embedded 2015 story about how that’s not the case.

Lastly this week, also from the Washington Post comes the results of 26-year climate change study that has been taking place in the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. From the article, “The research, tracking the emissions of carbon from artificially heated plots of a forest in Massachusetts, reinforces fears about the possibility of a climate change “feedback” involving the planet’s soils, one that could pile on top of and substantially worsen the ongoing warming trend triggered by the burning of fossil fuels.” Check it out, it’s pretty interesting stuff.

As always, be sure to check out the events page at New England Energy News. Have a great Columbus Day weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline/Methane

Activists relentless as Tennessee Gas tries to wrap up pipeline work, gas to flow in November, Berkshire Eagle

Scientists may have found a solution to the atmosphere’s methane mystery, Washington Post

New York power plant raises concerns, Greater New Milford Spectrum

TransCanada says it’s cancelling Energy East pipeline, CT Post

LISTEN: The science behind gas leaks under our cities and towns, The Patriot Ledger

Massive Pennsylvania gas leak proves industry requires more oversight, Environmental Defense Fund

Looking beyond pipelines to address New England’s electricity needs, Environmental Defense Fund

Renewables (Policy/RGGI/Purchasing, etc.)

Murphy or Guadagno: There’s Likely RGGI in New Jersey’s Future, NJ Spotlight

Vermont a Leader in Renewables, PUC Chair Says, RTO Insider

Renewable energy fans flex lobbying muscles in Massachusetts, Penn Energy

Council president, mayor differ on green electricity plan for city, Boston Globe

Wind

Energy Companies’ Proposal Could Help Expand Maine’s Wind Power Capacity, Maine Public

New York To BOEM: Here’s Where We Can Build Offshore Wind, North American Windpower

NY State clears way for more offshore wind, Long Island Business News

Senvion’s 3.7M144 Wind Turbine Arrives In North America, North American Windpower

If Wind Power Is Going to Replace Fossil Fuels, We Need Bigger Turbines, Futurism

From Black to Green: DONG Energy is Now Ørsted, Renewable Energy World

So Long, DONG: Danish Energy Giant Changes Name While Dropping Fossil Fuels, Greentech Media

Scituate selectmen consider shutting down wind turbine, Patriot Ledger

Solar

Net Metering Cap Stalls $78 Million Worth Of Massachusetts Solar Projects, CleanTechnica

Massachusetts Solar Industry Testifies in Support of Raising Net Metering Caps, Energy Collective

Claremont solar array project moves forward, The Union Leader

Rebuilding After the Hurricanes: These Solar Homes Use Almost No Energy, InsideClimate News

Regulations Force Boston Churches to Cut Back Solar Plan, WGBH

Solar industry turns up heat on Mass. Legislature, Boston Globe

New tariff proposals put solar in ‘a land of complete uncertainty’ ahead of ITC hearing, Utility Dive

Fairfield enters partnership to explore solar array on closed landfill, Energy Central/Morning Central

New Milford residents oppose solar project for Candlewood Mountain, News Times

Low-income families left in dark by solar law, Wicked Local Littleton

Tidal

N.S. opens door to new energy ventures among world’s highest tides in Fundy, Times Colonist

Tidal turbine test site at Cape Cod Canal gets green light, Cape Cod Times

Climate Change

One of the oldest climate change experiments has led to a troubling conclusion, Washington Post

Storage

Massachusetts’ largest ESS will help ‘stabilise’ utility customers’ rates for 20 years, Energy Storage News

National Grid, battery company unveil power system at Holy Name, Worcester Business Journal

ENGIE and Massachusetts utility team up for 6 MWh energy storage project, Utility Dive

Energy Efficiency

Pot power drain on the minds of Bay State utilities, Gloucester Times

Happy Energy Efficiency Day: Buy an LED Bulb to Celebrate, Natural Resources Defense Council

Efficiencies helped households save up to 30 percent on energy bills in 2016: IEA, Reuters

States Lead the Way on Energy Efficiency as Feds Falter, Natural Resources Defense Council

Portsmouth joins national Energy Efficiency Day, Seacoastonline.com

Start saving money, reducing pollution on Energy Efficiency Day, wwlp.com

Despite Trump, states keep getting more energy-efficient., Grist

Connecticut slips slightly in state-by-state ranking of energy efficiency, The Greater New Milford Spectrum

Want To Build An Energy Efficient House? Try Concrete, WNPR News

LED streetlight conversion leads to $115K grant, Daily Times Chronicle

Nuclear

Nuclear Regulatory Commission responds to Seabrook safety activist’s concerns, Wicked Local Ipswich

At Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant, A Rumble Over Rubble, New England Public Radio

Vermont Yankee decommissioning fund grows by $13M, Brattleboro Reformer

Entergy, NorthStar want critical comments nixed, vtdigger.org

Pilgrim owner backs off another nuclear plant closure, Cape Cod Times

Proposed federal bill would give millions to cities storing nuclear waste, Chicago Tribune

Courtney targets nuclear waste, Hartford Business

DOE NOPR FERC

US DOE proposal for FERC market reforms draws heavy fire at GCPA, Platts

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear, Bloomberg

How DOE’s baseload power rule ‘would blow the market up,’ Utility Dive

Behind the Backlash to Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Demand for Coal-Nuclear Market Intervention, Greentech Media

The Energy Department is Making up Reasons Why You Need to Pay More For Dirty Energy, Fast Company

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

State budget woes jeopardize environmental funding, New Haven Register

Eversource predicts dip in monthly bills by 5.5 percent, The Union Leader

Site Evaluation Committee views potential impact of Northern Pass on Concord, Concord Monitor

World’s First Technology To Measure Electricity Grid Stability Announced, CleanTechnica

Land Conservationists Worry Power Plant Will Fragment Forest, Harm Species, WNPR News

Invenergy announces water deal with Narragansett Tribe, RI Future

Rep. Cushing to PUC: Don’t Let ‘Polluter’ Eversource Buy Aquarion Water, InDepthNH.org

Worcester balks at National Grid repair bills for DCU Center, Worcester Telegram

EPA chief wants more of Northern Pass underground, The Union Leader

Connecticut energy plan raises tough questions on comparative resource valuation, Utility Dive

FERC eschews social cost of carbon measurement in new downstream analysis, Utility Dive

Winter energy prices to rise at least seven percent in Mass, MetroWest Daily News

Northern Pass hits another obstacle, CommonWealth Magazine

Imagining the Utility of the Future, Utility Dive

Gardner deal to trim electricity bills, Telegram

Editorial/Opinion

Stopping Climate Change Starts at Home, Commonwealth Magazine

Editorial: Energy project shows promise, once connected to the grid, The Recorder

Northern Pass is committed to working with businesses, The Laconia Daily Sun

Forum: Protect Millstone’s workers and communities, not its shareholders, New Haven Register

Amelia Shea: A long-term view of Vermont Yankee site, vtdigger.org

Could electricity become too cheap to meter?, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending September 22, 2017

FERC Priorities | Seaweed Biofuel | Green Hospitals

Happy Friday to All,

Commonwealth Magazine reports on a recent FERC ruling that signals the agency is “willing to take a more activist role in state pipeline battles.” In other news from our nation’s capital, the Department of Energy says US offshore resources could support enough seaweed production to supply up to 10% of the current demand for transportation fuel and they have awarded $22 million in grants to accelerate the development of seaweed as a next-generation biofuel. And for some good green news, the Boston Business Journal has a story on how Boston hospitals have made great progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions–a 9 percent reduction since 2011.

Thank you for reading! Enjoy your weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Could feds pave way for new Mass. gas project?, CommonWealth Magazine

Gas leaks delay tree planting, Salem News

‘Lost gas’: Pipelines known to leak methane, Berkshire Eagle

Gas pipeline protesters turn up heat on FERC, Utility Dive

‘Lost gas’: Pipelines known to leak methane, Berkshire Eagle

Senate Bill Would Streamline FERC NatGas Pipeline Permitting, Natural Gas Intelligence
Hundreds Of Vertical Oil Wells Damaged By Horizontal Fracking
, OilPrice.com

Renewable Energy

Trump Admin. Pitches Seaweed For Biofuel-Powered Car Of The Future, CleanTechnica

California’s Plan for 100% Renewables Falls Flat in the 11th Hour, Greentech Media

Why Solar Advocates Are Crying Foul Over New York’s Latest REV Order, Greentech Media

After slide, prices tick up in latest RGGI auction, Hartford Business

Two RGGI offset protocols to bite the dust as states publish more details on proposed market changes, Carbon Pulse

Bill Would Commit Massachusetts To 100 Percent Renewable Energy, WGBH

Fishing industry takes more action against New York offshore wind lease, National Wind Watch

Deepwater Wind Installs Wildlife Tracking Station on Offshore Block Island Wind, Power Engineering

Boxford’s Municipal Solar Power Generation Facility, Valley Patriot

Oakham Farm Inspires Central Massachusetts’ 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goal, GovTech.com

Connecticut unions, environmentalists want more wind power, New Haven Register

Activists urge legislators to support ‘Green Bank,’ Greenfield Recorder

Fall River solar farm near North Watuppa Pond moving forward, Herald News

Canada has too much clean electricity. Anybody want it?, E&E News

States pick up the clean energy torch, The Boston Globe

Energy Efficiency

Six climate change solutions we can all agree on, Phys.Org

Blockchain: Coming to a Smart Building Near You?, Greentech Media

Derby Residents Can Upgrade To New LED Bulbs, Patch.com

National Grid gives King Brothers Dairy $120000 for energy-efficient gear, The Daily Gazette

Nuclear

Seabrook nuclear plant watchdog’s request rejected, Portsmouth Herald

Vernon seeks ‘unrestricted’ future for Vermont Yankee site, VT Digger

Tribes seek voice in nuclear plant cleanup, land restoration, Penn Energy

Dominion’s lips remain sealed on Millstone financials, Hartford Business

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Why utilities don’t move power lines out of hurricanes’ way, Vox.com

As Brayton Point taxes wither, residents say they’d be willing to pay more for some services, Herald News

Medway: Work begins on Exelon expansion, MetroWest Daily News

Harvard University: A Valedictorian of Microgrids and Distributed Energy, Microgrid Knowledge

Boston area hospitals cut greenhouse gases by 9% since 2011, BBJ

Upton selectmen seek cheaper energy, Wicked Local Upton

Changing Massachusetts time zone could improve health, boost retail sales, save energy, commission finds, MassLive

A ‘Tax’ Or ‘The Cost Of Pollution’? Mass. Debates Surcharge On Fossil Fuels, WBUR

Heating Prices Rise in Maine as Fall Weather Nears, US News and World Report

State committee says Northern Pass plans have ‘potential inaccuracies’, The Union Leader

Budget Crisis Leads to Proposed Electric Bill Changes, NBC CT

Worcester crew part of National Grid aid efforts in Florida, Worcester Telegram

Siting Board Denies Latest Appeal to Halt Power Plant, ecoRI news

ISO-NE Forecast Sees Flat Loads, More Solar, No Congestion, RTO Insider

Raimondo establishes a Chief Resiliency Officer to combat climate change effects, RI Future

Eversource says fewer people have lost power this year, cites system improvements, Concord Monitor

Editorial/Opinion

States pick up the clean energy torch, Boston Globe

Milton Eaton: Defending Vermont Yankee decommissioning, VT Digger

Hydrogen fueling stations central to CCAT-hosted events, Hartford Courant

Carbon fee is our climate ‘moon shot,’ and it’s well within reach, The Boston Globe

Our View: Global warming needs political climate change, Press Herald

 

 

 

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Energy News for week ending September 8, 2017

ISO-NE spoiled | Varying approaches to Grid Mod | Hacked

Good Friday Afternoon.

Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. It’s hard to fathom how much devastation has already occurred in Texas and the Caribbean as we continue to watch and pray for the folks in Florida, Mexico and again in the Leeward Islands as the massive hurricanes continue on their paths.

Closer to home we have a story from POWER magazine digging deep into ISO-New England’s 20-year history and asking if the success of the past can be replicated in the future – or is ISO-NE spoiled by its success? With winter approaching, here is an interesting quote from the article, “According to van Welie, the ISO has largely given up on the idea of bringing more gas to the region, in the face of the inability of pipeline developers to win support for their projects. The problem now, he said, ‘is how to get efficient electricity production during winter, assuming we see no further investment in gas infrastructure.’ He added, ‘Fuel has to come from somewhere when the existing pipelines are constrained.’”

This week Utility Dive dug into the Massachusetts utilities’ grid mod proposals. The question they say is that regulators must choose whether to embrace their original grid mod goals, opt for newly-proposed performance metrics, or go back to the drawing board. Further they add that Massachusetts regulators ordered the state’s utilities to develop a grid modernization plan (GMP) in 2014 but divergent approaches have so far prevented implementation.

If the Equifax hack wasn’t bad enough, we bring you a BuzzFeed story based on reports from Symantec that hackers infiltrated and gained access to operational controls of US electric companies.  Symantec, a California-based firm that provides cybersecurity services and worldwide research against online threats, says the group, which it’s nicknamed Dragonfly 2.0, may have compromised more than a dozen American companies in recent months.

Be sure to check out our events page. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Is Big Oil Prepared For The Natural Gas Era?, OilPrice.com

Sugar Shack Alliance protests fossil fuels on I-91, The Recorder

Burrillville asks EFSB to dismiss Invenergy application because it’s incomplete, RI Future

FERC Orders Tech Conference on Algonquin No-Notice Changes, RTO Insider

Citing climate impacts, New York state blocks yet another natural gas pipeline, MassLive.com

Mother Nature Whips Natural Gas Amid Harvey And Irma, Investing.com

Natural gas pipeline projects move closer to development, Utility Dive

Renewable Energy

Public, private leaders call for renewable energy push, Worcester Business Journal

Connecticut pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions, CT Post

Portland Airport to Get $1.3 Million for Solar Array, U.S. News & World Report

Giant Batteries Help Renewable Energy Grow In New England, WBUR

Grid strained by new solar farms, Berkshire Eagle

RGGI prices to continue languishing below $10 through 2030 despite reforms, analysts warn, Carbon Pulse

20 megawatts: Solar developer targets southern Vermont, Brattleboro Reformer

Shrewsbury town meeting OK gas line extensions, solar deal, Worcester Telegram

Resident group opposes solar proposal for Candlewood Mountain, The Greater New Milford Spectrum

VIDEO: World’s First Offshore Wind Facility Completely Dismantled, Power Engineering Magazine

Ocean Turbines Could Turn the Tide for Energy Generation, Government Technology

Wind turbine manufacturers are dipping toes into energy storage projects, Ars Technica

CleanChoice Energy opens office in Massachusetts, Clean Technology Business Review

Lynn Working to Become A Green Community, Lynn Journal

Two Energy Powerhouses Broaden Community Solar Access in Massachusetts, Energy Central

Wastewater treatment authority on path to full renewability, Penn Energy

Maine island completes conversion to ’90 percent cleaner’ energy, Bangor Daily News

Potential Tariff On Solar Panels Has Some Developers Concerned, Vermont Public Radio

Energy Efficiency

UMass, Eversource sign energy efficiency partnership, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Were thermal images taken of your Springfield house? Look for a postcard in the mail outlining energy-savings plan, MassLive.com

Bash the incandescent bulb and save money, The Cabinet Press

Nuclear

Entergy Seeks Approval To Accelerate Prep Work At Vermont Yankee, Vermont Public Radio

State OKs reduction in Vermont Yankee security, vtdigger.org

Report claims there’s no new pollution at VY, Commons

In advertising blitz, nuclear industry seeks reset, Axios

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Could Success Spoil ISO-NE?, Power Magazine

Massachusetts utilities take divergent approaches to grid modernization, Utility Dive

Electricity Providers Targeted In Massive Hack, Buzzfeed

LePage can’t lower energy prices by himself, but that won’t stop him from trying, Bangor Daily News

How States Will Hit 100 Percent Clean Energy, Scientific American

CMP faces questions about power line plan for western Maine, Portland Press Herald

Environmental group appeals approval of Sandwich plant expansion, Cape Cod Times

Northern Pass transmission slated to bring Quebec electricity to Massachusetts gains OK from US Forest Service, MassLive.com

31 Northern Pass Hearings Added; Delay Prompts Lively Facebook Exchange, InDepthNH.org

Northern Pass route through White Mountains clears hurdle, WMUR Manchester

Northern Pass: Residents, Eversource Offer Differing Views On Another SEC Delay, Caledonian Record

Northern Pass project decision delayed by New Hampshire siting committee, Utility Dive

United States: DOE Report Offers Extensive Insight, But Limited Policy Suggestions, Mondaq News Alerts

Towns intervene in Eversource acquisition of Aquarion, Seacoastonline.com

Proposed State Energy Strategy Draws Critics, Hartford Courant

Major energy legislation of Gov. Paul LePage’s tenure, Bangor Daily News

The simple reason most power utilities suck, Vox.com

Editorial/Opinion

Wait ’til next year: More Northern Pass delays, The Union Leader

Carbon emissions problem has more than one solution, Press Herald

ALTERNATE ENERGY: The lure of nuclear energy no longer makes ‘cents’, Finger Lakes Times

Massachusetts’ leaders should go big on clean energy (Guest viewpoint), MassLive.com

Harvey Exposed Oil Issues We Must Address, Natural Resources Defense Council

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