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Energy News for week ending March 12, 2021

Round 3 | Shutesbury Solar | Sweat Energy

Happy Friday folks.

I hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather the past couple of days.

Two big pieces of news out of Massachusetts this week. The first from Jon Chesto at the Boston Globe, “Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has kicked off the state’s third round of bidding for offshore wind energy contracts, and this one has the potential to be the biggest yet. State officials are soliciting bids for up to 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind electricity this time around. To put that in perspective, the Vineyard Wind development team won the state’s first round of offshore wind energy bids in 2018, to deliver 800 megawatts to Massachusetts electricity customers. That was enough power for more than 400,000 homes. The Mayflower Wind team won the second round in 2019, with a similarly sized proposal. State officials hope that by offering the opportunity to go bigger, economies of scale can help control costs and logistics for the industry, particularly with regard to power lines to bring that electricity to the mainland. The rules for the new round of bidding were filed with the Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday.

And out of Western Mass, Shutesbury to be exact, we have a story from Scott Merzbach at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, “Five solar projects that combined would become possibly the largest such renewable power source in the state — and which would also bring significant revenue to the town — are being proposed for development. Amp Energy of Ontario, Canada, is taking the initial steps to use up to 190 acres of forested land, owned by W.D. Cowls Inc., for the arrays that would generate 45 megawatts of power. That’s enough power to serve 5,000 households, the company said. ‘To my knowledge, this would be the largest in Massachusetts,’ Evan Turner, a representative for Amp, told the Select Board and Planning Board during a presentation earlier this month. Turner said the company already holds a lease option for the sites for the ‘very large proposal as a group of projects.’  Before moving forward with the plans, though, the company would like to pursue what is called a municipal partnership model that would generate $450,000 for the town in the first year of payment in lieu of taxes.”

And in what could be bad news for the makers of anti-perspirants, we have this from Microgrid Knowledge, “Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a wearable microgrid that harvests and stores energy from the human body to power small electronics. It consists of three main parts: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are flexible, washable and can be screen printed onto clothing.”  Hmmm. Whatever happened to “Never let them see you sweat?”

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

Climate Change

Republican delays action on climate change bill, CommonWealth Magazine

U.S. must slash emissions by at least 57% to meet Paris climate target: report, Reuters

Biden Is Betting His Whole Climate Agenda on Infrastructure, Greentech Media

Rising Sea Levels Inundating Coastal Economies Four Times Faster, Bloomberg Green

Senate to include some Baker ideas into climate bill, WWLP

Arlington Sets 30-Year Plan To Reduce Greenhouse Gases To Zero, Arlington Patch

6 months of summer? Researchers say it’s possible, E&E News (subscriber content)

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

84% of New US Power Plants This Year Will Be Carbon-Free, Intelligent Living

Finding work in the green energy sector, Greenfield Recorder

Conn. Officials Push Back on ‘Gas Tax’ Label of TCI-P, RTO Insider

Wind

Mass. starts round three of bidding for offshore wind energy contracts, Boston Globe

Offshore Wind Pricing Plan Stirring Crosscurrents, State House News Service (subscriber content)

Biden’s interior acts quickly on Vineyard Wind, WWLP

Offshore wind permitting bottleneck expected to ease as Interior completes review of first US large project, Utility Dive

NH Bill Envisions 600-800 MW in OSW Bids, Net Zero Insider

US Offshore Wind Industry Suffers Through Severe Case Of Déjà Vu All Over Again, Again, CleanTechnica

BOEM chief pledges new US offshore wind leases ‘as quickly as we can,’ Recharge

Solar

Proposed combined solar projects in Shutesbury possibly state’s largest, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Lawmakers, including some Democrats, worry Maine’s solar policies too generous, Press Herald

White Plains Installing More Than 1,000 Solar Panels As Part Of Push To Increase Renewable Energy, CBS New York

A Triple-Decker For The 21st Century: Airtight And Solar-Powered, WBUR

Efficiency/Storage

Poll: Home energy upgrades could be challenge, CommonWealth Magazine

Building a better home for Middletown’s MARC a joint effort, Middletown Press

Global climate models may vastly overstate energy savings from efficiency measures, analysis finds, Utility Dive

Federal bills creating standalone storage tax credit raise hopes for significant boost, akin to solar, Utility Dive

The Rise of Energy on Wheels, Microgrid Knowledge

EVs

Electric Vehicles Are the U.S. Auto Industry’s Future—if Dealers Can Figure Out How to Sell Them, Wall St. Journal

U.S. lawmakers propose giving USPS $6 billion for electric delivery vehicles, Reuters

DOE will spend billions on electric vehicle R&D in jobs fight with China, Granholm says, Utility Dive

Electric Cars Are Coming. How Long Until They Rule the Road?, New York Times

Nuclear

What’s the Role for New Nuclear Power in the Fight Against Climate Change?, Greentech Media

PSEG says without $300M ratepayer nuclear subsidy, it will close South Jersey plants, NJ Spotlight News

‘There’s No Town Left’: Fukushima’s Eerie Landscapes, New York Times

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Weymouth councilors seek involvement in compressor station process, Patriot Ledger

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Why every state is vulnerable to a Texas-style power crisis, Vox

A Microgrid You Can Wear? Yep. And You’re the Energy Source, Microgrid Knowledge

A total mindshift’: Utilities replace gas peakers, ‘old school’ demand response with flexible DERs, Utility Dive

US climate targets ‘unreachable’ without high-voltage trunklines: FERC chief, Recharge

New York Transco begins construction on 54.5 mile transmission line in upstate NY, Daily Energy Insider

Deregulation Aimed to Lower Home-Power Bills. For Many, It Didn’t, Wall St. Journal

Analysts point to $500B investment gap in climate resilience for electric utilities, Utility Dive

U.S. power use to rise in 2021 as governments ease lockdowns: EIA, Reuters

Not Wanting to Become Texas, New Jersey Grants $4 Million for Microgrid Studies, Microgrid Knowledge

Opinion

3 Massachusetts myths about offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

There’s no time to waste — Baker, Legislature must enact the climate bill, Boston Globe

Massachusetts 2020: A warming state, Amherst Wire

Palmer Renewable Energy can’t greenwash its emissions away (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Keep state’s nuclear plants operating to secure future, Woodstock Independent

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Energy News for week ending February 26, 2021

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

Happy Friday folks.

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Could it Happen Here?

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

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

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wind

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

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

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

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

Solar

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

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

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

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

Efficiency/Storage

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

EVs

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

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

Nuclear

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

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

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

Lawmakers push regulators to reexamine compressor approval, Patriot Ledger

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

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

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

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

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

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

Senate Confirms Granholm to Head US Energy Department, Greentech Media

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

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

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

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

Unpaid utility bills mount during pandemic, Eagle Tribune

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

Program to help New Hampshire renters pay bills, AP

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

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

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

NECEC corridor application postponed in Wilton, Sun Journal

Opinion

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

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

Renewable power requires competent and accountable utilities, Maine Monitor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Energy News for week ending February 19, 2021

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

Happy Friday folks.

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

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

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

Texas

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

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

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

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

Can it Happen Here?

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

Could Rolling Blackouts Happen In New England?, NHPR

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

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

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

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

Wind

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

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

US offshore network boosts board, ReNews

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

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

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

Solar

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

State revamps home solar compensation, Journal Inquirer (CT)

Hopkinton Town Council considers solar ordinance amendments, Westerly Sun

Efficiency/Storage

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

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

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

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

EVs

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

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

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

Nuclear

Regulatory Harmonization: An Upcoming Hurdle for SMRs? Greentech Media

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

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

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

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

How to Decarbonize Natural Gas, Greentech Media

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

Unpaid utility bills mount during pandemic, Eagle Tribune

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

Biden Official Says Texas Storm Shows Infrastructure Need, Bloomberg

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

NYS Public Service Commission approves transmission lines, Daily Energy Insider

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opinion

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

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

Questioning ‘artificial’ electrification, Utility Dive

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

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

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

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

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Energy News for week ending February 12, 2021

CMP Solar Problems | Unloved | So Long GTM

Happy Friday folks.

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

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

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

Mills calls for investigation of CMP solar problems, Press Herald

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

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

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

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

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

MA Climate Bill

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

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

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

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

Lawmakers urged to reject changes to climate bill, Gloucester Times

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

Baker moves on quickly from Ismay, CommonWealth Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

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

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

Wind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solar

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

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

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

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

Mills calls for investigation of CMP solar problems, Press Herald

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

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

Efficiency/Storage

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

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

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

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

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

EVs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nuclear

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

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

Is Nuclear Power Poised for a Resurgence?, Power Magazine

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SolarWinds security to-do list post hack, Utility Dive

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

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

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

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

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

Opinion

The Big Picture Of Wind Power – Editorial, Falmouth Enterprise

Will developers block clean energy standards?, CommonWealth Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Energy News for week ending February 5, 2021

Solar Baffled | Regional Approach | Power the World

Happy Friday folks.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

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

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

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

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

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

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

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

Wind

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

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

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

Offshore wind projects may get back on track, Salem News

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

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

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

Wind Energy Research Project Inches Ahead, The Free Press

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

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

Solar

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

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

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

Efficiency/Storage

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVs

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

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

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

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

Nuclear

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

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

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

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

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

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

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NE States Considering Different Market Models, RTO Insider

Opinion

Want Environmental Justice? Look to Energy Efficiency., Politico

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

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

GOP is corrupting NH public utilities panel, Valley News

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Energy News for week ending January 29, 2021

Take Two | Competing Priorities | East Boston Protest

Happy Friday folks.

Here’s what we’re reading:

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

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

East Boston Residents Protest Controversial Electrical Substation Project, WBUR

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

As always enjoy the weekend, Stay safe and warm!

MA Climate Bill

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

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

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

Theoharides explains $6b cost figure, CommonWealth Magazine

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

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

Wind

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

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

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

Solar

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

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

Efficiency/Storage

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

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

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

4 Energy Storage Questions Answered, Microgrid Knowledge

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

EVS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nuclear

NY attorney general sues over nuclear plant shutdown plan, AP

Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor Parts Sent to Texas for Disposal, WCAI

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

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

National Grid seeks hike in gas bills, Salem News

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

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

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

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

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

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

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

East Boston Residents Protest Controversial Electrical Substation Project, WBUR

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

Opinion

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

Rhode Island Needs a Plan to Fully Decarbonize, Uprise RI

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

No rules? No problem on Beacon Hill, CommonWealth Magazine

Pass the climate change bill again, CommonWealth Magazine

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

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Energy News for week ending January 8, 2021

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

Happy Friday folks.

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

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts Climate Bill

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts lawmakers deal blow to Springfield biomass project, MassLive

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

Climate bill would clear up solar tax confusion, CommonWealth Magazine

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

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority touts renewable energy initiatives, Transportation Today

Wind

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

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

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

South Fork OWF Draft EIS Out, Offshorewind.biz

Solar

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

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

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

Woolwich board approves 30-acre solar project, Press Herald

Efficiency/Storage

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

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

Nuclear

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

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

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

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

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

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

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

Opinion

Baker is wrong to subsidize wood burning, CommonWealth Magazine

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

What Matters for Electrification?, Energy Institute at Haas

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

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

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Energy News for week ending December 11, 2020

New Climate Bill | Greener Cement | House of Tomorrow

Happy Friday folks.

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

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

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

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

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

Peterborough voters to consider transition to clean energy, Sentinel Source

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

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

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

The Bumpy Road to a Hydrogen Economy, Greentech Media

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

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

Wind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solar

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

Confusion over tax status stymies solar projects, CommonWealth Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

Decision on Southington solar panel project delayed, My Record Journal

Efficiency/Storage

The House Of Tomorrow, Wall St. Journal

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

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

EVs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nuclear

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

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

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

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opinion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t squander State Pier opportunity, The Day

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

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Energy News for week ending December 4, 2020

Taking a pause | Ugly, but needed | Postpone Efficiency

Happy Friday folks.

We start this week’s recap with Vineyard Wind news from the State House News Service via Saving Seafood. “On the heels of another federal permitting delay, Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday that it is temporarily withdrawing its construction and operations plan from further review by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management but the company says its pause won’t delay the planned start of clean power generation. The announcement came in conjunction with news that the 800-megawatt offshore wind project plans to use GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X wind turbine generators when it begins construction, which it called ‘industry leading’ and ‘the most powerful in operation to date.’ Project developers told BOEM on Tuesday that they plan to launch their own ‘final technical review associated with the inclusion of the Haliade-X into the final project design’ and have asked for a pause in the federal review, which had been expected to be completed this month before recently being pushed to January.”

Next up is a story from Bloomberg Business Week which, considering the topic was mentioned by Present-Elect Biden, I think we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this in the coming years, “High-Voltage Power Lines Are Ugly, and the U.S. Needs More. Places where the sun shines bright and the wind blows hard aren’t always places where a lot of people live. High-voltage transmission lines are needed to bring electricity from renewable energy installations to the towns and cities where it’s consumed. The U.S. is way behind other countries in building these lines… Investors and utilities in the U.S. do want to build high-voltage transmission lines. There are dozens of projects at various stages of consideration, with colorful names such as Power From the Prairie, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, and Zephyr Power Transmission. The problem is getting approval. Ownership of the U.S. power grid is balkanized, Nimby-ism is common, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been reluctant to override local authorities to get lines sited.”

This next story from NH is a bit of head scratcher since this is a great way to save money and help the environment. From the Concord Monitor, “Citing economic fears, House Republicans call on PUC to postpone 2021 energy efficiency plan. Citing pandemic-driven economic concerns, top Republican state lawmakers are asking the Public Utilities Commission to put off the adoption of more aggressive energy efficiency goals, currently set to take effect at the start of next year. The letter, sent Monday from incoming House Majority Leader Dick Hinch and incumbent Republicans on the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee, calls on the PUC to ‘indefinitely postpone implementation’ of the next three-year statewide energy efficiency plan… The proposal is more aggressive than past versions, aiming to reduce electricity sales by 5% and gas sales by 3% at a three-year cost of about $367 million. The utilities say these cuts will create jobs and enable all kinds of customers to buy less energy, ultimately saving them $1.3 billion or more than three times what the plan costs. They say it will create jobs and business opportunities in weatherization and efficiency upgrades, free up business and municipal revenues to cover other services and improvements, and save residents money to reinvest in their local economies. The utilities also expect the plan to improve public health and fight climate change by preventing the equivalent carbon emissions of more than half a million average homes’ annual energy use, according to an Environmental Protection Agency calculator. The House Republicans, in their letter, argue these long-term savings goals are not worth the short-term costs the plan will carry for manufacturers, small businesses such as restaurants and municipalities hard-hit by the economic downturn of COVID-19.”

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

Climate Change

‘Climate change continued its relentless march’: 2020 on track to be 2nd warmest year in recorded history, MassLive

Mills unveils 4-year climate action plan, makes plea for urgent action, Press Herald

Cuomo Strengthens RGGI to Cap, Reduce New York GHG Emissions, North American Wind Power

New York to include small combustion turbines in annual carbon emission limits, Utility Dive

Special Report: U.S. air monitors routinely miss pollution – even refinery explosions, Reuters.com

NYC Climate Progress on Ambitious Emissions Goals Backslides As Strategic Plan Sprawls, The City

Grant aims to help coastal communities cope with rising sea levels, more, Press Herald

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

The New Energy Giants are Renewable Companies, Bloomberg Green

Top officials see shift coming on energy front, WWLP

Maine company working on tidal power with help from feds, Bangor Daily News

How New York is trying to build lots of renewables, fast, Grist.com

A ‘world first’ project to heat homes using renewable hydrogen gets the green light, CNBC

Top Baker aide says full steam ahead with TCI, CommonWealth Magazine

AG vows to defend clean energy law as governor seeks tweaks, Wilton Bulletin

Court denies group’s request to see statewide energy plan, NCPR (New York)

Wind

Feds Push Vineyard Wind Decision Into 2021, WBUR

Vineyard Wind plans to use GE wind turbines for clean power project, Boston Business Journal

Vineyard Wind Pause May Kick Project Decision To Biden Admin, Saving Seafood

Offshore wind threatened by ‘key bottleneck’ — report, E&E News

Offshore Wind Looks at Crowded Future in New England, RTO Insider

Solar

How Maine’s Solar Power Boom Could Unintentionally Stunt Adoption Of Climate-Friendly Technologies, Maine Public

Report finds small-scale solar has saved New Englanders more than $1.1 billion over six years, Solar Power World

‘A huge setback’: Candlewood Mountain solar project dealt blow, News Times

Efficiency/Storage

Citing economic fears, House Republicans call on PUC to postpone 2021 energy efficiency plan, Concord Monitor

Eversource Urges Customers To Utilize Assistance Programs, Patch.com

EVs

Boston roadmap details 10-minute EV access for all, Utility Dive

Bipartisan bill aims to boost charging infrastructure, E&E News

Solar company wants to power Port Jervis cars, Record Online

New Hampshire remains a laggard in building EV charging station network, NHBR

Nuclear

NRC formalizes Seabrook oversight, Eagle Tribune 

Much work remains as Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station moves toward decommissioning, Old Colony Memorial

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Feds Give Weymouth Compressor Station Approval To Start Up, WBUR

Weymouth Compressor May Vent Gas As Part Of Its Startup Week, WBUR

Green Hydrogen in Natural Gas Pipelines: Decarbonization Solution or Pipe Dream?, Greentech Media

‘National Grid has failed… to demonstrate that this pipeline is needed’: Mayor de Blasio blasts fossil fuel expansion project in Brooklyn, NY Daily News

Tackling The Natural Gas Industry’s Biggest Problem, oilprice.com

Peak Oil is Suddenly Upon Us, Bloomberg Green

Should it be called “natural gas” or “methane”?, Climate Communication

PA’s Natural Gas Is Stranded from ‘High Risk’ Energy Regions Like New England, Delaware Journal

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

High-Voltage Power Lines Are Ugly, and the U.S. Needs More, Bloomberg

Construction of $1B power corridor to be delayed by a several weeks, WMTW

Whether NJ bolts regional power grid could depend on offshore wind — and Biden rules, NJ Spotlight

Marblehead among 19 Mass. utilities to sign hydroelectric power deal, Salem News

Is New York’s energy industry prepared for both winter and the Covid pandemic?, Buffalo News

Peco plans hourly rates to encourage customers to shift energy use to off-peak periods, Philadelphia Inquirer

‘The Landscape Has Shifted’: Neil Chatterjee on FERC’s Role in the Energy Transition, Greentech Media

PURA overhauls electric rate process, restricts costs utilities can recoup, CT Mirror

Hudson River towns worry about planned power line in the river, Times Union

Opinion

Op-ed: Hydrogen is the missing piece of Mass. clean energy economy, BBJ

‘No net loss!’ Don’t cut down forests to build solar sites, CT Mirror

Scott Campell: Gov. Scott, please get on with it, VT Digger

The PUC Gets a Really Bad Letter, InDepthNH

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Energy News for week ending November 20, 2020

Running Late Edition

Happy Friday folks. Sorry for the late send. Enjoy the stories below.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back in your inboxes in two weeks.

Efficiency/Storage

Energy efficiency advocates see $1.1T in savings potential with Biden directing DOE, Utility Dive

Green New Deal for Portland could add $6 million to school renovation costs, Press Herald

Climate Change

Biden and Electric Utilities Are Split on Emissions Goals, Scientific American (E&E News)

Walsh appointed to lead Climate Mayors group, Boston Globe

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions set to drop to lowest level in three decades, Washington Post

Report: Northeast must triple electricity to meet CO2 goals, E&E News

Considerable power market design changes needed to decarbonize New England: study, S&P Global

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announces roadmap to curb climate change, ramp up support for electric, zero-emission vehicles, MassLive

8 ways climate change is already impacting you, Mashable

Maine Takes Its Next Step on the Climate Crisis, Natural Resources Council of Maine

How climate change is complicating a Thanksgiving staple, Washington Post

Why capital markets are continuing to finance utilities facing rising flood and other climate change impacts, Utility Dive

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Charlie Baker re-evaluating TCI in Massachusetts amid coronavirus pandemic as advocates urge support, Boston Herald

Renewable targets may ‘undermine’ CO2 goals — report, E&E News

Study points to greater gas price impacts from Transpo Pact, WWLP

Job growth in clean energy sector derailed, Republican-American (CT)

Committee approves resolution opposing RGGI, Indiana Gazette

FERC’s carbon pricing statement draws criticism, cautious support, S&P Global Platts

Price Cap Will Ease Compact’s Gas Cost Concerns, TCI Supporter Says, State House News Service (subscriber content)

Wind

Developers Look Beyond Floating Wind to Hybrid Power-Generation Platforms, Greentech Media

State, regional grid operator hook up to brainstorm bringing wind power ashore, NJ Spotlight

Ørsted strikes deal with labor union on U.S. offshore wind development, Reuters

Connecticut Port Authority unable to provide documentation supporting project labor agreement for State Pier, Yankee Institute

Mayflower Wind Staff Says Project Will Not Impact Beach Views, Falmouth Enterprise

USA: Fugro Completes Mayflower Wind Site Survey, Offshore Engineer

Solar

Solar Industry Prioritizes Tax Credit Extension, Trade Policy for Biden Administration, Greentech Media

New Jersey food bank receives donation of 33-kW rooftop solar array, Solar Power World

Tax Breaks OK’d For Solar Farm In Hanover, Post-Journal

Solar farm developers say they’d preserve land for later farm use, Journal Inquirer

Portsmouth Residents Want New Solar Ordinance Revised, EcoRI

Cape Elizabeth moves forward with solar project on capped landfill, Press Herald

Solar farm to create renewable energy option, WAGM

Ameresco, Greenbacker construct solar carports at Boston apartments, Solar Power World

EVs

Electric School Bus Fleets Test the US Vehicle-to-Grid Proposition, Greentech Media

Utilities, Tesla, Uber create U.S. lobbying group for electric vehicle industry, Reuters

Cutting the Total Cost of Electrification for EV Bus and Truck Fleets, Greentech Media

Quebec to ban sale of new gasoline-powered cars from 2035, Reuters

General Motors’ electric vehicle plan just got bigger, bolder, and more expensive, The Verge

EV industry optimistic for expanded tax credits, other policy wins under ‘car guy’ Biden, Utility Dive

Nuclear

Moran Reinforces Citizen Oversight in Plymouth Plant Decommissioning, capecod.com

NYC-area nuclear plant sale for decommissioning is approved, AP News

Experts: Nuclear waste storage a concern in New Mexico, Southwest, Santa Fe New Mexican

U.S. nuclear power industry group sees reprocessing as potential waste fix, Reuters

Trump boost to nuclear power to live on in Biden administration, Washington Examiner

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Eversource makes new pitch for Ashland pipeline replacement: easement agreements with all property owners, MetroWest Daily News

Aquidneck Island Climate Caucus to discuss natural gas distribution, Newport Daily News

Middletown firefighters prepare for potential LNG incidents, NewportRI.com

NYISO, others blast gas generators’ proposed fix to alleged price distortions in capacity market, Utility Dive

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Hydropower project faces new challenge, Newburyport Daily News

FERC proposes transmission rating reform, upholds PURPA, ISO-NE orders, Utility Dive

The Top Priorities of FERC’s Most Likely New Chairman Under Biden, Greentech Media

Utilities one of most vulnerable industries as cybersecurity IT/OT threats merge, survey finds, Utility Dive

Glick vows to prioritize transmission, reassess capacity markets if named FERC Chair, Utility Dive

Central Maine Power ranks last in survey of businesses, AP News

Hundreds of ‘critical’ facilities around Connecticut were left in dark for days after Isaias, CT Post

Conn. Attorney General Scrutinizes Eversource Outage System, WSHU

Eversource pilots helicopter tree-trimming program, Union Leader

Opinion

Editorial — Wasted energy: Communities have little influence over wind, solar projects, NNY 360

Op-Ed: Environmentally responsible and economically savvy in 2020, NJ Spotlight

Weekly Planet: Vermonters voted for the environment, Rutland Herald

It’s time to use accurate line ratings, WATT Coalition Blog

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