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Energy News for week ending June 23, 2017

Good Friday Afternoon.

This week’s energy news includes a story in the MIT Technology Review about a new paper from nearly two dozen “prominent researchers” that sharply critiqued an influential paper arguing that wind, solar, and hydroelectric power could affordably meet most of the nation’s energy needs by 2055. The researchers said the 2015 paper “contained modeling errors and implausible assumptions that could distort public policy and spending decisions.” That the 2015 paper was influential is right. Massachusetts, California and other states are now considering 100 percent renewable energy targets not only for electricity generation, but for transportation and heating as well. Greentech Media pulled together a podcast on the “bitter debate” that ensued after the critical paper was released. It also includes some links to Tweetstorms that erupted after the paper was released.

Also this week, the Consumer Energy Alliance released the results of a poll that showed “a large majority of voters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York embrace affordable and reliable energy in New England, but a much smaller majority embrace natural gas pipelines to make that happen.” The article in Natural Gas Intelligence reported, “CEA noted that the polling shows only 6% of respondents thought that a lack of natural gas or oil infrastructure was the cause for the region’s high electric rates. This shows ‘an apparent disconnect or lack of understanding from respondents as to how pipelines and other related energy infrastructure impact fuel and electricity prices,’ the group said.”

The last highlight this week is a story from the Cape Cod Times about the ongoing battle to shut down Wind 1 and Wind 2, the two turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility. According to the story, “a Barnstable Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the town of Falmouth to shut down [the] two town-owned wind turbines. Judge Cornelius Moriarty issued his decision at about 4:30 p.m. in the case which pitted the town against its own Zoning Board of Appeals and a neighbor of the turbines. The Board of Selectmen had appealed a decision by the zoning board that found the turbines are a nuisance.” More court cases over the turbines are in process so this order to shut them down isn’t necessarily ‘case closed.’

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

FERC says no environmental review for ‘heavy-duty’ vehicle use variance, says it will trust Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., Berkshire Eagle

New England Poll Finds ‘Disconnect’ Between Voter Support for Affordable Energy, Pipelines, Natural Gas Intelligence

18 Arrested At Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project Will Go To Court, WAMC

Despite trespassing arrests, Sugar Shack Alliance members vow to begin ‘summer days of resistance’ protest, Berkshire Eagle

Keene City Council backs natural gas proposal, delays climate change vote, Keene Sentinel

Weymouth residents continue air quality testing in the Fore River Basin, The Patriot Ledger

Court Issues Burrillville Power Plant a Setback, ecoRI news

Defending Burrillville from Invenergy may cost town millions, RI Future

API positions gas as all-purpose resource for grid reliability, Utility Dive

Renewable Energy

Scientists Sharply Rebut Influential Renewable-Energy Plan, MIT Technology Review

Major Simsbury Solar Project Opposed By State Officials Moving Ahead Thanks to Mass., R.I., Hartford Courant

Grafton solar project helps preserve Knowlton Farm, Telegram.com

Your Guide to the Bitter Debate Over 100% Renewable Energy, Greentech Media

Maine legislators get set for net metering vote that could impact PUC ruling, Daily Energy Insider

Falmouth ordered to shut down turbines, Cape Cod Times

Murphy and Esty Want $5 Billion for ‘National Green Bank’, Hartford Courant

Supporters tout carbon pricing plan from Lexington state senator, Wicked Local Lexington

What’s Next For Climate Change Efforts in NH?, New Hampshire Public Radio

Can Offshore Wind Power Revive US Ports?, Scientific American

Battle for US offshore wind jobs hots up, Recharge

Offshore Wind Faces Stiff Test From Hurricanes, ecoRI news

House and Senate Approve Solar Bill, More Votes Ahead, WAGM

Massachusetts Businesses Taking Climate Change Seriously, CBS Boston / WBZ

Vivint Solar Continues Huge Month With Expansion Into Vermont, CleanTechnica

Wind noise should be overseen by state, not developer, Brattleboro Reformer

Video: P.E.I. wind farm brings in special scaffolding to repair turbine blade, CBC News

At Pittsfield stop on Clean Energy Future Tour, anti-turbine sentiment a frequent topic, Berkshire Eagle

Report: Renewable energy is no threat to power reliability, Utility Dive

Rhode Island Considering Legislation to Streamline Process of Developing Renewable Energy Projects, JD Supra

Energy Efficiency

Critics of RI budget take aim at one-time revenue transfers, The Providence Journal

National Grid named one of the most energy efficient utilities in US, Daily Energy Insider

Donovan joins suit against US Department of Energy, Vermont Biz

Green Massachusetts, green Harvard, Harvard Press

Hinds, Pacheco Host MA Clean Energy Future Tour In Pittsfield, WAMC

6 towns get Green Communities grants totaling $830211, The Recorder

Nuclear

New York Senate narrowly passes bill to reallocate funds for nuclear subsidies, Utility Dive

Pilgrim advisory panel ‘ready to get to work’, Cape Cod Times

Judge blocks sale of Vermont Yankee disposal company, Brattleboro Reformer

Activists And Climate Scientists Push For Support Of Millstone Nuclear Power, WSHU

Entergy prepares to leave Plymouth; Emera hopes to enter, Wicked Local Plymouth

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England, California could see tight spots with reliability this summer, says FERC, Utility Dive

DOE grid study deadline delayed as Perry defends budget proposal, Utility Dive

MassDEP reaffirms Exelon plant in Medway is safe, despite project criticism, MetroWest Daily News

Medway: Exelon, law group spar over contractor suspension, MetroWest Daily News

Northern Pass foes show up in force, The Union Leader

From Yale to the North Country, Northern Pass elicits strong opinions, The Keene Sentinel

University statement on the Northern Pass hydropower transmission line, Yale News

Weymouth school gets energy assist from Celtics, National Grid, Wicked Local Weymouth

Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy, iBerkshires.com

New York lawmakers clear bill creating an energy storage mandate, Utility Dive

A Massachusetts Co-op Makes A Powerful Vintage, Renewable Energy World

Enel to Buy EnerNOC for $250M, in Bid for Demand Response and Energy Software Market Share, Greentech Media

Editorial/Opinion

Finally – A Market-Based, Investable Approach to Energy Efficiency, Electric Light & Power

Another View — Richard Sampson: Yale could stop Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Our View: Solar bill would let Maine grow clean energy jobs, Press Herald

Exports explain interest in gas pipeline, CommonWealth Magazine

Our view: Footprint’s deal is a good one for neighbors and the city, Salem News

The upside of renewables, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending June 16, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon.

There are a lot of stories this week! Let’s start with one from ISO-NE’s Newswire. They are reporting that “New England will be under the shadow of the moon for much of the afternoon on August 21 during a partial solar eclipse. According to NASA, the eclipse will occur between approximately 1:20 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with the peak expected at around 2:45 p.m., when about 65% of the sun will be blocked (called obscuration). If it is a sunny day, the ISO expects that output from the region’s 2,000 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will drop during these 2 hours and 40 minutes, but anticipates having sufficient resources available to meet the resulting rise in electricity demand.” Be sure to check out the page to see the eclipse map and an easy to understand detailed explanation.

The US EIA announced this week that for the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States, based on March data. They expect similar results for April.

We all know Massachusetts is tops when it comes to energy efficiency. This week, the ACEEE announced The 2017 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard that looks at the performance of the 51 largest electric utilities in the United States and highlights cutting-edge efforts. Topping the list are Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts, which both earned the same score (91%). As is noted in the blog post, “both achieved more than 3% savings as a percentage of their retail sales in 2015 — a notable achievement.” Notable indeed.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline blasting plans raise fears, Berkshire Eagle

Activists question if Keene’s part of effort to create demand for natural gas infrastructure, Keene Sentinel

Gas bills going up for 12000 National Grid customers, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

National Grid combating uptick of gas leaks in RI, Turn to 10

Eversource begins first phase of gas line project in Wallingford, New Haven Register

New Coalition Supports Burrillville Power Plant, Wants Affordable Energy Prices, Rhode Island Public Radio

Senate Hears Bill to Derail Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Departments run drill on how to respond to a leak in Spectra line, Wicked Local West Roxbury

Judge Delivers Blow To Trump Administration In Dakota Access Fight, NPR

Chicago Developer Helps Fund Pro-Power Plant Group, ecoRI news

Natural Gas Industry Brings A Fake Grassroots Group To Eastern Pipeline Fights, HuffPost

Renewable Energy

Wind and solar in March accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time, US EIA

Report: Solar could power state’s flagging economy, CT Post

Competition for offshore wind ramps up in Massachusetts, ABC News

Labor, environmentalists tout first US offshore wind farm, SouthCoastToday.com

Cape Wind opposition continues, Cape Cod Times

Offshore wind may help New Hampshire lower energy costs, Recharge

Where offshore wind researchers see the most opportunity, Bangor Daily News

Wind power group’s new ad campaign aims to win over Trump, The Hill

Goldman Sachs invests in wind power and will help other big brands meet their green goals, Marketplace.org

Poll: Maine Voters Support Solar Energy, But Deeply Concerned About Affordable Energy and See Lowering Costs as Top Priority, Energy Central

Saco looking to get rid of wind turbine, National Wind Watch

2017 Clean Energy Jobs Report: RI Clean Energy Jobs See 66 Percent Growth Since 2014, Energy Central

Pick My Solar Partners with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Local Non-Profits to Create An Online Solar Marketplace, Energy Central

Big business sees the promise of clean energy, The Economist

Wind Turbines: Behind the Spin, Machine Design

August eclipse will miss New England, but still could cut solar power output, Concord Monitor

RGGI CO2 auction price drops to $2.53/st, lowest price since 2012, Platts

Company gets rights to put solar panels on old Wallingford landfill, Meriden Record-Journal

Nexamp Completes Community Solar Project In Massachusetts, Solar Industry Magazine

Energy Efficiency

The results are in: here are the most energy-efficient utilities in the US, ACEEE Blog

Number Of Clean Energy Jobs Increasing In RI, Rhode Island Public Radio

Trump’s Delay on Energy Efficiency Is Illegal, Natural Resources Defense Council

11 states sue Trump’s DOE over stalled energy-use limits, ABC News

Energy Efficiency Bill Would Help Schools, U.S. News & World Report

Genbright and Ice Energy partner to reduce peak electricity demand on Nantucket, Penn Energy

Green Mountain Power’s Latest Distributed Energy Play: Smart Water Heaters for 99 Cents a Month, GreenTech Media

Nuclear

Natural Gas Industry Blasts Nuclear Power With Fake News, Forbes.com

DOE shells out $67M for advanced nuclear technology research, Utility Dive

Plymouth: Proposal to Build Converter Station on Pilgrim Site Goes Before Selectmen, 95.9 WATD-FM

NRC reports on Seabrook Station nuke plant, The Daily News of Newburyport

Oral arguments set for nuke plant license amendment, The Daily News of Newburyport

Vermont Yankee offers safety assurances as fuel move starts, Brattleboro Reformer

Trespass charge dropped against Vermont Yankee activist, vtdigger.org

Ferland: Commend citizens’ panel for an extraordinary Vermont Yankee Meeting, VermontBiz

How Retiring Nuclear Power Plants May Undercut U.S. Climate Goals, New York Times

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Carbon Pricing Bill Attracts Support and Opposition, Rhode Island Public Radio

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives, MicroGrid Knowledge

Powered Down, Massachusetts’ Last Coal-Burning Plant Leaves A Void, WGBH

ISO-NE prepared to operate grid through partial solar eclipse in August, ISO-NE Newswire

Utility CEOs to DOE: Hands off state energy policies, grid planning, Utility Dive

Heat waves: Demand response’s time to shine, Utility Dive

Southern California power supply at risk this summer -FERC, Reuters

Proponents, opponents speak out at Northern Pass hearing, The Union Leader

Analyst: Northern Pass could save customers about $18 a year, The Union Leader

Cape Light Compact Concerned with Changes in New Eversource Filing, CapeCod.com

Eversource rate tweak missed review deadline; new hearings ordered, Berkshire Eagle

“Do you believe?” is the wrong question to ask public officials about climate change, Vox.com

Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want, Greentech Media

Morse, Bradley Support Repeal of Electric Consumption Tax, Biomass Study, Energy Central

Editorial/Opinion

Natural Gas Industry Blasts Nuclear Power With Fake News, Forbes.com

Chris McKay: Sound regulations restricting wind power, vtdigger.org

Letter: No to Northern Pass, industrial wind, Concord Monitor

Editorial: New England’s energy challenges, The Providence Journal

Millstone nuclear plant not in ‘limbo’. Needs no special financial treatment, MassLive.com

If the feds won’t face climate change, the region can, The Boston Globe

Paris withdrawal won’t deter wind, solar, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending March 10, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon. Let’s get right to it.

Elisa Wood at Microgrid Knowledge reports that in one day two states made history-making moves on distributed energy resources. She writes that New York ordered actions that begin placing a value on distributed energy resources, a key move in creating the kind of decentralized grid the state is pursuing under its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy. And that meanwhile, Massachusetts issued an awaited solicitation that makes significant funding available for energy storage, a technology that promises to disrupt the way the electric power industry has managed energy for more than a century – and in doing so elevate microgrids, solar and other distributed energy resources. Wood notes, both states are often on the vanguard of energy policy innovations.

The news coming out of Washington, DC isn’t looking so good for the Energy Star Program. The Washington Post reports that even though the Energy Star program is good for the climate and economy, Trump wants to kill it anyway. According to the story, since its inception, the Energy Star program says it has saved consumers an estimated $430 billion on utility bills and avoided 2.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Journalist Chelsea Harvey writes, “Why the administration sees fit to remove it, then, remains unclear. But some say the budget proposal may not get much further, anyway. Some lawmakers have suggested that the plan is likely to face resistance in Congress, even among Republicans. And the treatment of the Energy Star program may spur criticism from the private sector as well.” Let’s hope she’s right.

The plans for the budget slashing at the EPA led its Chief Environmental Justice Official, Mustafa Ali, to step down. According to the story in Inside Climate News, Ali penned a long letter, “devoid of rancor” to Scott Pruitt, the EPA’s new administrator, urging him not to kill the agency’s programs.

Speaking of environmental downsizing, the Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts is enforcing its environmental rules less due to years of reductions in staff. The good news is that the administration’s latest budget proposal calls for a 4 percent increase for the DEP, some of which is earmarked to hire 15 new compliance officers.

Lastly, on the South Shore and Buzzards Bay, some Plymouth-based wind turbines are raising the hackles of neighbors. The Cape Cod Times reports that the four turbines on the Keith Mann Cranberry Bog, just over the border from Bourne are resulting in stories of deafening noise, unexplained headaches, and restless nights – by residents of Bourne. Bourne Selectman Michael Blanton said, “It was put right on the town line, right on the county line; just outside of our reach to be able to exercise any jurisdiction, exercise any regulatory authority and really … approve, disapprove or mitigate much of the project to any degree.” Bourne officials have pleaded with the Plymouth Board of Health and the MA DEP for relief, but at the moment, still feel “kind of helpless.”

There are a lot more news stories below. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Environmental Study: Leaking Gas Pipelines Costing State Consumers Millions, Adding Air Pollution, Hartford Courant

Amended plan for power plant might spur new opinions from R.I. agencies, Providence Journal

Quincy throws its weight and dollars behind compressor-station appeal, The Patriot Ledger

CLF Sues Over Johnston Reselling Water For Burrillville Power Plant, Rhode Island Public Radio

Local Environmental Groups Unite Against Power Plant, ecoRI news

Delays Could Derail Proposed Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Fast Growth Coming for Northeast Shale Gas Pipelines, Bloomberg BNA

EIA’s Changing Oil, Natural Gas Projections For 2017, 2018, Forbes

What do people call Baker about? The Weymouth natural gas compressor station, for starters, Boston Globe

Renewable Energy

Plan could increase Rhode Island renewables to 1 GW by 2020, HydroWorld

Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Wind turbines raise hackles in Plymouth and Bourne, Cape Cod Times

Wind Power Blows Through Nuclear, Coal as Costs Drop at Sea, Bloomberg

1 MW Community Solar Farm Goes Online In Southeastern Mass., Solar Industry

Rhode Island Officials Embrace Fossil-Fuel Power Plant, But Say They Want More Renewable Energy, ecoRI news

Solar energy had record year in 2016, FuelFix

Tesla built a huge solar energy plant on the island of Kauai, The Verge

Solar explosion: The changing landscape of residential solar, GazetteNET

Greenhouse at Lebanon farm producing power along with plants, theday.com

Seven Maine businesses land renewable energy grants, Mainebiz

Big Wind critics: New sound rules for Vermont wind turbines fall short, Watchdog.org

Swanton wind will go ahead despite PSB setback, vtdigger.org

RENEW Northeast Welcomes Offshore Wind Developers, National Wildlife Federation, North American Windpower

‘Let me show you how to go 100% renewable energy’, EcoGeneration

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs With New Brownfield Solar Project, Energy Central

Energy Efficiency

Quincy, National Grid help make homes more energy efficient, The Patriot Ledger

Evergreen Home Performance wins award from Efficiency Maine, PenBayPilot.com

White House plans to ‘close out’ Energy Star, other programs, E&E News

The Energy Star program is good for the climate and the economy. Trump wants to kill it anyway., Washington Post

Nuclear

Vermont AG files for intervenor status in Vermont Yankee sale, The Keene Sentinel

Feds commit to Vermont public meeting on Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Tribe wants say in Vermont Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Nuke plant, town reach deal over pier damage, Seacoastonline.com

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

No status change for Pilgrim nuclear plant, The Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

One Day, Two States, History Making Moves on Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrid Knowledge

Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less, The Boston Globe

New York PSC directs utilities to deploy 2 or more grid-scale storage projects, Utility DIVE

Dunkin’ Donuts, Eversource, National Grid Develop Energy Program, Energy Manager Today

Hinds opposes Eversource rate hike request, Berkshire Eagle

Durham ‘lacks confidence’ in Eversource data, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Report: White House planning deep cuts to DOE efficiency, renewables office, Utility DIVE

Report: New Energy Projects Not Needed for NH’s Economic Growth, New Hampshire Public Radio

After losing money on hydropower venture, Camden to decommission Seabright Dam, PenBayPilot.com

Hanover Pond restored in Meriden; testing of hydroelectric technology underway, Meriden Record Journal

Purchase of 13 dams on the Connecticut River nearing finish line, vtdigger.org

New Hampshire Climate Denier’s Work Has Powerful New Audience: His Brother, The Governor, DeSmog

Could biofuel save Maine’s timber industry?, Bangor Daily News

Editorial/Opinion

Our Opinion: Eversource rates and the east-west divide, Berkshire Eagle

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

Replacing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant with Energy Efficiency, Huffington Post

Jon Copans: Modelling a local and vibrant climate economy, vtdigger.org

Trump’s puzzling clean energy stance, CommonWealth Magazine

A Guide to the Debate Over Closing Nuclear Plants, Greentech Media

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Energy News for week ending February 24, 2017

TGIF. There are lots of stories and opinions this week. Let’s start with some intrigue. CommonWealth Magazine reports that some environmentalists are “alleging that the 1,200 megawatt clean energy solicitation developed by the Baker administration is biased in favor of large-scale hydro projects favored by some of the state’s utilities.” The intrigue comes in because “the state’s electric utilities are not only helping to write the RFP with the Department of Energy Resources but expect to benefit from it by building the transmission lines that deliver the power.”

Questions about the future Rehoboth Gas Compressor Station and the Access Northeast Pipeline are also rattling around in the Attleboro area according to the Sun Chronicle. Some suggest (hope?) that the cancellation of a public meeting means the project is dead. Others say, not so fast. One item that appears to be dead is the Brockton Power Plant proposal with the news from WickedLocal this week that the land where it was to be sited is up for sale.

In Connecticut, Bloomberg says environmental groups opposed to subsidies for nuclear power may be facing a do-or-die moment when it comes to legislation to help bail-out Millstone Nuclear.

And, lastly, I’m not sure how this fits with “competitive” as in competitive energy markets, but Energy Manager Today reports that in Maine, legislation has been filed that would prohibit a competitive electricity provider from charging a residential consumer a rate for generation service that is higher than the rate charged for standard-offer service. Not sure how that will fly with those who opt to pay more to support renewable generation.

Don’t forget to check out the events page. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline/Plants

Pipeline developers pursue multi-pronged approach, Hartford Business

Killingly postpones meeting on proposed power plant issues, Norwich Bulletin

6600 spills from fracking in just four states, Science Daily

Fracking Caused Pennsylvania Earthquakes, New Report Confirms, EcoWatch

Cancellation of meeting on Rehoboth gas compressor station raises questions about status of project, The Sun Chronicle

Pipeline advocates gird for battle, The Sun Chronicle

Weymouth mayor looks to state permitting process to halt Spectra station, Wicked Local Weymouth

Baker: State has ‘minor role’ in permitting for Weymouth compressor, The Patriot Ledger

Weymouth compressor station foes raise money for legal battle, The Patriot Ledger

Local pipeline opponents stand with Standing Rock, The Recorder

Trump Eyes Easing Obama Rules for Sprawling Pipeline Network, Bloomberg

Natural Gas Bulls Crushed As Prices Tank, OilPrice.com

How booming US natural gas exports could affect power utilities and consumers, Utility DIVE

Environmental group to EFSB: Pull the plug on Brockton Power over bait-and-switch tactics, WickedLocal

Eversource facing big Beacon Hill challenge, CommonWealth Magazine

Renewable Energy

Clean energy intrigue alleged, CommonWealth Magazine

Could Massachusetts run on all renewable energy by 2050?, Wicked Local Medford

Study throws cold water on residential solar-plus-storage economics, Utility DIVE

Overheard at the 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum, RTO Insider

Baker urged to lead on anti-carbon compact changes, wwlp.com

New farmland harvest – solar energy – creating political sparks, The CT Mirror

New Hampshire church hits zoning snag over solar panels, Press Herald

Why Wind Turbines Should Talk to Each Other, Greentech Media

New Campaign Celebrates Growing Renewable Energy Sector, Solar Industry

Connecticut DEEP rejects two utility storage pilots as too costly, Utility DIVE

Chemists improve batteries for renewable energy storage, Phys.Org

Wind Briefly Sets Record as Source for Electricity in US, Climate Central

Alabama company buys closed biomass power plant in northern Maine, Press Herald

Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has, Energy Central

Eversource gains approval for 23-acre solar farm on Montague Plains, MassLive.com

Merrimack officials debate solar panel tax exemptions, The Union Leader

Covanta Extends Partnership with Southeastern Connecticut Communities for Sustainable Waste Disposal, Energy Central

FuelCell officials hope proposed legislation will aid energy procurement in Connecticut, Register Citizen

Baker, officials tout solar incentive program, MetroWest Daily News

US grid can handle more offshore wind power, cutting pollution and power costs, Science Daily

Energy Efficiency

How Every State Benefits from Energy Efficiency Standards, Natural Resources Defense Council

Partnership gives cities such as Somerville millions in energy grants, Wicked Local Somerville

Internet of Things helped Connecticut district cut electricity bill by 84%, Education Dive

Energy groups urge Congress to advance efficiency bill, Daily Energy Insider

Greenfield energy department reduces carbon, costs, Going Green

Nuclear

Closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant boosted greenhouse gas emissions in New England, MassLive.com

Dominion’s Nuclear ‘Bailout’ a Do-or-Die Moment for Opponents, Bloomberg

Yankee sale may be in ’18, Rutland Herald

Connecticut girds for nuclear power debate as critics line up against Millstone support bill, Utility DIVE

Public input sought on Seabrook nuke plant degradation, Seacoastonline.com

Citizens panel wants help to deal with Vermont Yankee sale, Commons

Endless nuclear power can be found in the seas, EnGadget

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New Maine Legislation Would Cap Retail Pricing, Energy Manager Today

Local officials, environmentalists raise concerns about EPA under Pruitt, MetroWest Daily News

Senate bill could open the door to ratepayer-funded energy projects, Concord Monitor

Land once targeted for Brockton Power project goes up for sale, WickedLocal

Utility raises concerns on emission targets, CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource reports profit gain on eve of key state hearings, Thehour.com

This outspoken refrigeration technician is LePage’s go-to energy advisor, Press Herald

Eversource Investing $36 Million in Tree Trimming, CapeCod.com

Newton names Ann Berwick as co-director of sustainability, WickedLocal Newton

Mansfield, North Attleboro electric departments oppose new environmental regulations, Sun Chronicle

Editorial/Opinion

As I See It: Accelerating electric vehicle use, Worcester Telegram

How to fight climate change without Washington, Boston Globe

Don’t put customers on the hook for pipeline costs, by Susan Wessels, The Keene Sentinel

Pressure LePage to strengthen RGGI, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

PUC decision cripples Maine solar industry, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

PUC decision confirms ratepayers pay twice, The Maine Wire

Sorry, Coal. Solar Is Where the Jobs Are, Fortune

Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems, The Economist

Karl Meyer: Connecticut River power storage plant is an ecological, economic and energy disaster, Vtdigger.org

Maine needs the good-paying jobs nuclear energy provides, Bangor Daily News

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Energy News for week ending January 6, 2017

Happy New Year! The first week of 2017 brought us news that the story of Russian hackers infiltrating a Vermont utility laptop was not true (Washington Post). Two interesting stories came out over the holiday break: first more details came out about Spectra delaying its Access Northeast pipeline possibly pushing it out to 2019 (Utility Dive) and second, the Commonwealth of MA is proceeding with energy storage procurement goals (Solar Industry Magazine). And, if you have a few minutes check out the video from Vox that takes you in and up a wind turbine and read the story about the Archimedes Screw technology that is now creating power from a CT dam (Hartford Courant).

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Spectra delays Access Northeast natural gas pipeline, Utility Dive

Weymouth sues power plant owner over land deal, The Patriot Ledger

Council Ordinance Works to Eliminate Gas Leaks in Boston, Beacon Hill Times

New England’s Controversial Pipeline Proposal Suffers Severe Setbacks, POWER Magazine

$1.2 million settlement clears a hurdle for Tennessee Gas’ Sandisfield Pipeline, Berkshire Eagle

Weymouth: Town Council Wary About Spectra Energy Projects, 95.9 WATD-FM

Connecticut Supreme Court: No environmental study needed for gas expansion plan, New Haven Register

Tennessee Gas pipeline may ‘bulldoze’ sacred Native American sites, The Berkshire Edge

Tennessee Gas sets Nov. 1 target for Otis State Forest pipeline, The Berkshire Eagle

Renewable Energy

US government forges ahead on offshore wind, FuelFix

Get a look at the innards of a 270-foot wind turbine, Vox.com

Scott plans to keep wind moratorium pledge, Rutland Herald

Scott And Legislators Differ On Two-Year, Large-Scale Wind Moratorium, Vermont Public Radio

Fight Over A Wind Turbine In Holland Pits Pastoral Beauty Against Renewable Energy, Vermont Public Radio

Dozens of rural Maine townships opt out of fast-track wind power zone, Press Herald

In Vermont, Solar, Batteries Key Energy Revolution, ABC News

Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths, CT Post

Massachusetts Readies Energy Storage Targets, Solar Industry

Hanover Committee Embraces New 2050 Energy Goal for Town, Valley News

A Small Public Investment In Solar Could Produce Large Benefits for Vermont, CleanTechnica

Northeastern States Look to Power Purchase Agreements to Cut Carbon, Environmental Leader

Archimedes Screw Being Used To Generate Power At Meriden Dam, Hartford Courant

Renewable Power Standards Face Uncertain Future, MainePublic.org

MIT report questions value of distributed solar, PV Magazine

Net Metering Rules in Maine to Remain in Place for Now, State Regulators Say, Renewable Energy World

Energy Efficiency

New England to Charge Ahead on Clean Energy Makeover in 2017, RTO Insider

Final batch of Obama efficiency rules could test Trump administration, Utility Dive

Federal Funding Helps Massachusetts Farms Save Energy, Business West

Greenfield surpasses goal to reduce energy use, The Recorder

Nuclear

NRC questions Seabrook Station in audit report, Eagle-Tribune

As a US Business, Nuclear Power Stinks, POWER magazine

Protest Planned as Federal Inspectors Return to Pilgrim, CapeCod.com News

NRC “carefully considering” request for meeting on Pilgrim station, Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

City Council opposes Burrillville power plant, Cranston Herald

Woonsocket would get $18M in water deal for Burrillville plant, The Providence Journal

Details revealed on Invenergy’s play for Providence Water, RI Future

Community Aggregator Beats Eversource Prices, Energy Manager Today

Climate Report Looks to Spark Action, ecoRI news

FERC conditionally approves Dynegy’s $3.3B purchase of Engie fossil fuel plants, Utility Dive

Eversource spends $930 million for service maintenance across state, Monroe Courier

Study: Make big changes to energy rules to aid Maine’s struggling loggers, Bangor Daily News

Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation, Washington Post

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Care needed in Vermont Yankee mothballing, GazetteNET

Tom Evslin: Is Vermont better off without Yankee?, vtdigger.org

Leach: Perry may solve nuclear waste problem, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Smith: Put wind off the right shores, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Invenergy power plant: A new political monster?, Valley Breeze

Let’s hold Exxon accountable, CommonWealth magazine

Editorial: A clean, and green, alternative, Worcester Sun

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Energy News for week ending December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays! We’re keeping our note short this week. This will be the last energy news of 2016, but we’ll be back in your email boxes on January 6, 2017.

Have a warm and wonderful holiday season.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Speakers in Grafton highlight risks of proposed gas pipeline, Worcester Telegram

Seekonk selectmen urged to join gas pipeline fight, The Sun Chronicle

FERC Suggests Spectra Energy Gas Facility Would Not Pose Cancer Risk, Based on Study by Spectra Consultant, desmogblog.com

Access Northeast on Pause at FERC to ‘Solidify the Commercial Foundation,’ Natural Gas Intelligence

Uncertainty over Spectra plans causes local concerns, Wicked Local Braintree

Greenfield gas line rupture sealed off, The Recorder

10 States Where Citizens Are Fighting Pipeline Projects, EcoWatch

Renewable Energy

RGGI’s Year-end Review: Climate Progress with More to Come, Natural Resources Defense Council

Las Vegas now runs completely on renewable energy, USA TODAY

New U.S. Offshore Wind Facility Planned Near Massachusetts, Power Engineering Magazine

Renewable Energy Sector Remains Optimistic Amid Trump Policy Outlook, MainePublic.org

Largest military solar energy project in Northeast breaks ground on JD MBL, Edwards Air Force Base, af.mil

Utility Green Mountain Power Wants to Help Customers Go Off-Grid With Solar and Batteries, Greentech Media

Solar Could Outpace Natural Gas for New Generation in 2016, Greentech Media

Why Maine’s renewable power remains a pipe dream, Press Herald

Wind Farm Off RI in Operation, Valley News

Franklin: Local charity receives solar system, Milford Daily News

PUC Delays Plan To Phase Out Solar Power Incentive, MainePublic.org

Local environmentalists troubled by Trump policies, Wicked Local Winchester

Why is corporate America picking wind power over solar?, The Guardian

Burlington Electric to buy power from Maine wind farm, Penn Energy

Maine regulators push net metering decision into 2017, Utility DIVE

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Is Growing Jobs & Fueling The Economy, CleanTechnica

Craft Brewery Adds Energy Efficiency to Recipe for Success, vtdigger.org

State office complex gets energy efficiency upgrades, The Daily Progress

Greenwich Residents Commit To Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Mullins Center embracing energy conservation in new renovations, The Daily Collegian

Massachusetts Announces US $11.4 M for Municipal LED Streetlight Conversion, LED Inside

State completes project at Plum Island plant, Wicked Local Newburyport

New Hampshire State Department Partners With Unitil And ConEdison Solutions On Energy Efficiency Project (press release), Investor Ideas

Nuclear

Pilgrim Back Online After Valve Repair, CapeCod.com

Proposed Vermont Yankee sale seeking state approval, The Keene Sentinel

Feds Consider Saving Nuclear Power By Slashing Regulations, Daily Caller

Plymouth: Decommissioning of Pilgrim Under Review, 95.9 WATD-FM

4 companies chosen to pursue nuclear waste burial test, PennEnergy

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Baker sets emission reduction targets, CommonWealth Magazine

A Community Microgrid that Beats Utility Rates: Bridgeport’s Story, Microgrid Knowledge

Bernardston residents express concern over new energy deal, The Recorder

Obama Blocks Offshore Drilling In Atlantic, Arctic Areas, NPR

AG eyes National Grid pay probe, Boston Herald

Work on power lines, fewer outages, Ridgefield Press

Yarmouth power plant installs giant battery in first project of its kind in New England, Press Herald

Power transmission line through Vermont wins federal approval, Brattleboro Reformer

Power-Plant Water Fight Intensifies in Woonsocket, ecoRI news

Healey urges DPU to investigate utility-company profits, Lowell Sun

Energy Project Faces Skepticism from a Town with a History of Taking a Stand, NH Public Radio

Rockland eyes electricity switch that could yield ‘substantial savings’, The Enterprise

Editorial/Opinion

Opinion: Must end energy gridlock, Burlington Free Press

Letter: Power plant just one example of state ignoring development rules, The Westerly Sun

An open letter to the Woonsocket City Council on the sale of water to Invenergy, RI Future

Northern Pass a rigged process? – Carl Lakes, Caledonian Record

The Trump administration should invest in offshore wind farms, Washington Post

The real price of megawatts, no matter the source, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Maine can be a leader in solar energy, but rooftop by rooftop isn’t how it is going to happen, Bangor Daily News

Can New England steal California’s storage thunder?, Utility DIVE

Time To Clean Up The Solar Industry — Stop the Scams, Real Clear Energy

SITTING IN: New solar incentive program a boon for Mass. Residents, Wicked Local Marblehead

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Energy News for week ending December 9, 2016

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

Natural Gas/Pipelines

Rehoboth Compressor Station Galvanizing Opposition, EcoRI

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

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

Protests Continue As West Roxbury Pipeline Starts Operation, WGBH

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

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

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

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

Renewable Energy

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

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

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

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

Ameresco to develop community solar projects in Massachusetts, PV World

MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts, Biomass Magazine

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

Pellet boiler tour offers energy lessons, Recorder

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

Solar farm project revisited in Somersworth, Fosters.com

Energy Efficiency

ACEEE Ranks Most Energy-efficient States, ACHR News

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

Nuclear

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

Pilgrim Station closure impacts region, Wicked Local Plymouth

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

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

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

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

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

Regulators look to improve Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, VT Digger

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

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

Medway selectmen ink contract with energy consultant, MetroWest Daily News

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

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

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

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

Energy landscape undergoes major changes, Herald News

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

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

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

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

Wallingford power rates going up, Record Journal

Holden Municipal Light Department projects revenue increase, Worcester Telegram

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

Editorials/Op Eds

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

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

Solar energy deserves continued support, The Day

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

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

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