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Energy News for week ending June 2, 2017

Good Friday afternoon.

The big news this week was President Trump pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement. We’ve devoted a whole section to it below that contains stories and analysis from near and far. Close to home, Boston Magazine reports on Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s tough-talk tweets going viral. And, in the home of the Paris accord, Vox.com reports on French President Macron responding to Trump with a twist on his favorite phrase, “Make our planet great again.”

Eversource found its way into a number of articles this week. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Eversource still wants a $96 million rate increase next year, but it expects to reduce the share that would be paid by customers in Western Massachusetts. That made those folks happy, but according to CommonWealth Magazine, the rate case has had an opposite effect in seven metro suburbs. Bruce Mohl writes the “massive $96 million rate request filed by Eversource in January, would cut the so-called net metering rate from 22 cents a kilowatt hour to 13 cents a kilowatt hour, a 41 percent decrease. The details were included in a letter sent by the seven communities to the state Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday. The letter said Lexington stands to lose $372,000 in annual revenue under the proposal. Newton would lose nearly $365,000, Natick $300,000, and Weston nearly $284,000. Wayland, Westwood, and Arlington would lose lesser amounts.”

On a more positive note for solar, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy blogs about the wonderful opportunity for solar to help pollinators – especially bees. They say, “Swapping out gravel and turf grass, often located underneath solar panels, for native flowers and grasses, is a great way to provide pollen and nectar (2 main food sources) for nearby bees and other pollinators.” They even provide a link to lists of the best plants for your growing region. To help you out, here’s a link to the northeast plant list.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend.

Climate Change/Paris Climate Accord

The 5 biggest deceptions in Trump’s Paris climate speech, Vox.com

Marty Walsh’s Viral Climate Moment, Boston Magazine

The Paris Climate Deal: How to Understand Trump’s Decision, New York Times

Read Obama’s statement on the Paris climate agreement, The Boston Globe

RI is vulnerable if US pulls out of Paris Accord, says scientist, The Providence Journal

Analysts: Leaving climate deal likely wouldn’t add US jobs, CT Post

Mass. critics slam Trump ditching climate accord, Milford Daily News

Three Coal Plants Close the Same Day Trump Said to Exit the Paris Agreement, Greentech Media

Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement, New England Public Radio

Defiant US Mayors Vow To Uphold Paris Climate Accord, Fast Company

Blumenthal: A Trump decision to exit Paris climate accord would cost CT jobs, The CT Mirror

French President Emmanuel Macron responds to Trump: “Make our planet great again,” Vox.com

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Vermont Gas introduces mobile home plan to save homeowners money, Vermont Biz

Weymouth to appeal DEP approval of Algonquin waterways permit, Wicked Local Weymouth

Toxins detected in air near Fore River Basin, doctor says, The Patriot Ledger

Report: Military-style tactics used against Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors, Des Moines Register

Appeal Filed over 2nd Pipeline Expansion Project, Patch.com

Renewable Energy

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Prices Lowest Since 2014, Power Engineering Magazine

Borrego Solar Completes 5 MW Solar Array on Decommissioned Landfill in Palmer, Mass, PV Solar Report

Scottish Power Wins Right to Build Two U.S. Offshore Wind Projects, Power Engineering

SouthCoast suppliers vie for piece of the offshore wind pie, SouthCoastToday.com

Seven suburbs blast Eversource solar proposal, CommonWealth Magazine

Low carbon prices hang over RGGI as June auction approaches, Utility Dive

Six Things You Didn’t Know About the Offshore Wind Power Sector, POWER magazine

Wind projects a possible turning point for 18 ports, Boston Herald

Factcheck: Whale Strandings and Offshore Wind Farms, EcoWatch

What are the connections between solar power and honeybees?, Clean Energy News

Energy Efficiency

Report: Clean Energy Growing in States and Cities Nationwide, Natural Resources Defense Council

Energy Efficiency: The Foundation of Our Clean Energy Future, Natural Resources Defense Council

Predictions About Global Energy Efficiency Since the 1980s Have Been Wildly Conservative, Greentech Media

Residential Energy Efficiency: Taking It To The Next Level, CleanTechnica

Release—Finally—of Appliance Efficiency Standards Applauded, Bloomberg BNA

Nuclear

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019, NPR

NRC holding public meeting on Seabrook nuclear plant, Seacoastonline.com

Vermont Yankee fuel move into more-secure storage is delayed, vtdigger.org

Millstone nuclear power and police accountability, CT Post

Connecticut Seeks to Support Nuclear Energy, Energy Collective

New Law Could Declare Nuclear Reactors To Be ‘Green Energy’ To Save Them, The Daily Caller

Fragile future for US nuclear power, BBC News

Feds face questions about redevelopment at Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Reformer

Gas May Be Killing the Nuclear Option, Bloomberg

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Utility plans jolt Sudbury, Hopkinton, and Needham, The Boston Globe

Study: New Resources Could ‘Crowd Out’ Old in ISO-NE, RTO Insider

Vermont utility offers $1,200 electric vehicle rebate, Utility DIVE

Cambridge ditches standard electric service to embrace green power, WickedLocal Cambridge

Eversource to cut rate increase in Western Massachusetts. Berkshire Eagle

New sewer concept would make energy, fertilizer from wastewater, MetroWest Daily News

State backs herbicide plan for 13 towns, Cape Cod Times

Medway: Grid operator would not allow Exelon postponement, Milford Daily News

Brayton Point powers down, Fall River Herald News

Northern Pass trek leads to $124 fines for 2 in Millsfield, NewHampshire.com

Northern Pass predicts financial windfall for towns, The Union Leader

National Grid, GE, 3M make power grid greener with gas-insulated switchgear, Electric Light & Power

Former power plant manager sentenced for emissions fraud, Penn Energy

Editorial/Opinion

Pass SB 129, save 900 jobs in New Hampshire, Energy Central

Offshore wind moving too slowly, CommonWealth Magazine

Brayton Pt closing ups need for gas, CommonWealth Magazine

Tom Perry: Energy Efficient Building and Retrofitting, Shelburne News

Facts show Millstone bill would fleece ratepayers, theday.com

Stay the course on climate, for the planet, Boston Globe

MICAHEL LANG, Braintree: Despite governmental layers, we’re not protected from compressor station, Patriot Ledger

Maine’s solar industry can employ the next generation, Bangor Daily News

Baker all talk on regional carbon limits, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending March 11, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Will Kinder Morgan’s Plan To Export Natural Gas Give Pipeline Opponents Their Best Argument Against It?, WBUR

Baker pressured to block pipeline surveys in state parks, Eagle-Tribune

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Customers Experience Lowest Heating Costs in Years, (Press Release) Columbia Gas of MA

Weymouth mayor won’t rule out litigation in effort to stop gas compressor station, Patriot Ledger

Gill, Northfield send money to help Montague fight pipeline, The Recorder

DPU approves Montague request for pipeline info, The Recorder

Pelham voters approve funds to fight proposed pipeline project, The Union Leader

Residents have concerns, want more info on pipeline, The Salem News

Summit Natural Gas reduces rates by nearly 70 percent, Press Herald

Renewable Energy

Once a hope for the future, viability of solar firms in Attleboro area now in question, Sun Chronicle

UMass researchers working on improved wind turbine anchoring system, MassLive

National Grid to Launch a First-of-Its-Kind Solar Marketplace, Greentech Media

Large Hydropower Joins the Renewable Energy Club, RTO Insider

General Electric Poised To Benefit From Wind Energy Growth Potential, Seeking Alpha

Whole Foods to Generate Own Solar Power, Maine News Online

New England Stakeholders Debate Solar Subsidies, RTO Insider

LePage opposes compromise to rapidly expand solar power, Press Herald

What makes good solar?, vtdigger.org

DeLeo officially backs offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

DeLeo makes clear that hydro, wind will have place in energy plan, WWLP

The Block Island Offshore Wind Project is Just the Beginning, (blog) Huffington Post

Energy Efficiency

Connecticut to save nearly $1 billion through 2015 energy efficiency efforts, Stratford Star

Burlington Named Earth Hour City Challenge Finalist by World Wildlife Fund, VTdigger.org

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition building capacity for positive change, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Nuclear

Plant officials say plan to manage ASR is ‘effective’, The Daily News of Newburyport

Vermont Yankee to scale back emergency plan, affecting 7 Massachusetts towns, MassLive

Five years since Fukushima: How a nuclear disaster in Japan changed U.S. plant regulations, Timesonline.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

A new power line roils scenic New Hampshire, Marketplace.org

Coalition Expresses Concern About Baker Administration Energy Strategy Statement, (opinion), New England Coalition for Affordable Energy

Reforms spotlight CT’s evolving energy industry, Hartford Business

Environmentalists Call for Reinventing Brayton Point, ecoRI news

Quincy official says National Grid must fix trenches, The Patriot Ledger

Hudson residents energized against Eversource project, Worcester Telegram

NH Electric Cooperative tries some experiments as utilities face an uncertain future, Concord Monitor

Vermont crossing suggested at Northern Pass hearing, The Union Leader

Northern Pass Investing In The Balsams, New Hampshire Public Radio

Rising from the rubble: Footprint natural gas plant blasting through construction goals, Salem News

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Energy News for week ending December 4, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Renewable Energy

Energy Efficiency

Nuclear

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