Happy Friday everyone!
Gas stories abound this week. First, CommonWealth Magazine brings us the news that the companies involved in the Access Northeast Pipeline are putting the project on hold. According to the story, company officials said the project was being withdrawn from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s pre-filing review process and would not be revived until “gaps in legal authority” are addressed. Its backers said the region needed more access to gas, particularly in the winter months, when prices rise and backup coal and oil-fired plants are rushed into service to meet the region’s power needs.
Earlier in the week, The Recorder’s Going Green blog wrote about Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas subsidiary “open season” filing seeking bids from gas distribution companies and other customers for a new pipeline in the region. The past couple of weeks have also brought us two reports on the benefits of natural gas. The API’s report looks at all 50 states, while the Northeast Gas Association directs its attention specifically on Massachusetts.
Last tidbit for this week comes from Microgrid Knowledge in an article that demonstrates bigger is not necessary better, at least when it comes to grid reliability according to two reports from the Brattle Group and the Analysis Group. The studies find renewables are not jeopardizing reliability and the very idea of ‘baseload’ — power plants that run almost all the time — may be antiquated, given today’s mix of flexible, software-driven power resources.
Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend.
Access Northeast pipeline put on indefinite hold, CommonWealth Magazine
Gubernatorial candidates join compressor station opposition, Berkshire Eagle
Native Americans to fight FERC over pipeline work, Berkshire Eagle
Risk assessment requested for Weymouth compressor station site, Wicked Local Weymouth
‘Victory’: Irish Lawmakers Ban Fracking | Common Dreams, Common Dreams
Study of oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes, Houston Chronicle
‘Open season’ filed to gauge natural gas market, Going Green
Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Climate Leadership Starts with RGGI, Natural Resources Defense Council
Ashland: Citizens Energy takes a shine to Nyanza site, MetroWest Daily News
New Bedford hoping to catch renewable energy wave, South Coast Today
Green Farmland Or Green Energy? Deepwater Wind Brings Debate To Connecticut, Rhode Island Public Radio
Is Offshore Wind Power Riding a Rising Tide?, The National Law Review
Rooftop solar power gets a boost, mostly, from new PUC ruling, Concord Monitor
Marine Conservationist On New England’s Potential To Harness Energy From Ocean Tides, Rhode Island Public Radio
Yarmouth pours energy into going green, Cape Cod Times
Massachusetts Regulators Direct Utilities to Shorten Offshore Wind Bid Evaluation Timeline, Renewable Energy World
New Rules for Wind Turbines Delayed in Vermont, Energy Central
Falmouth selectmen weigh financial impact of turbine shutdown, Cape Cod Times
New Hampshire Shines In Solar Compromise, Solar Industry
South Burlington residents save six percent on electric, vtdigger.org
Energy Efficiency Deserves Center Stage During President’s Energy Week, Energy Collective
Nuclear Can Be Friends With Renewables—If It’s Modular, Greentech Media
Millstone Owner To Assess Shutting Down Nuclear Plant, Hartford Courant
Hudson, Sudbury, Stow OK’d to intervene in Eversource power line case, MetroWest Daily News
Regional energy plan approved by state DPS, Bennington Banner
Massachusetts Energy Reliability Awareness Campaign, Northeast Gas Association
Northern Pass Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle, New Hampshire Public Radio
President Trump’s budget would put communities living near oil and gas at risk, Environmental Defense Fund
Melrose Community Electricity Aggregation program update, Wicked Local Melrose
Eversource details impact of proposed rate shift, Berkshire Eagle
Legislature Should Revive Millstone Bill, Hartford Courant
Don’t Sweep Utility Funds Into General Budget, Hartford Courant
Opinion: Renew push for pricing carbon, BurlingtonFreePress.com
Round three on renewable energy, CommonWealth Magazine