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Energy News for week ending June 29, 2018

That was quick | Substantial benefits | Cooperation. Not so much


Happy sunny Friday.

According to Platts, it’s reportedly the shortest tenure for any member of FERC. Last night, in a surprise announcement FERC Commissioner Robert Powelson announced his resignation. From Mary Serreze at MassLive, “Powelson said he is leaving FERC with ‘mixed emotions’ to become president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies, and that ‘It has been an honor to serve this great country.’ The Republican and former Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner is stepping down in mid-August, and leaving as the bipartisan independent commission faces political pressure. An advocate for competitive power markets, Powelson opposed the coal and nuclear bailouts pushed by Trump energy secretary Rick Perry.”

Michelle Froese at Windpower Engineering and Development writes that “A recent report released by the Applied Economics Clinic (AEC) in conjunction with Sustainable Energy Advantage found substantial economic and environmental benefits for Massachusetts, and no new costs for ratepayers, if the legislature approves policies included in a bill passed by the State Senate. If adopted together, the four key policies, including an accelerated increase in the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), increased targets for off-shore wind generation and battery storage, and a removal of the solar net metering cap, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 600,000 metric tons and have the following impacts in Massachusetts: Create an average of 1800 new jobs; Generate $3.4 billion in economic opportunity over the next twelve years; Lead to 9,800 MW of total wind, solar, and hydro generation; yet Result in no increase to Massachusetts electric bills.”

Cooperation seems to have gone by the wayside in New England energy markets according to an article by Tux Turkel at the Portland Press Herald. He writes, “Today’s battles over big energy projects in New England obscure the region’s past history of successfully bringing key visions to reality. But they also call into question whether the wholesale electricity market that has evolved over the past two decades can survive.”

One last note, we couldn’t bring you the Northeast Energy News each week without the hard work of all the journalists out there. Our hearts break for those who lost their lives or were injured in Maryland yesterday. We send our genuine thanks and appreciation to each and every member of the news community for the work they do.

That it for this week. Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday. We’ll be back in your inboxes on July 13th.


Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Methane leaks offset much of the benefits of natural gas, new study says, Keene Sentinel

Scrutinize Pipeline Past Nuclear Plant: Long-Awaited State Report, USA Patch

NYS Report: Significant Risks to AIM Pipeline, NRDC.org

Making Utilities Make Gas Leak Info Public: New Law, USA Patch

Federal Trial Concludes in South Portland Pipeline Lawsuit, U.S. News & World Report

Natural gas execs see ‘century of supply’ in U.S. shale, Reuters

Is the Coming Natural Gas Boom Good for the Climate? Depends Who You Ask, Time

Are Fugitive Methane Emissions Offsetting the CO2 Benefit of Natural Gas?, (podcast) Greentech Media

BNEF: Gas Still ‘Necessary’ in a 50 Percent Wind and Solar Scenario, Greentech Media

National Grid locks out gas workers, Boston Globe

Gas worker protest lockout in Braintree, Wicked Local Braintree

Exxon, Chevron head new methane emissions consortium, Seeking Alpha

NY agencies urge FERC to cut pipeline risks near Indian Point nuclear plant, Reuters


Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

New report analyzes Massachusetts Senate clean-energy bill, Windpower Engineering and Development

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s retirement promises huge battle for greens, others, Utility Dive

New Vt. Incentives Make Wood Heating Systems More Attainable, NECN

How do we get to a low-carbon energy system?, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Connecticut DEEP selects AD project through recent RFP, Biomass Magazine

Senate Passes $145B Spending Bill, With Boost to Energy Innovation Programs, Greentech Media

Coastal Communities at Significant Risk of Chronic Flooding, US News and World Report

JP Observer: City action on approved clean energy program at a standstill; Councilor O’Malley objects, Jamaica Plain Gazette

Anti-fossil fuel candidates come out winners in party primaries, Think Progress



Cape Wind lease officially comes to end, Cape Cod Times

Niagara County aids Somerset with legal fees in wind power fight, Buffalo News

Wind power to grow nationally, but its future in Maine is uncertain, experts say, Portland Press Herald

Vineyard Wind visits Brayton Point, Southcoasttoday.com

LI to be site of offshore wind research/development consortium, Newsday

The public health benefits of adding offshore wind to the grid, Salon

Can Wind Turbines Make You Sick?, PBS.org



Solar to Cap Municipal Solid Waste Site in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Solarnovus.com

Isle au Haut to build solar-powered smart energy microgrid, Mainebiz

Solar Installed At Shake-N-Go Fashion In Long Island, Solar Industry

Unclear Future For Solar Energy Customers In New York, WAMC

New Jersey to end solar credit program, develop alternative support, Utility Dive


Energy Efficiency/Storage

New York Plans Trip to Energy Storage Future. Takes Along Swiss Army Knife, Microgrid Knowledge

Alphabet is in talks to spin out its molten-salt storage play, MIT Technology Review

We still have no idea how to eliminate more than a quarter of energy emissions, MIT Technology Review

Mystic couple wins statewide award for energy-efficient home, The Day

Siemens Tests Ammonia as a Form of Energy Storage for Renewables, Greentech Media

10th in energy efficiency, US is falling in rank because of Trump’s policies, ACEEE says, Utility Dive



California and Eight Other States Push Plan to Boost Zero-Emission Vehicles, Wall St. Journal

Electric vehicles are gaining momentum, despite Trump, Vox



Delays won’t scuttle Vermont Yankee sale, companies say, VTDigger

Flooding at Nine Mile Point, All Things Nuclear

Indian Point: Nuclear power plant gets positive safety grades, new decommission details, The Journal News



DSP Isn’t Just Any Old Energy Acronym. National Grid Shows Why in Buffalo, Microgrid Knowledge

GOP federal energy commissioner who opposed coal and nuclear bailouts resigns, Mass Live

What comes next for FERC?, Politico Morning Energy

Emerging energy model in New England shies away from cooperation, Portland Press Herald

Residents see savings with WinPower, Daily Times Chronicle

Perry says economics are “secondary” when it comes to power grid, Houston Chronicle

Eversource customers to see rate increase, Concord Monitor via Energy Central

The ‘New’ New General Electric: Renewables Are In, Distributed Gas Generators Are Out, Greentech Media

Dynamic Grid Systems will rebuild a small Maine utility from the ground up, Utility Dive

Council defers National Grid projects amid lockout, Lowell Sun

Lewiston council supports CMP hydroelectric project, new converter station, Portland Press Herald

Waterbury to buy Eversource’s street lamps to save money, Republican-American

AVANGRID’s $2.5B plan to boost storm ‘resiliency’ in Maine, Northeast, MaineBiz

New England power prices rise in 2017, demand drops, fuel security concerns remain, Platts

State’s removal of Sandwich cedar canopy draws ire, Cape Cod Times



Why federal regulators shouldn’t save the Mystic power plant, Boston Globe

My Turn: David Ismay: No need for more gas infrastructure, Providence Journal

Hey fossil-fuel industry, where’s your proof?, New Hampshire Business Review

Opinion: NJ’s clean energy future depends on strong RGGI cap, NorthJersey.com

It’s not solar that gets the subsidy, New Hampshire Business Review

Maine needs a governor who will prioritize clean energy, Bangor Daily News

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Energy News for week ending December 8, 2017

Santa & Solar Panels | Energy Storage | Blockchain Investments

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

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

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

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

Green Gift Guide for Energy Geeks

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

HybridCars.com Green Holiday Gift Guide, Hybrid Cars News

Natural Gas/Pipeline

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

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

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

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

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

Community members protest gas plant, The Brown Daily Herald

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

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

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

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

Renewable Energy

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

The missing link for renewable energy investment? Blockchain, GreenBiz

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

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

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

Energy chairman Golden gets tour of Greenfield, The Recorder

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

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

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

Energy Efficiency

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

A bipartisan message of clean energy progress, MIT News

Clean energy slashed in new budget, Yale Daily News

US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Energy Efficiency Restrictions, CleanTechnica


Millstone shares data with DEEP, PURA, theday.com

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

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

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

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


ISO-NE Preparing for Energy Storage Growth, RTO Insider

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

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

Energy fights loom in conference talks, E&E News

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

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

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

National Grid report defends storm response, Gloucester Daily Times

Decision on Eversource rate hike drawing criticism, The Recorder

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cape Wind: A blown opportunity, Cape Cod Times

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

Who Will Fund Clean Energy? Familiar Faces, Bloomberg

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


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Energy News for week ending August 4, 2017

5 percent chance | 53 percent increase | 100 percent renewable

Happy Friday afternoon everyone.

Today’s focus is on the numbers.

According to an article in the Washington Post reasons for climate optimism seem to have all but disappeared. According to a number of studies, when looking at limiting the warming of the globe to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures, there’s only a 5 percent chance of success and a mere 1 percent chance that it can be limited below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). One idea to turn this around is that negative emissions, based on technologies that don’t exist yet at the relevant scale, would probably be required at some point in the future.

In Rhode Island, many politicians are lamenting National Grid’s proposed 53 percent increase in electric rates for residents in the Ocean State. However, the editorial board at the Providence Journal has a clear understanding of the root of the increase, “They are the consequences of public policy decisions and they cannot be wished away.” The editorial points to retiring generation units, lack of new generating capacity and limited natural gas pipeline capacity. They write, “This should concern us all. High energy prices are tough on households. Should the rate hike go through, the average home-owning family would see its monthly power bill jump from less than $90 a month to more than $106. And high power costs are (yet another) disincentive for businesses to grow jobs in our area.”

The last number for the week is 100 percent – as in the goal to get to 100 percent renewable energy. On this topic, we bring you a few stories. Utility Dive tells us what’s missing from the 100 percent renewable energy debate. Forbes has a piece on California’s bid to be 100 percent by 2045. And, because Massachusetts’ 100 percent renewable proposal includes transportation, we have an article from Penn Energy on whether bans on gas and diesel cars are realistic.

Be sure to check out the events page at New England Energy News. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

22 arrested by Massachusetts State Police at protest of Kinder Morgan pipeline in Sandisfield, MassLive.com

More arrests in anti-pipeline action: Standing Rock Sioux now part of resistance, Berkshire Eagle

Natural gas building boom fuels climate worries, enrages landowners, Salon

Pipeline Payday: How Builders Win Big, Whether More Gas Is Needed or Not, Inside Climate News

After damaging historic property and wetlands, pipeline CEO is ‘baffled’ by criticism, ThinkProgres

Proposed bill sets sights on compressor plans, Wicked Local Weymouth

Truck Exhaust Might Be Causing Health Problems Around Fracking Sites, WBUR

Groups Oppose Pipeline to New Power Plant, Public News Service

State review of proposed compressor station pushed back six months, Patriot Ledger

Renewable Energy

What’s missing from the 100% renewable energy debate, Utility Dive

Opponents continue fight against beleaguered Cape Wind, Cape Cod Times

Super-Colossal Wind Turbines May Be on the Horizon, ABC News

Charlemont to map renewable energy resources, Going Green

The two choices Maine lawmakers face on solar power, Energy Central

California Goes All In — 100% Renewable Energy By 2045, Forbes.com

Deepwater, Tesla to pair offshore wind farm with 40 MWh battery storage system, Utility Dive

Maine lawmakers pull plug on bill to maintain solar incentives, Portland Press Herald

Feds set to release Cape Wind impact statement, The Recorder

Invenergy, GE Renewable Energy to build largest wind farm in the US, Daily Energy Insider

Maine lawmakers fail to override governor’s veto of solar bill, Utility Dive

AWEA: Wind energy development rose 40% in Q2, Utility Dive

Tighter Pollution Cap Could Get RGGI States $3.2B Extra, Natural Resources Defense Council

Why small solar threatens the companies that deliver electricity in Maine, Bangor Daily News

Energy giant Con Ed proposes to deliver Maine wind energy to Boston, Press Herald

Vineyard Wind crews will begin survey for cable sites, Martha’s Vineyard Times

The Booming Wind Energy Industry Might Finally Break Its Massachusetts Hex, HuffPost

Maine-based Solar Company Ranked #1 in New England, #14 in US, Bangor Daily News

Cape Wind’s Gordon vows to ‘move it forward’ as BOEM weighs lease, Cape & Plymouth Business News

Wind power charging up, Boston Herald

Clean Energy RFP

5 companies propose transmission projects for Massachusetts clean energy RFP, Utility Dive

Deepwater Wind taking 2 shots at Massachusetts energy procurement, Cape Cod Times

Emera announces plans to construct 1GW Atlantic Link project, Energy Business Review

Bidders want to bring Canadian Hydro to Massachusetts, Wicked Local Waltham

Northern Pass competes for Mass. energy deal, Concord Monitor

State offers new momentum for offshore wind power, Cape Cod Times

Offshore wind farm bids against hydro, onshore wind firms, CommonWealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

UMass, Eversource partner on campus energy efficiency, WLNE-TV (ABC6

CLF helps support clean energy and energy efficiency, Ricentral.com

US House Would Take Hacksaw to Energy Efficiency Budget, Energy Manager Today

Storing clean energy in salt isn’t as crazy as it sounds, Grist


Energy Department Scientists Barred From Attending Nuclear Power Conference, EcoWatch

NRC reviews Seabrook nuclear power plant, Seacoastonline.com

NorthStar already working at Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Reformer

Proposed Vermont Yankee cleanup company changes hands, Commons

Pilgrim owner submits improvement plan, Cape Cod Times

Advanced Nuclear Is a Winning Issue in a Tri-Partisan Washington, Greentech Media


New England ISO targets 2018 for full DR integration into wholesale power market, Utility Dive

We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, a study finds, Washington Post

Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid, NY Times

Eversource rate request pilloried at Department of Public Utilities hearing, Berkshire Eagle

Lt. Governor McKee to Intervene in Case Against National Grid’s 53-percent Rate Increase, (Press Release) RI.gov

9 States Deciding Whether to Tighten Power Plant Emissions Rules in RGGI, Inside Climate News

Connecticut energy, climate change goals open to public comment, Greenwich Time

Senator Morgan Opposes National Grid’s 53% Rate Increase, GoLocalProv

Study: Energy plays large role in Connecticut’s economy, New Haven Register

Berkshires Stands Against Proposed Eversource Rate Hike, iBerkshires.com

EIA: US residential power sales in decline since 2010, Utility Dive

The Future of Microgrids & Cleaner Locally Managed Power, Freepress Online

Public counsel grills Northern Pass expert on property value impact, New Hampshire Business Review

Credibility of Northern Pass contractor questioned, The Union Leader

National Grid, Swampscott discuss ‘smart-grid’ programs, Wicked Local Swampscott

How realistic are plans to ban new gas and diesel cars?, Penn Energy


Editorial: National Grid’s 53-percent hike, The Providence Journal

Cities and states must take lead on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

Ingredients for climate success, CommonWealth Magazine

McQuiston: Power And The Lake, Vermont Public Radio

John McClaughry: Climate Action 4.0., vtdigger.org

Opinion: Vermont’s drive to energy independence, Burlington Free Press

Gov. Phil Scott: Scott’s Climate Action Commission, Caledonian Record

Our view: Offshore wind energy’s future is major farms, not failed AC project, Press of Atlantic City

Commentary: Let solar energy empower ratepayers, not utility, Press Herald

Why we shouldn’t bail out big nuclear, Washington Examiner

STEPHEN DODGE: Weymouth compressor safe and necessary, Wicked Local Braintree

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Energy News for week ending March 31, 2017

Happy snowy Friday afternoon.

In this week’s energy news, Penn Energy citing an AP story reports that National Grid is proposing a transmission project that would bring up to 1,200 megawatts of clean energy from Canada to the New England power grid and run along existing lines in Vermont and New Hampshire. The project, Granite State Power Link, would primarily serve customers in Massachusetts, has two segments, and would create more than 2,000 construction jobs.

According to the Concord Monitor, opponents of the Northern Pass project, when hearing about the Granite State Power Link project said, “What took so long?” However, the story notes that it doesn’t mean Grid is going to get a warm welcome for their proposal. It will be interesting to watch this all play out.

Speaking of Northern Pass, in addition to the new competition, the Union Leader reports that Eversource learned on Monday that the NH PUC ruled against a petition the company filed last June seeking approval of a proposed 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Hydro Renewable Energy (Northern Pass), after determining the proposal is “inconsistent with New Hampshire law.”

Heading to southern New England, even though most people think the Cape Wind project is long dead (they don’t even respond for comment), the Cape Cod Times reports that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, following a court order, issued a supplemental environmental impact statement on Thursday for public comment. Journalist Mary Ann Bragg notes that despite the renewed effort to fix the environmental impact statement, the 16-year-old project’s fate remains in question if not outright decided, even among those who previously supported it. “It is not on our radar,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Offshore Wind Director William White. “We do not believe that Cape Wind is a project that is moving forward.”

And lastly, big kudos and congratulations to our good friends at Columbia Gas whose parent company, NiSource, Inc., was (for the sixth consecutive year) designated as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Wicked Local Westborough reports that Ethisphere honors those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Major Natural Gas Leak Contained In Downtown Providence, Rhode Island Public Radio

Rehoboth to Vote April 3 on Gas Compressor Station, ecoRI news

‘It looks like a tornado went through:’ Danvers residents upset over pipeline work, My Fox Boston

Maryland lawmakers vote to ban fracking, The Hill

Maryland Ban Shows Fracking is Not a Partisan Issue, Common Dreams

Report shows Pennsylvania fracking companies paying few fines for environmental infractions, PGH City Paper

Eversource Energy spending $50M this year on pipe replacement in Connecticut, New Haven Register

Renewable Energy

Cape Wind project review to be revised, Cape Cod Times

State approves solar array that will be Vermont’s largest, vtdigger.org

Solar Power Is White-Hot, Generating Energy, Jobs And Savings, Hartford Courant

Maine business equips sheds with solar panels for better energy returns, Press Herald

Massachusetts extends solar incentive program, Daily Energy Insider

Biomass Company Asks to Change Terms of State Subsidy, MainePublic.org

State Officials Brief NE Roundtable on Renewables Plans, RTO Insider

75 US mayors won’t enforce climate policy rollback, Curbed

Trump’s climate change rule order gets chilly reaction in RI, The Providence Journal

Solar Facility to Save Massachusetts City $2.6M Over 20 Years, Energy Manager Today

Two New Companies Vie for Remaining Wind Farm Leases, The Vineyard Gazette

National Grid unveils semi-transparent Worcester solar panels, Worcester Business Journal

Solar awning gives power boost to Worcester’s energy-saving strategy, Worcester Telegram

GE to develop 13 solar projects in northeast US, Energy Central

German offshore output soars, reNews

New solar awning project unveiled at Sustainability Hub, Clark University News Hub

Biomass company says it paid aggrieved loggers, wants to rework subsidy, Bangor Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Rhode Island College Are Expected to Save $5.1 Million, Energy Manager Today

Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work, Washington Post

Study: Efficiency programs return results — but not in all buildings, Utility Dive

Vermont House Passes Backup Bill on Energy Efficient Appliances, Energy Manager Today

Medford Tech partners with Mass Clean Energy Center, Wicked Local Medford


Senator supports moving spent nuclear fuel from Cape region, Cape Cod Times

State gives tribes role in Vermont Yankee sale, Brattleboro Reformer

State wants more information on site contamination, Brattleboro Reformer

Nuke plant owner: Watchdog group’s claims ‘completely false’, The Daily News of Newburyport

Nuclear Power Suffers Major Blow With Westinghouse Bankruptcy, Common Dreams

Nuclear power is dying. Can radical innovation save it?, Vox

Japanese court rules for utility and lets nuclear reactors restart, The Boston Globe

Vt. Fears Covering Nuclear Cost, Valley News


National Grid proposes 1,200-megawatt New England project, Penn Energy

Northern Pass opponents say they’ve hoped for something like the National Grid plan, Concord Monitor

National Grid dives into Quebec to New England energy fray, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Power Line Plan Includes Haverhill, Valley News

PUC short circuits Eversource deal to buy power tied to Northern Pass, The Union Leader

4 Cape towns lose appeal of Eversource herbicide plan, Cape Cod Times

National Grid launching first of its kind program in Clifton Park, WRGB

Eversource puts New Hampshire power fleet up for sale, Utility Dive

NiSource Inc. designated most ethical company, Wicked Local Westborough

At the grid-edge: Utilities look beyond traditional infrastructure to manage new technologies, Utility Dive

What Trump Misses About Energy Jobs In America, Rhode Island Public Radio

No big impact expected in Mass. after Trump energy order, Berkshire Eagle

As loggers get stiffed, Maine learns a lesson about propping up struggling industries, Bangor Daily News

Agawam power plant operators sentenced to pay more than $7M, Penn Energy

Maine man charged again with stealing electricity for home, Penn Energy

A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals, WBUR


Michael Durand: Eversource is investing in an improved system, Berkshire Eagle

John Stoehr: State’s energy debate needs to evolve, CT Post

Expanding Wood Heat in New England, Biomass Magazine

Letter: Emulate spider in protecting environment, Berkshire Eagle

We all will benefit from more solar power, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Let’s save solar, The Union Leader

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Energy News for week ending October 7, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Gas industry advised to get local support before fighting big green groups, SNL

Berkshire County natural gas pipeline tangled in legal challenges, MassLive.com

Legal logjam delays Tennessee Gas Pipeline project into 2017, Berkshire Eagle

Opponents bring fight over Burrillville power plant to Woonsocket, Valley Breeze

Siting board threatens to suspend review of power plant proposal, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Maxim Power to Pay $8M to Settle Fuel-Switching Case, RTO Insider

FERC trims MISO transmission returns, Utility Dive

Energy experts to gas industry: Help, don’t obstruct, work on climate issues, SNL

Renewable Energy

Cape Wind reverses, drops appeal, Cape Cod Times

“Wind Cube” makes debut in Woods Hole, Cape Cod Times

Solar panels not always sunny, South Coast Today

Wind project developers reduce number of proposed turbines, Penn Energy News

State rolls out welcome mat for Danish royalty, alternative energy, Worcester Telegram

Study: Tech innovations could cut offshore wind energy costs by a third by 2030, Business Green

Corporate America’s Huge Appetite for Clean Energy, Energy Collective

Vermont to publish energy compliance standards, Biomass Magazine

Quieter offshore wind energy means happier porpoises, Treehugger

Offshore wind business crowd eyes New Bedford, SouthCoastToday.com

Fugro set for Bay State sail, reNews

Vermont offers free guide to going solar, The Daily Progress

City of Montpelier invests in 1 megawatt of solar, Vermont Biz

Three more communities added to Solar Up NH Challenge, New Hampshire Business Review

New Clean Energy Report: America May Not Be Screwed After All, Gizmodo

Energy Efficiency

What does the green bank landscape look like?, GreenBiz

Murphy, Blumenthal Call For National Green Bank, WAMC

Apple orchard goes high-tech, WCAX


Comprehensive Inspection Coming to Pilgrim Plant in November, CapeCod.com News

Rowe seeks federal compensation for hosting nuclear waste at former atomic power plant, MassLive.com

VY kicks off $143M project for fuel storage, The Commons

Questions raised about equipment made by French company may affect Millstone, The Day


Massachusetts Energy Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond, National Law Review

All hands on deck: Growing energy storage in Massachusetts needs holistic overview of grid, markets, Utility Dive

Construction to begin on site of controversial waste-to-energy plant, Press Herald

Final approval given for reliability project, Londonderry News

Eversource proposes $35 million transmission upgrades in Massachusetts, Electric Light and Power

Massachusetts regulators curb National Grid’s fixed fee hike, Utility Dive

Massachusetts’ New Rate Case Ruling Is Good News for Distributed Energy, Greentech Media

Eversource plan sparks outrage in Brookfield, Danbury News Times

Chilmark selectmen hear Eversource grid modernization plan, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Electric transmission costs scrutinized at NH Energy Summit, New Hampshire Business Review

Growing transmission costs are raising region’s electricity rates, Concord Monitor

Elders question Northern Pass partner’s environmental record, The Union Leader

Covanta gets ‘stay of execution’ as economic development panel sends plan to keep it open to City Council, Berkshire Eagle


Pilgrim is safe, shouldn’t close early, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: ‘Common misperception’, The Valley Reporter

Nuclear power should replace much of our coal plants, The Hill

Is The Tide Turning On State-Level Solar Policy Fights?, Solar Industry

Maine Voices: Electric customers can’t subsidize solar, Press Herald

‘Precarious’: New England’s energy crisis, The Union Leader

Let’s fix pipeline review steps, The Recorder

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Natural gas doesn’t deserve to be an ‘all the above’ energy solution, Daily Hampshire Gazette

My Turn: Concord needs to show a little Yankee ingenuity, Concord Monitor

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Energy News for week ending July 8, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Rosenberg, Kulik and Mark push for Western Massachusetts hearing on Berkshire Gas moratorium, MassLive

Nuke, oil generators complain to feds about state gas ‘pipeline scheme’, Bangor Daily News

City Council to take stance on pipeline costs, The Keene Sentinel

‘People Over Pipelines’ march to converge at Statehouse July 18, MassLive.com

TransCanada Completes $14 Billion Natural Gas Deal, Vermont Public Radio

Gas pipeline protest to march through Stoughton, Canton, Wicked Local Stoughton

Anti-pipeline march planned to trek through Norfolk, The Sun Chronicle

Spectra Pipeline Protest to March Through Walpole, Patch.com

Weymouth group prepares to walk against Spectra, Wicked Local Weymouth

Natural Gas ‘Feels The Bern’ – Bernie Sanders And Anti-Fracking, Seeking Alpha

Pipeline plan granted state, federal permits through Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Renewable Energy

National Grid Marks Progress on Power Line for Block Island Wind Project, Renewable Energy World

Five hydropower dams on Connecticut River changing hands as federal relicensing continues, MassLive

The Winds Are Changing for Renewable Energy, The Atlantic

Court: 2 Cape Wind approvals flawed, CommonWealth Magazine

New England’s use of solar energy growing as Maine waffles, Press Herald

Some so-called clean-energy projects are contaminating millions of gallons of incredibly valuable water, Quartz

Wind output to grid gets key upgrade, Press Herald

Senators try their hand at renewable energy plan, The Daily News of Newburyport

Connecticut Town Authorities Seek LED and Solar Project Regulations, LEDinside

Future for Maine solar remains great, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Federal Appeals Court Issues Cape Wind New Blow, Bloomberg BNA

Dong Energy to build world’s lowest cost offshore wind farm, RenewEconomy

Want to expand renewable power? Know these states, GreenBiz

Southern Company subsidiary expands renewable energy portfolio with wind acquisition in Maine, Penn Energy

Renewable energy advocates oppose proposed net metering rules, VT Digger

Energy Efficiency

Portland to try to keep better track of building energy, PennEnergy

Towns win $500k in energy grants, Wicked Local

Yes, you can save on electricity, Wicked Local Dennis

I-Team: Businesses Owed Money Try To Force Boston Energy Company Into Bankruptcy, CBS Boston


The End of a Nuclear Power Plant, The Atlantic

The Future of Nuclear Power Is ‘Challenging,’ Says WNA Report, EcoWatch

NRC denies state’s appeals over Vermont Yankee, Vermont Biz


RGGI carbon auction prices fall 40% on Clean Power Plan uncertainty, Utility DIVE

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Clean Coal Technology, New York Times

FERC Accepts ISO-NE Sloped Zonal Demand Curves, RTO Insider

Need, Cost Dominate Burrillville Power Plant Hearing, ecoRI news

Massachusetts Senate unanimously approve energy bill for 2 GW of offshore wind, UtilityDIVE

Eversource deal signals end to coal power in NH, The Union Leader

Carbon prices are way down, thanks to the Supreme Court’s hold on clean power plan, Grist

Report critical of ‘hidden costs’ in transmission projects, New Haven Register

Eversource ready for peak usage, New Britain Herald

Consumer advocate wants details of Eversource-HQ deal, The Union Leader

Politicians, Energy Companies Just Want You to Trust Them, ecoRI news

Regulators Agree to Sale of 12 Eversource Power Plants, Power Engineering


Nuclear Power, to Tide Us Over, New York Times

How Big is the Bridge, Justmeans

Electric rates going up: Are pols serious about rate relief?, The Union Leader

Massachusetts needs a new energy law, Boston Globe

Massachusetts Senate Amendment Makes Energy Bill Anti-Consumer, API

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Energy News for week ending June 10, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

PUC staff advises against plan to expand Maine’s natural gas pipeline capacity, Portland Press Herald

Columbia Gas to replace aging infrastructure, relocate gas main in West Springfield, MassLive.com

Proposed Power Plant Draws Widespread Opposition, Hartford Courant

Holyoke protest targets utility bill surcharge dubbed ‘pipeline tax’ by protesters, MassLive.com

Rehoboth selectmen to meet with Attleboro mayor about proposed gas pipeline, Sun Chronicle

Another Pipeline Project Planned for Burrillville, ecoRI news

Without Debate, RI House Approves Power Plant Bill, Rhode Island Public Radio

Doug Gablinske: RI needs clean energy plant, (Opinion) The Providence Journal

Question of Article 97 still left hanging, The Recorder

Renewable Energy

Energy and environmental groups criticize House energy bill, MassLive.com

Cape Wind sharply attacks House energy bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Shumlin: Mass. “crazy” not to pursue hydropower from Canada, wwlp.com

DeLeo’s Version Of An Energy ‘Combo Platter’ Passes House, WGBH.org

Wind, hydropower bill sails through Massachusetts House, MassLive.com

Golden: House bill delivers largest offshore wind procurement in U.S, Lowell Sun

Vt. Governor Vetoes Renewables Bill After ‘Unintended Changes’, Solar Industry

Removal of dams in New England can help reconnect river networks, Science Daily

Interior announces offshore wind lease auction for ocean tract off Long Island, UtilityDive

French defense contractor joins Maine offshore wind project, Press Herald

Connecticut Town Authorities Seek LED and Solar Project Regulations, LEDinside

What’s next for solar in Maine, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Upton becomes a solar community, Milford Daily News

No mandate needed for municipal utilities, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

New program helps homeowners make energy upgrades, WPTZ

Ayotte Discusses Municipal Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Lights Out for CFLs — Efficiency Maine Switching Off Subsidy in Favor of LEDs, Maine Public Broadcasting

Led by Affordable Housing, Peabody Properties Aims to Cut Energy Spending by 20%, Energy Manager Today

As nuclear plants shutter, state efforts to save them are coming too late
, Utility Dive

Nuclear waste storage plan a matter of trust, Cape Cod Times

Vermont has voice in national nuclear waste debate, VTDigger.org

Vermont appeal of NRC rule shot down by court, Brattleboro Reformer


Why Boston was chosen for the next US-China climate summit, Christian Science Monitor

We need lots more power lines. Why are we so bad at planning them?, Vox.com

New PJM capacity rules challenge demand response aggregators, Utility Dive

Court’s ruling reignites controversy over carbon tax, Eagle-Tribune

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Energy News for week ending April 29, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

The full breakdown of Spectra’s $47 million offer to Weymouth, Wicked Local Weymouth

After Kinder Morgan, What’s Next for Natural Gas Pipe Projects in New Hampshire?, New Hampshire Public Radio

All Consumers Are the Big Winners with the Cancellation of Kinder Morgan Pipeline, (opinion) Power Options WiredIn Blog

Natural gas pipeline riddle nears final answer in Maine, Press Herald

Column: Pipeline battle isn’t over in Massachusetts, The Salem News

Gas pipeline tariffs face growing opposition, Eagle-Tribune

Kinder Morgan’s Stock May Fall To $10 A Share, Seeking Alpha

FERC to consider waivers for electric utilities purchasing gas pipeline capacity, Utility Dive

Foes say pipeline battle not over, Amherst Bulletin

Spectra keeps eyes on New England prize after fall of rival gas line, SNL

Renewable Energy

Cape Wind goes to court again, CommonWealth Magazine

House passes renewable energy siting bill 142-0, Vermont Biz

Outsourced Ideology: Sending the dirty work of clean energy north, Worcester Business Journal

Solar movement gaining traction locally, Ricentral.com

Latest Bennington, Vt. solar proposal scrutinized, Berkshire Eagle

EDF moves deeper into U.S. solar market, UPI.com

LePage vetoes solar energy bill after compromise talks fail, Press Herald

Maine missing out on solar jobs, Lewiston Sun Journal

Two Community Solar Projects Go Online In Massachusetts, Solar Industry

Senators call for extension of tax credits for offshore wind energy, Offshore Wind Journal

Vermont Utility Opens Collaborative Space for Energy Businesses, Seeks Applicants, Renewable Energy World

Mass. should boost renewable targets, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Falmouth to appeal denial of wind turbine permit, Cape Cod Times

Energy Efficiency

How to make cities more energy efficient, MIT News

Westerly, RI, Making Moves to Improve Municipal Efficiency, Energy Manager Today

Brattleboro could save over $2 million with energy upgrades, Brattleboro Reformer

How rate reform can help turn energy efficiency into a ‘profit center’ for utilities, Utility Drive


Feds OK big drop in Vermont Yankee insurance, Vermont Biz

Editorial: Renewing Nuclear, Providence Journal

After NRC violations, Entergy aims to improve operations at nuclear plants, SNL


Assessing risk in the state’s energy debate, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Construction team named for Northern Pass project, New Hampshire Business Review

Deerfield Board seeks representation against Northern Pass, Union Leader

Plenty of power for summer, grid operator says, New Haven Register

South Boston power plant sells for $24.25 million, The Boston Globe

Column: Energy divide may lead to more, not less, price volatility, Salem News

OUR OPINION: The challenge of creating a long-term energy plan, Enterprise News

Hudson residents plan to continue fight against Eversource, MetroWest Daily News

Are Local Distribution Grids Lagging in Cybersecurity?, Greentech Media

Hydro power needed to meet states 2020 carbon goal, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending April 8, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Senate president expresses opposition to pipeline project, The Union Leader

State reps oppose charging ratepayers for new gas pipeline, Salem News

Consequences of gas leak could lead to California blackouts, WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Supreme Judicial Court to consider if Mass. electric utilities can buy natural gas on behalf of power plants, MassLive

Largest Methane Study to Date Confirms We Need to Do a Better Job Checking for Methane Leaks, Environmental Defense Fund

Weymouth turns up heat against gas compressor station, The Boston Globe

Column: State should listen to the people on pipeline project, The Salem News

Kinder Morgan wants Bill Cosby’s driveway in Shelburne for temporary gas pipeline access road, MassLive

DPU hearing airs public concerns on pipeline access petitions, Amherst Bulletin

Timelines Slip on Northeast Pipeline Projects, Natural Gas Intelligence

Pipeline foes pack Lunenburg hearing, Lowell Sun

Lynnfield pipes up over plan, Daily Item

NGOs Seek to Block Pipeline Development, The National Law Review

Elaine Ulman: The Monster of Minisink – a cautionary tale for fracked gas era, GazetteNet

Pipeline opponents plan to pack hearings, Salem News

Renewable Energy

Baker says he’ll sign solar compromise, Boston Globe

Solar net metering bill could worsen income inequality in Mass., advocates say, MassLive

Long-awaited solar bill headed to governor’s desk, Politico

Vermont Public Service Board considers changes to net-metering rules, Brattleboro Reformer

Canal will be a proving ground for tidal turbines, Boston Globe

Massachusetts House passes bill lifting solar net metering rates, UtilityDive

Senate Expected to Pass Three Renewable-Energy Bills, ecoRI news

What Massachusetts can learn from New York’s solar experience, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker’s hydropower plans cause stir, The Salem News

LePage Asks Massachusetts to Consider Rule Change to Aid Maine Biomass Industry, Maine Public Broadcasting

Advocates offer lukewarm support of solar energy bill, CT Post

Harnessing the ocean, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Reducing Natural Gas Overreliance Risks in Massachusetts through renewable energy, Union of Concerned Scientists

Where in Massachusetts are stalled solar projects located?, MassLive

Baker board denies Cape Wind permit extension, CommonWealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

NEEP Blog 3 part series

Quincy moving forward with plans to convert outdoor lights to LEDs, Patriot Ledger

How utilities can boost customer savings by marrying efficiency and DR programs, UtilityDive

Treasurer talks state bank’s green benefits, The Brown Daily Herald

DOE’s Building Energy Asset Score Platform: A Useful First Step to Efficiency, Energy Manager Today


Your View: Consider nuclear when eliminating carbon, South Coast Today

New Hampshire, Massachusetts in nuclear plant exercise, Bakken.com

Old Vermont Yankee insurance fund to aid solar, hydro projects, VTdigger.org

Industry group disputes Vermont’s nuke fears, Vermont Biz


Supreme Judicial Court to consider if Mass. electric companies can buy natural gas pipeline capacity on behalf of power plants, MassLive

National Grid announces sharp drop in electricity rates, WCVB Boston

PUC Staff Recommends Audit of Emera, Citing High Power Outage Rate, Maine Public Broadcasting

ISO-NE Again Defends Capacity Auctions, RTO Insider

ISO New England: Power Prices at Record Lows, Electric Co-op Today

Electricity Bills on Rise as Power Generation Costs Decrease, Maine Public Broadcasting

Power plants more efficient, but at a cost, New Haven Register

Governor, legislative leaders announce working group to study dam purchase, Vermont biz

Hydro dam purchase possibilities raise questions in VT State House, WPTZ

National Grid proposed rate hike opposed by AG’s office, Eagle Tribune

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Energy News for week ending January 29, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Customers may have to pay for new pipelines, The Union Leader

Vermont Gas surpasses 50,000 customers, Vermont Biz

Springfield Regional Chamber endorses Kinder Morgan, Spectra gas pipeline projects, MassLive

Researchers to present health hazard findings regarding pipeline stations, The Recorder

Hill: Problems with Spectra Energy pipeline, (opinion) MetroWest Daily News

Energy company seeks Danbury land for gas pipeline expansion, CT Post

Town draws line in pipeline sand, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Arlingtonians at center of pipeline debate, Wicked Local Dedham

Pact would trade coal plant for natural gas, CT Post

An explosive debate: As proponents of a new liquified natural gas project in Acushnet press forward, opposition group voices their concerns, Southcoasttoday.com

Pipeline activist Croce to challenge Speliotis in 13th Essex, Salem News

Renewable Energy

Proof That a Price on Carbon Works, New York Times

Cape Wind mounting comeback, CommonWealth Magazine

Solar is no longer trivial in New England’s power grid, Concord Monitor

Company proposing 3,000-plus-panel solar farm in Rehoboth, Taunton Daily Gazette

Our View: Solar power’s growth calls for new system, Press Herald

Connecticut solar energy advocates laud partnership, West Hartford News

Vermont solar power growth slowed for now as utilities hit limit, PennEnergy

Proposals Due for Maine Energy Projects to Power Southern New England, Maine Public Broadcasting

Report says NH is a renewable energy leader, New Hampshire Business Review

New England net metering policies cause distress, Smart Grid Today

What if Nevada’s solar regulators came to Massachusetts, Greentech Media

Raise the net metering cap, Commonwealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

‘Green Jobs RI’: Senate report puts energy, environmental sectors at center stage, Providence Journal

Swampscott selected for National Grid energy savings initiative, Salem News

Essex turning green with energy savings, Gloucester Daily Times


Entergy spent down 10 percent of Vermont Yankee trust fund in 2015, VT Digger

Entergy Says New York’s Nuclear-Rescue Plan Comes Too Late, Bloomberg

IER: New England natural gas use up since closure of Vermont nuclear plant, Power Newswire


ISO chief: Natural gas supplies half of N.E.’s electricity, Lowell Sun

FERC’s ‘Demand Response’ Rule Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court, Bloomberg

AG Healey praises Supreme Court decision on ‘demand response’, Berkshire Eagle

Maine’s high court confirms smart meters pose no health threat, Lewiston Sun Journal

Energize RI brings carbon pricing bill to the House, RI Future

New England Generators Appeal FERC Capacity Market Orders, RTO Insider

Baker’s hydroelectricity plan a bad bet, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Baker right on hydropower, clean energy contracts, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Discussion postponed on new Braintree power plant plan, Wicked Local Braintree

UN urges business leaders to double investment in green energy by 2020, The Guardian


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