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Energy News for week ending February 26, 2021

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

Happy Friday folks.

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Could it Happen Here?

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

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

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wind

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

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

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

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

Solar

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

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

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

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

Efficiency/Storage

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

EVs

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

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

Nuclear

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

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

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

Lawmakers push regulators to reexamine compressor approval, Patriot Ledger

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

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

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

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

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

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

Senate Confirms Granholm to Head US Energy Department, Greentech Media

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

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

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

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

Unpaid utility bills mount during pandemic, Eagle Tribune

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

Program to help New Hampshire renters pay bills, AP

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

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

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

NECEC corridor application postponed in Wilton, Sun Journal

Opinion

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

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

Renewable power requires competent and accountable utilities, Maine Monitor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Energy News for week ending February 19, 2021

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

Happy Friday folks.

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

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

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

Texas

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

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

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

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

Can it Happen Here?

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

Could Rolling Blackouts Happen In New England?, NHPR

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

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

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

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

Wind

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

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

US offshore network boosts board, ReNews

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

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

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

Solar

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

State revamps home solar compensation, Journal Inquirer (CT)

Hopkinton Town Council considers solar ordinance amendments, Westerly Sun

Efficiency/Storage

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

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

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

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

EVs

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

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

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

Nuclear

Regulatory Harmonization: An Upcoming Hurdle for SMRs? Greentech Media

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

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

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

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

How to Decarbonize Natural Gas, Greentech Media

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

Unpaid utility bills mount during pandemic, Eagle Tribune

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

Biden Official Says Texas Storm Shows Infrastructure Need, Bloomberg

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

NYS Public Service Commission approves transmission lines, Daily Energy Insider

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opinion

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

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

Questioning ‘artificial’ electrification, Utility Dive

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

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

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

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

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Energy News for week ending February 12, 2021

CMP Solar Problems | Unloved | So Long GTM

Happy Friday folks.

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

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

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

Mills calls for investigation of CMP solar problems, Press Herald

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

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

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

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

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

MA Climate Bill

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

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

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

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

Lawmakers urged to reject changes to climate bill, Gloucester Times

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

Baker moves on quickly from Ismay, CommonWealth Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

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

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

Wind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solar

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

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

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

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

Mills calls for investigation of CMP solar problems, Press Herald

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

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

Efficiency/Storage

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

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

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

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

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

EVs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nuclear

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

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

Is Nuclear Power Poised for a Resurgence?, Power Magazine

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SolarWinds security to-do list post hack, Utility Dive

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

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

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

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

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

Opinion

The Big Picture Of Wind Power – Editorial, Falmouth Enterprise

Will developers block clean energy standards?, CommonWealth Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Energy News for week ending November 20, 2020

Running Late Edition

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

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

Efficiency/Storage

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

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

Climate Change

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

Walsh appointed to lead Climate Mayors group, Boston Globe

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

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

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

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

8 ways climate change is already impacting you, Mashable

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

How climate change is complicating a Thanksgiving staple, Washington Post

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

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

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

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

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

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

Committee approves resolution opposing RGGI, Indiana Gazette

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

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

Wind

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

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

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

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

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

USA: Fugro Completes Mayflower Wind Site Survey, Offshore Engineer

Solar

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

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

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

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

Portsmouth Residents Want New Solar Ordinance Revised, EcoRI

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

Solar farm to create renewable energy option, WAGM

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

EVs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nuclear

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

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

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

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

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

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

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

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

Middletown firefighters prepare for potential LNG incidents, NewportRI.com

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

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Hydropower project faces new challenge, Newburyport Daily News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conn. Attorney General Scrutinizes Eversource Outage System, WSHU

Eversource pilots helicopter tree-trimming program, Union Leader

Opinion

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

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

Weekly Planet: Vermonters voted for the environment, Rutland Herald

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

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Energy News for week ending October 9, 2020

Ludicrous…Propaganda | Hard 2021 | Radiative Cooling

Happy Friday folks.

We have quite a few stories below about CT’s new legislation aimed at requiring utilities to pay up if power isn’t restored after 96 hours among other penalties and incentives. This article won the headline war though, Electric rate hikes as a result of new law? ‘Ludicrous…propaganda.’ (Middletown Press)

With election day fast approaching, things are heating up in Maine over the Clean Energy Connect power line. Despite this story from the Press Herald New England Clean Energy Connect may start construction in November, despite opposition, there is this report from the Bangor Daily News CMP could have hard 2021 in Augusta as legislative hopefuls turn against corridor.

For a new technology story this week, we alert you to Bringing the chill of the cosmos to a warming planet “Scientists are tapping into a law of physics to create cooling systems that work without special fuel or electricity.” (Washington Post)

That’s the recap for this week. Enjoy the long weekend, and as always, stay safe.

Efficiency/Storage

GMP energy storage program saves customers millions, WCAX

Once shut out, Maine cannabis industry now eligible for sustainable energy grants, Press Herald

Will the Distributed Energy Revolution Leave Renters Behind?, Greentech Media

Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

RI Updates 2030 Load and Renewables Forecast, RTO Insider

DOE study: Solar-hydro projects could power 40% of world, E&E News

National Grid sees hydrogen as a lynchpin, joins utilities targeting net zero carbon by 2050, Utility Dive

Boston near top in new clean energy scorecard, WHDH

Coalition: Avoided Deaths, Asthma Cases Underscore Need for TCI, State House News Service

Transportation and Climate Initiative gets corporate push, Worcester Business Journal

Can the US Catch Up in the Green Hydrogen Economy,? Greentech Media

MBTA embracing renewable energy, CommonWealth Magazine

Bringing the chill of the cosmos to a warming planet, Washington Post

Job losses in renewables sector total 75,669; clean energy losses at 477,862: report, S&P Global

Wind, solar smash records. But analysts worry it won’t last, E&E News (subscriber content)

Long-delayed Trump administration study finds that climate change threatens polar bears, Washington Post

Is Wave Energy Ready to Climb Out of the ‘Valley of Death’?, Greentech Media

Second wave: Ocean Power Technologies’ power-grid plan sank, but it grabbed life preserver by switching focus to niche offshore systems, ROI-NJ

Jaffrey’s MilliporeSigma unveils new $14.4M wastewater treatment plant, Keene Sentinel

Wind

UMaine continues to develop floating concrete wind turbine, WBAI TV

European developers build out dominance in US offshore wind race, S&P Global

Ørsted to Host Three Virtual Open Houses: Offer Updates on the Progress of the Ocean Wind Offshore Wind Project, tapinto.net

Solar

Plymouth Planning Board considers solar fields on bogs, Wicked Local Plymouth

Company eyes solar farm at New England Dragway, seacoastonline.com

Marsh Sanctuary alleges special treatment for proposed Mount Kisco solar farm, Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals

Oregon solar company eyes two projects in Rutland Town, Rutland Herald

EVs

Vermont offering up to $5,000 towards purchase of energy efficient used car, St. Albans Messenger

New kind of ride in Beverly, Beverly officials charged up about first electric school bus, Salem News

Electric Trash Trucks Are Coming Quietly to Your Town, Wall St. Journal

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Lynch: FBI To Investigate Possibility of Cyberattack At Weymouth Compressor, WBUR

Weymouth officials, residents want to see gas company’s emergency plan, Patriot Ledger

State approves $56 million settlement with Columbia Gas for Merrimack Valley gas explosions, Boston Globe

Nuclear

Bill Gates-backed nuclear fusion pioneer: ‘We can fill the gaps left by wind and solar,’ Recharge

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Grid operator calls for ‘net carbon pricing,’ CommonWealth Magazine

R.I.’s Climate Crisis Means Higher Energy Bills and Less Work, EcoRI

After a summer of widespread outages and rising rates, anger at utility companies explodes on the campaign trail, Hartford Courant

Massachusetts City Plans “Microgrid without Borders,” Microgrid Knowledge

CT Utility Reform Bill Passes: Here’s What It Means For Customers, Patch.com

A new bill requires Connecticut utility companies to pay up when the power is out for an extended period. Here are 7 ways it affects customers., Hartford Courant

Electric rate hikes as a result of new law? ‘Ludicrous…propaganda,’ Middletown Press

New England Clean Energy Connect may start construction in November, despite opposition, Press Herald

CMP could have hard 2021 in Augusta as legislative hopefuls turn against corridor, Bangor Daily News

Five First Nations file brief with DOE opposing New England Clean Energy Connect, Energy Central

Mayor: Plan will lower residents’ electric bills, Eagle Tribune

Inside the Utility Company Lobbying Blitz That Will Hike Electric Bills, ProPublica

How to Prepare for Increased Energy Disruptions Due to Extreme Weather, NY1

Power-buying policy still an open question in NJ, NJ Spotlight

Opinion

Opinion: A clean energy future for Connecticut, CT Post

NY needs clean renewable energy like Québec hydropower, Altamont Enterprise

Maine Voices: Canada’s ‘Atlantic Loop’ power grid could bring big value to Maine, CentralMaine.com

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Energy News for week ending August 7, 2020

Path to Survival | One Billion Dollars | Clean Peak

Happy Friday folks.

We start this week’s recap with a story from Greentech Media, “Massachusetts Pilot Project Offers Gas Utilities a Possible Path to Survival. Utility Eversource is partnering on Boston-area district geothermal pilots as the state contemplates a gas-free future for buildings. In June, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey asked the state’s Department of Public Utilities to open an investigation into the future of natural-gas companies in the state…The attorney general’s office asked utility regulators to explore the potential for a range of alternatives to decarbonize heating, including building electrification, energy efficiency and ‘geothermal network applications.’ The last option is a nod to work by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) to advance a concept called the GeoMicroDistrict, which would see heat pumps in individual buildings transferring thermal energy between a shared district water loop and their own heating and cooling distribution systems. In such a system, gas companies could deliver thermal energy instead of gas — minus the carbon, says Audrey Schulman, HEET’s co-executive director.”

Next we shift to NY news with this story from Grist, “New York is spending $1 billion to help residents conserve energy — and lower their bills. As summer heat waves converge with a surging pandemic and an impending economic collapse, energy-efficient homes are becoming particularly critical to Americans’ well-being. Millions now face tough choices when it comes to energy usage: The longer they stay home to stay safe from both scorching heat and COVID-19, the higher their utility bills climb. New York’s state government, for its part, is eyeing a long-term solution to this conundrum. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is collaborating with the region’s investor-owned utilities to provide clean and energy-efficient solutions to more than 350,000 low-to-moderate income households throughout the state. The collaboration aims to more than double the number of lower-income households that have access to services like voluntary electric load reduction, as well as better insulation and air sealing for more efficient cooling and heating, according to an announcement from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office last week. The initiative will also provide education and community support programs to connect these upgrades to the households most in need.”

For the last highlight of this week we look to a State House News story brought to us by MassLive. “New program aims to sub in clean power during peak energy periods. The Baker administration rolled out the final regulations Tuesday for a first-in-the-nation financial incentive program that aims to promote clean energy generation to supply power when demand on the grid is at its highest, and officials said it will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save ratepayers money. The clean peak energy standard would require every retail electric supplier with a contract signed or extended since the start of 2019 to provide a minimum percentage of its kilowatt-hour sales to end-use customers in Massachusetts from ‘clean peak’ resources — renewables, energy storage systems or ‘clean energy technologies that can supply electricity or reduce demand during seasonal peak demand periods.’ The idea is to address periods of the greatest demand on the electric grid — when power generators sometimes turn to dirtier fossil fuels.”

Have a great weekend and as always, stay safe.

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

New York is spending $1 billion to help residents conserve energy — and lower their bills, Grist

Mandated energy efficiency scores would influence home buying: ACEEE, Utility Dive

Mass. launches financing program for business energy projects, Worcester Business Journal

As grant-funded lighting project nears end, town struggles to meet long-term energy goals, Harvard Press

 

Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

CT’s long road to replace nuclear power with wind and solar, Middletown Press

Report suggests increasing pumped storage could cut electric costs and carbon emissions, Water Power Magazine

Who Will Own the Hydrogen Future: Oil Companies or Power Utilities?, Greentech Media

Report: Climate Change Raises Flood Risks For Superfund Sites In N.H., Elsewhere, NHPR

Report: ‘Total decarbonization’ would create 25M jobs, E&E News

The Worst-Case Scenario for Global Warming Tracks Closely With Actual Emissions, Inside Climate News

New program aims to sub in clean power during peak energy periods, State House News via Taunton Daily Gazette

Massachusetts lawmakers in climate policy bill conference committee snuff out carbon emissions, State House News Service via MassLive

Which states are making the most progress on emissions? Not the ones you think., Grist

Investors launch climate plan to get to net zero emissions by 2050, Reuters

Hurricane, Fire, Covid-19: Disasters Expose the Hard Reality of Climate Change, New York Times

Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases – study, The Guardian

How falling solar costs have renewed clean hydrogen hopes, MIT Technology Review

 

Wind

Massachusetts puts grid backbone on the back burner, 4C Offshore

CT’s largest ever renewable energy investment nears final approval, Hartford Business Journal

URI Researcher to Map Commercial Fishing Activity to Reduce Conflict Between Industry and Energy Projects, EcoRI

Floating Offshore Wind on Cusp of Unlocking Big Source of Finance, Experts Say, Greentech Media

U.S. Offshore Wind Needs to Clear a Key Hurdle: Connecting to the Grid, Scientific American

Offshore wind report forecasts $1.7B of revenue from new federal lease auctions by 2022, Utility dive

GE plans to give offshore wind energy a supercomputing boost, The Verge

Maine’s $100M Floating Offshore Wind Project Finds Major Backers: RWE and Mitsubishi, Greentech Media

 

Solar

Newark launches $10 million project to install solar panels, other energy efficiency upgrades, Newark Post

 

EVs

GM, EVgo to install 2,700 electric-vehicle charging stations, Detroit News

Global Electric Vehicle Cords Top 1 Million, Bloomberg

A new kind of command car at Kennebunk Fire Department, Press Herald

 

Nuclear

Smaller Nuclear Plants May Come With Less Stringent Safety Rules, NPR

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Massachusetts Pilot Project Offers Gas Utilities a Possible Path to Survival, Greentech Media

Gas safety legislation stalls on Beacon Hill, Salem News

As natural gas bans go national, can cities fill the gap?, E&E News

How climate and business woes are sinking a natural-gas project, Axios

Oil and Gas Groups See ‘Some Common Ground’ in Biden Energy Plan, New York Times

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Opponents debate merits of Maine hydro project, Codcast CommonWealth Magazine (audio)

Maine’s high court wrestles with lawsuit holding major implications for CMP corridor, Bangor Daily News

Eversource faces the wrath of Connecticut officials as more than 600,000 remain without electricity cut by Tropical Storm Isaias, Hartford Current

Storm recovery upsets Norwich Public Utilities cost-cutting efforts, The Day

Municipalities who own power plants not zapped by electricity price hikes, WTNH (CT)

After a week of complaints, utility regulators temporarily pull plug on Eversource rate hike, CT Mirror

New Jersey’s PSEG Seeks to Sell Merchant Fossil, Solar Fleet, Greentech Media

New York And Connecticut Call For Probes Into Utility Companies’ Response To Isaias, NPR

Con Edison seeks approval to offer access to green power, Queens Gazette

Eversource: Some rate relief approved for electric customers, MassLive

 

Opinion/Editorial

Getting rid of fossil fuels in buildings, CommonWealth Magazine

The Importance of Microgrids for Marginalized Communities, Microgrid Knowledge

House takes baby steps on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

Columnist Marty Nathan: Legislature’s opaque process hurts climate fight, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Why the CMP corridor is a bad deal for Maine and the climate, Maine Beacon

Best climate change policy you’ve never heard of, CommonWealth Magazine

 

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Energy News for week ending July 24, 2020

Reluctantly Rejected | Wind that Works

Happy Friday.

It’s been a fairly quiet week for energy news, so we’ll keep it short.

From Commonwealth Magazine, “Healey reluctantly rejects Brookline bylaw. Measure banned most oil, gas pipes in new buildings. Attorney General Maura Healey’s office on Tuesday reluctantly shot down a bylaw approved by the town of Brookline that would have barred the installation of most fossil fuel infrastructure in any new buildings or significant rehabs of existing buildings. In a 12-page ruling, Healey applauded the town’s bid to start addressing greenhouse gas emissions but said the bylaw approved overwhelmingly by town meeting members in November is preempted by the state building code, gas code, and a law giving the Department of Public Utilities oversight of the sale and distribution of natural gas in Massachusetts.”

Also from CommonWealth Magazine we have, “Bernhardt eager for offshore wind ‘that works.’ Secretary Of The Interior David Bernhardt flew into Boston on Tuesday where he defended putting Vineyard Wind, the nation’s first large-scale wind farm, on hold for more than a year and promised a key permitting decision on the project in December that will work for both wind developers and fishing interests. Bernhardt, whose boss, President Trump, has shown little interest in offshore wind, said he is eager to launch the offshore wind industry. ‘I am very eager to do it, but I am eager to do it in a way that works,’ he said. ‘Let me give you an example. In the West we do wind. You know where we don’t put a windmill? In the middle of a highway. You can drive all the roads in the west and you’re not going to drive into a windmill.’ His comment appeared to be a reference to concerns of fishing groups that wind turbines would block access to fishing grounds and hamper navigation. ‘We don’t whack people with an unnecessary burden if we can avoid it and do things sustainably,’ he said. ‘I need a development program that is done in a way that’s sustainable for everybody.’”

Have a great weekend and as always, stay safe.

 

Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

The most powerful renewable energy, BBC

Study of emissions and virus deaths implicates EPA policy, E&E News

Climate Change Poses ‘Systemic Threat’ to the Economy, Big Investors Warn, New York Times

Global Warming Is Driving Polar Bears Toward Extinction, Researchers Say, New York Times

Rich Americans spew more carbon pollution at home than poor, AP

Major new climate study rules out less severe global warming scenarios, Washington Post

Hydrogen Becomes More Viable as a Microgrid Fuel, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Wind

Bernhardt eager for offshore wind ‘that works,’ CommonWealth Magazine

State lawmakers call for action on wind farm, Cape Cod Times

New York Issues Second Offshore Wind Solicitation, Overcoming Coronavirus Delays, Greentech Media

Development of East Providence marine terminal gains $15M in Rebuild Rhode Island incentives, Providence Business News

New Jersey drafts offshore wind solicitation for up to 2.4 GW, Utility Dive

Senate Republicans urge McConnell to include clean energy in COVID-19 recovery package, Utility Dive

Lake turbines part of new state power play, Observer Today (NY)

 

Solar

‘They need to be ready.’ Study warns of growing solar waste, E&E News

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company Reports on Progress for Solar Project on Landfill in Brattleboro Vermont, Globe Newswire

 

EVs

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities investigates advanced metering and time varying rates for customers with electric vehicles, Energy and Cleantech Counsel

Auto Makers Charge Ahead With Electric-Vehicle Plans, Wall St. Journal

New York investor-owned utilities to fund $701M make-ready EV infrastructure program, Utility Dive

In electric car market, it’s Tesla and a jumbled field of also-rans, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

 

Nuclear

Nuclear power has been top-down and hierarchical. These women want to change that., Vox

Bribery Scandals Taint Efforts to Save U.S. Nuclear Plants, Bloomberg Quint

Gas

Ashland Select Board requests AG’s aid in Eversource pipeline fight, MetroWest Daily News

Healey reluctantly rejects Brookline bylaw, CommonWealth Magazine

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Bill to replace CMP with public entity faces key vote Friday, Press Herald

New findings show Maine Power could produce $9 billion in benefits for Maine people, Maine House Democrats

Grid operators agree on short-term gas benefits, but say it shouldn’t limit renewables growth, Utility Dive

 

Events

Hydrogen and the Green Economy, NECA Webinar, July 29, 2020

EBC Second Annual New England Climate Change, Resilence & Adaptation Summit: Part One – State Leadership, July 31, 2020

Webinar: Retail Energy Choice in 2020: An in-depth discussion on what the most recent data really means for consumers, CT Power and Energy Society, August 25, 2020

Co-Keynotes—Forging Decarbonization Plans & Essential Policies, Implementing Decarbonization Strategies—It Takes The Whole Village, Online, Restructuring Roundtable, September 25, 2020

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Energy News for week ending June 26, 2020

Carbon Tax | Solar Limbo | StEnSea

Happy Friday afternoon.

We start we a story from the Concord Monitor, “New England Power Generators pushing for a carbon tax. A utility group representing most of the power plants in New England is supporting the idea of a tax on the carbon content of emissions, an idea supported by many economists as the simplest and most market-based way to reduce greenhouse gas production. The report by Cavicchi and Paul Hibbard of the Analysis Group for New England Power Generators Association says a price of between $25 and $70 per ton of CO2 in emissions would drive changes in electricity production, transportation and heating that could meet the region’s emissions targets. A carbon tax would raise the price of gasoline and heating oil, spurring a switch to electric vehicles and electric heat pumps. As the power grid comes cleaner with more renewable energy, that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This strategy, often placed under the slogan ‘electrify everything,’ is a major plank in many proposals to fight the climate emergency. The report argues that total spending would also decline by switching to electrified transportation and heating, saving customers money.”

Next up is a story from PineTreeWatch.org, “6,000 Maine solar projects remain in limbo due to uncertainty over federal decision on net metering petition. The fate of net metering in New England — and across the United States — remains unknown, but resistance to its erasure is mounting. More than 450 organizations, 57,000 individuals and 37 states submitted comments opposing a petition that could set a national precedent and end a billing practice that credits users for investing in solar. Twenty-two organizations and individuals filed support for the proposal. The public comment window ended on June 15. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has not yet set a date to rule on the petition, which was filed by the New England Ratepayers Association in April…Maine Gov. Janet Mills was among those who spoke out against the petition, asking commissioners to ‘outright dismiss this petition.’ More than 6,000 ongoing projects in Maine rely on the benefits of net metering and the petition ‘would put at risk Maine’s existing renewable energy programs and the economic benefits enjoyed by thousands of citizens,’ Mills wrote in a letter to FERC. The Maine Public Utilities Commission and Maine Office of the Public Advocate also issued statements opposing the petition. ‘We’re not going away,’ said Barry Hobbins, Maine’s Public Advocate, whose job is to look out for the interests of public utility customers in Maine. ‘This could really undercut the solar industry.’”

For our new technology feature we look to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, “Energy storage at sea could enable full transition to renewable power. A new form of pumped-storage hydroelectricity (PSH) has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology in Germany. The project, entitled Storing Energy at Sea (StEnSea), uses concrete spheres anchored on the seafloor. To store energy, water is pumped out of the spheres, against the pressure of the surrounding seawater. When the energy is required, water is allowed to flow back into the spheres, driving turbines. No upper reservoir or transmission pipe is required since the surrounding seawater provides the necessary water pressure. When compared to conventional PSH, the need for land is eliminated and structures are minimised. It eliminates the danger of dam collapse and improves storage efficiency since evaporation from the upper reservoir does not reduce the energy stored. It is proposed that spheres with a diameter of 30m would be located at a depth of 700m, giving a nominal storage capacity of 27MWh. When the actual internal volume and operating efficiency of the system are taken into account, this configuration is expected to yield 18.3MWh storage capacity with a peak power output of 5MW.”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a great weekend and as always, stay safe.

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

ACEEE highlights 10 building energy performance standards to help meet climate goals, Utility Dive

New York Power Authority, Signify upgrade 500K streetlights statewide, Utility Dive

FEATURE: Energy storage at sea could enable full transition to renewable power, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Bring-Your-Own-Batteries and EV Chargers: The Future of Distributed Energy Integration?, Greentech Media

 

Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

New England Power Generators pushing for a carbon tax, Concord Monitor

Corporate carbon reduction targets get boost with new EEI, WRI utility emission rate tool, Utility Dive

Much of New York City’s generation needs to be displaced to reach state renewables target, agencies say, Utility Dive

US public opinion supports action on climate change — and has for years, Vox.com

Emissions reduction bill clears Senate committee, VT Digger

The Energy 202: House Democrats push aid for wind and solar in new infrastructure bill, Washington Post

Why Tackle Climate Change? To Save Craft Beer and Outdoor Sports, Greentech Media

 

Wind

Health board hopes to hold hearing ‘when feasible’ on wind turbines, Wicked Local Plymouth

Wind farm-related relocation of Connecticut fishermen stirs funding debate, Undercurrent News

New London and Connecticut Port Authority again at odds on funding, the Day

In New York, The Town Of Freedom Isn’t Free From Big Wind, Forbes.com

Trump administration wind and solar approvals lag Obama record: study, Reuters

Deep in the Heart of Texas, a Chinese Wind Farm Raises Eyebrows, Foreign Policy

 

Solar

6,000 Maine solar projects remain in limbo due to uncertainty over federal decision on net metering petition, Pine Tree Watch

Trapping the sun: New thin-film technology uses sustainable components for solar panels, Phys.org

GMP has app to let customers support small biz and nonprofits, Rutland Herald

BlackRock Leads $50M Investment Into Off-Grid Solar Technology That Generates Water, Greentech Media

Environmental Group Pursues Residential Solar Mandate in 10 States, Greentech Media

 

EVs

State Expanding Clean Car Rebates to Commercial Fleets, State House News Service (subscriber content)

Apple Maps gets electric vehicle routing to find EV chargers, Techcrunch

Ford aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, The Verge

 

Nuclear

Citizens’ Panel Reviews Pilgrim Nuclear Settlement, WCAI

Local leaders like Pilgrim deal but want more for Plymouth, Wicked Local Plymouth

Report: Company Decommissioning Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Under Criminal Investigation, WBUR

Truck hauling empty Vermont Yankee waste containers tips over, WCAX

Judge Orders Decommissioning Temporarily Halted at Former Nuclear Plant, (NJ) The Sandpaper

 

Gas

Report cites slow progress fixing gas leaks, Salem News

Columbia Gas Ordered To Pay $53M Fine For Merrimack Valley Explosions, WBUR

UPDATE: Federal judge formally sentences Columbia Gas for Merrimack Valley disaster, Eagle Tribune

LNG shipments by rail OK’d in US amid pipeline battles, Gloucester Times

PG&E First Major Utility to Support State Bans on Natural Gas, Bloomberg Law

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Feds OK $140 million fuel subsidy for New England power plants in winter, Concord Monitor

Black households pay more for energy than white households: analysis, The Hill

Norwich Public Utilities continues to see impacts of COVID-19 on customers, The Day

What is Transactive Energy and Why is it Important to Microgrids?, Microgrid Knowledge

CMP Transmission Line Faces New Legal Challenges, Including One Over Public Lands, Maine Public

Trump’s Grid Order Baffles Utilities Over What They Can Buy, Yahoo! Finance

 

Opinion

Op-Ed: Off-shore wind can still power Massachusetts, Boston Business Journal

Our view: South Jersey to get another piece of state’s offshore wind industry, Press of Atlantic City

MY VIEW: Storage of spent nuclear fuel a matter of public safety, Cape Cod Times

The truth about the future of gas: We don’t need to build anymore, Utility Dive

Hard truths about net metering and the perils of regulatory nihilism, Utility Dive

Rural New York pays price as NYC benefits, Times Union

Will New Jersey’s New Wind Port Be A Game Changer Or A Financial Boondoggle?, Forbes.com

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Energy News for week ending June 12, 2020

Focus on Mystic | The Oceans Have It | $11B in Savings

Happy Friday afternoon.

There were a cluster of letters and stories this week that focused on and/or mentioned the Mystic Generating Station in Everett, MA.

Another interesting trend this week was stories about ocean-related climate and renewable energy possibilities.

Lastly, here is some good news about what we all know about energy efficiency, DOE’s Better Buildings initiative notches $11B in savings across 10 years, Utility Dive

That’s this week’s quick recap. Have a great weekend and as always, stay safe.

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

New Jersey sets ‘top tier’ energy efficiency goal, targets more than 2% electricity savings, Utility Dive

So, What Exactly Is Building Electrification?, Greentech Media

New York Grid Operator Prepares for DERs & Storage as Part of Sweeping Change, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

90% Clean Grid by 2035 Is Not Just Feasible, But Cheaper, Study Says, Greentech Media

NYSERDA moves to launch program targeting brownfields and other less desirable sites for renewables, Utility Dive

Clues to the impact of climate change may seep from a volcano in Costa Rica, Washington Post

A Drop in Sulfate Emissions During the Coronavirus Lockdown Could Intensify Arctic Heatwaves, Inside Climate News

‘Surprisingly rapid’ rebound in carbon emissions post-lockdown, The Guardian

Renewables may lag through 2030: What it means for CO2, E&E News (subscriber content)

Renewable Energy Advocates Want Job Training Focus in COVID-19 Recovery, NHPR

 

Wind

Feds release Vineyard Wind environmental assessment, CommonWealth Magazine

New York’s Energy Transition (and Challenges) in 5 Charts, Greentech Media

Feds see 2,000 East Coast turbines over 10 years, State House News Service via Newburyport Daily News

 

Solar

Rules cast shadow over some solar power projects, State House News Service via WWLP

Foes of Rhode Island solar project lose legal battle, NewportRI.com

Coronavirus Won’t Stop US Solar Growth in 2020, But Rooftop Installers Take Serious Hit, Greentech Media

New York’s Energy Transition (and Challenges) in 5 Charts, Greentech Media

Utility-scale solar to soar in 2020, despite COVID, while coal decline accelerates, SEIA, EIA project, Utility Dive

 

EVs

EV supply chain could see years of shortages — report, E&E News (subscriber content)

Investors Bullish on EV Charging Despite Slowdown in Car Sales, Greentech Media

Tesla says air quality jumps from coronavirus lockdowns make case for electric vehicles, Axios.com

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Sentencing of utility behind 2018 Mass. gas explosions delayed over probation issue, Reuters

Trump’s New Clean Water Act Rules Could Affect Embattled Natural Gas Projects on Both Coasts, Inside Climate News

 

Nuclear

Officials Investigating Another Unplanned Shutdown ‘Scram’ At Seabrook Nuclear Plant, NHPR

Nuclear Fusion Technology Being Developed For Electric Vehicles, Autoversed.com

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

AARP contests Eversource’s proposed rate hike, citing pandemic, Keene Sentinel

NYISO market monitor recommends dynamic reserve procurement, S&P Global

State Of The New York City Grid, Urban Green Council

New York’s economy is slowly reopening, but electricity demand remains clipped due to COVID-19, Utility Dive

Public Policy Challenges Top NYISO Grid Plans, RTO Insider (subscriber content)

Using Microbial Nanowires for Electricity Generation, AzoNano.com

 

Opinion

Putting land for solar off-limits could hurt farmers, CommonWealth Magazine

CMP corridor project will create new wildfire dangers in remote Maine, Bangor Daily News

Racism, Police Violence, and the Climate Are Not Separate Issues, New Yorker

Massachusetts’ Clean Peak Standard — A trailblazer in the nation’s clean energy transition, Utility Dive

Union issues strike authorization for New York Con Edison workers, Reuters

Letter: Paying too much for power doesn’t help environment, Union Leader

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Energy News for week ending May 15, 2020

Planned Approach | Green Grant Rejected | Secret Space Plane

Happy Friday afternoon.

We start with an offshore wind story brought to us by the State House News Service via the Boston Business Journal. “Report sees benefits in offshore energy transmission hub. If Massachusetts and other New England states continue to develop offshore wind projects that each have their own cables connecting the offshore arrays to the onshore power grid, transmission costs will be higher, there will be more marine life disturbance and greater environmental impacts, and the existing grid could need significant upgrades sooner, a Brattle Group report found. The report, which was conducted on behalf of a Wakefield-based company that focuses exclusively on transmission, recommends that Massachusetts and surrounding states adopt a planned transmission approach to offshore wind, in which existing wind lease areas would connect to one common transmission network and then deliver power to southern New England…Using a planned transmission approach rather than individual generator lead lines from each offshore project would lead to a 10 percent reduction in overall transmission costs, 49 percent less undersea cable, 40 percent less energy lost in transmission and optimized utilization of each of the limited locations at which offshore wind power can be brought onto shore, the Brattle Group said Thursday morning as it presented its findings alongside Anbaric, the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance and Eric Hines of Tufts University.”

We missed this story last week, but the interesting dynamics in it made it worth sharing this week. From the Daily Hampshire Gazette, “Holyoke City Council turns down $275K grant for green energy planning. After nearly an hour of heated debate Tuesday evening, six members of the City Council voted to reject a $275,000 grant to help Holyoke transition away from fossil fuels. The Barr Foundation announced in December that the city would be a recipient of the grant, which would have paid for project management and technical consulting for developing a plan to transition the city’s buildings and energy grid to renewable energy. But the City Council voted 7-6 on the grant, denying the body the nine votes it needed. “I believe that this grant is an attempt to basically introduce a political agenda — the politics of the Green New Deal — into Holyoke,” At-Large Councilor Howard Greaney said during the meeting…The grant had previously been the subject of disagreement over the role that the grassroots organization Neighbor to Neighbor would play in the project. Neighbor to Neighbor, which organizes against environmental and racial injustice, was set to receive their own separate, $125,000 grant to do outreach to city residents…Much of the controversy revolved around a protest that Neighbor to Neighbor held in October 2018 at the Suffolk Street headquarters of Holyoke Gas & Electric, or HG&E — the city’s municipal utility. HG&E also was slated to be a partner in the grant project. For some councilors, though, the protest was too much. In February, the Council’s Finance Committee had already recommended, by a 3-2 vote, to reject the grant. But the full City Council sent the grant back to the Finance Committee, asking the city’s director of planning and economic development, Marcos Marrero, to contact the Barr Foundation about the possibility of removing mention of Neighbor to Neighbor from the grant. The Barr Foundation ultimately said it would not amend the contract, and asked the council to vote the grant up or down… Bartley expressed opposition to Neighbor to Neighbor’s role in the project. He added that the outcome of the Barr Foundation project is to reduce fossil fuel consumption to as close to zero as possible. ‘That’s the goal,’ Bartley said. ‘So the ‘G’ in the ‘Gas and Electric’ might as well go away. I just can’t in good conscience support this grant.’”

For our technology feature of the week, we bring you this story from Wired, “A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit. On Saturday, the US Air Force is expected to launch its secret space plane, X-37B, for a long-duration mission in low Earth orbit. The robotic orbiter looks like a smaller version of the space shuttle and has spent nearly eight of the past 10 years in space conducting classified experiments for the military. Almost nothing is known about what X-37B does up there, but ahead of its sixth launch the Air Force gave some rare details about its cargo. In addition to its usual suite of secret military tech, the X-37B will also host a few unclassified experiments during its upcoming sojourn in space…But the real star of the show is a small solar panel developed by the physicists at the Naval Research Lab that will be used to conduct the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power. ‘This is a major step forward,’ says Paul Jaffe, an electronics engineer at the Naval Research Lab and lead researcher on the project. ‘This is the first time that any component geared towards a solar-powered satellite system has ever been tested in orbit.’ Space-based solar power is all about getting solar power to Earth no matter the weather or the time of day. The basic idea is to convert the sun’s energy into microwaves and beam it down. Unlike terrestrial solar panels, satellites in a sufficiently high orbit might only experience darkness for a few minutes per day. If this energy could be captured, it could provide an inexhaustible source of power no matter where you are on the planet.”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a wonderful weekend and stay well.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Ashland consultant says Eversource pipeline project is unnecessary, MetroWest Daily News

Does New York need a new natural gas pipeline? It’s about to decide., Grist

Weymouth compressor station moves toward completion, Patriot Ledger

US fossil fuel giants set for a coronavirus bailout bonanza, The Guardian

Gas stoves can generate unsafe levels of indoor air pollution, Vox.com

 

Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

Mass. emission strategies all up in air, CommonWealth Magazine

In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S., New York Times

Clean energy has shed nearly 600,000 U.S. jobs due to pandemic: report, Reuters

Replace NYC peakers with renewables+storage? Plant owners say they’re working on it, Utility Dive

Clean energy, rate relief on collision course, Politico

Holyoke City Council turns down $275K grant for green energy planning, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Judge Dismisses Another Green Development Lawsuit, EcoRI

Climate models got hotter. Why they might be overshooting, E&E News

April 2020 was Earth’s second hottest April on record, NOAA

Smog-Causing Pollutant Way Down In Mass. — For Now, WBUR

US Emissions May See Record Decline in 2020, Study Says, Greentech Media

 

Wind

Report sees benefits in offshore energy transmission hub, State House News via Boston Business Journal (Paywall)

Treasury Department offers wind industry coronavirus lifeline with proposed safe harbor extension, Utility Dive

Climbing Wind Turbines for a Living | That’s Amazing, greatbigstory.com

US wind sector delivers ‘strong first quarter’ despite coronavirus crisis, Energy Live News

Eversource pushes back startup date for NY offshore wind farm, SandP Global

 

Solar

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit, Wired

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Cold storage: Organic proton batteries show disposal, solar pairing advantages in advance to market, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Consultant says NorthStar’s spending on track, Brattleboro Reformer

NRC commissioner blasts proposed emergency preparedness rules for SMRs as a ‘radical departure,’ Utility Dive

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

CMP gets a key state approval for its hydropower corridor, Bangor Daily News

New England takes key step to 1.2 GW of Quebec hydro as Maine approves transmission line, Utility Dive

Ditching PJM capacity market could cost New Jersey $386M through 2022, market monitor finds, Utility Dive

NYISO stands by renewable exemption limit proposal, urges swift FERC action, S&P Global

CT regulators toughen rules on energy suppliers, Greenwich Time

CMP parent sues state in effort to halt proposed anti-corridor referendum, Bangor Daily News

House coronavirus bill aims to prevent utility shutoffs, The Hill

 

Editorial/Opinion

CT regulators toughen rules on energy suppliers, Greenwich Time

Stop Equating Coronavirus with Climate Action, Next City

NJ’s energy master plan is a winner, Energy Central

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