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Energy News for week ending August 2, 2019

Whack-a-Mole | Protection Eliminated | RI Raises Concerns

Happy Thursday! We’re coming at you a day early this week, because tomorrow is a busy day.

So let’s get at it.

We don’t normally feature an Op Ed, but this one from MA Attorney General Maura Healey caught our attention. As CommonWealth Magazine explains it, “Attorney General Maura Healey’s office issued a new report on Thursday indicating that consumers who signed on with competitive electricity suppliers between July 2017 and June 2018 paid $76.2 million more than if they remained with their existing service carrier. An earlier report reached similar conclusions. Healey has filed legislation that would bar competitive suppliers from contracting with new residential customers after January 1.”

In another item from CommonWealth Magazine, “Gov. Charlie baker and the Legislature on Wednesday rushed through a measure that eliminates the state requirement that the next offshore wind contract come in at a price lower than the last one. The so-called declining price cap was approved in 2016 because of fears the price of offshore wind power would be high, with electricity ratepayers needing some protection against excessive prices. But the initial contract price with Vineyard Wind was much lower than expected, so low that many are concerned no companies will even bid on the next contract. Bids are due on the next contract August 9.”

Speaking of wind, it seems our neighbors to the south are making it tough for Vineyard Wind to move forward. From the Boston Globe, “If the nation’s first major offshore wind farm doesn’t get off the ground, there will be plenty of finger-pointing to go around. Some may be pointed at Rhode Island’s congressional delegation. The state’s two senators and two representatives sent a letter on July 12 to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, expressing concerns about how the federal agency has handled the review of offshore wind development. In particular, they want BOEM to be more sensitive to potential conflicts with fishermen and marine life. (They also want the agency to open a regional office in Rhode Island.) The letter doesn’t mention the Vineyard Wind project by name. But the timing indicates Vineyard Wind was on their minds: The letter went out the same week the developer learned that a crucial permit from BOEM would be delayed. Vineyard Wind, a venture owned by Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, said it would need the permit within the next several weeks. If not, its 800-megawatt wind farm proposal for waters south of Martha’s Vineyard couldn’t proceed in its current form.”

Those are the highlights for this week. Have a great Friday and weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Massachusetts House of Representatives approves air monitoring station near Weymouth compressor, Wicked Local

Columbia Gas settles class action lawsuits related to gas disaster, Eagle Tribune

Oil and gas groups under pressure to plug leaks, Financial Times

Controversial Williams Pipeline Could Still be Built Despite Rejection, Spectrum News NY1

PSEG on track to reduce emissions 80%, will divest all remaining coal interests, Utility Dive

Rally calls for National Grid to repair gas leaks, Boston Globe

Hempstead Town may drop National Grid to save millions on gas bills for homes, businesses, Newsday

State filings detail lawmakers’ financial interests, possible conflicts, Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Scientists say they debunked claims of natural warming, E&E News

At Cape planning summit, future is climate change, Cape Cod Times

R.I. says clean energy plan falls short, Providence Journal

These states are producing the most renewable energy. Where does yours rank?, USA Today

New Bedford cited as a leader among clean energy communities, southcoasttoday.com

Pittsfield’s Renewable Energy Work Highlighted, IBerkshires

Few US cities on track to meet climate goals: ACEEE, Utility Dive

Wellesley receives $25,000 grant to help combat climate change, Boston Globe

Three Dartmouth alumni oppose $200 million biomass plant, New Hampshire Union Leader

House passes $1.3 billion for community climate resiliency projects, Wicked Local

Somerset plant awarded low-cost electricity, Niagara Gazette

 

Wind

Offshore wind price protection eliminated, CommonWealth Magazine

Exclusive: First big U.S. offshore wind project hits snag due to fishing-industry concerns, Reuters

Baker developing ‘cure plan’ for Vineyard Wind, CommonWealth Magazine

R.I. delegation raises concerns with speed of offshore wind review, Boston Globe

Island taking steps to seek mitigation money from Vineyard Wind, The Inquirer and Mirror

Scientists say Vineyard Wind project poses little risk to endangered whales, Energy Central

NY contracts with Eversource project, Journal Inquirer

Renewable groups pressure governor on wind price caps, southcoasttoday.com

Bourne homeowners file suit over turbines, Cape Cod Times

 

Solar

Brunswick’s tax on solar panels is legal, court rules, Portland Press Herald

Natick High School Could Save $20K with New Solar Panels, Patch

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

“Net zero” schools opening soon in Lexington, receive statewide recognition, Wicked LocaL

Engie Will Pay Storage Developers for Wholesale Market Dispatch Rights, Greentech Media

Study: New York State regulators are ignoring battery-storage trends, IEEFA

NY-BEST: New York peaker study underestimates storage potential, Utility Dive

 

EVs

Senate committee unanimously approves $1 billion for EV, natural gas and hydrogen fuel infrastructure, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

NRC denies group’s emergency petition, Daily News of Newburyport

Lockheed Martin Doubles Down on Cold Fusion, Motley Fool

CDI joint venture wins contract to decommission Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, S&P Global Platts

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

LaFleur cautions on administrative interference as she exits FERC, Utility Dive

Raimondo’s pick to lead Public Utilities Commission withdraws, Providence Journal

Dozens of Portland streetlights stay dark amid contract dispute with CMP, Portland Press Herald

First in the Nation Municipal Microgrid Program Advances Toward Final Goal Line, Microgrid Knowledge

Small Businesses in New York City Install Microgrids with RISE Funds, Microgrid Knowledge

Lawmakers hike assessment on utilities 50%, CommonWealth Magazine

Power line requiem or the Northern Pass megawatt blues, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Regulator: Decision on CMP rate request likely to be delayed, Portland Press Herald

S&P revises Eversource outlook to negative on offshore wind investment, S&P Global Platts

 

Editorial/Opinion

Time to put an end to whack-a-mole electricity sellers, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: Burning more fossil fuels has no place in addressing climate crisis, Telegram

Jump on solar project while we can, by Stephanie Scherr, Keene Sentinel

Terry M. Jarrett | State power grids feel the strain of summer heat, Tribune-Democrat

The false promise of nuclear power, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending July 12, 2019

Block the Compressor | Vineyard Wind Dealt 2 Blows | CMP Oppo Group Forms

 

Busy day here so no recap this week.

Enjoy the news below and have a great weekend!

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

29 senators urge DEP to block Weymouth gas facility, CommonWealth Magazine

At ‘wit’s end,’ Mariano pushes Weymouth air monitoring bill, Patriot Ledger

Weymouth: Legislation Aims at Heavy Oversight of Air Pollution at Compressor Station Sites, WATD-FM

National Grid to NYC customers: Support the Williams Pipeline or no new service, Grist

Officials outline plan to boost businesses still struggling after gas disaster, Eagle Tribune

The U.S. Is Overflowing With Natural Gas. Not Everyone Can Get It., Wall St. Journal

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Study: Carbon tax carries high cost, low benefit, Boston Herald

Climate change means roads should be built differently, UNH researchers say, Boston Globe

Experts Say U.S. Power Grid Needs To Change Before Shifting To All Renewable Energy, NPR

As Brayton Point transforms, Haddad legislation has brought nearly $18 million to Somerset, South Coast Today

$1B Renewable Energy Bill to be Subject of Public Hearing, NECN

Maine Hits Clean Energy Grand Slam, Union of Concerned Scientists

Lowell Council OKs green-energy boost, Lowell Sun

Which States Build the Greenest?, New York Times

Republicans Try to Buff Up Green Image With Environmental Caucus, Bloomberg

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind dealt blows on two fronts, MV Times

AIM to Baker: Modify the offshore wind price cap, CommonWealth Magazine

Connecticut issues draft RFP for 2 GW offshore wind, Utility Dive

 

Solar

How New York City Is Turning Its Thousands of Roofs Into Power Providers, New York Times

Polar ice chronicles a toxic metal’s surging production, Nature

New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits, Wired

Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer, Phys.org

 

Efficiency/Storage

Stem Steps Into Grid-Scale Storage With Partnership in Massachusetts, Greentech Media

New Jersey’s Draft Energy Plan Includes Support for Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge

Home Energy Reports: Still the ‘biggest, baddest way’ to drive customer behavior, Utility Dive

‘Opportunities everywhere’: NREL study shows mass potential for storage to provide peaking capacity, Utility Dive

Why Long Island Could Become New York’s First Energy Storage Hot Spot, Greentech Media

US Green Building Council seeks proposals to strengthen new LEED standard, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Scientist ‘unsure’ of Seabrook nuclear plant’s safety; NextEra says claims ‘simply wrong’, Gloucester Daily Times

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Opposition Group To Launch Petition Effort To Kill CMP’s Transmission Project, Maine Public Radio

RI Ranked 22nd Most Energy Expensive State in U.S., GoLocalProv

Conn. leads the nation in energy costs, Journal Inquirer

National Grid faces possible penalty on non-compliance of NY safety rules, CNBC

Aggressive U.S. energy policy tests ties with European allies. Reuters

Pennsylvania regulators outline criteria for alternative rate proposals to support new tech, Utility Dive

Climate, NIMBY concerns drive move to floating power plants, E&E News

N.Y. Launches Grid Modernization Challenge, North American Wind Power

 

Editorial/Opinion

Viewpoint: Mass. must double down on clean energy efforts, Boston Business Journal

Benson carbon pricing bill is smart policy, CommonWealth magazine

Editorial: Independent review makes sense on Berkshire Gas moratorium, Amherst Bulletin

My Turn: Doug Gablinske: Invenergy’s failure will cost all of us, Providence Journal

George Smith: Maine takes on climate change, Kennebec Journal

Dan Weeks: To Sununu: Go solar, Conway Daily Sun

Maine re-asserts its leadership in environmental priorities, Sun Journal

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Energy News for week ending June 14, 2019

Bury it | Major Risks | Sandwich Solar

 

Happy Flag Day! Here is this week’s energy news.

From the Washington Post, “The new plan to remove a trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: Bury it. It sounds like an idea plucked from science fiction, but the reality is that trees and plants already do it. Last month, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere surpassed 415 parts per million, the highest in human history. Environmental experts say the world is increasingly on a path toward a climate crisis. The most prominent efforts to prevent that crisis involve reducing carbon emissions. But another idea is also starting to gain traction — sucking all that carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it underground. It sounds like an idea plucked from science fiction, but the reality is that trees and plants already do it, breathing carbon dioxide and then depositing it via roots and decay into the soil. That’s why consumers and companies often “offset” their carbon emissions by planting carbon-sucking trees elsewhere in the world. But an upstart company, ­Boston-based Indigo AG, now wants to transform farming practices so that agriculture becomes quite the opposite of what it is today — a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.”

If we don’t do something about carbon emissions, the New York Times reports, “Climate Change Poses Major Risks to Financial Markets, Regulator Warns. A top financial regulator is opening a public effort to highlight the risk that climate change poses to the nation’s financial markets, setting up a clash with a president who has mocked global warming and whose administration has sought to suppress climate science. Rostin Behnam, who sits on the federal government’s five-member Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a powerful agency overseeing major financial markets including grain futures, oil trading and complex derivatives, said in an interview on Monday that the financial risks from climate change were comparable to those posed by the mortgage meltdown that triggered the 2008 financial crisis.”

To help get us out of this mess, one company is proposing a solar farm for the Cape. From the Cape Cod Times, “Large-scale solar project proposed for Sandwich. A Denver-based renewable energy company is seeking a special permit to install a large-scale solar panel in a forested area in Sandwich. ASD Cotuit MA Solar is proposing a roughly 5.6 megawatt “ground-mounted solar energy system” for an 18.8-acre site off Cotuit Road. The project will generate clean and renewable energy for homes and businesses and help the state meet its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards goals, proponents say.”

Those are the highlights for this week. There are a lot more stories below.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Trump’s Plan for Finding Oil in Alaska May Put Polar Bears at Risk, Reuters

Kempic “confident” disasters won’t happen again, Andover Townsman

Killingly energy plant plans clear Siting Council hurdle, The Bulletin

DEM to Hold Public Hearing on Invenergy’s Draft Air Permit, GoLocalProv

Gas Pipelines Take a Huge Toll on Delaware River Basin, New Report Finds, Yahoo!

New and better way to assess the climate impact of new pipelines, Environmental Defense Fund

 

Weymouth

Rep. Lynch urges state to hit reset on compressor project, Patriot Ledger

Charlie Baker pressed to halt Weymouth compressor station, Boston Herald

State: New toxins data don’t change stance on Weymouth gas facility, CommonWealth Magazine

State handling of Weymouth air-quality data called ‘unfortunate process,’ Wicked Local Weymouth

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Powerful business group adds climate change to its priorities, Boston Globe

The new plan to remove a trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: Bury it., Washington Post

Wheelabrator Millbury is cited as a top polluter, example of ‘environmental apartheid,’ Telegram.com

Utilities must address widening business-residential knowledge gap on clean energy: Deloitte, Utility Dive

Baker calls for $2.43B in borrowing, Salem News

Extreme weather sends energy demand growth to 9-year high, Financial Times

The Think Tank Struggling to Write the Green New Deal, The Atlantic

Some Republican Lawmakers Break With Party on Climate Change, Wall St. Journal

Planet is entering ‘new climate regime’ with ‘extraordinary’ heat waves intensified by global warming, study says, Washington Post

Maine Passes State-Level Green New Deal for Workforce Development, Greentech Media

Nova Scotia Power says it now generates 30% of its power from renewables, CBC.ca

Climate Change Poses Major Risks to Financial Markets, Regulator Warns, New York Times

Older forests resist change—climate change, that is, Phys.org

Sen. Shaheen hears dire concerns about climate change, Seacoastonline.com

Warming Climate May Reduce Sea Life by 17%, Study Finds, NBC New York

Green Development Says Renewable Energy Proposal Could Save Coventry $19M Over 25 Years, GoLocalProv

 

Wind

Baker addresses pace of offshore wind energy development, Taunton Gazette

Vineyard Wind makes late pitch to residents, South Coast Today

Perfect port an elusive goal for East Coast offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Thanning Pedersen Looks at the Future of OW, New Energy Update

After pause, Maine may have missed the boat on offshore wind, Press Herald

Questions raised over how to bring wind energy to shore, Taunton Gazette

Giant wind farm planned for Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties gets mixed reaction, WIVB (NY)

For Fishermen, Wind Farm Debate Contains A Dose Of Inevitability, 27East.com

Estimate the Energy of an Utterly Massive Wind Turbine, Wired

Massachusetts looks to beef up commitment to offshore wind, AP

What’s The Significance Of Connecticut’s New Commitment To Offshore Wind?, WNPR

A clean slate: Bill White brings new energy to wind power firm EnBW, Boston Business Journal

 

Solar

Large-scale solar project proposed for Sandwich, Cape Cod Times

Solar Has New Way to Duck Trump’s Tariffs: Two-Sided Panels, Bloomberg

Maine steps up clean energy turnaround, tees up 80% RPS, pro-solar bills, Utility Dive

Hudson Light joins state solar rebate program, Wicked Local

In Worcester, Access to Solar Energy is Not Equal, Worcester Mag

MA One of States Targeted in Bank of America Solar Initiative, Banker & Tradesman

 

Efficiency/Storage

Green groups ‘stunned’ by fed decision not to hold hearing on energy efficiency rule, The Hill on MSN.com

Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage in Industrial Cold Storage Facilities as Part of a Massachusetts Utility Demand Management Program, NA Clean Energy

 

Nuclear

Board defers decision on nuclear plant owner’s legal motion, Gloucester Daily Times

As Ohio Senate nears vote on nuke subsidy bill, PJM finds closing plants could save $1.6B, Utility Dive

Murphy’s clean energy goals include nuclear in long-awaited master plan, NorthJersey.com

Plan to Reclassify Radioactive Nuclear Waste Spurs Anger, US News & World Report

Part 3: Decommissioning and development – the future of Pilgrim Station, Wicked Local Plymouth

NRC Taking Comments on Petition to Revise Rules on Decommissioning Trusts, Exchange Monitor

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

The money at stake in the battle over CMP’s 145-mile electric line, Bangor Daily News

Judge dismisses antitrust lawsuit against energy providers Eversource, Avangrid, Reuters

More States Explore Performance-based Ratemaking, But Few Incentives in Place, Greentech Media

Governor vetoes bills that target CMP transmission project, Portland Press Herald

National Grid invests in 4 startups, 2 VC funds to boost energy tech, VentureBeat

PUC puts proposed Eversource rate hike on hold, New Hampshire Union Leader

The highly dangerous ‘Triton’ hackers have probed the us grid, Wired

NY utilities to face revenue hit for missed reliability, customer service targets, Utility Dive

 

Editorial/Opinion

Hydro power is good, but safeguards needed, CommonWealth Magazine

My Turn: Biomass is an important piece of state’s energy picture, Concord Monitor

Michael Meeropol: How To Pay For The Green New Deal, WAMC

Energy innovation of the future cannot rely on retail choice as its delivery vehicle, Utility Dive

Column: Green energy plan should protect, support our communities, Eagle-Tribune

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Energy News for week ending April 12, 2019

Transparent Wood | Housing Upgrade | No. 1 Threat to the Grid

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

 

This week we start with something that’s seems fantastical but is possible – see-through wood. From the New Scientist, “Transparent wood could one day replace glass in windows. A process for turning it see-through also gives it heat-retaining powers, which could help regulate the temperature of buildings. Céline Montanari at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and colleagues built on previous work which created transparent wood by removing a structural component called lignin from wood, allowing light to filter through. For the next stage, the team soaked de-lignified birch wood in PEG (polyethylene glycol), a polymer that is also found in theatre smoke machines and toothpaste. When encapsulated in the wood panels, this makes it harder for heat to cross – whether you’re insulating a building against the cold outside, or trying to keep out summer heat…’When we build we try to use a lot of glass, but it has a drawback of being a bad insulator, so there are large amounts of heat loss,’ says Montanari. ‘Wood is really amazing, 10 times better at insulating, but it does not transmit light.’ The composite wood isn’t quite as good an insulator as natural wood, but is around four times better than high-end double glazing. The material can also bear heavy loads and is biodegradable, making it easier to dispose of than concrete or glass.”

Next we have a story that I don’t think anyone can complain about. From WCAI, Energy Company Gives Osprey Pair A Housing Upgrade. “Harwich residents brought doughnuts out for Eversouce Energy workers on Tuesday morning as the crew put up a nest platform for a pair of ospreys on Route 28. The birds arrived in the area at the end of March for nesting season but when they went to settle into their old haunt on top of a telephone pole, the nest was gone. Eversource had dismantled the osprey’s nest and covered the site with a rounded plastic guard because the nest posed a safety hazard, says Eversource spokesman Reid Lamberty. ‘It is a matter of a risk to our electric system, to people and to ospreys themselves, in fact, as these nests do have the potential to cause a fire.’ Every time Eversouce takes down an osprey nest from one of their utility poles, they look for a nearby location to build an alternative nesting platform, Lamberty says. But they can’t always find a good spot…This time though, the birds got lucky. After bird watcher Sally Steinmann of South Harwich complained to Eversource, the company agreed to build a nest platform off a nearby utility pole. ‘The public outcry is what made this happen,’ Steinmann says. ‘But it’s the birds who made us want to help them.’”

Speaking of grid hazards, most people think cyber attacks are the greatest threat to the electric grid. It turns out that’s not the case. From Inside Sources, “Last week, President Donald Trump released an executive order intended to protect the U.S. from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks against the electric grid. But there is another threat to the grid, one that is far more low-tech and far more common, than a smuggled EMP device: Squirrels. ‘I’m all for increasing grid resilience, but here’s a threat priority list: 1. Squirrels 2. Tree branches 3. Heat waves/hurricanes/other climate-amplified threats,’ joked Costa Samaras, an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the RAND Corporation in a tweet. He may have been joking, but his math is dead on.  For a small mammal, squirrels cause a surprising amount of damage to the grid. In 2016 alone, utilities reported 3,456 outages caused by squirrels, cutting off power to more than 193,873 customers. These incidents are more common in the spring and fall but can happen throughout the year. To try to stop the furry menaces and to keep equipment safe, utility companies employ a variety of deterrents like wheels, cages, and guards. Despite these efforts, squirrels are a constant operating hazard.” And here I thought keeping them out of the bird feeder was hard enough.

That’s the news for this week. Enjoy the stories below. Have a great weekend. And if you’re running Boston on Monday, take care and have fun!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Sen. Markey unveils federal pipeline safety legislation named after Leonel Rondon, killed in Valley gas disaster, Eagle Tribune

Pennsylvania governor under scrutiny for role in approving pipeline, The Guardian

Trump Plans to Sign Executive Orders to Expedite Pipelines, Wall St. Journal

Study: Natural gas pipelines leaking in Danbury, other cities, Connecticut Post

Power Plant Hearings End, Decision This Summer, ECO RI

Compressor Station Opponents Urged to Oppose Gas, ECO RI

Trump’s order would make it harder for states to block pipelines, Kennebec Journal

Utility Blamed for Gas Explosions Resumes Efforts to Replace Damaged Heating Equipment, NECN

Ocean uproar: saving marine life from a barrage of noise, Nature

Dominion gas explosion kills one, injures 17 in North Carolina, Utility Dive

‘Bomb Trains.’ Trump’s Plan to Ship Natural Gas by Rail Raises Alarm, Fortune

MIT says we’re overlooking a near-term solution to diesel trucking emissions, Ars Technica

Inside the Gas Industry’s Plan to Sink Nuclear Power, Daily Beast

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

How Climate Change Is Fueling the U.S. Border Crisis, The New Yorker

Is Mass. Keeping Its Offshore Wind, Hydro Procurement Promises?, Climate X Change

Global CO2 levels ‘unprecedented’ in last 3M years, E&E News

Millennial legislators bond around push for renewables, Taunton Gazette

Investors Should Worry If Climate Goals Are Missed, Report Warns, Bloomberg

Maryland General Assembly approves 50 percent renewable energy target for 2030, The Baltimore Sun

Nahant earns Green Community designation, Daily Item

100% renewable energy ‘moonshot’ for millennials at Fitchburg State forum, Telegram

Among other millennials, Framingham state Rep. Maria Robinson pushes for renewables, MetroWest Daily News

Climate Change Throws Shade on Forest Wildflowers, Boston University

UNH research: 14 wild bee species native to New England on the decline, New Hampshire Union Leader

Biomass plants ask state Supreme Court to intervene over law, WMUR

 

Wind

State delays decision on Vineyard Wind cable, Cape Cod Times

Vineyard Wind commits to fisheries monitoring, Cape Cod Times

New Jerseyans like the idea of expanding wind power, poll finds, NJ 101.5

New Jersey governor unveils portal to enhance state’s offshore wind supply chain, Utility Dive

US grid developer seeks offshore insights, reNews

Scaling the US East Coast offshore wind industry to 20 gigawatts and beyond, McKinsey & Company

Offshore wind output beats solar for the first time in Germany, Recharge

Bernie Sanders Video Mocks Trump for Being the ‘Only Person in the World’ Who Believes Wind Turbines Cause Cancer, Newsweek

Windsor and Sanford Residents voice their displeasure with a planned wind turbine project, WICZ

 

Solar

L.A. could replace traditional power plants with home solar, experts say, NBC News

New community solar project in Hartland, VT converts brownfield to brightfield, VTDigger

As key solar perk hits sunset, CT grapples with net metering, Connecticut Post

SW looks at solar panels on school roofs, Journal Inquirer

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Windows made of transparent wood could help keep buildings warm, New Scientist

States can grow battery resources with ‘one simple step,’ report finds, Utility Dive

Eversource advances Cape Cod battery project, defers 13-mile distribution line, Utility Dive

Energy efficiency utilities offer $500 incentive for weatherization, VTDigger

MASS SAVE earns 2019 Energy Star® partner of the year – sustained excellence award, Utility Dive

Researchers charge ahead on battery storage, Phys.org

Vattenfall to test salt-based power storage technology, Reuters

 

EVs

Bipartisan group of lawmakers proposes extending tax credits for electric, fuel cell vehicles, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Three Mile Island nuclear reactor dismantling could take six decades, more than $1 billion, Philadelphia Enquirer

NRC sets Sept. hearing date for C-10’s filing, Newburyport Daily News

Indian Point Unit 3 returns to service after final refueling, Mid-Hudson News

Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviewing Millstone decommissioning funds, The Day

Ohio Lawmakers Consider Bailout Plan for the State’s Two Nuclear Power Plants, WKSU

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource fights to keep Northern Pass alive, Boston Globe

This Threat To America’s Energy Grid Is Driving Security Experts Nuts, Inside Sources

How the Energy Department Tackles Cyberthreats, Fedtech Magazine

Berkshire delegation says Baker’s cuts to LIHEAP ‘a shock,‘ Berkshire Eagle

ISO-NE considers new seasonal forward market to improve energy security, Utility Dive

CMP wins key certificate from regulators for transmission line, Portland Press Herald

Watertown hydro plant’s three turbines creating power, Watertown Daily Times

Energy Company Gives Osprey Pair A Housing Upgrade, Cape and Islands NPR

Opponents of CMP transmission line project push bills to slow it down, Portland Press Herald

$30M in state funding available for electric grid projects, Syracuse.com

 

Editorial/Opinion

Nuclear Power Can Save the World, New York Times

Gas hookup moratoriums are not good for any of us, CommonWealth Magazine

Retiring our nuclear plants would be a costly mistake, former federal energy official says, NJ.com

Power companies must prove need for extending natural gas pipelines in New England (Letters), MassLive

Steven Kahl: The Electric Economy is the future, Kennebec Journal

As I See It: Solar on all new homes would help protect Massachusetts’ air and water, Telegram

Retiring our nuclear plants would be a costly mistake, former federal energy official says, NJ.com

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Energy News for week ending April 5, 2019

IMBY| Maine Boost| Duck Hunting

 

Welcome to the April 5th edition of the Northeast Energy News.

This week we start in New Hampshire where the Monadnock Ledger Transcript reports, “A well-known New Hampshire entrepreneur wants to create an home-sized power plant that can provide electricity, heat and hot water using a type of engine that has been around for a century but never really commercialized…Steve Walker, founder of New England Wood Pellet and innovator in the biomass industry, who has founded a tiny company in Peterborough that just got $3 million in federal research money to develop a mini power plant that can fit in your home using a Brayton cycle engine…Walker has assembled a small team and formed a company called IMBY, which stands for “In My Back Yard.” Their goal is to put a Brayton engine combined with a heat pump in a single unit that creates both electricity and heat – known as “combined heat and power,” the most efficient way to generate energy for buildings – and to make it available for about $15,000 installed in a single-family home. If such a unit could provide a home’s electricity, heat, air conditioning and even hot water, as well as act as a backup generator during power outages and possibly make a little money by selling power back into the grid, then there’s definitely a market.”

Now we move east to Maine, where according to the State House News Service via the Worcester Business Journal, “The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has recommended a key certificate for a major hydropower project that could bring major economic and environmental benefits to New England, though staffers acknowledged “adverse and significant” effects on scenic and recreational values in areas near the project. Maine’s Public Utilities Commission staff on Friday night recommended a certificate of public convenience and necessity for New England Clean Energy Connect, a 1,200 megawatt transmission line project running 145 miles from the Canadian border to Lewiston, Maine that is designed to move Hydro Québec power into the region.”

With respect to that bit about “’adverse and significant’ effects on scenic and recreational values,” be sure to check out the Editorial/Opinions section for several items related to that topic.

Our last stop this week is Massachusetts, where PV Magazine reports that we have really lousy weather, especially in the winter, at least when it comes to solar. “Massachusetts goes duck hunting. The state has unveiled a straw proposal of its new Clean Peak Standard, which appears to focus on mitigating future “duck curve” effects, as well as meeting winter peak energy demand. And this is good news for solar + battery storage…the administration of Governor Charlie Baker (R) has compelling reasons for designing the policy whose first draft which was unveiled today in Boston: the Clean Peak Standard. This policy is designed to incentivize energy sources that not only supply zero-carbon electricity, but supply it when it is needed.”

 

That’s the recap for this week. Have a great weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Statewide review of natural gas systems part of budget bill, Boston Herald

Moulton, Trahan: Act now on gas-pipeline safety, Eagle Tribune

New State Regulation Could Cut Emissions From Natural Gas Leaks In Half, Report Says, WBUR

Citizens speak out during Tennessee Gas Pipeline hearing, Reminder Publications

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Get Ready For 1.5¢ Renewable Electricity, Steven Chu Says, Which Could Unleash Hydrogen Economy, Forbes.com

Goodbye to Arguments Against Renewables. New Studies Find them as Reliable and Cheap as Fossils, Microgrid Knowledge

Siting of Renewables Divides Rhode Island’s Land and People, ecoRI news

 

Wind

We Checked President Trump’s Dubious Claims on the Perils of Wind Power, New York Times

Sen. Collins stresses importance of funding wind energy program, Daily Energy Insider

 

Solar

As Maine re-ups net metering, fight over solar tariffs brews in Connecticut, Utility Dive

Solar Power’s Benefits Don’t Shine Equally on Everyone, Scientific American

NJ Board of Public Utilities launches solar energy pilot program, Daily Energy Insider

Massachusetts goes duck hunting, pv magazine USA

Rhode Island Sweetens Brownfield Solar Incentives, Solar Industry

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

How Massachusetts Compensates Battery Storage Owners for Energy Efficiency: Report, Microgrid Knowledge

Maryland passes energy storage pilot program to determine future regulatory framework, Utility Dive

Clean Energy Group: Massachusetts creates nationwide precedent to reduce storage, Vermont Biz

Energy efficiency utilities offer $500 incentive for weatherization, vtdigger.org

 

Nuclear

Senate re-introduces bill to help advanced nuclear technology, Ars Technica

Commission, state to ask feds for Vt. Hearing, Brattleboro Reformer

Pa. Senate bill aims to aid state nuclear plants, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Massachusetts Says it Has Right to Intervene in Pilgrim Plant License transfer, Exchange Monitor

How the nuclear “dread” zone handicaps public support, Axios.com

Why some environmental groups oppose a bill to help out low-carbon nuclear plants, Pennsylvania Capital-Star

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

US grid developer seeks offshore insights, renews.biz

Hydro project sought by Massachusetts gets boost in Maine, Worcester Business Journal

Controversial $1B Canada-US transmission line gets nod from Maine PUC staff, Utility Dive

ISO-NE releases discussion paper on energy security challenges, solutions, ISO Newswire

Ward councilor, assistant AG fight National Grid rate increase at Brockton hearing, Enterprise News

Safety first, Eagle-Tribune

Major energy project in the works in Peterborough, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Divided Mainers weigh in on CMP’s $1B transmission project, Bangor Daily News

 

Editorial/Opinion

The Climate Needs Nuclear Power, Wall St. Journal

FLOATING WIND TURBINES – A No-Brainer for Newfoundland Offshore, The OGM

Maine Voices: CMP corridor’s climate claims don’t hold up to scrutiny, Press Herald

Letter to the Editor: Dismayed about CMP power line, Daily Bulldog

Do not bury solar energy in Connecticut, The CT Mirror

New England Grid Operator Ignores Value of Offshore Wind, Natural Resources Defense Council

Our View: Maine’s new solar law is just a first step, Press Herald

Viewpoint: Corridor would compromise forests, Mount Desert Islander

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Energy News for week ending March 29, 2019

Wind Round 2 | NH Unhappy with Nuclear Option | Service Recap

 

Happy Friday!

 

It’s been a very busy day so no big recap this week.  We just point your attention to these few stories:

Round 2 begins for the state’s offshore wind contest, Boston Globe

New Hampshire officials unhappy with neighbors’ nuclear option, New Hampshire Union Leader

Former Mass. DPU Chair Reflects on Service, RTO Insider

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline plan speak out at Longmeadow hearing, MassLive

National Grid slow to rebound after lockout, Patriot Ledger

ISO-NE files short-term fuel security plan to relieve gas constraints, Utility Dive

Summit Natural Gas rekindles interest in Farmingdale pipeline, Kennebec Journal

Grid steps up pressure to get state approval of undersea pipeline, Newsday

Can New York have a Green New Deal and a new fracked gas pipeline?, Grist

In blow to climate, coal plants emitted more than ever in 2018, Washington Post

Seismic Testing Approval Process Raises Concern About Impact On Right Whales, WBGH

Trump to sign executive order to speed up pipeline development, Axios

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Solar and wind firms call the ‘Green New Deal’ too extreme, Reuters

Climate change fears spur investment in carbon capture technology, Financial Times via the BBJ (subscriber content)

They Grew Up Around Fossil Fuels. Now, Their Jobs Are in Renewables, New York times

New Hampshire officials unhappy with neighbors’ nuclear option, New Hampshire Union Leader

Despite Favorable Political Winds, Scant Progress in NJ on Climate Change, NJ Spotlight

Where does US climate policy stand in 2019?, Brookings Institution

Legislature approves green energy bills, plastic restrictions, Foster’s Daily Democrat

PJM Members Welcome Carbon Pricing Talks, RTO Insider

Zoning commission considers new rules on green-energy systems, Ridgefield Press

 

Wind

Feds, fishermen reach understanding on wind, Gloucester Times

Round 2 begins for the state’s offshore wind contest, Boston Globe

Baker makes few changes in offshore wind RFP, CommonWealth Magazine

Martha’s Vineyard Turbine Cables Hearing Ends In Murky Waters, USA Patch

Mass. sets specifics for second offshore wind procurement, Southcoasttoday.com

Wind-energy companies pitch benefits for LI in bid for contract, Newsday

Offshore Wind Energy Market is Anticipated to Reach 81,000.0 MW by 2024, MarketWatch

The State Of The U.S. Offshore Wind Market, North American Windpower

Battery and offshore wind costs ‘tumble’, reNews

Big hitters join New York offshore alliance, reNews

Mass. sets specifics for second offshore wind procurement, Herald News

 

Solar

Hartland brownfield site sees a sunny future with solar farm, Valley News

Westerly council OKs solar ordinance, but some worry about effect on homeowners, Westerly Sun

How Co-ops Are Bringing Solar Power to Rural America, Scientific American

Greenskies completes 30th solar system for Town of Fairfield, Fairfield Citizen

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Trump Administration Flips Switch On Energy Efficient Light Bulbs, NPR

Dominion bows to pressure on energy efficiency spending, Washington Post

Energy-Guzzling Hospitals Find Ways to Cut Consumption and Costs, Greentech Media

Medford Revamping Its Energy System, USA Patch

National Grid customers cash in on millions in energy efficiency incentives, WPRI 12

Eversource Plans Battery Storage Facility in Provincetown, Cape Cod

 

Nuclear

40 Years After A Partial Nuclear Meltdown, A New Push To Keep Three Mile Island Open, KCUR

The Energy 202: Rick Perry calls expanding nuclear energy “the real” Green New Deal, Washington Post

Perry defends plan for Nevada nuclear-waste storage site, AP News

CEOs Say Preserving the Nuclear Power Fleet Is Imperative, Power Magazine

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Chamber: National Grid delays affecting manufacturers, development, Worcester Business Journal

New England Grid Operator Puzzles in Microgrids and Energy Storage: Regional Outlook, Microgrid Knowledge

Emera to sell Maine utility for $1.3B, completing 3-year fundraising plan, Utility Dive

Andover-based energy giant gobbles up Kansas renewable-development partner, Boston Business Journal

Former Mass. DPU Chair Reflects on Service, RTO Insider

Maine Lawmakers Revive Microgrid Bill as New Governor Creates a Pro-Green Climate, Microgrid Knowledge

Medford, Massachusetts Moves Forward with Microgrid to Reduce Demand Charges, Improve Resiliency, Microgrid Knowledge

Norwich Public Utilities proposes $93.7 million budget, no rate increases, The Day

Overheard at the NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable, RTO Insider

Food waste-to-energy company in talks with United Metro Energy to locate at EPCAL, RiverheadLOCAL

Unitil rebates will help school recoup project costs, Sentinel & Enterprise

Eversource wants rate hike to cover infrastructure upgrades, WCAX

 

Editorial/Opinion

Letter to the editor: Pipeline editorial ‘shortsighted’, Connecticut Post

Column: Addressing the impact of climate change, Gloucester Daily Times

Joey Bergstein: Carbon pricing will reduce climate change for future generations, VTDigger

Commentary: Three new technologies could reshape Maine’s economy, climate in a good way, Portland Press Herald

Another View: Maine can reduce emissions without CMP project, Portland Press Herald

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Energy News for week ending March 9, 2019

NRC Upgrades Pilgrim | Electrification to cost $600B | Where’s the refund

Happy weekend. Today we’re bringing you a rare Saturday edition of the Northeast Weekly Energy News.

The New England nuclear fleet all made headlines this week. In the good news category, The Cape Cod Times reported that the NRC moved Pilgrim back to normal oversight. We know the plant employees have been working diligently for 18 months or more to prove to the NRC that they have what it takes to run the plant safely and securely. After a long series of inspections, the NRC moved the plant back into Category 1, which is “normal” in the reactor oversight program. Kudos to the Pilgrim team who will finish strong when the plant closes on June 1.

In other nuclear news, Seabrook Station received its license renewal (Boston Globe) and Millstone is coming up on a deadline to get utility contracts or face shutdown (Hartford Courant).

In other news, Utility Dive reports, “The electrification of transportation, space heating and other sectors will lead to a large jump in electricity generation, ultimately requiring billions of dollars in transmission investments over the next several decades, according to analysis from Brattle Group. The transmission investment required to accommodate new renewable resources could reach $90 billion by 2030, according to the report released by WIRES Group, a trade association advocating for transmission investment. By 2050, the investment could grow to more than $600 billion. Electrification could increase U.S. annual energy demand by 5% to 15% by 2030, according to the analysis, and by up to 85% by 2050.”

The last tidbit for this week, Mass AG Maura Healey wants to know where the utility refunds are. From the Boston Globe, “The Department of Public Utilities had ordered all utility companies in June to reduce their rates going forward in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that cut the federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent starting January 2018. But it stopped short of requiring them to refund customers for any savings they realized for the first half of the year, when the companies’ utility rates were based on the former — higher — tax rate. By lowering the rates starting in July, DPU decided, ratepayers would still receive “prompt and significant” savings amounting to tens of millions of dollars. To order refunds would be “inappropriate,” DPU officials said. In a 26-page motion filed Thursday, Healey’s office criticized the department for not providing “substantial evidence” to back up its February decision. It estimated that the savings could amount to $40 million for ratepayers over those six months, and urged the DPU to reconsider, writing that it runs counter to decisions made in nearly a dozen other states.

That’s the recap for this week. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey moves to block seismic testing for offshore oil and gas, MassLive

Merrimack Valley shop owners frustrated with natural gas disaster response, Boston.com

Regulators visit proposed compressor site, Patriot Ledger

Amherst facing pipeline threat, Cabinet

Gas plant boosts Bridgeport’s grand list, Connecticut Post

Smith College to honor activist Frances Crowe at 100, MassLive

After Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions, Shake Up at State Regulatory Agency, NECN

Columbia Gas Executives Schedule Merrimack Valley Meetings, USA Patch

NiSource says it’s under investigation by SEC, Boston Herald

National Grid: Lack of pipeline could affect projects, Newsday

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

ISO-NE forecasts transition to distributed, renewable generation, Utility Dive

Connecticut Tops National Environmental Scorecard, WSHU News

Rep. Lori Ehrlich announces two bills to combat climate change, Daily Item

Europe’s renewable energy policy is built on burning American trees, Vox

National Grid To Acquire Clean Energy Developer Geronimo Energy, North American Windpower

24 towns to vote on climate change resolutions, VTDigger

 

Wind

Gov. Charlie Baker enthuses about power possibilities at Elm/SHNS Wind Forum, Wicked Local Braintree

Atlantic Wind appeals zoning denial, TNOnline.com

Offshore wind, nuclear subsidies draw lobbying dollars, Press of Atlantic City

Lawmakers may drop price cap as wind farm’s low prices cause a stir, Boston Globe

In $225 million partnership, Eversource takes deep dive into offshore wind projects in Atlantic, MSN

Offshore wind getting its sea legs in New Hampshire, New Hampshire Business Review

MassDEP Financed Torturous 110 Decibel Falmouth Wind Turbine, USA Patch

National Grid To Acquire Clean Energy Developer Geronimo Energy, North American Windpower

Governor Baker touts promise of wind power, new technology, Boston Globe

 

Solar

New Milford files another petition against Candlewood Solar project, Greenwich Time

Hopkinton hopes to convert former landfill to solar array, Westerley Sun

Energy standards lead to partnership, Rutland Herald

Rotating Solar Panels Can Increase Efficiency by 32 Percent, Study Shows, Inverse

Just Ask Washington: Yes, Coal-Killing Solar Panels Work In Rainy Weather, CleanTechnica

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Welch legislation on energy efficiency in schools passes, WCAX

New and Improved Energy Efficiency Programs, NRDC.org

Efficiency leads 2019 energy job growth prospects, Utility Dive

Deploying more renewables now through an energy storage-centric Clean Peak Standard, Utility Dive

US energy storage market nearly doubled in 2018, report says, Utility Dive

Vermont utility and non-profit advance bring your own device energy storage program, Renewable Energy World

DOE plans to complete 13 of 16 delayed efficiency standards in ‘coming months,’ Utility Dive

 

EVs

Blink Charging: A Diversified Approach To Investing In The EV Market, Seeking Alpha

Pennsylvania removes barrier to third-party EV charging station ownership, Utility Dive

A look into Big Oil’s fight against electric cars, E&E News

 

Nuclear

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station moved out of worst performance category, Cape Cod Times

Dominion faces March 15 deadline to secure utility contracts for Millstone nuke, Utility Dive

Nuclear regulators extend Seabrook plant’s license to 2050, Boston Globe

Rescuing nuclear power plants could come with conditions, AP News

Rebuilding access to former nuke site could cost Rowe $800,000, Greenfield Recorder

The Millstone nuclear plant faces a tight deadline to survive, Boston Globe

Threat of shutdown hovers over negotiations between Millstone and utilities over power prices, Hartford Courant

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

How did Maine officials reach deal to accept CMP transmission line? This document sheds light., Portland Press Herald

Public advocate backs power line; environment group opposed, Ledger-Enquirer

NEPOOL Debates Winter Energy Security Moves, RTO Insider

Lawsuit claims Bow power plant is violating Clean Water Act, New Hampshire Union Leader

Partners HealthCare Turns to Fuel Cells to Improve Electric Reliability at its Massachusetts Hospitals, Microgrid Knowledge

Developers set date for closed power plant towers’ implosion, Boston Herald

Why Europe Pays Less Than U.S. to Put Power Lines Underground, Bloomberg

Grid exec sees risks in gas, renewables reliance, NHBR

Brattle: Electrification could drive $600B in transmission spending by 2050, Utility Dive

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers, Boston Globe

 

Editorial/Opinion

Another View: Editorials endorsing CMP plan overlook its many risks, Portland Press Herald

Columnist Marty Nathan: The many plays in climate fight game, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Column: Fossil fuels are bad for you in many ways besides climate change, Gloucester Daily Times

Commentary: Support for Central Maine Power transmission line is misguided, Portland Press Herald

NH Voices: Lou Antonellis, Denis Beaudoin, Sr. and Steve Soule — Seabrook plant workers support license extension, New Hampshire Union Leader

Massachusetts to Maine Governor Janet Mills: Thank you, Boston Globe

Care About Climate Change? Keep an Eye On the State Budget., Climate X Change

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