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Energy News for week ending April 17, 2021

Coming Apart at the Seams | Battery Week | Cows Join Carbon Market | Facing Opposition

Good Saturday afternoon.

Apologies for the delayed delivery of this week’s energy news. I’d blame the USPS, but you know…electronic mail.   

Here are a few interesting stories from this week.

Somerset coming apart at the seams, CommonWealth Magazine

Why lithium-ion batteries are so important, Volts

Cows Join Carbon Market in Quest to Curb Planet-Warming Burps, Bloomberg Green

Peabody gas plant faces opposition, Salem News

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay safe!

Climate Change

RI Gov. Dan McKee signs ‘landmark’ Act on Climate, Providence Journal

Vermont Electric Cooperative plans to go carbon-free by 2023, VT Digger

White House considers doubling Obama-era carbon reduction targets: BNEF, Utility Dive

Climate change law codifies environmental justice, CommonWealth Magazine

How high-tech robotic surfboards could change our understanding of the Gulf Stream, Washington Post

Satellite Constellation Set to Unmask World’s Super Polluters, Bloomberg Green

Massachusetts just passed a landmark climate bill. Here’s why Ben Downing thinks it doesn’t go far enough., Boston.com

Senate Democrats float climate diplomacy plan ahead of White House summit, Axios

Biden Says His Climate Plan Means Jobs. Some Union Members Are Skeptical, NPR

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

New rules require more efficient biomass energy plants, WWLP

A Green Grid by 2035? New Report Says We’re Halfway There, Bloomberg Green

Granholm: Reconciliation possible for clean energy standard, but no decisions made, Politico

Wind

New Bedford mayor calls offshore wind ‘generational opportunity,’ CommonWealth Magazine

Interior bolsters offshore wind by revoking Trump-era legal opinion, The Hill

How an offshore wind boom in the US could boost ocean research, The Verge

Samsung Heavy Industry Unveils New Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Design, GCaptain

‘Rapid innovation’: Oil giant Chevron backs new floating wind design for US Atlantic debut, Recharge News

US crew secures Vineyard onshore wire job, ReNews

A Favorable Fetch for US Offshore Wind, Marine Link

Angry Somerset residents elect ally to select board, CommonWealth Magazine

Somerset selectman Holly McNamara resigns ‘effective immediately’ over Brayton Point fight, Herald News

Solar

How a 2019 Maine law spurred $100 million in solar investment, Press Herald

State fines Eversource, builder up to $310,000 for solar project runoff in Southampton, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Efficiency/Storage

Pandemic raises the profile of decarbonization — and clean air — tech for buildings, Canary Media

Energy Efficiency Contractors Say PUC Delays On State Plan Could Harm Their Businesses, NHPR

Eversource honored with award from U.S. Department of Energy, WTNH

How do lithium-ion batteries actually work? David Roberts explains, Canary Media

South Korean battery makers reach last-minute settlement, Washington Post

QuantumScape says its technology is ready to move from the lab to VW’s dealerships. But this secretive startup is very familiar with failure. Bloomberg Green

UMass Dartmouth receives second grant for LED light fixture upgrades, UMass News

EVs

Eversource Energy : Partners with Major Utilities to Increase Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across the Country, Market Screener

DOE commits $100M in grants to put electric trucks on the road, Canary Media

How to get the US to 100% electric vehicles by 2035, Canary Media

Biden’s infrastructure plan goes big on EVs, but his first budget starts small, analysts say, Utility Dive

Nuclear

Indian Point Is Shutting Down. That Means More Fossil Fuel., New York Times

Former NRC chair questions economic feasibility of new nuclear in US, Utility Dive

Atomic Superyacht to Offer $3 Million Eco-Tours With Scientists, Bloomberg Green

Attorney General reaches tentative agreement for dismantling and cleaning up Indian Point, Mid-Hudson News

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Glick spells out views on FERC’s reach amid tempest over Weymouth gas compressor, S&P Global

Replace Your Gas Stove With Induction to Save Energy and Impress Guests, Bloomberg Green

Quincy city councilors call for halt to compressor operations, vow to keep fighting, Patriot Ledger

Shell to Let Shareholders Vote on Shift to Cleaner Energy, Wall St. Journal

U.S. Startup Plans to Build First Zero-Emission Gas Power Plants, Bloomberg Green

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Comparing the actual US grid to the one predicted 15 years ago, Ars Technica

Why is Connecticut No. 1 in the cost of electricity among the 48 lower states? Here are 7 reasons., Hartford Courant

Transmission strategy takes shape as Congress, FERC press ahead with reforms, S&P Global

Glick, Chatterjee clash on RTO expansion incentive as FERC announces transmission initiatives, Utility Dive

US House Bill Would Give Microgrids 30% Tax Credit, Microgrid Knowledge

Eversource raps Connecticut regulators’ report on Tropical Storm Isaias response as error-prone and failing to comply with state law, Hartford Courant

New York approves Con Edison’s proposed $800 mln power line projects, Reuters

How lessons from a microgrid project can lead the way to decarbonizing the electric grid, Tech Republic

NERC finding 25% of utilities exposed to SolarWinds hack indicates growing ICS vulnerabilities, analysts say, Utility Dive

Biden Rushes to Protect Power Grid as Hacking Threats Grow, Bloomberg

Opinion

Op-ed: Offshore wind procurement should use ‘Massport model,’ Boston Business Journal

MBTA needs to get on decarbonization train, CommonWealth Magazine

Why Closing a Nuclear Plant Could Hurt N.Y.’s Environment, New York Times

A Climate Back Door to Watch, Wall St. Journal

Letter: Put gas in the past, Salem News

We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So, Scientific American

Cleaner by the mile: Electric trucks can have outsized environmental and health benefits, Utility Dive

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Energy News for week ending April 9, 2021

RI Climate Bill | Jump Ball | Reckoning

Happy Friday folks.

Here are a few interesting stories from this week.

Rhode Island lawmakers pass sweeping climate change bill, MassLive. Governor McKee says he’ll sign but as of the writing of this email he hadn’t yet done so.

For those of you who like detailed, wonky market stories there is news about a jump ball filing, NEPOOL pitches ISO-NE capacity market reforms aimed at boosting offshore wind, S&P Global Market Intelligence.

And on a subject that is likely to be important energy news going forward – transmission infrastructure – we have this from Politico Down to the wire: Biden’s green goals face a power grid reckoning.

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

Climate Change

Biden’s Jobs Plan Is Also a Climate Plan. Will It Make a Difference?, New Yorker

Demand for climate grants outpaces funds, Salem News

Why the World Awaits Biden’s Pledge on Climate Change, Bloomberg Green

After passing a landmark climate law, Mass. officials now face the hard part: how to wean the state off fossil fuels, Boston Globe

CO2, methane emissions surged 2020 despite pandemic: NOAA, The Hill

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

For hydrogen to dominate the low-carbon world, batteries must fail, Renew Economy

Mass. Revokes Air Permit For Controversial Biomass Facility In Springfield, WBUR

Local governments set record for new renewable energy procurement in 2020, groups report, Utility Dive

How cities and counties can grow their clean energy profiles, Canary Media

Wind

NEPOOL pitches ISO-NE capacity market reforms aimed at boosting offshore wind, S&P Global Market Intelligence

US government agencies boosting offshore wind with financing, loan support, S&P Global Platts

Solar

The Subprime Solar Trap for Low-Income Homeowners, Bloomberg Green

Tesla continues beta-testing on live homeowners, moves to fifth version of integrated solar roof, Canary Media

Sen. Ed Markey tours Holyoke’s Mount Tom solar farm, battery facility; city preps new battery storage downtown, MassLive

Efficiency/Storage

DOE begins ‘repairing damage’ done by Trump to energy efficiency program, say advocates, Utility Dive

State of the Electric Utility 2021: Despite sharp drop, cost remains key obstacle to more storage, some say, Utility Dive

New York regulators have ‘effectively accelerated’ the state’s storage market, report finds, Utility Dive

EVs

Tesla praises, ConEd opposes different New York EV bills, Utility Dive

The Next Electric-Car Battery Champion Could Be European, Bloomberg Green

Buffett-Backed BYD’s Profit Surges 162% on Electric-Car Boom, Bloomberg Green

Volkswagen’s rebranding hoax could undermine marketer’s EV ambitions, Marketing Dive

Biden’s plan to rev up the electric car market is complicated by battery supplies, Washington Post

EV charging setup would cost Schneider, NFI more than 10 times annual fuel savings: study, Utility Dive

States, utilities must ensure equitable investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, new report warns, Utility Dive

Nuclear

‘Not bonkers’: Hydrogen could give US nuclear plants new lease on life, S&P Global

How Bill Gates’ company TerraPower is building next-generation nuclear power, CNBC

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Gas industry says new rules not needed, Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts politicians push to shutter Weymouth gas compressor station after third unplanned release of gas, Boston Globe

Weymouth Compressor Reports Another ‘Unplanned’ Gas Release. Third Time In 8 Months, WBUR

As Texas Freeze Gas Bills Come Due, Cue Up the Lawsuits, Wall St. Journal

Sen. Markey reintroduces legislation to block infrastructure for exporting natural gas, Patriot Ledger

Granholm: American Jobs Plan will prioritize communities struggling with loss of coal, oil and gas jobs, Utility Dive

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New England power grid operator shelling out millions on salaries, Boston Herald

Down to the wire: Biden’s green goals face a power grid reckoning, Politico

Lawmakers in 20 States Introduce 69 Microgrid Bills, Microgrid Knowledge

NYPA officials detail work to be done during Northern New York Priority Transmission Project, NNY 360

State of the Electric Utility 2021: Gas doubts rise, DER focus wanes, and 5 other key takeaways, Utility Dive

Biden’s Grid Proposal May Be a Square Peg in a Round Hole, Wall St. Journal

State of the Electric Utility 2021: Utilities’ cybersecurity approach shows cause for concern, experts say, Utility Dive

Opinion

Why Are Oil Majors Investing In Offshore Wind,? Forbes.com

Municipal Light Plant elections loom large, CommonWealth Magazine

Plenty of low-hanging fruit: How FERC can catalyze transmission infrastructure, Utility Dive

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Energy News for week ending April 2, 2021

Big week for OSW | Overcharged | It’s going to hurt

Happy Friday folks. It’s opening day at Fenway! Spring has officially sprung.

Here’s what’s big news and/or interesting this week.

It was a two-fer week for the energy industry with President Biden’s release of his huge offshore wind and infrastructure plans. We have included a lot of article links below with both local and national perspectives. Suffice to say, a lot of people are excited at the possibilities these plans bring. Of course there is caution about how much gets through Congress and the multiple hurdles to overcome – for example the siting and permitting of transmission.

In other news, MA AG Maura Healey released a report finding that Massachusetts residents who get their power through competitive electric suppliers paid $426 million more over five years than they would have if they’d stayed with their utility companies. State House News Service via WWLP has the story.

And from Jon Chesto at the Globe, “The heating oil industry is fired up about a proposal to take away energy-efficiency rebates from its customers as part of a state-led effort to wean homeowners off fossil fuels. At issue are priorities endorsed March 24 by the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council that includephasing out Mass Save rebates for new oil-fired systems for heat and hot water, as well as no-interest loans for homeowners to install them,as soon as January. Rebates for natural gas-fired and propane installations would be ratcheted back significantly. ‘It’s simply not fair,’ said Michael Ferrante, president of the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association. ‘I wouldn’t say it’s going to cripple the industry. But it’s going to hurt us. And it’s going to hurt heating oil customers.’”

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

President Biden’s OSW & Infrastructure Plans

Biden touts offshore wind plan, Cape Cod Times

How to build an industry to support offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Global wind industry could install almost 1 TW of new capacity by 2030, report says, Reuters

Biden Envisions Thousands of Wind Turbines Spinning at Sea, Bloomberg Green

Under Biden, will offshore wind finally drive major energy gains in the U.S.?, PBS News Hour

Biden Blueprint Seeks to Unleash Offshore Wind Energy, State House News Service

Biden sets big goal for offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

US Adds Offshore Wind Area off New York, RTO Insider

Biden to Push Offshore Wind Projects, Wall St. Journal

White House pushes new offshore wind power expansion, Politico

Biden makes push to expand offshore wind energy, Seafood Source

Renewable-Energy Backers Want 10-Year Tax Credits in Biden Plan, Bloomberg Green

Biden Infrastructure Plan Targets Electric Cars, Clean Power, Bloomberg Green

Biden’s infrastructure plan aims to turbocharge U.S. shift from fossil fuels, Washington Post

Biden’s Big Infrastructure Plan Would Further Boost Renewable Energy, Wall St. Journal

Climate Change

Old data slows climate change efforts, Eagle Tribune

Companies Ask Their Customers to Help Them Cut Emissions, Wall St. Journal

Massachusetts’ landmark climate law, Grist.org

Mills commits state agencies to ‘lead by example’ in climate change fight, Press Herald

Massachusetts new climate change bill ‘worth waiting for,’ Cape Cod Times

Global forest losses accelerated despite the pandemic, threatening world’s climate goals, Washington Post

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

The ‘Green Energy’ That Might Be Ruining the Planet, Politico

Mass. clean energy sector lost nearly 20,000 jobs in 2020, Boston Business Journal

The U.S. is finally looking to unlock the potential of wave energy, grist.org

Large consumers blame renewables for 2020 declines in C&I power reliability, Utility Dive

Latest FERC reports show renewables significantly out-performed nuclear power in 2020, Solar Power World

Wind

Northeast governors need Biden to deliver on offshore wind, Politico

Footprint rallying behind offshore wind, Salem News 

Classes on offshore wind may become an option for New Bedford High School students, South Coast Today

Big Wind Turbines Prove No Deadlier to Wildlife Than Small Units, Bloomberg Green

Massachusetts law authorises 2.4 GW more offshore wind by 2027, Renewables Now

Solar

Schneider Microgrid and Energy Savings Program Could Cut Jersey City Costs by $21M, Microgrid Knowledge

Efficiency/Storage

The design space for long-duration energy storage in decarbonized power systems, Nature.com

EVs

Thinking of buying an electric vehicle? Read this first., Washington Post

Electric bus push behind MBTA’s purchase of Quincy property, WHDH

Elon Musk Likes This EV Battery and It Costs Less—but the U.S. Isn’t Sold on It, Wall St. Journal

Xiaomi Enters Electric Vehicle Market With $10 Billion Commitment, Wall St. Journal

Nuclear

White House Wants Nuclear in Clean Energy Mandate, McCarthy Says, Bloomberg Green

New Mexico files lawsuit to block Holtec nuclear waste facility, cites risk to oil and gas, Carlsbad Current Argus

How long can a nuclear plant run? Regulators consider 100 years, Utility Dive

New Mexico sues U.S. over proposed nuclear waste storage plans, PBS News Hour

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Drillers Burned Off Gas at a Staggering Rate as Winter Storm Hit Texas, New York Times

As the Shift to Green Energy Speeds Up, Shell’s Big Natural-Gas Bet Is at Risk, Wall St. Journal

‘It’s going to hurt us’: Heating oil industry fights effort to eliminate state’s rebates, Boston Globe

Hearing on re-powering Hudson Valley gas plant draws lots of speakers, Times Union

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

AG finds non-utility customers overcharged for electricity, WWLP

NYPA approves transmission line rebuild, targeting $447M in annual savings, 1 GW new capacity, Utility Dive

Biden Team Boosts Effort to Shield Power Grid From Hackers, Bloomberg

Appeals court hears arguments in CMP power line case, Press Herald

Lawyers clash over $1B hydropower transmission corridor, Salem News

Opinion

Climate change already causing power grid issues, CommonWealth Magazine

Columnist Marty Nathan: Biomass a ‘misbegotten’ climate change trend, Daily Hampshire Gazette

What’s missing from the climate change legislation,? CommonWealth Magazine

Hold on to your seats. FERC just hit the fast forward button on the clean energy transition., Utility Dive

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Energy News for week ending March 26, 2021

Climate Bill Signed | More headwinds | Boat Protest

Happy Friday folks.

Here’s what’s big news and/or interesting this week

After a veto, Baker signs landmark climate bill, Boston Globe

Hydropower project faces more headwinds, Salem News

100 fishing boats gather off Monhegan in protest of offshore wind development, MaineBiz

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

MA Climate Bill

After a veto, Baker signs landmark climate bill, Boston Globe

Baker Signs Law Committing to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050, State House News Service

Climate Change

Record wildfires upend lockdown-driven air quality gains, Utility Dive

Musician Brian Eno on Convincing Fans to Care About Climate Change, Bloomberg Green

Fed Relief Eyed for Efficiency, Climate Spending, State House News Service

Lawmakers seek more money for climate change, Gloucester Times

Big Biz Groups Shift Tone on Climate Bill, State House News Service

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

New York City’s most polluting fossil fuel plants can retire by 2030 thanks to renewables, storage, Energy Storage News

Why major unions are wary of the move to wind and solar jobs, Vox

Elizabeth Warren and AOC want to spend $500 billion to create 1 million green infrastructure jobs, Business Insider

Biden’s Recovery Plan Bets Big on Clean Energy, New York Times

Climate pact hinges on other states, Eagle Tribune

Wind

Mariano pledges to turn South Coast into ‘hub of wind energy,’ CommonWealth Magazine

Somerset struggles amid slow rollout of offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

FOIA docs raise questions about interference in wind project, E&E News

100 fishing boats gather off Monhegan in protest of offshore wind development, MaineBiz

Ocean’s Twelve! America’s first wave of offshore wind farms starts to build, Recharge

Solar

A banner year for US solar, PV Magazine

EVs

Are Electric Cars Really Better for the Environment, Wall St. Journal

Rivian planning to install 10,000 EV chargers across the US and Canada by 2023, The Verge

Agawam City Council considers resolution to charge electric vehicle owners at city charging stations, WWLP

Nuclear

Newhallville Nuclear Clean-Up Completed, New Haven Independent

NRC policy revised to enhance participation in public meetings, American Nuclear Society

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Why A Federal Order In The Weymouth Compressor Case Has The Natural Gas World Worried, WBUR

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Hydropower project faces more headwinds, Salem News

‘He called the wrong attorney general’: Massachusetts AG Maura Healey warns of scam calls after person posing as Eversource threatens to cut off her service, MassLive

Major investors find electric utilities are not on track to meet decarbonization goals, Energy and Policy Institute

Biden’s Build Back Better plan reportedly includes $1T to update electric grid, other infrastructure, Utility Dive

Eversource: Average power bill going up $5.52 a month, MassLive

Opinion

A Key Step the State Must Take for New York’s Renewable Energy Future, Gotham Gazette

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Energy News for week ending March 19, 2021

Support Signaled | Scale Back Rule | Good Vibrations

Happy Friday folks.

Busy day, so we’ll just call your attention to these three articles of note.

Theoharides signals admin support for revised climate bill, WWLP

Gas utilities seek to scale back engineering rules, Salem News

Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home, The Guardian

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

MA Climate Bill

Legislature approves climate bill, sends back to Governor Baker, Boston Globe

Theoharides signals admin support for revised climate bill, WWLP

Climate bill clears Massachusetts Senate again after last week’s delay, MassLive

Senate passes climate change bill 39-1, CommonWealth Magazine

Cost concerns echoing as climate bill advances, WWLP

Climate Change

As climate change makes more droughts likely, state plans to issue controversial new policy that may increase water restrictions, Boston Globe

Berkshire County shows challenges of meeting goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Telegram & Gazette

How protecting the ocean can save species and fight climate change, Washington Post

A forgotten Cold War experiment has revealed its icy secret. It’s bad news for the planet., Washington Post

Analysis: Sheen comes off green in crowded climate investment space, Reuters

Climate Change Website Deleted by Trump Is Rebooted Under Biden, Bloomberg Green

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Top Democratic tax writers differ on clean energy breaks, Roll Call

Green Mountain Power to buy power from Great River Hydro, VT Digger

Soaring Biofuel Costs Are Latest Sign of Americans Driving Again, Bloomberg Green

Wind

Report to policymakers: ‘Remove barriers’ and ‘go big’ on offshore wind off MA coast, Cape Cod Times

Here’s what experts say about the possibility of ‘frozen turbines’ in Massachusetts, South Coast Today

Bids For Next Offshore Wind Project In Mass. Will Have Greater Focus on Equity, WBUR

New York green light for South Fork export cable, ReNews

Franklin County to repay state for wind farm tax abatement, Sun Journal (Maine)

Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home, The Guardian

Footprint presents alternate vision for redevelopment of vacant land, Salem News

Solar

Recent approval of CT’s largest solar project revives old tensions, CT Insider

So Big It’s Boring: The Rise of Utility-Scale Solar, Greentech Media

Solar projects outperform wind for 3rd straight year despite pandemic: Fitch, S&P Global

FERC boosts small solar, reversing PURPA ruling that had upended 40 years of precedent, Utility Dive

Efficiency/Storage

He wanted to get his home off fossil fuels. There was just one problem. Want to electrify your home? Good luck finding a contractor. Grist

Survey seeks Columbia Gas disaster victim input, Eagle Tribune

New York Power Authority sees progress on Buildsmart2025, Yahoo News

State attorneys general challenge Trump-era rollback of energy efficiency standards, The Hill

EVs

EV Turning Point: Momentum Builds for U.S. Electric Vehicle Transition, Yale Environment 360

Electric Cars Will Cost More Using Ethically Sourced Batteries, Bloomberg Green

Volkswagen to Build Six Electric-Vehicle Battery Factories in Europe, Wall St. Journal

Exclusive: U.S. looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles – documents, Reuters

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Gas utilities seek to scale back engineering rules, Salem News

Biden EPA toughens smog curbs at power plants to protect ‘downwind’ states, Reuters

House Republicans pitch nuclear, natural gas as ‘cleaner’ energy future, The Hill

Gasoline Demand Has Peaked, Global Forecaster Says, Wall St. Journal

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New England power market stakeholders mull market designs to aid energy transition, S&P Global

How much more energy will the US need to electrify everything?, Quartz

Rhode Island Issues RFI in Anticipation of Municipal Microgrid Program, Microgrid Knowledge

Environmental group asks energy regulators to block use of utility customers’ money for lobbying, The Hill

Narragansett Electric being sold to Pennsylvania company, Providence Journal

Bipartisan House lawmakers to reintroduce grid security bill after Texas outages, SolarWinds attack, Utility Dive

FERC prevents states from blocking demand response in DER aggregations under Order 2222, Utility Dive

Opinion

Boston’s next mayor must be bold on climate, CommonWealth Magazine

Roadmap bill is a first step, but we need legislative transparency for a Green New Deal, Wicked Local

Opinion/Budris: Burning waste has no place in Rhode Island, Providence Journal

Despite his claims, science is not on Vic Gatto’s side, CommonWealth Magazine

My Turn: This river’s nuclear nightmare, Greenfield Recorder

Don’t believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net zero carbon by 2050, The Guardian

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Energy News for week ending March 5, 2021

Little Change | Playing Politics | Fusion

Happy Friday folks.

We are long into the day so here are a few interesting stories from this week:

Of course there is plenty more reading below so be sure to check it out.

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

Climate Change

Biden hikes cost of carbon, easing path for new climate rules, Politico

In Wake of Texas Crisis, Advocates Say State Must Require Utilities Prepare For Climate Change, WBUR

After Historic Fall, Carbon Emissions Are Now Coming Back Fast, Bloomberg Green

New climate ‘normal’ for Atlantic hurricanes shows more frequent and intense storms, Washington Post

Amid Climate Change Threats, Cape Planners Ask: Is It Time To Retreat From The Coast?, WGBH

New Roundtable Of Utilities And Environmental Groups Call For Deep Cuts In Carbon Pollution, Forbes.com

A 20-Year-Old Climate Mystery Has Finally Been Explained, Bloomberg Green

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

New York issues final rules to speed development of large renewable energy projects, Utility Dive

Energy firms bet on hydrogen boom, but payday far away, Reuters

US lags international peers on renewables development, and federal policy is to blame: Moody’s, Utility Dive

House Democrats introduce bill with pathway to 100% clean energy by 2035, Utility Dive

Wind

Biden accused of playing politics on Vineyard Wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Wind Power Was Thriving in Texas. Then Came the Freeze., Wall St. Journal

Solar

A scrappy solar developer took utility regulators to court. And won., Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power to Build Microgrid, Plans Others, Microgrid Knowledge

Biden’s ‘Buy America’ plan may hit a solar wall, E&E News

Biden Administration Backs Trump on Solar Tariff Suit, Greentech Media

Efficiency/Storage

Utility behind the meter storage, Smart Energy International

Energy efficiency plan would hike surcharge, Gloucester Times

New York Senate advances environmental justice package, including energy efficiency jobs bill, Utility Dive

EVs

Old batteries from electric cars get new life off the grid, Washington Post

How Green Are Electric Vehicles?, New York Times

The debate over EV charging at interstate rest stops, Utility Dive

Volvo to go fully electric by 2030, CNN.com

South Korean Battery Makers Pitch White House About Disputed Georgia Factory, Wall St. Journal

GM Looking to Build Second Battery Factory in U.S., Wall St. Journal

A growing appetite for EVs tasks the supply chain to scale, Utility Dive

Nuclear

MIT energy startup homes in on fusion, with plans for 47-acre site in Devens, Boston Globe

Nuclear Power’s Prospects Cool a Decade After Fukushima Meltdowns, Wall St. Journal

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

A Texas city had a bold new climate plan – until a gas company got involved, The Guardian

Winter Storm Eased Natural-Gas Glut, Wall St. Journal

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Why Global Power Grids Are Still Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Bloomberg

Texas Overcharged $16 Billion for Power During Freeze, Monitor Says, Wall St. Journal

Texas Power Regulator Urged to Halt Collections as Crisis Fallout Spreads, Wall St. Journal

Texas Blackout Hearings Highlight Intertwined Risks of Natural Gas, Power Grid and Deregulated Market, Greentech Media

New Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has advice for Texas — and for the oil industry, Washington Post

States Seek More Input, Visibility into ISO-NE Governance, RTO Insider

Coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow wins another year of funding, Concord Monitor

Baker extends ban on utility shutoff, Salem News

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says power crisis in Texas could happen anywhere in the country, CBS News

Opinion

Biomass plant COO says science on his side, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending February 5, 2021

Solar Baffled | Regional Approach | Power the World

Happy Friday folks.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

Solar industry baffled as Maine energy provider cites costly upgrades to accommodate them, NH Union Leader

Gov. Baker sees potential in regional approach to wind energy, State House News Service via Herald News

The Battery Is Ready to Power the World, Wall St. Journal

And if you’re looking to test your climate knowledge, take this quiz in the Washington Post Climate-friendly farming and Science Moms.

As always enjoy the weekend, Stay safe and as much as it pains me to say this, Go Bucs!

Climate Change

Biden team in talks with utilities, car companies about emissions: climate adviser, Reuters

Social factors could be final barrier to deep US decarbonization, National Academies report finds, Utility Dive

U.S. Cities Are Vastly Undercounting Emissions, Researchers Find, New York Times

Climate-friendly farming and Science Moms, (quiz) Washington Post

Experts Tell Biden: Your Climate Goals Require a Carbon Price, Bloomberg Green

Sea Levels Are Rising Faster Than Most Pessimistic Forecasts, Bloomberg Green

Waiting 10 years to start eliminating emissions will cost the US more than $3.5 trillion, Quartz

A State-by-State Model of the US Net-Zero-Carbon Future, Greentech Media

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

The dark side of ‘green energy’ and its threat to the nation’s environment, Deseret News

Green Hydrogen Backers See Opening in Biden Climate Ambition (1), Bloomberg Law

WoodMac on Green Hydrogen: It’s Going To Happen Faster Than Anyone Expects, Greentech Media

Cambridge energy firm raises $158M after closing SPAC deal, Boston Business Journal

Wind

Gov. Baker sees potential in regional approach to wind energy, State House News Service via Herald News

Salem’s possible role in building off-shore turbines explored, Salem News

Feds put Vineyard Wind back on permitting front burner, Herald News

Offshore wind projects may get back on track, Salem News

Biden administration puts Vineyard Wind energy project back on track, Boston Globe

Somerset’s Brayton Point Commerce Center at an impasse, The Herald News

Fishermen, developers hit impasse over offshore wind farm plan, Providence Journal

Wind Energy Research Project Inches Ahead, The Free Press

The Empire State Building and its related buildings are now powered by wind, Washington Post

Rich Hamptons Residents Scared of ‘Violent Energy Releases’ From Offshore Wind Farm Cable, Gizmodo

Solar

Solar industry baffled as Maine energy provider cites costly upgrades to accommodate them, NH Union Leader

Solar developer fined $1.14M for wetlands damage in Williamsburg, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Biden wants solar jobs. People may not want them, E&E News

Efficiency/Storage

The Battery Is Ready to Power the World, Wall St. Journal

How to Engage Middle America on Climate? Make Resilience Primary, says Gina McCarthy, Microgrid Knowledge

New York offers $15m to pilot heat pump technology, Energy Live News

Unions, trades say energy-code costs could thwart construction, State House News Service via BBJ

Beyond Declining Battery Prices: 6 Ways to Evaluate Energy Storage in 2021, Greentech Media

Building domestic supply chain for battery storage could be a priority for lawmakers, Senate aides say, Utility Dive

EVs

In push for clean transportation, Mass. focuses on electric cars over public transit, Boston Globe

GM’s all-EV plan could shake the energy industry, E&E news

Tesla: Batteries better for long-haul EVs, hydrogen is ‘just crazy,’ Utility Dive

As GM gives ‘huge’ boost to EVs, states vary in advancing supportive policies, reports find, Utility Dive

Nuclear

New Mexico’s nuclear rush. A massive nuclear waste site near Carlsbad is seemingly on a fast track. Can the company behind it be trusted?, Searchlight New Mexico

Nuclear has another friend in Biden, but changes at the NRC could mean more scrutiny ahead, Utility Dive

Latest tussle over $300M nuclear subsidies rests on financial viability of the units, NJ Spotlight

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Coal to Exit From U.S. Power System by 2033, Morgan Stanley Says, Bloomberg Green

Fore River Basin air monitors called ‘community science project,’ Patriot Ledger

INTERVIEW: New FERC member backs up-front, ‘robust’ vetting in gas project reviews, S&P Global

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

As Final Vote On Electrical Substation Nears, East Boston Residents Say State’s Approval Process Has Left Them Out, WBUR

SolarWinds fallout could last for years, as power industry secures vulnerable equipment: Dragos CEO, Utility Dive

EVs, turbines, solar panels pose circular economy dilemma: NIST workshop, Utility Dive

New FERC member argues power markets must ‘respect’ state policy choices, S&P Global

Boston kicks off community choice electricity program, aiming to surpass state’s renewables requirement, Utility Dive

As Boston gets on board, community power compacts gain steam, WWLP

Eversource Responds to Shocked Connecticut Customers After Bill Increase, Kicks 1055

NE States Considering Different Market Models, RTO Insider

Opinion

Want Environmental Justice? Look to Energy Efficiency., Politico

How Joe Biden’s Tax Plan Will Drive Up Utility Bills Nationwide, Forbes.com

Natural Gas Service Ban Would be Irresponsible for Consumers, Workers and Families Across NYC, Consumer Energy Alliance

GOP is corrupting NH public utilities panel, Valley News

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Energy News for week ending January 29, 2021

Take Two | Competing Priorities | East Boston Protest

Happy Friday folks.

Here’s what we’re reading:

Take Two: Lawmakers Again Send Climate Bill to Baker, State House News Service via WBUR

Environmental Priorities — Solar Energy and Land Conservation — Compete in the Legislature, CT Examiner

East Boston Residents Protest Controversial Electrical Substation Project, WBUR

There are also several stories this week on EVs and others on how to improve the grid to allow for more renewable development. Be sure to check them out.

As always enjoy the weekend, Stay safe and warm!

MA Climate Bill

Take Two: Lawmakers Again Send Climate Bill to Baker, State House News Service via WBUR

Let’s try this (climate change bill) again, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker admin makes its case ahead of climate bill vote, State House News Service via WWLP

Theoharides explains $6b cost figure, CommonWealth Magazine

As Lawmakers Plan Vote On Climate Bill, A Showdown With Baker Seems Likely, WBUR

Climate Change

World’s Ice Is Melting Faster Than Ever, Climate Scientists Say, Wall St. Journal

NJ meets first goal in reducing carbon emissions, but still has ‘incredible hill to climb,’ NJ Spotlight

25 states promised to stay in the Paris Agreement. Did they follow through?, Grist

‘Energy’ Is Its Name. But What Can the D.O.E. Actually Do on Climate?, New York Times

Biden Executive Orders Set Broad Federal Role in Clean Energy and Climate Change Mitigation, Greentech Media

New U.S. Strategy Would Quickly Free Billions in Climate Funds, New York Times

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Jiminy Peak a model for renewable energy tax incentives, Rep. Neal says, Berkshire Eagle

Expensive Renewable-Energy Report Completed But There Are No Plans to Advance Its Recommendations, EcoRI

Boeing Eyes Jetliners Fueled by Waste in Race to Zero Emissions, Bloomberg Green

Wind

Janet Mills Proposes 10-Year Moratorium On Wind Development In Maine-Managed Waters, Maine Public

Vineyard Wind looks to regain spot in project pipeline, Fall River Herald News

Will Airborne Wind Power Finally Fly in 2021,? Greentech Media

Solar

Environmental Priorities — Solar Energy and Land Conservation — Compete in the Legislature, CT Examiner

The Race Is On for Commercial Deployment of Solar in Open Seas, Greentech Media

Efficiency/Storage

How to stop your house’s expensive drafts — and save the planet, Washington Post

National Grid petitions NY PSC to approve small battery project’s dispatch, wholesale market roles, Utility Dive

Tesla Had 83% Increase In Energy Storage Deployments In 2020, CleanTechnica

4 Energy Storage Questions Answered, Microgrid Knowledge

New York approves utility revenue sharing for battery storage systems, Utility Dive

EVS

Where Exactly Does Joe Biden Plan To Put 550,000 EV Charging Stations,? Jalopnik.com

Shift to Electric Vehicles Spurs Bid to Make More Batteries in U.S., Wall St. Journal

Biden plan to electrify federal fleet will boost EV market, but many questions remain, experts say, Utility Dive

New Jersey OKs PSE&G’s $166M EV infrastructure program, omits heavy duty vehicles, Utility Dive

G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035, New York Times

Exclusive: U.S. oil industry seeks unusual alliance with Farm Belt to fight Biden electric vehicle agenda, Reuters

Nuclear

NY attorney general sues over nuclear plant shutdown plan, AP

Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor Parts Sent to Texas for Disposal, WCAI

Oyster Creek: Out with the old nuclear plant, in with a new one? The choices ahead, app.com

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

National Grid seeks hike in gas bills, Salem News

In Newton, leaks in gas lines are a never-ending challenge, Boston Globe

US Northeast spot gas prices, power prices spike amid lower-than-normal temperatures, S&P Global

As Biden vows monumental action on climate change, a fight with the fossil fuel industry has only begun, Washington Post

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New York approves $854M transmission line, outlines path to reach storage, renewables goals, Utility Dive

Transmission seen as pivotal to Biden administration’s climate, environmental justice goals, S&P Global

Transmission trouble: Pipeline woes presage challenges for clean energy buildout, S&P Global

Report Calls for a Ground-Up Overhaul of Federal Transmission Grid Policy, Greentech Media

‘No compelling reason not to’: Former FERC chairs, commissioners call for federal transmission overhaul, Utility Dive

East Boston Residents Protest Controversial Electrical Substation Project, WBUR

Con Edison Tests ConnectDER as a Utility Touchpoint for Distributed Energy, Greentech Media

Opinion

Op-ed: We are the next generation. It’s time to embrace solar., Boston Business Journal

Rhode Island Needs a Plan to Fully Decarbonize, Uprise RI

February 19 is deadline for new climate change law, CommonWealth Magazine

No rules? No problem on Beacon Hill, CommonWealth Magazine

Pass the climate change bill again, CommonWealth Magazine

America’s investor-owned utilities: We can achieve a 100% clean energy future, Utility Dive

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Energy News for week ending January 22, 2021

NY on Top Again | Devouring Energy | 5-Minute Charging

Happy Friday folks.

Busy week so we can’t do a full recap, but we do draw your attention to these stories

As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Climate Change

State Legislature Files Climate Bill, Again, WBUR

Trump Rules Easing Power-Plant Emissions Limits Are Vacated by Court, WSJ

Biden rejoins Paris climate accord, works to overturn Trump’s climate policies, Washington Post

Biden’s narrow path to an infrastructure dream, Politico

In Switch, Chamber of Commerce Backs Climate Action, Possible Carbon Tax, Bloomberg Green

Businesses Aim to Pull Greenhouse Gases From the Air. It’s a Gamble., New York Times

Biden Moves To Have U.S. Rejoin Climate Accord, WBUR

TCI opponents push other states to reject controversial carbon tax, Boston Herald

Biden’s climate steps could have big impact on energy firms, AP

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

New York City’s Biggest Power Producer Aims to Import Renewable Energy From Upstate, Greentech Media

Money Managers Look to Blue Seas for Green Investments, Wall St. Journal

Global investments into clean-energy technology reach record high, Axios.com

Bill Gates-Led Fund Raises Another $1 Billion to Invest in Clean Tech, Bloomberg Green

No-Name Clean Tech Firms Are Turning Into Billion-Dollar Bets, Bloomberg Green

Wind

Interior Department agencies move to streamline offshore wind permitting, Utility Dive

In the offshore wind industry’s East Coast arms race, Mass. falls behind New York, Boston Globe

Offshore wind stagnated under Trump, Biden policies could create a boom for offshore energy, Cape Cod Times

Offshore Wind Backers Hope Vineyard Wind Permitting Woes Will End Under Biden, WBUR

Permitting for big U.S. offshore wind farm will resume ‘very, very soon’: Avangrid CEO, Reuters.com

Solar

‘Not slowing down’: Solar will be cheapest power resource in US by 2030: WoodMac, Utility Dive

Efficiency/Storage

Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?, Fast Company

A Megabattery Boom Is Coming to Rescue Overloaded Power Grids, Bloomberg

EVS

Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced, The Guardian

Electric vehicles close to ‘tipping point’ of mass adoption, The Guardian

Fleet electrification can have ‘outsized influence’ on EV adoption, RMI analysis concludes, Utility Dive

Nuclear

Up for renewal, controversial $300M nuclear subsidies could be cut, state consultant advises, NJ Spotlight

NRC to discuss 100-year licenses for nuclear plants, Gloucester Times

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

After years of protests, a glimmer of hope for opponents to the Weymouth gas compressor, Boston Globe

‘Where does the energy come from?,’ Hudson Valley Times

President-elect Biden to end Keystone XL pipeline in fight on climate change, Washington Post

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Construction of $1 billion Maine power corridor halted by federal appeals court, MassLive

Hydro-Quebec’s American dream, LaPresse

Opponents continue push against Maine power project, Boston Globe

President Biden Names Richard Glick as FERC Chair, Greentech Media

Governor Cuomo Announces PSC Approval of Major Transmission Line Project from Oneida County to Albany County, Gov. Cuomo

Opinion

Debunking Baker’s 6 reasons for climate veto, CommonWealth Magazine

10 state utility commission chairs to FERC: Let’s strengthen federal-state electricity regulatory relationships, Utility Dive

The best way to use our ‘available’ wood, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending January 15, 2021

Vetoed! | Imminent Start | Bug Robot

Happy Friday folks.

Well, we got the answer to last week’s question about whether Governor Baker was going to sign the climate bill or not. Thursday evening he opted for the veto. The good news is that Senate President Spilka and House Speaker Mariano are prepared to refile the bill, but it’s likely to face some significant changes. We have several stories related to this for you below.

According to the Portland Press Herald there are signs of preparation in Maine for the NECEC. “Obscured by a swirling snow squall, an amphibious off-road transporter with 5-foot-high tires maneuvered Friday along the Maine ITS 89 snowmobile trail at the base of Coburn Mountain. At a junction, two workers from Northern Clearing, a Wisconsin-based right-of-way contractor, stepped into the wind and 11-degree cold and secured a sign and pink flagging tape to a small tree. The sign was one of hundreds being erected in remote stretches of northwestern Maine between the Canadian border and The Forks. They will guide crews – likely starting next week – to where they will begin clearing sections of a 53-mile-long corridor through the forest for Central Maine Power’s $1 billion hydroelectric power corridor project, called New England Clean Energy Connect.”

For the new tech feature we have a giant bug for you. From Electrek, “Robots aren’t going to take over the world, but they can definitely make life a lot easier for humans. And that was the aim of BladeBUG, a UK startup that has developed insect-like robots to inspect, maintain, and repair offshore wind turbine blades without the need for rope access…How will the offshore wind industry maintain and repair the giant turbine blades once they’re swooshing through the air, high above the water, without requiring wind turbine workers to dangle precariously above the sea? (Who’s going to want to hang off the giant 14 MW Haliade-X Dogger Bank turbine blades? Yikes.) Not only does the robot make it safer for rope access technicians; it also saves money for the wind turbine companies, as it’s expensive to have humans climb out onto turbine blades.”

That’s the recap for this week. As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Massachusetts Climate Bill

Massachusetts lawmakers prepare to refile climate bill if Gov. Charlie Baker lets clock run out, MassLive

In veto letter, Baker objects to a lot in climate change bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes climate bill that sets carbon emissions targets ahead of 2050, MassLive

Reluctantly, governor vetoes Mass. climate change bill, but it may soon be back on his desk, Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes sweeping climate change bill, AP

Massachusetts Gov. Vetoes Bill Calling for Net-Zero Emissions by Midcentury, Greentech Media

Climate Change

Climate coalition wants brighter light on Beacon Hill voting, Herald News

Covid-19 Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020, New York Times

Details, timing could lead to climate bill veto, WWLP

The carbon skyscraper: A new way of picturing rapid, human-caused climate change, Washington Post

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Almost All New US Power Plants Built in 2021 Will Be Carbon-Free, Greentech Media

Clean Energy & COVID-19 Crisis | December 2020 Unemployment Analysis, E2

Wind, solar to make up 70% of new US generation in 2021 while batteries gain momentum: EIA, Utility Dive

The New Climate Bill Won’t Make Or Break A Proposed Biomass Plant In Springfield. But Another State Plan Will, WBUR

Gov. Cuomo pushes wind, solar expansion amid COVID-19 economic downturn, NY Post

Report: Raimondo’s 2030 renewables goal achievable, Providence Journal

2021 Outlook: Will hydrogen experience a breakthrough?, Utility Dive

Wind

To bolster green economy, New York will build nation’s largest offshore wind program, Utility Dive

Power from Mayflower Wind could be cheaper thanks to stimulus bill, Boston Herald

Wind Developers Tout Safety Of Transmission Cables Being Constructed In East Hampton, WSHU (NY)

This ‘bug’ robot will inspect and repair offshore wind turbine blades, Electrek

New York’s Latest Clean Energy Push Includes 2.5GW of Offshore Wind Contracts for Equinor and BP, Greentech Media

Efficiency/Storage

Halt to progress of utility efficiency programs could rob New Hampshire of economic boost, ACEEE Blog

Eversource extends energy incentives to COVID-19 vaccine freezers, Hartford Business Journal

Trump’s DOE Saddles Households with High-Cost, High-Emission Furnaces and Water Heaters, ACEEE

EVS

GM ushers in electric era with ambitious brand refresh, inclusive marketing campaign, Utility Dive

2021 Outlook: The future of electric vehicle charging is bidirectional — but the future isn’t here yet, Utility Dive

Proterra Set To Take Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Business Public via SPAC Transaction, Greentech Media

Nuclear

Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Review Could Signal Federal Repository Approval, The Sand Paper

The social costs of nuclear power plant closure, NEI Magazine

Natural Gas

2021 Outlook: Greening natural gas while planning for service reliability, Utility Dive

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Data centers are energy hogs. Could they help power the grid?, Grist

MIT Study: Transmission Is Key to a Low-Cost, Decarbonized US Grid, Greentech Media

New transmission approaches can cut billions in decarbonization costs: MIT, clean energy coalition, Utility Dive

Pearl Street Technologies: A New Way to Optimize the Transmission Grid, Greentech Media

Climate-Proofing Your Home: Improving Your Backup Power Supply, Bloomberg Green

Green economy plans fuel new metals and energy ‘supercycle,’ The Guardian

Report: Renewables Are Suffering From Broken US Transmission Policy, Greentech Media

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