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Energy News for week ending December 21, 2018

Rising Waters | Winter Wallop | Plea for LNG

Happy soggy Friday afternoon.

Here are a few stories you may have missed this week.

For those of you who enjoy taking Amtrak to destinations between Boston and DC – take note. Bloomberg Businessweek reports, Rising Waters Are Drowning Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. “By the middle of this century, climate change is likely to punch a hole through the busiest stretch of rail in North America. Parts of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor route, which carries 12 million people each year between Boston and Washington, face ‘continual inundation.’ Flooding, rising seas, and storm surge threaten to erode the track bed and knock out the signals that direct train traffic. The poles that provide electricity for trains are at risk of collapse, even as power substations succumb to floodwaters. ‘f one of the segments of track shuts down, it will shut down this segment of the NEC,’ warned members of Amtrak’s planning staff. ‘There is not an alternate route that can be used as a detour.’

If that long-term forecast doesn’t worry you, how about this short term one? The Washington Post had a story this week, Polar vortex could unleash winter wallop by January. “Winter got off to a fast start in the Lower 48 even before it was technically winter. Waves of cold gripped the eastern two-thirds of the United States and several winter storms tracked across the region. Conditions have since eased some, but the heart of winter lies ahead. Will cold and snowy conditions return and turn more harsh? The polar vortex, the roaring river of air winding around the North Pole, holds the cards. What they reveal could be very disturbing and a harbinger of extreme winter weather in the Eastern United States.”

Cold snaps often create natural gas supply issues. So what’s a region to do? The Sentinel and Enterprise reports, ‘Disaster’ has Gov. seeking LNG changes. “As cold weather and higher electricity prices start to encroach, Massachusetts energy officials want to lobby the federal government to ease restrictions on shipments of liquified (sic) natural gas into New England in hopes of controlling costs and improving reliability in the energy grid…So the Baker administration, with the support of the rest of the New England governors, is planning to try ‘working with federal officials to explore modifying the Jones Act to facilitate shipping of LNG from domestic sources,’ Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson said last week. The Jones Act has been suspended or amended before, often in the wake of a natural disaster when the government wants to maximize the number of ships that can help deliver relief aid. EEA said such a waiver or exemption ‘could be done permanently or semipermanently to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of LNG to Massachusetts consumers.’”

There are a lot of news stories below. We’ll be off next Friday for the holidays but will be back in your inboxes on January 4th. In the meantime, thank you for letting us be a part of your energy world each week and we wish you all a wonderful holiday week and a happy and healthy 2019.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

‘Disaster’ has Gov. seeking LNG changes, Sentinel and Enterprise

After change of heart, Eversource will fund repairs to Framingham couple’s home, MetroWest Daily News

Gateway Gas Pipeline Expansion Connecting to Utilities in Northeast, Power Engineering

Natural gas industry burns for more pipeline capacity in Mass., Boston Globe

Rising LNG demand to exert more pull on U.S. natgas prices, Reuters

Watchdog Finds ‘Significant’ Weakness in U.S. Pipeline Security, Bloomberg

Natural gas utility to fund ‘alternative heating’ in Western Massachusetts, MassLive

State joins suit to block offshore drilling, Salem News

East Braintree resident raises concerns about Calpine generators, Weymouth.WickedLocal.com

CT regulator wraps pipeline review, finds utilities acting properly, Hartford Business Journal

Despite moratorium’s end, new National Grid gas hookups will not begin immediately, MassLive

 

Merrimac Valley

Gas recovery will extend into fall 2019, Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts senators press Columbia Gas on whistleblower’s warning, Boston Herald

Lawsuit filed against Columbia Gas, Boston Herald

Day care owner joins those suing Columbia Gas, Salem News

Recovery Will Finish More Than A Year After Gas Explosions, Patch.com

Sen. Markey Promises Hearings After Columbia Gas Whistleblower’s Warnings, NECN

Columbia Gas says it will meet DPU deadline, Eagle-Tribune

Massachusetts DPU puts Columbia Gas under engineering firm’s oversight, Boston Herald

Foundation Set To Release Third Stipend To Gas Explosion Victims, USA Patch

More Aid For Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion Victims, USA Patch

 

Lockout

Massachusetts Senate passes bill to extend unemployment benefits to locked-out National Grid gas workers, MassLive

With differing bills for locked-out workers, House calls for Baker’s suggestions, Boston Globe

House, Senate at odds on Grid legislation, CommonWealth Magazine

Oops: DeLeo says Grid bill drafted incorrectly, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker backs more worker benefits if Grid lockout doesn’t end soon, CommonWealth Magazine

Senate readying bill to extend benefits for locked-out National Grid workers, Boston Globe

Decision on National Grid unlikely to help Quincy projects, Patriot Ledger

Moratorium on National Grid gas hookups lifted, Boston Globe

Montigny presses Spilka to act on lockout bill, South Coast Today

Locked-out workers blast DPU lift of National Grid moratorium, Boston Herald

Massachusetts imposes gas safety protocols on National Grid following over pressurization incident, Utility Dive

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Rising Waters Are Drowning Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, Bloomberg Business

From climate change to congestion, Massachusetts has a new transportation plan, MassLive

Polar vortex could unleash winter wallop by January, Washington Post

New Jersey regulators issue rules to rejoin RGGI carbon trading system, Utility Dive

New York Gov. Cuomo pledges 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040, Utility Dive

New York Power Authority to invest $250M in electric grid for better access to renewables, Daily Energy Insider

DC passes ‘most ambitious’ mandate for 100% renewables by 2032, Utility Dive

Energy transitions are usually slow. Here’s why the clean energy transition might be faster., Vox.com

Report: Massachusetts clean energy sector added 1,500 jobs in 2017, MassLive

Cap-and-Trade for Cars Is Coming to the Northeast, Scientific American

In landmark agreement, Mass., eight other states vow to cut transportation emissions, Boston Globe

Conn. Looks To Mix Of Strategies To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions, WSHU News

Rhode Island Renewable Energy Becomes Part Of The Everyday Landscape, CleanTechnica

 

Wind

A 21,000% Gain Shows Sky-High Value of Offshore Wind Leases, Bloomberg

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record, WBUR

Vineyard Wind Lands Second Offshore Lease, Vineyard Gazette

New Jersey regulators hand third rejection to Atlantic City offshore wind pilot, Utility Dive

Avangrid Renewables expands offshore wind portfolio after auction win, Windpower Engineering & Development

CT wind, fuel cell projects win long-term contracts, Hartford Business Journal

Shell Places 1.6 Gigawatt Bet On US Offshore Wind Energy, CleanTechnica

Association to Preserve Cape Cod Formally Endorses Vineyard Wind, Cape Cod

 

Solar

New Jersey moves to end solar RECs, take next steps toward 100% renewables, Utility Dive

Portland’s newest and largest solar array moves city toward its renewable-energy goal, Press Herald

Solar Wolf Energy Expands Footprint in Massachusetts, NA Clean Energy

LIPA OKs consumer-protection measures for solar customers, Newsday.com

New England Talks Solar, Storage and Public Policy, RTO Insider

ReVision Energy launches fund to help nonprofits tap solar energy, Mainebiz

Environmental group worries proposed solar farm could destroy Milford’s ecological gem, New Hampshire Union Leader

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

New York State PSC approves increases in energy efficiency, energy storage targets, Daily Energy Insider

MIT researchers make strides on location-independent, large-scale energy storage, Daily Energy Insider

NYPA board approves $600M credit line for efficiency projects as utility targets double, Utility Dive

NY’s energy storage target: It’s the journey, not the destination, stakeholders say, Utility Dive

Waltham Considers Hiring Full-Time Sustainability Manager, USA Patch

Design Building awarded LEED Gold certification, Massachusetts Daily Collegian

 

Nuclear

Indian Point closure will put power supply in flux, Times Herald-Record

Accelerated retirement of U.S. coal, nuke plants has potential risks –NERC, Reuters

PSEG first to file for subsidies to keep its nuclear plants online, NJ Spotlight

Nuclear Advisory Group Endorses Seabrook’s Plan To Monitor Concrete Cracks, NHPR

Seabrook Station: Study: Plant can operate, Newburyport Daily News

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource balks at state law ordering it to buy wood power, New Hampshire Union Leader

Consumer Energy Alliance Report Finds Higher Household Heating Costs Threaten Northeast Consumers, Boston Business Journal

Capacity pricing changes: How each power market plans to account for resource adequacy, Utility Dive

Wallingford not affected by utilities’ rate hikes, Record-Journal

Connecticut regulator weighs ‘amnesty’ for alternative electric suppliers, The Hour

Meriden To Recoup $3.4 Million From Eversource, USA Patch

Audit of CMP billing errors reveals lapses in training, testing, Portland Press Herald

FERC approves cost recovery for Exelon’s Mystic gas plant, Utility Dive

Zoning board approves generators at Fore River power plant, Patriot Ledger

Camden, N.J. Looks to Innovative Bonds to Expand Microgrid Project, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Has the Mass. solar gamble paid off?, CommonWealth Magazine

New Congress will bring a green wave on climate change, Boston Globe

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it., Boston Globe

Governor Baker, it’s time to hold gas utilities accountable, Boston Globe

Ocean plot auctions reap windfall for future, Boston Herald

The state’s social contract with utilities, CommonWealth Magazine

Clarity coming to NJ’s aggressive clean energy plan and its costs, Press of Atlantic City

Column: Justice for the Merrimack Valley starts with real accountability, Eagle-Tribune

Record-Smashing Auction Sets America on Course for Offshore Wind, Union of Concerned Scientists

Letter to the editor: Why are Massachusetts power needs prioritized over Maine’s?, Portland Press Herald

Lights out for Eversource (Letters), MassLive

Letter to the editor: Shame on National Grid, Sun Chronicle

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Energy News for week ending December 14, 2018

410 Million | Roasted by the sun | Substantial Completion | Lobstocracy

 

Happy Friday everyone.

Here are a few highlights from this week.

From Reuters, U.S. offshore wind lease auction ends with record $410 mln sale, “A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting combined bids of $410 million, the agency that conducted the sale said. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said it would announce the provisional winners of the leases on a conference call later on Friday. Combined, the three leases represent nearly 390,000 acres near the Massachusetts islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and Rhode Island’s Block Island. It was not immediately clear whether a single company claimed all three or if there were more than one winner.”

While we’re in the midst of holiday season, according to a story in the Portland Press Herald, this is what happened on Thanksgiving, Solar power achieved a New England milestone on chilly Thanksgiving “On last month’s historically cold Thanksgiving Day, New England turkeys were being roasted by the sun. For the first time, according to the region’s electric grid operator, thousands of solar panels offset the midmorning peak demand for power from millions of homes and businesses cooking the holiday birds. The renewable energy milestone was noted this week by ISO-New England. It highlights the growing role of solar energy on the grid and counters lingering myths about the technology not working in cold climates.”

This is great news out of Lawrence. From the Eagle Tribune, Governor, Columbia Gas announce ‘substantial completion’ of gas restoration; say service back to 98 percent of customers, “The work to restore service to more than 10,000 homes affected by the gas disaster is pretty much done, but the mission is not accomplished, state and local officials said at a press conference early Wednesday afternoon. With natural gas service restored to 98 percent of residential and business customers, Gov. Baker, local municipal leaders and Columbia Gas announced the substantial completion of the gas restoration efforts in the Merrimack Valley…Officials said 150 customers are still without gas service, most of whom decided to “self-mitigate,” or complete necessary assessments and installations themselves on their own timeline, independent of Columbia Gas contractors, or have extenuating circumstances such as damages to their homes.

We end this week on some it’s good now but not later climate change news. From MSN.com, ‘We live in a lobstocracy’: Maine town is feeling the effects of climate change, “The American lobster is a symbol of Maine, central to the state’s ethos and economy…Lobster attracts tourists, feeds locals and is a lifeblood for coastal towns. It’s (sic) importance has even swelled in recent years as lobsters have been caught in record numbers. Lobster landings – or the amount of lobster caught – have risen fivefold in the past three decades. Lobster has become a half-billion-dollar industry in Maine. And the reason for the boom, according to scientists, is climate change. The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world’s waters, rising at three times the global average. That warming has created optimal conditions for lobsters to reproduce and survive into adulthood…But while the warming waters have resulted in a lobster bonanza, scientists say climate change will ultimately bring a bust to the boom: As the Gulf of Maine continues to warm, that temperature sweet spot for lobsters will continue to move north. That could result in a similar spike in lobsters in Canada, but leave Maine’s industry broken.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the news below and have a wonderful weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Massachusetts natural gas companies would support greater engineering oversight, MassLIve

Agawam farm family protests Tennessee Gas Pipeline land-taking, MassLive

Lawmaker questions gas safety consultant’s ties to industry, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Columbia Gas appoints new executive in Massachusetts, Boston Globe

Agawam farm family protests Tennessee Gas Pipeline land-taking, MassLive

Mass. Town Asks 1st Circ. To Block Enbridge Pipeline Project, Law360

Judge halts Keystone XL pipeline, citing ‘complete disregard’ for climate, MSN

The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules, New York Times

 

Merrimack Valley

Governor, Columbia Gas announce ‘substantial completion’ of gas restoration; say service back to 98 percent of customers, Eagle Tribune

Columbia Gas Holds Community Meetings For Remaining Four Percent Of Affected Customers, WGBH

Whistleblower: Columbia Gas Cut Corners Prior to Explosions, NECN

In Wake Of Gas Disaster, Lawmakers Probe Utility Companies’ Safety Plans, WGBH

Execs back Baker gas-safety bill at fiery hearing, Lowell Sun

Sen. Barrett questions gas safety consultant’s ties to industry, Lowell Sun

 

Lockout

House, in informal session, passes Grid legislation, CommonWealth Magazine

Developers left out in the cold as National Grid lockout continues, Patriot Ledger

Lawmakers push harder to resolve labor dispute at National Grid, Boston Globe

Top senator to National Grid: end the lockout “immediately”, Sentinel & Enterprise

National Grid, unions start daily meetings next Monday, Boston Herald

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Why greens are turning away from a carbon tax, Politico

That was awkward — at world’s biggest climate conference, U.S. promotes fossil fuels, Washington Post

Batteries could worsen CO2 emissions — study, E&E News

NYPA Announces $250 Million Commitment to Accelerate Flexibility of Electric Grid to Combat Climate Change, Energy Storage Association

‘We live in a lobstocracy’: Maine town is feeling the effects of climate change, MSN

Shaheen and Hassan warn of continued negative impact of climate change, Conway Daily Sun

Researchers: Sawdust is Next Wave in Renewable Energy, UMass Lowell News

Not So Sweet: Climate Change Means Slow-Growing Sugar Maples, Study Finds, NPR

France Will Save $44.5 Billion By Betting on Renewable Energy, Says Government Agency, Bloomberg L.P.

 

Wind

U.S. offshore wind lease auction ends with record $410 mln sale, Reuters

Baker: Fishing, offshore wind coexistence is ‘something we have to deal with,’ Salem News

390K acres up for auction today for offshore wind, South Coast Today

First major offshore wind project in jeopardy of being blocked, Boston Globe

Fishing industry says it doesn’t endorse Vineyard Wind’s ‘consensus plan’ for transit lanes, South Coast Today

Bay State Wind comes to O.B., MV Times

Turbines vs. eagles debate continues amid new science, National Wind Watch

Zero hour nears for Massachusetts offshore bonanza, reNews

Vineyard Wind Endorses Offshore Transit Corridor Plan, Cape Cod Today

More Than 680 Gigawatts Of New Wind Power To Come Online By 2027, CleanTechnica

 

Solar

Solar power achieved a New England milestone on chilly Thanksgiving, Portland Press Herald

Watertown Becomes 1st Town In New England To Require Solar Panels On New Commercial Constructions, WBUR

Rhode Island Encourages Brownfield Solar Projects, Renewable Energy World

U.S. solar takes hit from Trump tariffs but is cheaper than ever: report, Reuters

Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future, CleanTechnica

Governor pushes for solar in low-income areas, New Hampshire Union Leader

Milford Eyeing Plans for 120-Acre Solar Farm, New Hampshire Public Radio

CleanChoice Launches MA Community Solar Program, Solar Industry

Solar project at Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District on target, Kennebec Journal

 

EVs

Massachusetts Needs More Than MOR-EV, Union of Concerned Scientists

Massachusetts extends electric vehicle rebate program, Gloucester Times

Survey: Consumers keen on EV purchases, though cost remains a barrier, Utility Dive

Why General Motors Is Ditching the Chevy Volt, Greentech Media

As More Cars Plug In, Utilities and Makers Juggle Ways to Power Them, New York Times

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

As grid operators file FERC Order 841 plans, storage floodgates open slowly, Utility Dive

New Massachusetts energy plan zeroes in on vehicles and buildings for emissions reductions, MassLive

 

Nuclear

Vermont Yankee buyer looking for quick start, VTDigger

Are Floating Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Energy?, Oilprice.com

Department of Energy to shut down Idaho nuclear waste treatment project, deemed not to be cost-effective, Los Angeles Times

Trump plan to reclassify nuclear waste alarms environmental groups, NBC News

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource plans increase in winter electric rates, MassLive

Price of electricity going up in E. Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

US unprepared for ‘catastrophic’ power outage, presidential advisory report finds, Utility Dive

Most of Maine’s electricity customers will pay higher rates next year, Energy Central

A study examined why customers remain in TOU programs, and the results were terrible, Utility Dive

NERC: Winter preparedness initiatives will help keep lights on in northern US, Utility Dive

Report: Smart Grid Upgrades Offer Less Risk, More Flexibility than Power Lines, Renewable Energy World

Why are electricity prices spiking this winter?, CommonWealth Magazine

CMP standard-offer customers electric bills will rise in 2019, Mainebiz

Eversource’s Seacoast power project approved, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Several factors could affect power this winter, Journal Inquirer

Southern Maine electricity supply prices set to rise Jan. 1, Portland Press Herald

Cape Light Compact Announces Winter Electric Pricing, Cape Cod

Businesses win exemption from costly meter installations, Portland Press Herald

Eversource sues Portsmouth in tax dispute, Seacoastonline.com

 

Editorial/Opinion

Charlie Baker, Marty Walsh, and Robert DeLeo need to move on climate change, Boston Globe

Keeping Millstone humming, The Day

GOP and Dem lawmakers: Interstate gas pipelines must adhere to N.J’s tougher safety regulations., NJ.com

Viewpoint: Transportation commission report could be a holiday gift for entire region, Business Journals

Our View: Hydro-Quebec answers key climate question, Kennebec Journal

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Energy News for week ending November 9, 2018

Write off | LNG in Central MA | A gas leak every mile | About Face

Happy Friday afternoon. Be careful heading home or out this evening. We have a flash flood watch from 5:00 PM today until 3:00 PM Saturday for many parts of New England.

We start this week with three natural gas stories. First, from Jon Chesto at the Boston Globe, Eversource writes off its investment in Access Northeast because of Columbia Gas disaster, “When fires and explosions rocked Lawrence-area homes and businesses in September, the Columbia Gas incident was bound to hurt the already-tenuous political stature of the natural gas industry around here. Now, Eversource Energy is paying a price for the damage to the industry’s reputation: $32.9 million. That’s the pretax value of Eversource’s 40 percent stake in the proposed Access Northeast pipeline expansion project. Eversource just wrote off the full amount. The company hasn’t officially given up on Access Northeast. But the utility’s accountants have decided, at least for now, that its share in the project is worthless. The reason? Eversource blamed the Merrimack Valley gas disaster, in a document filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, even though the incident didn’t take place in Eversource’s gas service territory.”

While Eversource may have temporarily given up on Access Northeast, the Merrimack Valley disaster is not stopping Liberty Energy Trust of Pennsylvania from proposing a $100M LNG plant in Charlton, MA. From the Worcester Telegram, “On the fiercest of cold days this winter, thousands of Massachusetts residents will rely on the liquid form of natural gas for heat, and they likely won’t care where it comes from or how it gets to them, as long as it keeps their homes warm. Behind the scenes, though, utility companies take note every time a gigantic tanker ship carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) docks at the Distrigas terminal in Everett. The imported LNG, arriving from places like Trinidad and Russia, helps offset their natural gas supplies, but, with no power over the domestic and international markets, they worry about relying solely on overseas fuel. To assure reliability, the companies say, the state must find ways to create its own sources for LNG. Charlton could emerge as an option…Liberty Energy Trust has proposed construction of a more than $100-million LNG plant — operating under the name Northeast Energy Center LLC — on roughly 25 acres of a 220-acre wooded site at 249 Sturbridge Road (Route 20).”

USA Today brings us our third natural gas story, A gas leak every mile: Google Street View cars find problems that utilities don’t “In older American cities like New York and Boston, there can be as many gas leaks as there are miles of road. How do we know? Because Google drove those city streets – and mapped every leak. In some communities, those funny-looking Google Street View cars driving around taking pictures of houses and storefronts are also sniffing for natural gas – part of an effort to detect and fix leaks before they become bigger problems.”

Last for this week is a blog post from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which this week, basically did a 180 on their view of nuclear power. “Last month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a sobering report. Based on the most up-to-date scientific evidence, the report warns that we are rapidly losing any appreciable chance of meeting the Paris climate agreement goal of keeping temperature increases to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The report also makes clear that if we fail to meet this goal, the consequences will not only be severe, but they will be experienced sooner than expected…These sobering realities dictate that we keep an open mind about all of the tools in the emissions reduction toolbox—even ones that are not our personal favorites. And that includes existing nuclear power plants in the United States, which currently supply about 20 percent of our total electricity needs and more than half of our low-carbon electricity supply…Factoring all of these considerations in, our new report calls for proactive policy to preserve nuclear power from existing plants that are operating safely but are at risk of premature closures for economic reasons or to ensure that lost nuclear capacity is replaced with carbon-free sources.”

That’s it for this week’s recap. Have a great weekend and please be sure to take a moment to give thanks to our veterans.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Eversource writes off its investment in Access Northeast because of Columbia Gas disaster, Boston Globe

States raise Exelon market power concerns over Mystic cost recovery proposal at FERC, Utility Dive

Fossil fuel money crushed clean energy ballot initiatives across the country, Vox

Natural Gas is Undermining Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Plants—And That’s Bad News for the Climate, Union of Concerned Scientists

Power plant opponents celebrate another victory as case moves into final months, Valley Breeze

$100M LNG plant proposed on Route 20 in Charlton, Worcester Telegram

A gas leak every mile: Google Street View cars find problems that utilities don’t, USA Today

US and British steelworkers’ union call on National Grid to end the lockout in Massachusetts, Morning Star

 

Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas Pledges To Promote Energy Efficiency In Affected Merrimack Valley Homes, WBUR

Baker, Rivera warn ‘frustration’ will continue, Eagle Tribune

20,000 Thanksgiving meals planned for gas-deprived residents, Eagle Tribune

Drinking with the Merrimack Valley recovery workers who live on an old cruise ship in Southie, DigBoston.com

Tenants Affected By Gas Explosions Can Withhold Rent: AG, USA Patch

Feds open criminal investigation into Merrimack Valley gas disaster, Eagle-Tribune

Columbia Gas filing hints at future rate hike, Eagle-Tribune

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Governors could drive the next wave of climate change action, Vox.com

The Elections, and What They Mean for Climate, Energy, and Science, Union of Concerned Scientists

N.H. Missing From State Coalition Opposing Clean Power Plan Rollback, New Hampshire Public Radio

On climate change, Trump disavows his own scientists, government, Axios.com

Carbon Pricing Winning Issue in Mass. Legislative Races, ClimateXChange

 

Wind

Fishermen ask for more time to study wind impact, South Coast Today

Disabled and disassembled: Blades removed from Applied Materials turbine, Gloucester Times

Market forces buffeting future of wind power in Maine, Portland Press Herald

New York offers 800MW offshore prize, reNews

Offshore wind giant with plans in A.C. closes $510M deal with competitor, Press of Atlantic City

Yarmouth, Barnstable react to status of wind farm cable review, Cape Cod Times

SCC reluctantly approves Dominion offshore wind test, The Virginian Pilot

Minorities need a place at table for wind employment, Andrade says, South Coast Today

 

Solar

Midterm Election Brings Victory And Defeat To Clean Energy Industry, Solar Industry

Town of Ashland and Ameresco Celebrate Completion of Three Municipal Solar Projects, Business Journals

Solar industry lights up over Republican governor’s win in Massachusetts, Washington Examiner

Salem State University Tripling On-Site Solar Through Massachusetts Grant, Solar Industry

Solar farm back on Ware Planning Board agenda after denial, MassLive

Harvesting renewable energy from the sun and outer space at the same time, Science Daily

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

New England moves to open the market for battery storage, pv-magazine-USA.com

Ahead of biggest energy storage rule change yet, US’ transmission network operators open up markets, Energy-storage.news

Cape Light Compact Files Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan, CapeCod.Com

Massachusetts grants help get energy storage projects off the ground, MA Clean Energy Center

EIA: Reduced electric demand has halved carbon emissions in power sector, ACEEE

 

EVs

Electric Vehicles Are Coming, And New England And California Better Watch Out, Forbes.com

Car Battery Pioneer Says New Breakthrough Will Lower Cobalt Use, Bloomberg

 

Nuclear

Millstone Unit 2 is shut down for repairs, The Day

Seabrook nuclear plant refueling boosts local businesses, Newburyport Daily News

Environmental group: Keep open nuclear power plants, Axios.com

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO New England unveils new initiatives to enhance winter reliability, Utility Dive

Canada, New England Talk Trade, Politics and Clean Energy, RTO Insider

PUC won’t decide CMP’s $950M transmission line project until March, Mainebiz

Eversource misses window for herbicide spraying on Cape, Cape Cod Times

ISO-NE frets over reliability as winter approaches, Vermont Biz

States raise Exelon market power concerns over Mystic cost recovery proposal at FERC, Utility Dive

State tells CMP its application to build 145-mile power line incomplete, Kennebec Journal

CMP power line opponents plead case to Somerset County commissioners, Kennebec Journal

National Grid electric bills going up, Boston Globe

Company thinks Eversource customers can lower energy costs with online auction, New Hampshire Union Leader

National Grid unveils $250M corporate venture capital arm, TechCrunch

 

Editorial/Opinion

Are Trojan horses full of windmill parts destined for New London?, The Day

Why We’re Taking a Hard Look at Nuclear Power Plant Closures, Union of Concerned Scientists

Pipeline peril: Natural gas explosions reveal silent danger lurking in old cast iron pipes, USA Today

Ansley Bloomer: Never a better time to heat with wood, VTDigger

LETTER: Seabrook plant should share more information, Daily News of Newburyport

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Energy News for week ending August 31, 2018

Solar: 20 million in savings | Limiting Range Anxiety | Unsteady Progress

Happy long-weekend Friday!

Here’s what we found interesting in the energy news for this week.

From Utility Dive, Distributed solar saved ISO-NE consumers $20M during July heatwave, report says “Distributed solar reduced New England wholesale power costs by nearly $20 million dollars during a heat wave from July 1 to July 7, according to a new analysis completed by Synapse Energy Economics. During peak hours for electricity demand, distributed solar can reduce load on the New England grid by more than 1 GW, the report found, helping to reduce system-wide costs. The analysis was commissioned by SunCommon, a distributed solar provider…The analysis found solar is expected to produce 2,162 GWh of total annual energy savings in 2018, rising to almost 4,800 GWh in 2027.”

From MassLive, Eversource begins rollout of 400 electric car chargers across Massachusetts; ‘range anxiety’ seen as enemy to emissions progress “…Over the next five years, Eversource will spent [sic] $45 million to install more than 400 charging sites across Massachusetts as part of its Grid Modernization plan. Hunt [Eversource senior vice president and chief communications officer] said Eversource has made great progress in switching from dirty coal to cleaner fuels like natural gas, offshore wind, hydroelectricity and solar power. But 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions come in the transportation sector, Hunt said. ‘The trick is getting those clean fuels into the cars,’ Hunt said. ‘Range anxiety is a real limiting factor,’ Hunt said, referring to the fear of being stuck someplace without a charging station to get home. He said a four-hour charge will boost most electric car batteries to 80 percent of their capacity.”

From CommonWealth Magazine, Mass. makes unsteady progress on emissions “Massachusetts greenhouse gas emissions increased for the fourth year in a row in 2015, but state officials are forecasting a downturn when numbers are crunched for 2016, according to an email sent out by the Baker administration. State law mandates that emissions reach a target of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Data lag by several years, but the numbers suggest the state has been going the wrong way the last few years, with emissions falling to 72 million tons in 2012 before rising in 2013 and 2014 and hitting 76.3 million tons in 2015. The 2015 number was 19.2 percent below 1990 levels, which was not as good as 2014 (21.5 percent below) or 2013 (19.7 percent). Officials are forecasting emission levels to be 20.8 percent below 1990 levels in 2016.”

That’s it for this week. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

State: Environmental Impact Report needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline projects in Agawam and Longmeadow, MassLive

Weymouth compressor opponents to unveil Braintree billboard, Weymouth.WickedLocal.com

Rally to revive Energy East pipeline meets opposition in Halifax, CBC.ca

Oil companies, staff remain liable for spill damage during N.J. home deliveries, WHYY

Portland, Maine, rule blocking pipeline OK’d in court, Boston Globe

European Oil Majors Are Out-Talking American Peers on Climate, Bloomberg L.P.

National Grid workers plan to rally outside Mass. Department of Public Utilities, WHDH

Billerica issues moratorium on future National Grid work, Billerica.wickedlocal.com

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Regional Environmental Groups Pan Proposed Pollution Rule, WAMC

Mass. makes unsteady progress on emissions, CommonWealth Magazine

Portland tidal energy startup entering rough investment waters, Press Herald

Two roads diverging: Pennsylvania lawmakers rethink their renewables mandate, Utility Dive

Carbon price hits decade high in boost for cleaner fuels, Financial Times

New analyses agree carbon pricing is a powerful solution, Environmental Defense Fund

New “Affordable Clean Energy” Plan Lands With A Thud, CleanTechnica

Facebook says it will be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2020, MSN

How New Jersey can finance its bold new clean energy targets, Environmental Defense Fund

 

Wind

Barnstable Considered as Possible Home to Vineyard Wind Substation, CapeCod.com

Falmouth Resident Tells Of Lasting Turbine Troubles, Falmouth Enterprise

Petition mobilizes opponents of proposed Yarmouth power line, Cape Cod Times

The Race to Build a Wind Behemoth, Wall Street Journal

Antrim Wind blasting resumes after one day cease and desist, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Neighbors of Plymouth turbines bring health concerns to Bourne board, Cape Cod Times

Paperwork filed to transfer ownership of Antrim Wind Project, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Massachusetts offshore wind farm forecasts incredibly low rates, Institute for Energy Research

DOE Report: Cost of Wind Energy Technology Falls, Engineering News-Record

Offshore Wind Energy Market Projected To Exceed $60 Billion By 2024, epmag.com

U.S. Wind Power Is ‘Going All Out’ with Bigger Tech, Falling Prices, Reports Show, Inside Climate News

In 2017, four US states generated more than 30% of their electricity from wind, Ars Technica

 

Solar

Distributed solar saved ISO-NE consumers $20M during July heatwave, report says, Utility Dive

Solar supplies more than 10% of electricity in five US states, pv magazine International

As the heat rises, solar drives New England grid savings, VTDigger

M&A Action: Mitsubishi Subsidiary Invests In Massachusetts Energy Companies, Solar Industry

SouthCoast solar field revenues earmarked for New Bedford, Fairhaven housing authorities, Southcoasttoday

Air pollution can put a dent in solar power, Science Daily

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Xcel to Replace 2 Colorado Coal Units With Renewables and Storage, Greentech Media

 

EVs

Owning An Electric Car & The Neighborhood Effect, CleanTechnica

Eversource begins rollout of 400 electric car chargers across Massachusetts; ‘range anxiety’ seen as enemy to emissions progress, MassLive

 

Nuclear

The Nuclear Power Plant of the Future May Be Floating Near Russia, New York Times

Researchers use Microwaves to Stabilize Fusion Reactor Plasma, EdgyLabs.com

Board of Public Utilities moves to create zero emission credit program for nuclear plants, Press of Atlantic City

Seabrook residents plea to have water/sewer rates raised, Seacoastonline.com

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Massachusetts hit with power outages as heat sets in, Boston Herald

Sudbury: Eversource can do soil tests, but with conditions, MetroWest Daily News

Eversource completes sale of New Hampshire hydro plants, Utility Dive

Rhode Island approves National Grid modernization plan, rate increase, Utility Dive

Under fire from all sides, CMP losing the power of its word, Portland Press Herald

Energy companies dominate list of top spenders on lobbying in Mass., Boston Globe

SouthCoast solar field revenues earmarked for New Bedford, Fairhaven housing authorities, CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource completes $83m sale of hydro plants, New Hampshire Union Leader

Otis Air National Guard Base Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Grid, Cape Cod

Eversource Cable Route Draws Criticism In Norwalk, WSHU

 

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: High tension moment for Seacoast Reliability Project, Seacoastonline.com

Say yes to renewable energy, New Hampshire Union Leader

Lawmakers have more work to do on energy, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: National Grid pursuing improvements in region, The Eagle-Tribune

Maine Voices: Now is the time for a public electric utility in Maine, Portland Press Herald

Slow and Steady Approach to Clean Energy Protects Ratepayers, AIM Blog

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Energy News for week ending August 17, 2018

Abnormally hot | There’s something in the water | Focus on affordability

Happy Friday afternoon.

If you think it’s been hot this summer and your electric bill is skyrocketing from running the A/C so much, you might want to skip this story from US News and World Report, 2018 to 2022 Expected to Be Abnormally Hot. “Around the world, the years 2018 to 2022 are expected to be abnormally hot. According to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications, researchers developed a new system that predicted the current record-setting heat wave will likely continue through 2022, according to a press release. Most recently, June 2018 was the third warmest June on record for the U.S., July was the 11th warmest and the period from May through July was the warmest ever on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The press release stated temperatures will likely be hotter than expected because of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions.”

Cooling off often means a dip in the water. And while people swimming off the Cape have sharks to worry about, the folks on Block Island need not worry about the exposed electric cable. According to a story in the Block Island Times, brought to us via National Wind Watch, Grid seeking remedy to cable issue, “The sea2shore transmission cable, installed by National Grid as part of the Block Island Wind Farm project, can now be seen about 25 feet from Town Beach at low tide…Beachgoers were floating and swimming above the cable, which at low tide was about three feet below the water…There are 34,500 volts running through the cable. ‘While we share the concern about public safety, we are confident that the cable itself is, as it always has been, safe even if not fully covered by sediment,’ he [Ted Kresse, Director of Strategic Communications for National Grid] said.”

Last story for this week we bring an article from Vermont Biz New England governors urge ISO-NE to focus on affordability, “Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement related to ISO New England and affordable electricity… ‘Affordable and reliable energy is a fundamental precursor for a vibrant and competitive New England economy. New England states have to be competitive to attract and retain businesses and residents. Efforts must be made to keep electric rates as affordable as possible. Increasingly, cleaner sources of energy have also become important to our energy system, regional economy, and shared environment. It is vital that our pursuit of a reliable and lower-carbon grid leverage available technologies and competitive markets to foster affordable electric rates for all consumers, particularly the most vulnerable among us…’”

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

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

New Granite Bridge gas pipeline gains support, New Hampshire Union Leader

Tennessee Gas to beef up Agawam compressor and build two-mile pipeline loop, MassLive

FERC rules in favor of natural gas pipeline project, WKBW

The Latest Pipeline Battle Is Ramping Up in New York, The Nation

As National Grid lockout enters week 8, some say ‘hard feelings’ will linger beyond bargaining, Boston Business Journal

The US’ hidden methane problem, Climate Home News

Is the anti-pipeline playbook starting to work?, E and E News

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Close Half of US Coal Fleet by 2030, Greentech Media

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Somerset has $10M in free cash certified; among first in the state, Herald News

Nature Conservancy sees an opportunity to fight climate change – using Maine’s woodlands, Portland Press Herald

Run on renewables: Real estate trusts finally start going green, Boston Business Journal

Advocates say clean energy bill falls short, Gloucester Times

2018 to 2022 Expected to Be Abnormally Hot, US News and World Report

Global Warming? Tell it to the Judge, US News and World Report

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind has a big selling point for its power: cheaper prices, The Boston Globe

NJBPU unveils financing rules for offshore wind, NJBiz

Researchers studying seafloor at offshore wind site, Herald News

New York studies European offshore wind industry to inform development plans, Utility Dive

Atlantic Wind hearings continue before the Penn Forest Township Zoning Hearing Board, Times News Online

Wind farm project on Quebec’s North Shore divides government, Hydro Quebec, CTV News Montreal

Grid seeking remedy to cable issue, Block Island Times via National Wind Watch

 

Solar

State approves rezoning 700 acres in Hancock County for use as a solar farm, MSN

Encore Renewable Energy to Develop 10 MW of Solar Capacity in Vermont, Acres

Massachusetts’ New Clean Energy Bill: Heavy On Storage, Light On Solar, Solar Industry

Town ordered to allow church solar panels, WickedLocal.com

Neighbors object to Webster solar energy project, Worcester Telegram

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Big NYC Landlords Join Plan to Cut Energy Use 20% by 2030, Bloomberg L.P.

Green Mountain Power uses Tesla Power Walls to reduce electricity demand, VTDigger

Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage, Phys.org

Commercial buildings in Agawam now eligible for special clean energy financing, MassLive

Will energy efficiency stall climate disruption?, David Suzuki Foundation Blog

 

EVs

Governors and premiers promote electric vehicle revolution, VTDigger

Electric vehicle charging takes longer in cold weather, researchers say, The Day

 

Nuclear

New England Governors Highlight Value of Nuclear for Their Region, Electric Energy Online

VY completes another decommissioning milestone, The Commons Online

NRC finishes inspection of Seabrook nuclear plant, Newburyport Daily News

Prospective Pilgrim owner touts experience, Cape Cod Times

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Maine environmental group opposes Mass. energy transmission project, Worcester Business Journal

New England governors urge ISO-NE to focus on affordability, Vermont Biz

New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council, MassLive

NEPOOL Files Press Ban with FERC, RTO Insider

Overheard at New York Energy Market Summit, RTO Insider

Suit alleging CMP fraud filed in Portland, Portland Press Herald

Eversource persists with Conn. Water buyout bid, Journal Inquirer

Eversource appeals Northern Pass case to NH Supreme Court, WMUR

Power: BEDC Laments Disruption, Instability from National Grid, This Day

Lawsuit alleges CMP workers were told to blame customers for their high bills, Press Herald

CMP says ‘We’re sorry’ for response to billing complaints, Maine Biz

Environmentalists: Power from massive Canadian dams isn’t renewable, Bennington Banner

 

Editorial/Opinion

The NIMBY State: Saying no to new energy, New Hampshire Union Leader

Letter: William J. Eccleston: Proposed natural gas plant would harm the ecology, Providence Journal

Columnists Ariel Moyal and Julie Johnson: Leadership needed on renewable energy, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Enviro group: Hydro contract bad for Maine, Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

Our View: Ignoring climate change puts Mainers in danger, Portland Press Herald

Op-Ed: Learn from Europe, Keep Wind Generation and Transmission Separate, NJ Spotlight

Maine Voices: Absent oversight, condo associations can stymie energy-efficiency goals, Portland Press Herald

Unions: National Grid’s lockout is threat to public safety, The Lowell Sun

Mass. puts wind power in gear, CommonWealth Magazine

Is wind power blowing holes in Hydro-Québec’s profits?, Globe and Mail

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Energy News for week ending July 20, 2018

You bought Russian gas | Vineyard Wind Lights Fuse | Millstone Debate Heats Up

Happy Friday afternoon. Based on the amount of stories we found, there doesn’t appear to be a usual summertime shortage of energy news.

Here are a few of interest:

Trump Was Asked About a Russian Gas Shipment To Boston. Here’s What That Tells Us About Energy in New England, WGBH — At Monday’s press conference in Helsinki, President Trump faced a question about a shipment of Russian liquefied natural gas that was sent to Boston in January. The question came from a Russian journalist who pointed out, through an interpreter, that Trump has been critical of a pipeline project that allows Germany to buy gas from Russia. Trump has said it makes Europe a hostage of Russia. “You suggested that you could free Europe from this by supplying American LNG,” the Russian journalist said. He went on to question whether the United States could provide LNG or liquefied natural gas as an alternative. “As far as I know U.S. had to buy … Russian gas for Boston.”

Power line plan lights fuse under Yarmouth residents, Cape Cod Times — A plan by offshore power company Vineyard Wind to bring a high-wattage cable through Lewis Bay and onshore in West Yarmouth is energizing residents, who say that no amount of compensation is worth the damage the project could potentially inflict. “This is not about money,” West Yarmouth resident David Bernstein said at Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, which was devoted primarily to public comment on the project. “I don’t care if Vineyard Wind gives $10 million a year to the town of Yarmouth. If the bay is killed, it is killed.”

Millstone Power Station debate heats up, The Day — Whether you fear Millstone Power Station could shutter within a few years and create an economic and energy grid crisis, or believe plant owner Dominion Energy is making empty threats about closing before its licenses expire, state regulators want to hear from you…Millstone’s participation in the zero-carbon auction follows years of pushing from Dominion and lawmakers, who are concerned that cheaper, abundantly available natural gas could threaten the plant’s survival in the wholesale energy market.

That’s the quick recap for this week. There are a lot more news items and opinions below. Enjoy and have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Trump Was Asked About a Russian Gas Shipment To Boston. Here’s What That Tells Us About Energy in New England, WGBH

LaFleur: FERC unlikely to act on pipeline review before Powelson exit, Utility Dive

Final round of hearings for Burrillville power plant will resume this week, Breeze Publications

Declining Battery Storage Costs Raise Questions About the Role of Natural Gas, Renewable Energy World

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Climate activist groups blast Mass. House energy bill for ‘paltry’ renewable standard, MassLive

On a Mission to Cut Electricity Rates, Ontario’s Ford Says He Will Cancel Wind, Solar Contracts, Renewable Energy World

Environmental advocates push SouthCoast as renewable energy hub, South Coast Today

Report: Bay State can do more in green energy, The Reminder

FuelCell Energy Will Add 100 Jobs In Torrington, Double Annual Energy Production, Hartford Courant

NY Sets Carbon Pricing Timeline, Reviews Progress, RTO Insider

 

Wind

2 more turbines slated for Berkshire Wind Power project on Brodie Mountain, Berkshire Eagle

Offshore wind farms are producing hundreds of jobs in R.I., Providence Business Journal

Lidar lights up Ocean Wind, renews

Scientists, offshore wind developer look to minimize marine life impacts, The Day via National Wind Watch

LePage’s lawyers seek dismissal of challenge to order halting wind permits, Press Herald

Power line plan lights fuse under Yarmouth residents, Cape Cod Times

Decade in, Savoy wind project reaches pivotal point, Berkshire Eagle

More Energy Storage Looming For Wind Power, CleanTechnica

Wind Turbines to See ‘Unprecedented’ Growth in Size and Capacity, Greentech Media

Offshore wind developer ramps up work on 3 more wind farms, AP News

Offshore Wind Projects’ Impact On Fishing Grounds Discussed, The Dispatch

 

Solar

French power company plans 20-acre solar farm in Westhampton, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Massachusetts Plugs Into the Sun for More Power, EcoRI

Tribe Seeks Energy Sovereignty With Solar Microgrid, Eco-Village & Utility, Microgrid Knowledge

It was once a superfund site, now it’s a solar farm, NJ Spotlight

Success of North Adams solar array ‘a good problem to have,‘ Berkshire Eagle

Brunswick residents appeal town’s assessment on solar panels, Portland Press Herald

Report: CT solar has grown 53% per year, Hartford Business Journal

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Rise of net zero energy homes could boost utility-led community solar, Utility Dive

Steps New York Must Take to Meet its Energy Efficiency Goals, nrdc.org

Grid resiliency and energy storage bill passes Massachusetts House, MassLive

Home Energy Storage System Installations Hit Record High In US, CleanTechnica

Massachusetts House approves study of mobile storage as grid resilience tool, Utility Dive

 

EVs

Con Edison and National Grid Want to Help You Buy an Electric Car, Greentech Media

Another Study Argues Electric Cars Are Bad for the Environment. It’s Demonstrably False, Greentech Media

Martha’s Vineyard Gets Charged Up By BYD Electric Buses, Inside EVs

Electric Cars Seen Imperiling U.S. Jobs by a Rare Trump Backer, Bloomberg

 

Nuclear

Second company investing in nuclear technology in N.B., Global News

FEMA report: Seabrook nuclear plant’s evacuation plans OK, Newburyport Daily News

Making nuclear energy safer and more affordable, MIT News

House Committee advances two nuclear energy bills, Daily Energy Insider

Next-gen Nukes, Grist.com

Millstone Power Station debate heats up, The Day

Public airs concerns over Oyster Creek closing, storage, Press of Atlantic City

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

FERC OKs help for Mystic plants, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. lawmakers wrap up work on energy legislation, Boston Globe

Eversource asks regulators to reconsider Northern Pass transmission project, gas pipeline, Utility Dive

Dominion Energy Plans $1.5 Billion Power Plant Sale, Bloomberg

Three law firms team up for class-action suit against CMP for high bills, Bangor Daily News

Meeting on transmission line project draws a crowd, Daily Bulldog

National Grid requesting 19-percent rate increase in R.I., Providence Journal

As technology upends grid fundamentals, is load forecasting a crapshoot?, Utility Dive

Enemies line up to fight power-line project through Maine, Boston Globe

South Portland residents balk at CMP plan to expand substation, Portland Press Herald

MMWEC Retires Bonds; Reduces Outstanding Project Debt to Just $7 Million, Electric Energy Online

New York Utilities: We Believe Blockchain Is ‘Transformative,’ Greentech Media

The Cost of Preventing Baseload Retirements, Report by the Brattle Group on the DOE Memorandum

 

Editorial/Opinion

A fracking ban is hypocritical, CommonWealth Magazine

Planned transmission key to offshore wind race, CommonWealth Magazine

A crucial next step for Mass. clean energy, Boston Globe

Electricity trick or treat?, CommonWealth Magazine

National Grid explains its lockout, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts needs to look at better energy sources, Worcester Telegram

Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard, CommonWealth Magazine

Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard II, CommonWealth Magazine

‘Yes’ on windmill ordinance, Sun Journal

Massachusetts residents pay the highest average retail price for power in the continental US, Boston Globe

NorthStar is the best hope for VY decommissioning, by Dan Jeffries, Keene Sentinel

Opposing the Granite Bridge Pipeline, New Hampshire Union Leader

Those who live near Seabrook nuke plant better know evacuation plan, Seacoastonline.com

Jamie Sayen: The truth about mega-biomass, Concord Monitor

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Energy News for week ending June 22, 2018

No Scorecard Yet | Something for Everyone | Who Owns it

 

Happy Friday everyone. Hopefully you can get out to enjoy today’s weather because this weekend’s forecast isn’t spectacular.

Now for the news. Mary Serreze over at MassLive reports that the Massachusetts Senate did not include the residential energy efficiency scorecard in its Omnibus Energy Bill. Serreze writes, “Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) introduced a scorecard amendment during floor debate, but said it was taken off the table before the Senate voted on the omnibus bill last Thursday night. An amendment from Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop) met a similar fate. Lesser said lawmakers decided to wait for another day, and would continue talks with trade groups that oppose the idea: the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and Greater Boston Real Estate Board. ‘We were not able to agree on the substance,’ said Lesser. ‘So we hope to be able to meet in the middle.’ The real estate organizations said they support a property owner’s ability to voluntarily obtain an energy inspection, and support a buyer’s ability to inspect a property, but oppose legislation that would mandate energy audits and scores.”

Regardless of which side of the natural gas fence you sit on, one of two items in the news this week was sure to support your position. For those in favor of gas, Bloomberg reports that “World energy ministers representing about two thirds of the global population tussled over how the world can achieve a cleaner energy future. The compromise answer: Natural gas, at least for now. A consensus statement from G20 energy ministers meeting in Argentina cited the potential of natural gas “to expand significantly over the coming decades.” Meanwhile, the group said nations that “opt to enhance their renewable energy strategies” should bolster investment and financing within that arena.”

For those who wish to keep natural gas in the ground, the Washington Post reports that “The U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year — nearly 60 percent more than current estimates and enough to offset much of the climate benefits of burning natural gas instead of coal, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. The higher volumes of natural gas leaking from across the industry’s supply chain would be enough to fuel 10 million homes and would be worth an estimated $2 billion…”

Last for this week is a story from Utility Dive related to policy issues around Massachusetts’ energy storage market. From the article, “A little-noticed debate in Massachusetts could have a big impact on the trajectory of the state’s energy storage market. Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) convened a technical conference on solar and storage facilities participating in ISO-New England’s forward capacity market (FCM). The question of capacity payments and who is entitled to them is part of a larger debate about how distributed energy resources are going to be deployed in Massachusetts. The key issue in the capacity debate is not the technical issue of qualifying for ISO-NE’s FCM, but the policy question about who will retain ownership and control of a facility’s capacity. ‘The main issue is who owns the rights once a project is installed and who gets to bid into the FCM,’ Ted Ko, director of policy at Stem, told Utility Dive. It is an issue that is ‘extremely important for the storage industry in Massachusetts,’ he said.”

That’s the recap for this week. You can find events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

 

 Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

A Greener Future Starts With Natural Gas, World Energy Chiefs Say, Bloomberg

Methane leaks offset much of the climate change benefits of natural gas, study says, Washington Post

Massachusetts Gas Workers Vote to Authorize National Grid Strike, USA Patch

Trump’s steel tariffs threaten multibillion dollar expansion of US, Canadian pipelines, Washington Examiner

FirstEnergy Calls out FERC ‘Failure’ to Act on Resilience, RTO Insider

Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater spurs fat cell development, Science Daily

Fracking boom takes toll on Pennsylvania’s communities of color and lower-income areas, ThinkProgress

Utilities Commission Rejects $639 million SDG&E Natural Gas Pipeline, Times of San Diego

Most American homes are still heated with fossil fuels. It’s time to electrify., Vox

 

Renewables Policy/Climate Change/RGGI

Putting a price on carbon gains momentum in Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

Pacheco: Putting price on carbon is not a tax, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill, MassLive

National Grid targets 80% carbon cut across buildings, transport, power, Utility Dive

How a Florida Utility Became the Global King of Green Power, Wall St. Journal

World on track for 50% renewables by 2050, says Bloomberg energy outlook, Utility Dive

Gov Malloy Signs Landmark Bills on Climate Change Resiliency and Renewable Energy (Press Release), Energy Central

NY Task Force Examines Carbon Pricing Market Impacts, RTO Insider

 

Wind

Gov. LePage set up wind-farm review panel to meet in private. Now, the names of its members are secret., Press Herald

New York state to lead new offshore wind research effort, Penn Energy

Avangrid pulls the plug on wind farm in Hopkinton, North Country Public Radio

State officials seek supplemental report Vineyard Wind project, Cape Cod Times

The Lifesaving Benefits of Offshore Wind Power, U.S. News & World Report

Connecticut Approves 250 Megawatts Of Clean Energy Including 200 Megawatt Revolution Offshore Wind Farm, CleanTechnica

Alliance watchful on cable-laying proposal, Cape Cod Times

 

Solar

Nexamp Completes Charlton’s Fourth Community Solar Project (Press Release), Energy Central

New York State to increase incentives for commercial, industrial solar projects, Daily Energy Insider

Middletown officials seek opt-out clause on solar project, Newport Daily News

Solar To Supply All Of CT Lumber Company’s Electricity, Solar Industry

Eversource’s new 5,000-panel solar facility unveiled in Ludlow, WWLP

CEA Releases 2018 Solar Energy Report; Finds Incentives Contributed Significantly to Solar Power Expansion, Electric Energy Online

Fidelity Investments wants 12-acre solar field to power part of 554-acre Merrimack campus, New Hampshire Union Leader

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

‘Home energy scorecard’ idea pulled from Senate energy bill, MassLive

EIA: US electric utilities spent $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, Daily Energy Insider

National Grid Expands Energy-Efficiency Program, Rhode Island Public Radio

Cannabis businesses shut out of Maine’s energy-efficiency programs, Portland Press Herald

UN Aims to Eradicate Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs, Greentech Media

New Smart Meters, Energy Efficiency Help O&R Beat the Heat, Energy Central

Research Spotlights Energy Efficiency of Ride-Hailing Services, NREL.gov

Is New Hampshire on the verge of battery energy storage history?, Utility Dive

In Massachusetts, capacity ownership of distributed resources could determine fate of storage, Utility Dive

How School Buses Could Help Run Air Conditioners During Peak Demand, Renewable Energy World

In Massachusetts, capacity ownership of distributed resources could determine fate of storage, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Nuclear power shutdowns could cut energy prices, increase air pollution: Penn State, TMI weigh in, PennLive

New project could relieve pressure on Vermont Yankee, VTDigger

Selectmen call for NRC hearing on nuke plant evacuation, Seacoastonline.com

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

 

EVs

New law boosts electric vehicle charging infrastructure in NH, New Hampshire Business Review

New global leader of EV uptake emerges – in Massachusetts, RenewEconomy

Should All Utility Customers Pay for EV Infrastructure and Microgrids?, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Projected US renewables could accelerate power price volatility — what can grid operators do?, Utility Dive

UPDATE: Sununu vetoes energy bills; Republican senators seek an override, Concord Monitor

New York utilities improved electric reliability, gas safety, electric safety, customer service performance in 2017, Daily Energy Insider

NJBPU convenes inaugural 2019 Energy Master Plan Committee, Daily Energy Insider

Plan For New England Powerline From Canada Drawing Criticism, NPR

Electricity sellers allegedly posed as CMP auditors to sign up customers, Bangor Daily News

Sununu Vetoes Net Metering Bill; Advocates Still Energized, New Hampshire Public Radio

Study: Hartford Competitive In Office Costs, Though Businesses Hit By Pricey Energy, Hartford Courant

Six Senate candidates tackle energy issues at Northampton forum, MassLive

Connecticut company aims to make energy choice easier for NH consumers, New Hampshire Business Review

 

Editorial/Opinion

Our View: Don’t waste state’s time with secret wind panel, Portland Press Herald

Climate Action column: Nuclear power plants carry benefits and costs, says Kahn, Ipswich Wicked Local

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