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Energy News for week ending June 16, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon.

There are a lot of stories this week! Let’s start with one from ISO-NE’s Newswire. They are reporting that “New England will be under the shadow of the moon for much of the afternoon on August 21 during a partial solar eclipse. According to NASA, the eclipse will occur between approximately 1:20 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with the peak expected at around 2:45 p.m., when about 65% of the sun will be blocked (called obscuration). If it is a sunny day, the ISO expects that output from the region’s 2,000 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will drop during these 2 hours and 40 minutes, but anticipates having sufficient resources available to meet the resulting rise in electricity demand.” Be sure to check out the page to see the eclipse map and an easy to understand detailed explanation.

The US EIA announced this week that for the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States, based on March data. They expect similar results for April.

We all know Massachusetts is tops when it comes to energy efficiency. This week, the ACEEE announced The 2017 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard that looks at the performance of the 51 largest electric utilities in the United States and highlights cutting-edge efforts. Topping the list are Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts, which both earned the same score (91%). As is noted in the blog post, “both achieved more than 3% savings as a percentage of their retail sales in 2015 — a notable achievement.” Notable indeed.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline blasting plans raise fears, Berkshire Eagle

Activists question if Keene’s part of effort to create demand for natural gas infrastructure, Keene Sentinel

Gas bills going up for 12000 National Grid customers, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

National Grid combating uptick of gas leaks in RI, Turn to 10

Eversource begins first phase of gas line project in Wallingford, New Haven Register

New Coalition Supports Burrillville Power Plant, Wants Affordable Energy Prices, Rhode Island Public Radio

Senate Hears Bill to Derail Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Departments run drill on how to respond to a leak in Spectra line, Wicked Local West Roxbury

Judge Delivers Blow To Trump Administration In Dakota Access Fight, NPR

Chicago Developer Helps Fund Pro-Power Plant Group, ecoRI news

Natural Gas Industry Brings A Fake Grassroots Group To Eastern Pipeline Fights, HuffPost

Renewable Energy

Wind and solar in March accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time, US EIA

Report: Solar could power state’s flagging economy, CT Post

Competition for offshore wind ramps up in Massachusetts, ABC News

Labor, environmentalists tout first US offshore wind farm, SouthCoastToday.com

Cape Wind opposition continues, Cape Cod Times

Offshore wind may help New Hampshire lower energy costs, Recharge

Where offshore wind researchers see the most opportunity, Bangor Daily News

Wind power group’s new ad campaign aims to win over Trump, The Hill

Goldman Sachs invests in wind power and will help other big brands meet their green goals, Marketplace.org

Poll: Maine Voters Support Solar Energy, But Deeply Concerned About Affordable Energy and See Lowering Costs as Top Priority, Energy Central

Saco looking to get rid of wind turbine, National Wind Watch

2017 Clean Energy Jobs Report: RI Clean Energy Jobs See 66 Percent Growth Since 2014, Energy Central

Pick My Solar Partners with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Local Non-Profits to Create An Online Solar Marketplace, Energy Central

Big business sees the promise of clean energy, The Economist

Wind Turbines: Behind the Spin, Machine Design

August eclipse will miss New England, but still could cut solar power output, Concord Monitor

RGGI CO2 auction price drops to $2.53/st, lowest price since 2012, Platts

Company gets rights to put solar panels on old Wallingford landfill, Meriden Record-Journal

Nexamp Completes Community Solar Project In Massachusetts, Solar Industry Magazine

Energy Efficiency

The results are in: here are the most energy-efficient utilities in the US, ACEEE Blog

Number Of Clean Energy Jobs Increasing In RI, Rhode Island Public Radio

Trump’s Delay on Energy Efficiency Is Illegal, Natural Resources Defense Council

11 states sue Trump’s DOE over stalled energy-use limits, ABC News

Energy Efficiency Bill Would Help Schools, U.S. News & World Report

Genbright and Ice Energy partner to reduce peak electricity demand on Nantucket, Penn Energy

Green Mountain Power’s Latest Distributed Energy Play: Smart Water Heaters for 99 Cents a Month, GreenTech Media

Nuclear

Natural Gas Industry Blasts Nuclear Power With Fake News, Forbes.com

DOE shells out $67M for advanced nuclear technology research, Utility Dive

Plymouth: Proposal to Build Converter Station on Pilgrim Site Goes Before Selectmen, 95.9 WATD-FM

NRC reports on Seabrook Station nuke plant, The Daily News of Newburyport

Oral arguments set for nuke plant license amendment, The Daily News of Newburyport

Vermont Yankee offers safety assurances as fuel move starts, Brattleboro Reformer

Trespass charge dropped against Vermont Yankee activist, vtdigger.org

Ferland: Commend citizens’ panel for an extraordinary Vermont Yankee Meeting, VermontBiz

How Retiring Nuclear Power Plants May Undercut U.S. Climate Goals, New York Times

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Carbon Pricing Bill Attracts Support and Opposition, Rhode Island Public Radio

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives, MicroGrid Knowledge

Powered Down, Massachusetts’ Last Coal-Burning Plant Leaves A Void, WGBH

ISO-NE prepared to operate grid through partial solar eclipse in August, ISO-NE Newswire

Utility CEOs to DOE: Hands off state energy policies, grid planning, Utility Dive

Heat waves: Demand response’s time to shine, Utility Dive

Southern California power supply at risk this summer -FERC, Reuters

Proponents, opponents speak out at Northern Pass hearing, The Union Leader

Analyst: Northern Pass could save customers about $18 a year, The Union Leader

Cape Light Compact Concerned with Changes in New Eversource Filing, CapeCod.com

Eversource rate tweak missed review deadline; new hearings ordered, Berkshire Eagle

“Do you believe?” is the wrong question to ask public officials about climate change, Vox.com

Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want, Greentech Media

Morse, Bradley Support Repeal of Electric Consumption Tax, Biomass Study, Energy Central

Editorial/Opinion

Natural Gas Industry Blasts Nuclear Power With Fake News, Forbes.com

Chris McKay: Sound regulations restricting wind power, vtdigger.org

Letter: No to Northern Pass, industrial wind, Concord Monitor

Editorial: New England’s energy challenges, The Providence Journal

Millstone nuclear plant not in ‘limbo’. Needs no special financial treatment, MassLive.com

If the feds won’t face climate change, the region can, The Boston Globe

Paris withdrawal won’t deter wind, solar, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending June 9, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon.

Just a few quick bits for you this week.

The Harford Courant reports that Millstone Nuclear lost its legislative battle and is raising the specter of shutting down again. And in Seabrook, Seacoastonline.com reports NRC officials got an earful when they came to town to discuss the plant’s annual performance, which by the way had no safety or performance issues, but still members of the audience spoke against license renewal.

On the natural gas front, the Berkshire Eagle reports that work on a section of the Otis pipeline was stopped to provide quiet for a mystery species.

Lastly, the Worcester Business Journal via the State House News Service reports that “an emergency regulation intended to support the continued development of an additional 1,600 megawatts of solar energy was filed Monday by the Baker administration.” Let’s hope the weather predictions for more sunshine come through.

Have a great weekend.

Climate Change/Paris Climate Accord

4 New England States Join Paris Climate Goal Alliance, U.S. News & World Report

US states, cities vow to uphold Paris climate accord goals, Utility Dive

Scott commits Vt. to climate alliance, Rutland Herald

In face of Paris withdrawal, local companies vow to press forward with green energy policies, Keene Sentinel

DONG Energy says US wind projects not impacted by climate deal withdrawal, Reuters

Mass. joins other states to fulfill US pledges on carbon, The Boston Globe

Gov. Sununu: New Hampshire Will Not Join Climate Alliance, NECN

Weather Channel site goes apocalyptic after Trump Paris accord speech, AOL

Hawaii enacts law committing to goals of Paris climate accord, Reuters

In Trump Country, Renewable Energy Is Thriving, New York Times

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Some Otis State Forest pipeline work halted to provide quiet for ‘mystery’ species, Berkshire Eagle

Why local businesses should oppose the Weymouth compressor station, Climate Action Business Association

Pros and cons of fracking: Research updates, Yale Climate Connections

Anti-fracking committee members claim Griswold selectman has conflict of interest, Norwich Bulletin

Amendment Seeks to Overturn CT Pipeline Tax, Public News Service

Boston security firm hired for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. surveillance in Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Natural gas pipeline work to come through Griswold this summer, Norwich Bulletin

Hopkinton neighbors oppose Eversource’s gas gate station, MetroWest Daily News

Renewable Energy

Hadley planners postpone vote on Eversource solar array, GoingGreen

State files three-month emergency solar extension, Worcester Business Journal

DONG Energy to Incorporate Batteries Into UK Offshore Wind Farm, New York Times

Sound testing for Plymouth turbines underway, Cape Cod Times

VT attorney who fought the Public Service Board on wind power becomes its chairman, Windwatch.org

Town Council Pushes For Offshore Wind In Gulf Of Maine, North American Windpower

Investing In Renewable Energy: Is It Worth It?, Seeking Alpha

Emera officials optimistic they’ll get clean energy deal with Massachusetts, CKOM

Hopkinton council hears plans for solar farm, Providence Journal

EPA ranks Swampscott 34th for renewable-energy use, Swampscott Reporter

New York State Issues RFP for $1.5 Billion in Renewables, Power Engineering

After A Decade Of Growth, Wind Energy Stalls In Maine, WBUR

RI Council to Consider 60-Acre Solar Panel Proposal, NECN

Hopkinton council hears plans for solar farm, The Providence Journal

The Latest: Trump proposes solar panels on border wall, CT Post

Simsbury Rep. John Hampton Calls For Solar Farming Transparency, Patch.com

KLPD inks 20-year deal to build solar energy array, Seacoastonline.com

Durham Town Council backs resolution supporting offshore wind, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy Efficiency

Renewables, efficiency will gain steam, say energy execs, vtdigger.org

Funding for Energy Efficiency is at Risk in Connecticut, and It’s Worse Than Before,

Energy Collective

Big Thinking From a Small State on Energy Systems, Energy Collective

Five URI students are first to earn new energy certificate, URI Today

Ultra-efficient Portland apartment building doesn’t need central heating, Bangor Daily News

Southborough awarded Green Communities grant, Community Advocate

Nuclear

Public argues against Seabrook nuke plant’s relicensing, Seacoastonline.com

Dominion weighs future of Connecticut Millstone nuclear power plant, Reuters

Pilgrim advisory group wants ground rules set, Cape Cod Times

Companies defend Vermont Yankee process, Brattleboro Reformer

Entergy wants to shrink Vermont Yankee security zone, vtdigger.org

Millstone Loses Market Access Battle, Raises Possible Closing Again, Hartford Courant

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO-New England faces ‘seasonal reliability issues’ this summer, Gas to Power Journal (paywall)

Medway: Exelon, environmental law debate delay, Wicked Local Milford

Are Solar and Wind Really Killing Coal, Nuclear and Grid Reliability?, Renewable Energy World

Hearings on proposed Eversource rate hike to begin Wednesday, MassLive.com

Eversource deal on tap for Hingham water company, The Patriot Ledger

State closes door on coal, looks to new beginnings, Eagle-Tribune

Editorial/Opinion

Another Fracking Time Bomb Lurks Beneath US, Forbes

Editorial: Grass-roots response to climate action – Stepping in when the federal government steps away, Worcester Telegram

Opinion: Seeing opportunity in climate fight, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Letter to the Editor: Hamden should take lead on climate sustainability, New Haven Register

Rural Maine can’t wait for solar energy, Bangor Daily News

Editorial: Baker makes right move after Paris accord pullout, The Recorder

Is the state really protecting wild lands?, The Recorder

The truth about electric rates and Northern Pass, New Hampshire Business Review

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Energy News for week ending March 10, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon. Let’s get right to it.

Elisa Wood at Microgrid Knowledge reports that in one day two states made history-making moves on distributed energy resources. She writes that New York ordered actions that begin placing a value on distributed energy resources, a key move in creating the kind of decentralized grid the state is pursuing under its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy. And that meanwhile, Massachusetts issued an awaited solicitation that makes significant funding available for energy storage, a technology that promises to disrupt the way the electric power industry has managed energy for more than a century – and in doing so elevate microgrids, solar and other distributed energy resources. Wood notes, both states are often on the vanguard of energy policy innovations.

The news coming out of Washington, DC isn’t looking so good for the Energy Star Program. The Washington Post reports that even though the Energy Star program is good for the climate and economy, Trump wants to kill it anyway. According to the story, since its inception, the Energy Star program says it has saved consumers an estimated $430 billion on utility bills and avoided 2.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Journalist Chelsea Harvey writes, “Why the administration sees fit to remove it, then, remains unclear. But some say the budget proposal may not get much further, anyway. Some lawmakers have suggested that the plan is likely to face resistance in Congress, even among Republicans. And the treatment of the Energy Star program may spur criticism from the private sector as well.” Let’s hope she’s right.

The plans for the budget slashing at the EPA led its Chief Environmental Justice Official, Mustafa Ali, to step down. According to the story in Inside Climate News, Ali penned a long letter, “devoid of rancor” to Scott Pruitt, the EPA’s new administrator, urging him not to kill the agency’s programs.

Speaking of environmental downsizing, the Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts is enforcing its environmental rules less due to years of reductions in staff. The good news is that the administration’s latest budget proposal calls for a 4 percent increase for the DEP, some of which is earmarked to hire 15 new compliance officers.

Lastly, on the South Shore and Buzzards Bay, some Plymouth-based wind turbines are raising the hackles of neighbors. The Cape Cod Times reports that the four turbines on the Keith Mann Cranberry Bog, just over the border from Bourne are resulting in stories of deafening noise, unexplained headaches, and restless nights – by residents of Bourne. Bourne Selectman Michael Blanton said, “It was put right on the town line, right on the county line; just outside of our reach to be able to exercise any jurisdiction, exercise any regulatory authority and really … approve, disapprove or mitigate much of the project to any degree.” Bourne officials have pleaded with the Plymouth Board of Health and the MA DEP for relief, but at the moment, still feel “kind of helpless.”

There are a lot more news stories below. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Environmental Study: Leaking Gas Pipelines Costing State Consumers Millions, Adding Air Pollution, Hartford Courant

Amended plan for power plant might spur new opinions from R.I. agencies, Providence Journal

Quincy throws its weight and dollars behind compressor-station appeal, The Patriot Ledger

CLF Sues Over Johnston Reselling Water For Burrillville Power Plant, Rhode Island Public Radio

Local Environmental Groups Unite Against Power Plant, ecoRI news

Delays Could Derail Proposed Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Fast Growth Coming for Northeast Shale Gas Pipelines, Bloomberg BNA

EIA’s Changing Oil, Natural Gas Projections For 2017, 2018, Forbes

What do people call Baker about? The Weymouth natural gas compressor station, for starters, Boston Globe

Renewable Energy

Plan could increase Rhode Island renewables to 1 GW by 2020, HydroWorld

Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Wind turbines raise hackles in Plymouth and Bourne, Cape Cod Times

Wind Power Blows Through Nuclear, Coal as Costs Drop at Sea, Bloomberg

1 MW Community Solar Farm Goes Online In Southeastern Mass., Solar Industry

Rhode Island Officials Embrace Fossil-Fuel Power Plant, But Say They Want More Renewable Energy, ecoRI news

Solar energy had record year in 2016, FuelFix

Tesla built a huge solar energy plant on the island of Kauai, The Verge

Solar explosion: The changing landscape of residential solar, GazetteNET

Greenhouse at Lebanon farm producing power along with plants, theday.com

Seven Maine businesses land renewable energy grants, Mainebiz

Big Wind critics: New sound rules for Vermont wind turbines fall short, Watchdog.org

Swanton wind will go ahead despite PSB setback, vtdigger.org

RENEW Northeast Welcomes Offshore Wind Developers, National Wildlife Federation, North American Windpower

‘Let me show you how to go 100% renewable energy’, EcoGeneration

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs With New Brownfield Solar Project, Energy Central

Energy Efficiency

Quincy, National Grid help make homes more energy efficient, The Patriot Ledger

Evergreen Home Performance wins award from Efficiency Maine, PenBayPilot.com

White House plans to ‘close out’ Energy Star, other programs, E&E News

The Energy Star program is good for the climate and the economy. Trump wants to kill it anyway., Washington Post

Nuclear

Vermont AG files for intervenor status in Vermont Yankee sale, The Keene Sentinel

Feds commit to Vermont public meeting on Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Tribe wants say in Vermont Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Nuke plant, town reach deal over pier damage, Seacoastonline.com

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

No status change for Pilgrim nuclear plant, The Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

One Day, Two States, History Making Moves on Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrid Knowledge

Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less, The Boston Globe

New York PSC directs utilities to deploy 2 or more grid-scale storage projects, Utility DIVE

Dunkin’ Donuts, Eversource, National Grid Develop Energy Program, Energy Manager Today

Hinds opposes Eversource rate hike request, Berkshire Eagle

Durham ‘lacks confidence’ in Eversource data, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Report: White House planning deep cuts to DOE efficiency, renewables office, Utility DIVE

Report: New Energy Projects Not Needed for NH’s Economic Growth, New Hampshire Public Radio

After losing money on hydropower venture, Camden to decommission Seabright Dam, PenBayPilot.com

Hanover Pond restored in Meriden; testing of hydroelectric technology underway, Meriden Record Journal

Purchase of 13 dams on the Connecticut River nearing finish line, vtdigger.org

New Hampshire Climate Denier’s Work Has Powerful New Audience: His Brother, The Governor, DeSmog

Could biofuel save Maine’s timber industry?, Bangor Daily News

Editorial/Opinion

Our Opinion: Eversource rates and the east-west divide, Berkshire Eagle

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

Replacing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant with Energy Efficiency, Huffington Post

Jon Copans: Modelling a local and vibrant climate economy, vtdigger.org

Trump’s puzzling clean energy stance, CommonWealth Magazine

A Guide to the Debate Over Closing Nuclear Plants, Greentech Media

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Filed under Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, offshore wind, Wind Power

Energy News for week ending November 25, 2016

Happy day after Thanksgiving. We hope you all had a great holiday. Just a quick note today about one news story from Penn Energy that warmed our hearts, because who doesn’t love a good cat story from the Internet — especially one that includes utility workers! Seems “Fat Boy” was stuck atop a utility pole for 9 days until some really nice PG&E workers came to the rescue and brought him down. Wahoo! OK — one more. Another good news story from Western Mass News is that National Grid launched a new app to help first responders let them know their when power or gas lines might be at risk from an incident — helping to protect everyone involved. Nice!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

NatGas Cash Takes Breather, But Futures Keep Moving Up, Natural Gas Intelligence

Rep Kennedy meets with Rehoboth residents about LNG compressor station, RI Future

Spectra accused of reneging on deal, Wicked Local Weymouth

Region told pipeline squeeze may push up power prices, vtdigger.org

Renewable Energy

Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm To Start Spinning Soon Off Rhode Island, WBUR

Offshore wind progress report: Politics and science, Martha’s Vineyard Times

New Group Wants to Accelerate Climate Action in Rhode Island, ecoRI news

State puts energy into wood boiler to save money, cut consumption, The Union Leader

Curtatone, area mayors sign climate pledge, Wicked Local Somerville

Economics to Keep Wind and Solar Energy Thriving With Trump, Bloomberg

Connecticut Clean Energy Law on Strong Legal Ground, Natural Resources Defense Council

Energy Efficiency

RI Farm Energy Program disperses first round of grants, Ricentral.com

Shumlin celebrates efficiency program, green energy progress, vtdigger.org

5 ways to scale up energy efficiency, person to person, GreenBiz

Nuclear

Vt. Yankee dismantling caught up in anti-trust suit, The Recorder

Seabrook strikes tax agreement with nuclear plant owners, The Daily News of Newburyport

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Utility workers rescue cat stuck on power pole for 9 days, Penn Energy

Overheard at the US/Canada Energy Conference, RTO Insider

Next NH governor backs Northern Pass, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Deerfield raises $10k to hire attorney to fight Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Regulators question $817 million windfall by NY energy firms, Albany Times Union

FERC asked to act at Northfield Mtn. Project, The Recorder

New app from National Grid to help first responders, WESTERNMASSNEWS.com

Eversource revamps customer bills, New Haven Register

Seacoast communities worry new Eversource project will ruin Great Bay’s water quality, NH1

Eversource gets approval for power line through Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Danbury News Times

Oil Pipelines’ Easy Regulatory Ride At FERC May Be Ending, Law360

Northern Wood Power’s impact on the environment is in the spotlight, Union Leader

Natick explores six-month electricity aggregation program, MetroWest Daily News

Jury awards $13.6 million to electric cooperative in Maine, Penn Energy

Editorial/Opinion

Sale of Vermont Yankee plant could be good news, The Keene Sentinel

Letter: Power conflicts, Concord Monitor

Vermont: Where sustainability and economic growth come together, Williston Observer

In trying to bribe voters, a mighty wind firm blew it, The Keene Sentinel

Note to Gov. Baker: Dirty energy is not the answer, Canton Citizen

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Energy News for week ending September 30, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Customer pulls $500k in pipeline protest, Times Argus

Spectra Energy officials answer questions about pipeline project at Rehoboth meeting, The Sun Chronicle

Sandisfield Pipeline Spawns Water Quality Battles on Three Fronts Potentially Delaying the Project, Berkshire Edge

The ‘frightening, real’ threat of gas leaks, Worcester Mag

No LNG in PVD demands National Grid halt construction at Fields Point, RI Future

Crowd turns out in Norfolk to hear about pipeline proposal, Wicked Local Medway

Renewable Energy

State Clean Energy Policies Make Stronger RGGI a No-Brainer, Natural Resources Defense Council

Massachusetts floats new solar tariff structure in incentive program redesign, Utility Dive

New wind turbines could power Japan for 50 years after a single typhoon, Gizmodo

The gradual greening of New England, The Boston Globe

Mass. poised to join Calif. among clean energy elite, Environment & Energy Publishing

Vermont town fights back against lakeside solar development, Watchdog.org

Londonderry to Join Solar Up NH Program, Londonderry News

America’s first offshore wind farm on track – in pictures, The National

Community solar projects sprout up in Minnesota, Massachusetts, PV-Tech

Mount Tom Solar Farm groundbreaking at former Holyoke coal-burner set for Oct. 13, MassLive

Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts named most energy efficient state, wwlp.com

Conn., N.Y. Tie For Fifth Most Energy Efficient States, WSHU

Rhode Island Gets High Marks In Energy Efficiency Nationwide, Rhode Island Public Radio

Nuclear

Water leak reported at Vermont Yankee, The Recorder

$20M worth of items from Vermont Yankee up for auction, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Pilgrim nuclear power plant braces for sweeping inspection, The Patriot Ledger

Report: Nuclear power key to curbing CO2 emissions, Hartford Business

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England’s energy situation ‘precarious,’ ISO leader says, The Union Leader

Power-Plant Opponents Want Answers from Invenergy, ecoRI news

Public Service Dept issues draft energy planning standards, Vermont Biz

New Eversource Energy project sparks concern, Wicked Local Needham

Public input being sought on smart grid, Wicked Local Provincetown

Oh great — scientists just confirmed a key new source of greenhouse gases, Washington Post

Protect Sudbury looks to enlist state officials in fight against power lines, Wicked Local Stow

Editorial/Opinion

Lagging energy infrastructure costs state billions, Cape Cod Times

Caron: PUC puts big business ahead of Maine, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

John and Kathleen Domanico: Give more consideration to Northern Pass alternatives, Conway Daily Sun

My Turn/Meyer: Our ruined river: Get Northfield Mountain off-line and stop the Connecticut River fish carnage, The Record

Your View: No pipelines, no compressors, no t(h)anks, SouthCoastToday.com

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Energy News for week ending July 22, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Concerns over proposed New England pipeline projects grow as FERC nears decision, Utility DIVE

PUC: Ratepayers would pay up to $75M for expanded gas pipeline, Mainebiz

Opponents appeal state approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline spur through Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

Pipeline tax protesters cap 43-mile hike at State House steps, The Boston Globe

Boston-area natural gas prices 13 percent higher than national average, NewBostonPost

Rehoboth selectmen mixed on response to LNG pipeline proposal, Taunton Daily Gazette

Raimondo: Burrillville Power Plant Is ‘Not A Done Deal’, Rhode Island Public Radio

Crowds pack in for Raimondo’s community forum on Burrillville power plant, WPRI

Rep. Neal: Congressional Delegation Vigorously Opposed Pipeline Expansion, WAMC

Maine regulators approve expansion of gas pipeline capacity, Press Herald

Opponents of Weymouth compressor station hold rally, march, The Patriot Ledger

Boston Neighborhood Battles Pipeline Project, The American Prospect

Renewable Energy

DONG holds its breath as Massachusetts decides on energy bill, Recharge

Maine granola company uses sun to fuel its future, WMTW Portland

New Hampshire Solar Advocates Speak Out On YouTube, CleanTechnica

New Hampshire Town Considers Zero Net Energy Community, Government Technology

The New Green Roof: Solar Panels That Change Colors, TakePart

Wind energy experts hold ‘wind think tank’ in Maine, WCSH6.com

Qualified Middle-Class Families Are Set To Receive Solar Panels Without Paying a Dime in the U.S., GreenEnergy Chronicles

Solar-powered homes plan rejected in Portsmouth, Seacoastonline.com

Solar panels at UMass-Amherst expected to save $6.2 million, WPRI

Solar Powered Smart Flowers Are New Focus for Cape Wind Champion Jim Gordon, Renewable Energy World

Expanding Access to Solar Financing in Connecticut, Renewable Energy World

Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy, Penn Energy

For nearly 3 years 200 solar panels have sat unused on top of Morton Middle School, The Herald News

Energy Efficiency

World Energy Efficiency Services Launches Solar Division, ACHR NEWS

Barre joins energy efficiency project, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Energy efficiency brings Lowell $4.7M in savings, Lowell Sun

Energy Efficiency Incentives Better than Ever, PenBayPilot.com

Vermont governor: Contract preference goes to green firms, CT Post

Nuclear

Public Service Board again nixes arguments of New England Coalition, Commons

Pilgrim’s water discharge permit gets long-delayed review, Cape Cod Times

Shipping of VT radioactive water raises concerns, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Crunch time for Massachusetts energy debate, CommonWealth Magazine

Pokemon Are Taking Over Nuclear Power Plants and Substations, Greentech Media

Carbon Tax Divides Candidates in Vt. Debate, Valley News

Opposition to rate increase prompts Wallingford PUC to commission new market study, Meriden Record-Journal

Behind the Big Deal, New Hampshire Business Review

Cape towns seek hearing to challenge Eversource herbicide spraying, Cape Cod Times

Decision soon on trash-to-energy facility in Hampden, Penn Energy News

GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market, Microgrid Knowledge

Editorials/Opinions

Northern Pass: too big to fail?, New Hampshire Business Review

Mass. on the verge of energy greatness, CommonWealth Magazine

Transparency and the Eversource settlement, New Hampshire Business Review

Don’t Block Regulators From Doing Their Jobs, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy

Time for action on high cost of electricity, CommonWealth Magazine

LePage’s executive order on ethanol is fueled by myths, and it’s a win for foreign oil, Bangor Daily News

Editorial: Push and pull of a solar project, GazetteNET

N-Plant buildings are not compromised, Newburyport Daily News

Without nuke power, climate change threat grows: Column, USA Today

Our View: It’s in region’s interests to help Millstone compete, Norwich Bulletin

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Filed under Energy Efficiency, Natural Gas Pipelines, solar, Vermont Yankee Closing, Wind Power

Energy News for week ending July 15, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Leaks, leaks, and more leaks, CommonWealth Magazine

Weymouth compressor station foes say they’ll keep fighting despite setback, Patriot Ledger

Fracking Opponents in Massachusetts Plan March, Public News Service

Berkshire Gas tells DPU it will study ways to lift customer moratorium, MassLive.com

Pipeline firm makes case for more natural gas, CommonWealth Magazine

Pipeline opponents gearing up for march through Medway, MetroWest Daily News

Loneliest Natural Gas Terminal in U.S. Bucks Pipeline Trend, Bloomberg

D.C. Circuit Overrules FERC on Partnership Pipeline’s Tax Recovery, The National Law Review

MAP: Gas pipeline leaks under Brockton streets, Enterprise News

 

Renewable Energy

New England plots offshore path, reNews

Long Island Power Authority Plans Largest US Offshore Wind Farm, Wall Street Journal

Clock ticking for offshore wind action on Beacon Hill, Taunton Daily Gazette

Yale researchers rank cities and towns on residential solar activity, CT Post

Solar Already Beating Gas On Price, & More — Why Natural Gas Is The Next Fossil Fuel to Go, CleanTechnica

Vermont Hits Its Cap On New Solar Projects, Here And Now

Haverhill eyes new solar projects, Eagle-Tribune

State Leadership in Clean Energy: New Hampshire’s Groundbreaking Renewable Thermal Program, Renewable Energy World

GE Renewable Energy Ships First Offshore Wind Turbine, Yahoo Finance

Grafton, Windham trade letters with Iberdrola over wind project, Brattleboro Reformer

Bedford church appeals to higher power in climate change battle, The Boston Globe

 

Energy Efficiency

Connecticut’s Green Bank new grant program aids businesses’ energy efficiency efforts, New Haven Register

Milford Honored for its Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Find Out Which Appliance Is Sucking All Your Power, MIT Technology Review

Clean power benefits, Foster’s Daily Democrat

 

Nuclear

Renewable Power Push Threatens Last Two New England Reactors, Bloomberg

Feds weigh Vermont Yankee water shipment options, vtdigger.org

As Millstone goes, so goes the cost of electricity in state, Journal Inquirer

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

House GOP subpoenas NY, Mass. AGs on climate change probe, U.S. News & World Report

Why We Pretend to Clean Up Oil Spills, Smithsonian

Energy Storage Would Get U.S. Tax Credits in Bipartisan Bill, Bloomberg

Political Support For Burrillville Power Plant Raises Questions About Transparency, RI NPR

New power line project approved (no, it’s not the Northern Pass), The Union Leader

Anti-Invenergy activists plan protest march, Woonsocket Call

National Grid Completes Major Upgrade of Canada-New England Transmission Link, Justmeans

Weather company Earth Networks sees utilities as a new path to profit, Washington Post

How Protect Sudbury is challenging Mass. utility laws, MetroWest Daily News

NH Consumer Advocate Wants Price of Northern Pass Power made public, Valley News

 

Opinion

Mass. should insist on burial of NH power line, CommonWealth Magazine

Prohibit the ‘pipeline tax’, CommonWealth Magazine

Advice for Beacon Hill energy conferees, Commonwealth Magazine

Another View — Kevin Avard: Kinder Morgan withdrawal doesn’t end fight for property owners’ rights, Union Leader

Us-against-them battles on energy do consumers no favors, The Boston Globe

 

Energy Events

Paving the Way for Grid Modernization, IEEE Power & Energy Society, July 17-21, 2016, Boston, MA

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