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Energy News for week ending December 1, 2017

The next big thing | An unlikely partnership | Heating assistance en route

 

Good afternoon. For this week’s recap we’re focusing on some positive stories.

Starting on the renewables front, NBC News brings us a story of how wave power may be “the next big thing in green energy.” One of the technologies to harness wave power is called the “Lifesaver.” It’s described as a “hulking device, as wide as a school bus is long, [and] looks a bit like a massive buoy or life raft.” The benefits they say are that, “Like solar and wind power, wave power harnesses energy that comes ultimately from the sun. Solar radiation causes air pressure gradients that cause wind, and wind gives its momentum to the ocean surface, producing waves.” They note that a square meter of a solar panel receives 0.2 to 0.3 kilowatts of solar energy, however every meter of the California coast receives 30 kilowatts of wave energy. Further, wave energy has another advantage over solar and wind. Waves are easy to forecast… and unlike solar, wave energy can be harnessed 24/7.

This week WGBH reports that environmentalists and gas companies in Massachusetts are doing something unusual — they’re teaming up to try to fix something they both agree is a problem. That problem is gas leaks. Audrey Schulman, founder of HEET talks about dealing with the utilities, “The relationship in the past was really, really contentious,” Schulman said. “In general, HEET would — my nonprofit — would release some sort of report in the press and the utilities would come back with some angry statement, and I would respond with some angrier statement, and we would both cast aspersions upon each other’s facts, knowledge, clothing. Like, anything we could.”

But one day, a utility executive responded differently, saying more information on gas leaks could help his company. “And I was so startled by that, that I think that that was the moment when I began to realize we might be able to all work together,” Schulman said.

Last upbeat note for this week the MetroWest Daily News reports that, “Despite threats that funding would be eliminated in President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget, the state’s home heating program will continue to keep low-income families warm this year, just as temperatures are beginning to drop.” Nice!

As always, be sure to check out Northeast Energy News for more stories and events. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

In An Unlikely Partnership, Local Environmentalists And Utilities Work Together To Reduce Gas Leaks, WGBH

Eight energy companies commit to reduce methane emissions within natural gas industry, Penn Energy

Opening of 1-GW Burrillville Power Plant Pushed Back to 2021, Penn Energy

Gas rush: FERC’s pipeline approvals underline persisting controversy over permitting, Utility Dive

Fire reported at natural gas power plant (CT), Penn Energy

Kinder Morgan says holding tank is source of contamination of 547,000 gallons of pipeline test water, Berkshire Eagle

Opponents of LNG facility in Providence say look to the future, The Providence Journal

Opponents Bring Passion, Scrutiny to LNG Hearing, ecoRI news

Vermonters join suit over alleged electricity price-fixing, vtdigger.org

Gas rush: FERC’s pipeline approvals underline persisting controversy over permitting, Utility Dive

South Dakota Warns It Could Revoke Keystone Pipeline Permit Over Oil Spill, InsideClimate News

Environmental concerns mount as Keystone pipeline leaks more oil than predicted, AccuWeather.com

Eversource Energy begins $3.8M expansion of natural gas distribution in Shelton, Westfair Online

A map of $1.1 billion in natural gas pipeline leaks, High Country News

Keystone pipeline spill blamed on damage from its construction, The Hill

Ecologist Sandra Steingraber to speak on fracked gas, PCBs, and our health Saturday in Lenox, theberkshireedge.com

Ohio EPA: Rover Pipeline spill leaks 200 gallons of drilling fluid into Black Fork, Richland Source

US FERC approves 223 MMcf/d Millennium Pipeline expansion in New York, Platts

Chatterjee blames national environmental groups for delaying pipeline approvals, Utility Dive

Renewable Energy

A tale of 2 states: Massachusetts and California provide different lessons on growing community solar, Utility Dive

Savings from solar farm to pump $200K into Williamstown budget, Berkshire Eagle

Why wave power may be the next big thing in green energy, NBC News

In Bid To Sell Wind Energy To MA, Bay State Wind To Hold Community Meetings, RIPR

Work moves forward at 100-kW Bell Mill Hydro in New Hampshire, Renewable Energy World

UMass Dartmouth to study offshore wind and commercial fishing, MassLive

Is Wave Power Finally Ready to Scale Up? Energy Manager Today

Cape Wind fight spins on, Cape Cod Times

Wind industry leaders tout Somerset’s power potential, Fall River Herald News

Long Island muni proposes new compensation scheme for C&I solar, Utility Dive

The Obscure ‘Poison Pill’ Senate Tax Provision Threatening Renewables, Greentech Media

The Energy 202: Why the wind and solar lobby is terrified of the Senate tax plan, Washington Post

Last-minute provision in Senate tax bill could ‘devastate’ renewable energy, Utility Dive

Looking For A Green Way To Heat Your Home? Try A Wood Pellet Stove, Rhode Island Public Radio

Boston Begins Effort To Become Carbon Neutral By 2050, WBUR

Retired Massachusetts coal plant may serve to advance offshore wind, (press release) Windpower Engineering

Shell, one of the biggest oil companies, plans to halve its carbon emissions. Here’s how, CNBC

Energy Efficiency

Harvesting the Sun for Energy Increases Efficiency by 60 Percent, Futurism

First Ever International Symposium on Energy Efficiency, (press release) ELE Times

MA: Two South Shore Farms Receive State Grants to Improve Energy Efficiency, 95.9 WATD-FM

Local farms receive energy grants, The Recorder

Solar powered smart windows break 11% efficiency – enough to generate more than 80% of US electricity, Electrek

Energy efficiency is linked to the internet of things, but adoption rates of energy saving devices is low, Alt Energy Magazine

Nuclear

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Releases List Of Issues To Consider In New Decommissioning Rules, Vermont Public Radio

C-10 responds to Seabrook nuke plant owner’s appeal, The Daily News of Newburyport

Entergy contends Vermont Yankee testing could be dangerous, vtdigger.org

NRC Issues Confirmatory Order Over Security-Related Violations at Millstone Nuclear Power Plant, Energy Central

Closing Indian Point Nuclear Plant Could Be Costly For Surrounding Communities, CBS New York

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO New England warns of gas pipeline constraints while promising adequate power for winter, MassLive

Mass. officials approve Eversource rate hike, Boston Globe

DPU cuts Eversource rate hike by 60%, CommonWealth Magazine

Cape Light Compact announces winter electric pricing, Barnstable Patriot

Pittsfield explains new electricity aggregation agreement, Berkshire Eagle

Powerline: How Hydro-Québec Helped Shape Canadian Energy and Cultural History, New Hampshire Public Radio

If bid is approved, CMP to invest millions in Lewiston converter station, Lewiston Sun Journal

Critics Fault Eversource For Proposing Business Fees Be Charged To Ratepayers, Hartford Courant

National Grid proposes rate increases for RI customers, Turn to 10

Who Needs Coal? Huge Hydropower Project On Tap For New England, CleanTechnica

Northern Pass says it continues to work with developer of recently-approved Bethlehem hotel, The Union Leader

After uncertainty, state gets heating assistance funds, MetroWest Daily News
New York PSC approves Orange and Rockland smart meter installation plan, Daily Energy Insider

Empire State Connector Announces Open Solicitation for 1,000 MW HVDC Transmission Line from Utica to Brooklyn, Energy Central

Pittsfield explains new electricity aggregation agreement, Berkshire Eagle

Utilities commission approves Eversource power plant sale, Penn Energy

New York energy storage target official after Gov. Cuomo signs bill, Utility Dive

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Pipeline bills would protect consumers, GazetteNET

Opinion: Housing unlikely for Vt. Yankee site, BurlingtonFreePress.com

As Northern Pass drags on, what’s the Legislature to do?, Manchester Ink Link

Our view: Keep pressure on utilities to repair gas leaks, Salem News

Big business should watch this tiny state’s power transformation, GreenBiz

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Energy News for week ending November 4, 2017

Protests take new turn | Storm creates havoc | Natgas Moratorium News

Happy Saturday folks!

We had a “wicked busy” day yesterday so this newsletter is a day behind its normal schedule but it’s filled with an extra day of stories so it’s more a like a “Bonus edition!”

Out in western Mass, WAMC reports that Kinder Morgan protests are turning more aggressive. “Massachusetts State Police said in a statement three pipeline opponents were arrested Wednesday. State police say one man trying to escape arrest pushed a trooper and was hit with a stun gun. Further from home, but incredibly disturbing, is a story from KWWL where it is suspected a wind power opponent placed more than a dozen dead rabbits at the base of a wind turbine. A local environmental consultant believes the rabbits were likely placed under the turbine to attract eagles and other birds into the path of the propellers. Just awful.

Big news this week was the wind storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people around New England. Some still remain without power. The response, or slowness of it, has caught the attention of government leaders in Massachusetts (Boston Herald), Rhode Island (ProJo) and Connecticut (NBC Connecticut).

Last for this week,  is news from the Daily Hampshire Gazette where Columbia Gas laid out plans to lift the moratorium on new gas connections in Northampton and East Hampton along with several other projects to improve reliability and reduce gas leaks in its Springfield territory.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Bill aims to protect consumers in pipeline expansions, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Columbia Gas outlines solutions to natural gas logjam, Hampshire Gazette

Natural gas industry seeks expanded infrastructure, Lowell Sun

Spectra defends Weymouth compressor plan amid new concerns, WickedLocal Weymouth

There’s a new tool in the fight to seal the state’s gas leaks, Boston Globe

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. cleared to start flow through Otis State Forest spur, Berkshire Eagle

Police: Kinder Morgan Pipeline Protests Have Turned More Aggressive, WAMC.org

Northeast pipeline controversy exposes gas markets as ‘a recipe for chaos,’ researchers say, Utility Dive

Kinder Morgan denies claims about Otis forest project; TD Bank says it’s not involved, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Power grid operator disqualifies proposed Burrillville plant from electricity auction, The Providence Journal

Public forum in Concord on gas leaks, The Boston Globe

Chelmsford board backs gas leaks bills, Wicked Local Chelmsford

Company says it knew of pipeline coating damage 3 years ago, PennEnergy

Now it’s oilmen who say fracking could harm groundwater, E&E News

How a 672000-Gallon Oil Spill Was Nearly Invisible, New York Times

The Fracking Boom’s Midlife Crisis, Bloomberg

U.S. Energy Regulator Says Coal More Reliable Than Natural Gas, Bloomberg

Climate Change

Dual bills call for climate change action, Lowell Sun

Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause, WBUR

UN environment chief: US likely to live up to Paris accord, CT Post

Atmospheric CO2 Levels Are Now The Highest In 800,000 Years, IFL Science

October 2017 was second warmest on record in Worcester, Telegram.com

Renewable Energy/Policy/etc.

NY Green Bank seeks $1B in private sector investment for clean energy projects, Utility Dive

HomeBiogas 2.0: Ready-to-use biogas solution for the home, Treehugger

New York Stakeholders Question Carbon Pricing Process, RTO Insider

Wind

Bay State Wind opens downtown New Bedford office in wind power bid, South Coast Today

Moosehead-area lawmakers oppose wind projects, Press Herald

Public back New England offshore, REnews

Wind mill tax program not worth the ‘headache,’ Sun Journal

US Bill targets offshore boost, renews

Wind Power Set a New Renewable Energy Record in Europe Last Week, Futurism

US and Denmark sign deal for offshore wind cooperation, Energy Digital

Dead rabbits found on local wind farm, KWWL

Solar

Is solar+storage eligible for net metering in Massachusetts? Tesla and others want to know, Utility Dive

Solar permitting data shows residential market woes, pv magazine USA

New England Solar and Storage Symposium 2017: The Presentations, Greentech Media

Energy Efficiency

Town of Maynard reduces energy use by 22 percent, Wicked Local Bolton

Time to Change Our Clocks Back and Our Lightbulbs Forward, Natural Resources Defense Council

New Hampshire House committee votes to end RGGI-funded efficiency investments, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Malloy signs Millstone bill, then questions its need, The Day

Connecticut governor calls for Dominion cooperation, World Nuclear News

Consultant airs Vermont Yankee contamination concerns, Brattleboro Reformer

NARUC, other energy organizations urge Congress to fund Nuclear Waste Program, Daily Energy Insider

Crews restoring power to Seabrook nuke plant sirens, Seacoastonline.com

Storm knocks out Pilgrim power line, Cape Cod Times

Storm

AG eyes utility’s power restoration efforts after storm, Boston Herald

Following outage, Grid wants to bill ratepayers $39M for tree-clearing, Boston Herald

National Grid under fire for slow response to outages, The Providence Journal

State reports 31000 still without power, Lowell Sun

Utility’s storm prep called into question, Boston Herald

Frustration Mounts As Thousands Remain Without Power, Hartford Courant

Ledyard Mayor, Frustrated With Eversource Response, Postpones Trick or Treating, NBC Connecticut

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Healey fights Eversource’s $4.9M reimbursement request, Boston Globe

Eversource touts N. Pass ‘certainty,’ CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource Seeking $336.8M Electricity Rate Increase Amid Criticism Over Recent Storm Response, Hartford Courant

Sudbury: Eversource power line proposal faces state hearings, Wicked Local Sudbury

Sixty-Four House Members Tell Pruitt RFS has Failed, DTN The Progressive Farmer

Mayor Carpenter: Brockton Power is dead, Enterprise News

Budding marijuana sector brings big load growth, efficiency challenges for utilities, Utility Dive

Fall back no more? Commission moves time zone issue forward, WCVB Boston

Thoughts for fuel: Bringing new technology to home-heating delivery, Boston Globe

Why You Should Fear a Cyberattack on the Grid, Greentech Media

In private meeting Cuomo administration pushes utilities for more REV investment, Politico

What Is Grid Modernization? An Explainer, Conservation Law Foundation blog

Why We Need Microgrid Cybersecurity: The Threat is Real, Microgrid Knowledge

Editorial/Opinion

Budget Hurts Environment, Hartford Courant

Lessons from first campus carbon-pricing scheme, Nature.com

Opinion: Approve Vermont Yankee plan, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Paying environmental tribute to neighboring states, Commonwealth Magazine

Guy Page: ‘Residential standards’ for VY decommissioning make little sense, VT Digger

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Energy News for week ending October 14, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Columbia Gas, Berkshire Gas working to end hook-up moratoriums in Franklin, Hampshire counties, MassLive

New Hampshire Regulators Nix Access Northeast Capacity Contract, Natural Gas Intelligence

Report: Fracking took 5.3 million gallons of water per well last year, Mashable

Sandisfield Pipeline Project Stalled Amid Legal Proceedings, New England Public Radio

Pressing the governor for pipeline moratorium, The Recorder

PUC stays National Grid pipeline proposal, denies motion to dismiss, Ricentral.com

US to require safety valves on more gas lines, WISTV

Renewable Energy

Largest solar power project in New England planned for former Loring air base, Bangor Daily News

Canadian Hydro: A Lifeline for Northeastern Clean Energy Goals?, Greentech Media

Mount Tom Solar Farm in Holyoke to stand as ‘landmark’ for ENGIE North America: CEO Frank Demaille, MassLive

New wind project owner arrives amid fight over proposed site in Moosehead region, Press Herald

Vermont Wind Project Needs Support, So Company Offers to Pay Voters, New York Times

Dong kicks off Bay State survey, reNews

Public Service Board approves Brattleboro solar project, CT Post

Why US Offshore Wind Needs A 25-Year Investment Tax Credit, CleanTechnica

Activists to party after solar-farm groundbreaking at former coal plant in Holyoke, MassLive.com

Massachusetts Cider Mill Adds Rooftop Solar, Solar Industry

GE Boosts Renewable-Energy Unit With $1.65 Billion Wind Deal, Bloomberg

The country’s first offshore wind farm will power 17000 homes, Salon

UMass: Wind energy becoming more cost-effective, The Recorder

Keene State turning to purified waste vegetable oil for heat, The Keene Sentinel

Vermont cabin becomes lab to study wind turbine noise, Penn Energy

Offshore Wind Conference Indicates Strong Interest in New US Renewable Energy Industry, Renewable Energy World

Energy Efficiency

The Energy-Efficiency Revolution, RealClearPolitics

Massachusetts and California tie for top energy efficiency rankings, Utility Dive

Global Energy Efficiency Has Tripled, But It’s Not Enough to Curb Climate Change, Greentech Media

Nuclear

Joint stub from 1980s found last week at nuclear plant, The Daily News of Newburyport

Union reaches agreement with Pilgrim operator, The Patriot Ledger

Nuclear Decommissioning Services to Reach $8.55 Billion by 2021, Power Engineering

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991, EIA.gov

Winter Heating Costs Likely To Increase, WBUR

DEP allows final environmental arguments over Brockton power plant, Enterprise

Killingly power plant battle impacts Rhode Island, RI Future

National Grid to refund $1.5 million to 4500 gas customers, Enterprise News

Generators: ‘Unjust’ Rule Cost $100M in New England Heat Wave, RTO Insider

Report: New England Region Is at Great Risk of Higher Energy Costs, Energy Manager Today

Critics doubt study about causes of Connecticut River erosion, GazetteNET

Environmental groups fight to ensure Morrisville hydro project protects water quality, Vermont Biz

Massachusetts town to build New England’s first utility-scale battery storage project, Utility Dive

Columbia Gas cuts ribbon on Springfield operations center, MassLive

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Revamp FERC pipeline approval process, GazetteNET

Solar op-ed leaves wrong impression, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

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Energy News for week ending June 10, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

PUC staff advises against plan to expand Maine’s natural gas pipeline capacity, Portland Press Herald

Columbia Gas to replace aging infrastructure, relocate gas main in West Springfield, MassLive.com

Proposed Power Plant Draws Widespread Opposition, Hartford Courant

Holyoke protest targets utility bill surcharge dubbed ‘pipeline tax’ by protesters, MassLive.com

Rehoboth selectmen to meet with Attleboro mayor about proposed gas pipeline, Sun Chronicle

Another Pipeline Project Planned for Burrillville, ecoRI news

Without Debate, RI House Approves Power Plant Bill, Rhode Island Public Radio

Doug Gablinske: RI needs clean energy plant, (Opinion) The Providence Journal

Question of Article 97 still left hanging, The Recorder

Renewable Energy

Energy and environmental groups criticize House energy bill, MassLive.com

Cape Wind sharply attacks House energy bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Shumlin: Mass. “crazy” not to pursue hydropower from Canada, wwlp.com

DeLeo’s Version Of An Energy ‘Combo Platter’ Passes House, WGBH.org

Wind, hydropower bill sails through Massachusetts House, MassLive.com

Golden: House bill delivers largest offshore wind procurement in U.S, Lowell Sun

Vt. Governor Vetoes Renewables Bill After ‘Unintended Changes’, Solar Industry

Removal of dams in New England can help reconnect river networks, Science Daily

Interior announces offshore wind lease auction for ocean tract off Long Island, UtilityDive

French defense contractor joins Maine offshore wind project, Press Herald

Connecticut Town Authorities Seek LED and Solar Project Regulations, LEDinside

What’s next for solar in Maine, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Upton becomes a solar community, Milford Daily News

No mandate needed for municipal utilities, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

New program helps homeowners make energy upgrades, WPTZ

Ayotte Discusses Municipal Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Lights Out for CFLs — Efficiency Maine Switching Off Subsidy in Favor of LEDs, Maine Public Broadcasting

Led by Affordable Housing, Peabody Properties Aims to Cut Energy Spending by 20%, Energy Manager Today

Nuclear
As nuclear plants shutter, state efforts to save them are coming too late
, Utility Dive

Nuclear waste storage plan a matter of trust, Cape Cod Times

Vermont has voice in national nuclear waste debate, VTDigger.org

Vermont appeal of NRC rule shot down by court, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Why Boston was chosen for the next US-China climate summit, Christian Science Monitor

We need lots more power lines. Why are we so bad at planning them?, Vox.com

New PJM capacity rules challenge demand response aggregators, Utility Dive

Court’s ruling reignites controversy over carbon tax, Eagle-Tribune

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Energy News for week ending March 11, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Will Kinder Morgan’s Plan To Export Natural Gas Give Pipeline Opponents Their Best Argument Against It?, WBUR

Baker pressured to block pipeline surveys in state parks, Eagle-Tribune

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Customers Experience Lowest Heating Costs in Years, (Press Release) Columbia Gas of MA

Weymouth mayor won’t rule out litigation in effort to stop gas compressor station, Patriot Ledger

Gill, Northfield send money to help Montague fight pipeline, The Recorder

DPU approves Montague request for pipeline info, The Recorder

Pelham voters approve funds to fight proposed pipeline project, The Union Leader

Residents have concerns, want more info on pipeline, The Salem News

Summit Natural Gas reduces rates by nearly 70 percent, Press Herald

Renewable Energy

Once a hope for the future, viability of solar firms in Attleboro area now in question, Sun Chronicle

UMass researchers working on improved wind turbine anchoring system, MassLive

National Grid to Launch a First-of-Its-Kind Solar Marketplace, Greentech Media

Large Hydropower Joins the Renewable Energy Club, RTO Insider

General Electric Poised To Benefit From Wind Energy Growth Potential, Seeking Alpha

Whole Foods to Generate Own Solar Power, Maine News Online

New England Stakeholders Debate Solar Subsidies, RTO Insider

LePage opposes compromise to rapidly expand solar power, Press Herald

What makes good solar?, vtdigger.org

DeLeo officially backs offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

DeLeo makes clear that hydro, wind will have place in energy plan, WWLP

The Block Island Offshore Wind Project is Just the Beginning, (blog) Huffington Post

Energy Efficiency

Connecticut to save nearly $1 billion through 2015 energy efficiency efforts, Stratford Star

Burlington Named Earth Hour City Challenge Finalist by World Wildlife Fund, VTdigger.org

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition building capacity for positive change, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Nuclear

Plant officials say plan to manage ASR is ‘effective’, The Daily News of Newburyport

Vermont Yankee to scale back emergency plan, affecting 7 Massachusetts towns, MassLive

Five years since Fukushima: How a nuclear disaster in Japan changed U.S. plant regulations, Timesonline.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

A new power line roils scenic New Hampshire, Marketplace.org

Coalition Expresses Concern About Baker Administration Energy Strategy Statement, (opinion), New England Coalition for Affordable Energy

Reforms spotlight CT’s evolving energy industry, Hartford Business

Environmentalists Call for Reinventing Brayton Point, ecoRI news

Quincy official says National Grid must fix trenches, The Patriot Ledger

Hudson residents energized against Eversource project, Worcester Telegram

NH Electric Cooperative tries some experiments as utilities face an uncertain future, Concord Monitor

Vermont crossing suggested at Northern Pass hearing, The Union Leader

Northern Pass Investing In The Balsams, New Hampshire Public Radio

Rising from the rubble: Footprint natural gas plant blasting through construction goals, Salem News

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