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Energy News for week ending September 1, 2017

Gas Pump Pain | Giant Batteries | Northern Pass Delay

Hopefully many of you are headed out of the door to start your long weekend so we’ll keep the news highlights short.  Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey–it has been hard to wrap our heads around the scale of devastation and destruction. Damage to energy supplies in Texas combined with the normal increase in Labor Day holiday travel is already leading to higher gas prices throughout New England.  In better news, giant batteries are starting to make a positive mark on the electric grid reports WNPR. And depending upon which side of the Northern Pass issue you are on, you may or may not be happy to learn NH State regulators announced they will delay their final decision on the Northern Pass by another six months to March 30, 2018.  We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Hurricane Harvey: New England Impact

Hurricane fuels gas-price hike as reserves tapped, Lowell Sun

Energy Dept. taps into emergency oil reserves after Harvey, The Hill

Colonial Pipeline to shut US Northeast fuel lines due to Harvey, Reuters

Harvey’s impact in Southern New England might be at the pump, Turn to 10

EPA waives emission rules in 38 states amid fears of fuel shortages, Washington Examiner

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Discharge water from Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline testing worries environmentalists, Berkshire Eagle

State drops charges against 4 pipeline protesters arrested for blocking access to Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Putin-linked steel company supplies pipes for Kinder Morgan’s expansion project in Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

FERC Denies Request To Halt Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion, Again, WAMC

Smell Natural Gas Outside? Report It, But Don’t Always Expect A Fix, Cape Cod Chronicle

Gas Co. Challenges NY Pipeline Permit Denial At 2nd Circ., Law360

Weymouth: Sen. Warren Reaffirms Opposition to Compressor Station, 95.9 WATD-FM

Natural Gas Upgrade: Eversource Begins $2.2M Project In East Norwalk, Norwalk Daily Voice

Renewable Energy

Gigantic Batteries Help Grow Renewable Energy In Maine, New England, WNPR News

RI Wastewater Treatment Authority To Reach 100% Renewable Energy By 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio

Solar power microgrid goes online in Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, Electric Light & Power

History-rich Maine island goes green, WLBZ-TV

Chemetal taps into solar with 560-panel roof array, GazetteNET

Possible tariff puts NH solar firms on edge, New Hampshire Business Review

From Fenway Park to Wembley, these stadiums are going big on renewable energy, CNBC

No anti-competitive behavior in RGGI secondary market, report finds, Utility Dive

Sununu Satisfied With Latest RGGI Proposal, New Hampshire Public Radio

Policymaker support key to offshore wind prospects in US, Utility Dive

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Waves Goodbye to Oil Industry, Bloomberg

Narragansett Bay Commission Adding Solar, Will Be Nearly 100% Renewable, GoLocalProv

Energy Efficiency

How Does the United States Rate in Energy Efficiency?, Energy Collective

Making data centers more energy efficient, MIT News

Heating Camden’s new middle school from town’s sewer plant: What’s the cost and can it be done?, PenBayPilot.com

500 cities have committed to going big on clean energy this year – now what?, Into the Wind

Nuclear

If nuclear is not in the future US energy mix, what will replace it?, Utility Dive

Newburyport City Council to review letter to NRC calling for hearing, The Daily News of Newburyport

Opponents launch petition against Millstone “deal”; Dominion says group “misleads” consumers, theday.com

Environmental Group Seeks Added Financial Protections In Vermont Yankee Sale, Vermont Public Radio

Vermont Yankee companies expand request to seal documents, vtdigger.org

No new pollution at Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource dealt 6-month setback for Northern Pass transmission line, MassLive.com

State committee delays Northern Pass decision until 2018, The Union Leader

Northern Pass dealt regulatory blow, Commonwealth Magazine

Eversource Asks PUC To Conceal Fiscal Info On Berlin Biomass Plant, Caledonian Record

Utilities Grapple with Rooftop Solar and the New Energy Landscape, Yale Environment 360

Executive Councilor: Sununu Needs To Do More Outreach On Northern Pass, New Hampshire Public Radio

National Grid, Hydro-Quebec snipe over hydro power, Commonwealth Magazine

RI approves rate hike for National Grid, The Sun Chronicle

Could Success Spoil ISO-NE?, POWER magazine

Editorial/Opinion

States Dare to Think Big on Climate Change, New York Times

Misinformation being spread about Northern Pass project, Foster’s Daily Democrat

My Turn: Michael F. Sabitoni: Natural gas plant vital for RI, The Providence Journal

Foss: Proposed energy rate increase is too much, The Daily Gazette

My Turn: Hydro-Quebec cannot rewrite history, Concord Monitor

Letter: Colin Nagle: National Grid ought to modernize energy infrastructure, The Providence Journal

Renewing RGGI: Do nothing, but more of it, The Union Leader

 

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Energy News for week ending April 28, 2017

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline opponents poised for peaceful protest Friday at Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network seeks rehearing by FERC, Berkshire Eagle

Lawmakers blast air quality plan for Weymouth compressor station, The Patriot Ledger

Gas pipeline foes file to halt start of construction, The Recorder

Tensions build before pipeline built in Massachusetts forest, Boston.com

Chamber of Commerce: Northeast pipeline constraints are a $7.6B drag on GDP, Utility Dive

Area legislators prod state regulators to act quickly on Berkshire Gas Moratorium, MassLive.com

Council Urged To Ban Fracking Waste, Hartford Courant

Renewable Energy

Offshore Wind Test Project “Dead in the Water” If Bill Passes, Freepress Online

RGGI will cut more carbon — but by how much?, E&E News

Questions for: ‘Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal’, New York Times

Renewable Energy Could be Cash Cow for RI Farms, ecoRI news

Environment Council of Rhode Island outlines legislative priorities, RI Future

Milford Schools Extend Solar Plans: Report, Patch.com

Solar & Single-Payer Bills Come to Augusta, Freepress Online

Massachusetts governor makes a push for solar and low-income access to renewables, PV-Tech

Not exactly a breeze: Offshore wind still faces challenges, SouthCoastToday.com

Ancient technology in Meriden’s Hanover Pond dam begins generating electricity, Meriden Record-Journal

Falmouth wins turbine nuisance case, Cape Cod Times

Energy Efficiency

How killing Energy Star could benefit Trump financially, Los Angeles Times

Energy industry turns to CT colleges for worker pipeline, Hartford Business

Proposed Massachusetts efficiency, clean energy programs shoot for low-income access, Utility Dive

Liberty Utilities Gives $6M to Customers for Energy Efficiency, Wins Award, Patch.com

Connecticut Green Bank promotes cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy, New Haven Register

Vt. ranked second in nation for clean energy momentum, progress, Mountaintimes

Nuclear

NRC grants safety upgrade exemption to Massachusetts’s Pilgrim nuclear plant, Daily Energy Insider

Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power, Bloomberg

On 3-1 vote, Georgetown selectmen back letter to NRC, The Daily News of Newburyport

Vermont Yankee cleanup partner stops work on nuclear dump, vtdigger.org

Nuclear Activists Raise Concerns Over Vermont Yankee Quick Fix, Valley Advocate

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Massachusetts carbon fee would save $2.9 billion in health costs over two decades, study finds, MassLive.com

Underwater power cable work may impact fishermen, Gloucester Daily Times

New diet for electricity, SouthCoastToday.com

ISO New England: Managing Power Grid Operations This Summer, (press release) POWER magazine

ISO-NE Study Projects Impact of $64/ton Carbon Price, RTO Insider

PUC will not reconsider Eversource deal for buying a portion of Northern Pass’s power, Union Leader

Protect Sudbury sues MBTA over Eversource records, MetroWest Daily News

GMP ranked Number 10 for most energy storage installed in nation, Vermont Biz

Connecticut’s Latest Microgrid and Fuel Cell Project Goes Live in Hartford, Microgrid Knowledge

Islanders rally against Eversource proposed rate hikes, herbicide use, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Hundreds circle NH Statehouse to protest Northern Pass, NH1 News

Laying a road map for states, liberal senators introduce bill to end U.S. fossil fuel use by 2050, Washington Post

Editorial/Opinion

Our Opinion: FERC must be heard from on pipeline concerns, Berkshire Eagle

Liz Gamache: Earth Day Starts In Our Homes, Caledonian Record

FREEMAN: Against the Northern Pass line, Yale Daily News

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Energy News for week ending June 24, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Springfield Climate Justice Coalition praises first meeting with Columbia Gas on leaks, MassLive

Demonstrators arrested in protest against pipeline, Boston Globe

Pipeline Foes Due in Cortlandt Town Court, Patch.com

Legislation may force utilities to fix gas leaks quicker, Boston Globe

In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere, Bloomberg

Rehoboth, Attleboro to share info on proposed gas line, The Sun Chronicle

Renewable Energy

Clean Power will cost more, CommonWealth Magazine

Protest hits home with Baker, Daily Item

Renewable energy gets a boost in Assembly session, The Providence Journal

National Grid Proposes Solar Farm In Shoreham, CBS Local

SunEdison sale of Aroostook wind farm concerns Somerset County activists, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Plainville, Mass., Set to Develop Solar Field on Closed Landfill, waste360

Green Mountain Power Selects Vermont Solar Company to Explore Innovative Energy Storage Solutions, Renewable Energy World

Sturbridge selectmen approve solar power facility pact, Telegram.com

Vermont Wind Farm Tour Shows Off Results of Years of Preparation, Renewable Energy World

Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient homes: yes, we want them. But we haven’t done the work, Vox.com

Durham wins award for ‘sustainability strategies’, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Cutting Summertime Energy Costs, vtdigger.org

RTM Approves $8.2 Million Energy Savings Initiative, Westport Now

EPA Adds Detail to the Clean Energy Incentive Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Nuclear

Public speaks out against Seabrook Station’s relicensing, Seacoastonline.com

Why the energy industry isn’t going nuclear, USA TODAY

VY decommissioning on track, new director says, Commons

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO New England: Wholesale power prices, consumer demand at record lows, MassLive

Northern Pass case headed to state Supreme Court, The Union Leader

Parts of RI’s Virtual Net Metering Bill Salvaged, ecoRI news

Eversource beefs up substations, New Britain Herald

Extra energy demand this summer could put strain on power grid, wwlp.com

National Grid Embraces New Energy Solutions, Transmission and Distribution World

Environmental group appeals court’s dismissal of Eversource lawsuit, New Haven Register

French company Veolia relocates its North American HQ to Boston, The Boston Globe

Long-term energy contracts under consideration by state lawmakers risk higher prices for ratepayers, report finds, MassLive

Is Home Battery Storage The Key To The Future Of The Energy Grid?, WCQS

Minter energy plan: Reduce peak electric demand, cut transpo carbon, Vermont Biz

Somerset secures $3 million to offset lost power plant revenue, Herald News

Opinions

New transmission lines, gas pipeline needed, CommonWealth Magazine

Cities want renewable energy, CommonWealth Magazine

Seizing clean-energy opportunity, Lowell Sun

Northern Pass is not a green answer, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending June 3, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Forums call for repairs to an estimated 500 gas leaks in Springfield, 91 in Northampton, MassLive.com

Bill aims to protect homeowners from pipeline expansion, The Union Leader

School committee takes stance against compressor station in Weymouth, WickedLocal

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Suspension is Victory for Merrimack Valley, Valley Patriot

Eversource: We’re ‘Disappointed’ That New Canaan Is Abandoning Natural Gas Plans for Community, New Canaanite

Hearing tomorrow for Spectra Pipeline protesters arrested in Burrillville, RI Future

Timilty pushes Senate budget amendment banning natural gas pipelines within mile of homes, churches, schools, Sun Chronicle

Should Massachusetts oppose further natural gas pipeline construction in the state?, (opinion) Globe South

Renewable Energy

Offshore Wind Arrives in US Waters, Scientific American

Column: Hydro and wind power deliver savings and reduce carbon emissions, Eagle-Tribune

UMaine wind power project back in running for major federal grant, Press Herald

It’s time state embraces offshore wind energy, Cape Cod Times

World’s Cheapest Offshore Wind Farm Seen Online Two Years Early, Bloomberg

2016 is a breakthrough year for solar, The Hill

New ‘green’ bank branch in Keene gets green light, The Keene Sentinel

Ice cream shop solar battle, energybiz

FuelCell initiative offers new hope for cleaner energy, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy Efficiency

Town on energy target, Woburn Daily Times

Surcharge to fund energy efficiency in RI lacking support, The Providence Journal

Clean energy powerhouse, (opinion) Rutland Herald

Nuclear

Ferrante, 3 lawmakers want Seabrook nuclear power plant shuttered, Gloucester Times

Nuclear Plants, Despite Safety Concerns, Gain Support as Clean Energy Sources, New York Times

Feds plan public meeting in Boston on ‘consent-based’ approach to siting nuclear waste facilities, MassLive.com

Board denies reopening in Vermont Yankee fuel storage hearings, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

All options – including carbon fee – on the table as Massachusetts reacts to SJC global warming ruling, MassLive.com

NH regulators delay Eversource proposed Northern Pass transmission line, Utility Dive

Judge Dismisses Forest Society’s Lawsuit to Block Northern Pass, New Hampshire Public Radio

NGSA Opposes Waiver of FERC Capacity Release Bidding Requirements, Natural Gas Intelligence

Grid Manager Expects Adequate Summer Power Supplies, CBS Local

Baker administration mum on emission plans, Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts Clean Power Bill Hit from All Sides, RTO Insider

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Energy News for week ending February 12, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Markey: gas pipeline firms want to ‘use New England as a throughway’ for international expert, MassLive

Gas pipeline opponents to walk, picket on Presidents Day, The Recorder

Baker treading carefully on Kinder Morgan pipeline project, Lowell Sun

627 of 836 NH property owners deny Kinder Morgan surveyors access to their land, Union Leader

Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan, The Recorder

Renewable Energy

DONG Energy, with presence off Vineyard, expanding US footprint to waters off N.J., Taunton Daily Gazette

Want to Impact Climate Change? Massachusetts Tells You How, Governing

Fishermen Give Cold Shoulder to Offshore Wind Developer, The Vineyard Gazette

Wind farm developer expands from Mass. into New Jersey, The Boston Globe

New England attracts 2.7GW bids for wind, Windpower Monthly

CLF wants the ‘highly successful’ Renewable Energy Standard extended, RI Future

Major solar incentive runs out in Mass., surprising many, The Boston Globe

Mass. has more solar jobs than any other state except Calif., The Boston Globe

​​Vermont among leader in solar jobs for third year, Vermont Biz

Morrison: Utilities stalling solar legislation (Opinion), Milford Daily News

Solar Developers Say N.H. Lawmakers’ Compromise Doesn’t Go Far Enough, New Hampshire Public Radio

Bill Would Help Grow Green Jobs in RI, ecoRI news

Foster residents urged to consider Solarize RI, Valley Breeze

Connecticut’s solar jobs lagging, New Haven Register

Maine Voices: Solar energy is good for Maine – but bigger bureaucracy won’t help it grow, Press Herald

Developers pitch five, 240MW CT clean energy projects, Hartford Business

Mass. environmental league challenges big business group over solar claims, Boston Globe

Energy Efficiency

How the US can unlock efficiency’s potential to meet energy demand, Utility Dive

Market Study Finds WeatherBug Home Delivers Higher HVAC Energy Efficiency, Clean Technica

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Extended Through 2016!, PenBayPilot.com

Nuclear

Praise for C-10 petition on Seabrook Station testing, The Daily News of Newburyport

Federal court dismisses state challenge of Yankee decommissioning trust fund as ‘premature,Times Argus

Nuclear Spent Fuel Challenges, Nuclear Power International

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Auction yields plenty of power for 2019-2020, CommonWealth

Bad power deals cost Maine $38M, governor says, Utility Drive

PSEG Power Connecticut Cleared to Build 485-MW Gas Plant, Power Engineering

Schneider Electric to deploy microgrid energy system at Boston One Campus, PennEnergy

NH politicians file to intervene in Northern Pass project, The Union Leader

Enviro action fund campaign targets utilities in Mass. solar energy battle, Worcester Telegram

Prices Down 26% in ISO-NE Capacity Auction, RTO Insider

Army Corps of Engineers gives OK for underwater powerline from Quebec, VermontBiz

Mass. Plan Could Spur Hydropower Imports in New England, NECN

Blumenthal Urges Rejection of Current Eversource Plan, Greenwich Sentinel

‘Outraged’ Blumenthal wants DOJ probe of Eversource, The Advocate

National Grid workers vote to authorize a strike as contract nears expiration date, MassLive

South Boston power plant to be sold, redeveloped, Boston Globe

NRG Energy Gas Peaker Project Clears ISO-New England Capacity Auction, Power Engineering

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Energy News for week ending January 29, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Customers may have to pay for new pipelines, The Union Leader

Vermont Gas surpasses 50,000 customers, Vermont Biz

Springfield Regional Chamber endorses Kinder Morgan, Spectra gas pipeline projects, MassLive

Researchers to present health hazard findings regarding pipeline stations, The Recorder

Hill: Problems with Spectra Energy pipeline, (opinion) MetroWest Daily News

Energy company seeks Danbury land for gas pipeline expansion, CT Post

Town draws line in pipeline sand, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Arlingtonians at center of pipeline debate, Wicked Local Dedham

Pact would trade coal plant for natural gas, CT Post

An explosive debate: As proponents of a new liquified natural gas project in Acushnet press forward, opposition group voices their concerns, Southcoasttoday.com

Pipeline activist Croce to challenge Speliotis in 13th Essex, Salem News

Renewable Energy

Proof That a Price on Carbon Works, New York Times

Cape Wind mounting comeback, CommonWealth Magazine

Solar is no longer trivial in New England’s power grid, Concord Monitor

Company proposing 3,000-plus-panel solar farm in Rehoboth, Taunton Daily Gazette

Our View: Solar power’s growth calls for new system, Press Herald

Connecticut solar energy advocates laud partnership, West Hartford News

Vermont solar power growth slowed for now as utilities hit limit, PennEnergy

Proposals Due for Maine Energy Projects to Power Southern New England, Maine Public Broadcasting

Report says NH is a renewable energy leader, New Hampshire Business Review

New England net metering policies cause distress, Smart Grid Today

What if Nevada’s solar regulators came to Massachusetts, Greentech Media

Raise the net metering cap, Commonwealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

‘Green Jobs RI’: Senate report puts energy, environmental sectors at center stage, Providence Journal

Swampscott selected for National Grid energy savings initiative, Salem News

Essex turning green with energy savings, Gloucester Daily Times

Nuclear

Entergy spent down 10 percent of Vermont Yankee trust fund in 2015, VT Digger

Entergy Says New York’s Nuclear-Rescue Plan Comes Too Late, Bloomberg

IER: New England natural gas use up since closure of Vermont nuclear plant, Power Newswire

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO chief: Natural gas supplies half of N.E.’s electricity, Lowell Sun

FERC’s ‘Demand Response’ Rule Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court, Bloomberg

AG Healey praises Supreme Court decision on ‘demand response’, Berkshire Eagle

Maine’s high court confirms smart meters pose no health threat, Lewiston Sun Journal

Energize RI brings carbon pricing bill to the House, RI Future

New England Generators Appeal FERC Capacity Market Orders, RTO Insider

Baker’s hydroelectricity plan a bad bet, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Baker right on hydropower, clean energy contracts, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Discussion postponed on new Braintree power plant plan, Wicked Local Braintree

UN urges business leaders to double investment in green energy by 2020, The Guardian

 

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Energy News for week ending October 9, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Entergy power plant in Johnston sells for $490 million, Providence Journal

Federal agency needs to get message from pipelines’ foes, (opinion) The Boston Globe

Reading the politics of fuel in New Hampshire, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Massachusetts DPU rules electric companies may purchase natural gas pipeline capacity, MassLive

Work Can Start on 1st Algonquin Pipeline Project: FERC, Patch.com

Natural gas is crucial to Mass. energy grid, (opinion) The Boston Globe

Liberty Utilities Can Buy Space In Kinder Morgan Pipeline – If It’s Built, New Hampshire Public Radio

Of pipelines and property values: Will proposed project affect price of homes in the region?, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)

Deal could keep Vt. Gas pipeline project alive, WCAX

Vermont Gas promises state to cap pipeline costs, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

3 Protestors Arrested at West Roxbury Pipeline Site, Patch.com

‘Bright Future’ For NatGas, But New Pipelines, Engineers Needed, Natural Gas Intelligence

Energy Efficiency

Connecticut utilities detail energy savings spending plan, New Haven Register

CT ranked as 9th most energy efficient state, WFSB

Vermont schools at head of energy efficiency class, (press release) vtdigger.org

Newton announces residential energy savings initiative, Wicked Local Newton

Renewable Energy

Wind power group’s message: We’re not Cape Wind, The Patriot Ledger

Massachusetts non-profits get easier access to solar power, BetaBoston

Former A123 boss aims beyond electric cars, BetaBoston

Capturing A River’s Energy With Wings, Rhode Island Public Radio

The Northeast Represents a $67.5B Market for Mid-Scale Commercial Solar, Greentech Media

New Report Shows Domestic Offshore Wind Industry Potential, Transmission and Distribution World

Power Struggle: Vermont Utilities Don’t Want New Wind Energy, Seven Days

New Hampshire’s Solar Incentive Getting a Bit Less Generous, NHPR

Solar energy comes to light before Weymouth councilors, Wicked Local

Experts say clean power available as regional energy changes, WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Nuclear

Nuclear Energy’s Low-Carbon Attributes Increase Public Support, Energy Collective

Feds begin planning for Vermont Yankee waste removal, Vermont Biz

Nuclear plant’s foes might want to consider gap it would leave behind, (opinion) Boston Globe

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

The National Trust For Historic Preservation: Northern Pass Would Cut Destructive Path, New Hampshire Public Radio

Support and concerns about FirstLight’s application to increase winter pumping capacity, The Recorder

Passing POWER Act will drive cleaner energy and lower costs, (Opinion) The Hill (blog)

Eversource warning small businesses of scam, New Britain Herald

GE’s new energy company will create 200 new jobs in Boston, Boston Business Journal (blog)

Baker: Hydropower Contracts Best Way to Lower Costs, Meet GHG Goals, RTO Insider

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