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Energy News for week ending May 15, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg calls for Western Massachusetts hearing on Tennessee Gas, MassLive.com

Reliance on natural gas: The pros and cons, Wicked Local Barnstable

Vermont Gas: Hinesburg Residents Save $677000 in the Last Year by Choosing Natural Gas, Vermont Biz

Sanborn: Building Guidelines for FERC, Eminent Domain, Patch.com

Major pipeline proposal continues to raise questions, WMUR Manchester

Pipeline proposal draws strong opposition in Weymouth, Wicked Local Braintree

Energy Efficiency

Critics say LePage’s energy bills would short-circuit efficiency efforts, Press Herald

PUC looks to establish energy-efficiency standard, Concord Monitor

NH clean tech turns to private investors, New Hampshire Business Review

Renewable Energy

State cap stalls Massachusetts solar projects, MassLive.com

Energy bill shifts focus to renewables, electricity, Burlington Free Press

National Grid looks to add renewable energy in Rhode Island, FierceEnergy

Hydro value strong despite natural gas boom, expert says, Rutland Herald

Report: Subsidize Renewable-Energy Output not Project Investment, ecoRInews

Voters put moratorium on solar plants, Worcester Telegram

Community solar farms can work for neighborhoods, (opinion) Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Benefitting from high energy costs, CT Post


States prepare for terrorist attack on Yankee’s spent fuel, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

While switched off, Pilgrim’s work goes on, Cape Cod Times

Murkowski mulls the future of nuclear at NEI conference, FierceEnergy


Customers find ways to save energy via NatGrid’s Virtual Home, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

100 cement trucks to travel Salem streets as foundation work continues at Footprint Power, Salem News

Looking At The Possibility Of Having To Make Changes, Northern Pass Has An “Option.”, New Hampshire Public Radio

It’s time for a clean energy two-fer, (opinion) Commonwealth Magazine

Is Bernie Sanders the Best Candidate on Climate Change?, Mother Jones

Electric co. files with state to lower rates, The Recorder

LePage Wants Energy Policy Changes, Maine Public Broadcasting

NH congressional delegation asks for extension of public comment period for Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

Why LePage took his energy agenda to Congress, Bangor Daily News

Eversource proposes cutting Western Mass. electricity rates for summer, MassLive.com

National Grid reduces electric rates, wwlp.com

Summer Brings A Break From High Electricity Rates, WAMC

Paul Markwardt: More energy needed to power NH, (opinion) The Union Leader

New market assessment sees low summer power prices for US Consumers: FERC Staff, Platts

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Energy News for week ending May 8, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Natural gas’s summer price to fall sharply, Boston Globe

New Ipswich Sounding the call, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Pipeline owner Kinder Morgan surprises Longmeadow homeowners with bright yellow poles in their yards, MassLive.com

Energy company promotes natural gas pipeline plan, Press Herald

Markey seeks fix for old and leaking natural gas pipelines, Wicked Local Dedham

Energy Efficiency

Maine House OKs Bill to Restore Energy Efficiency Funds, Maine Public Broadcasting

Shaheen: 2015 Energy Efficiency Improvement Act ‘a good first step’, The Union Leader

Green Bank Would Support Environmental Projects, ecoRI news

Renewable Energy

Standing tall: RI pioneers ocean energy, The Providence Journal

Ditching Net Metering Is in the ‘Best Interest’ of Solar, say MIT Economists, Greentech Media

Baker opposes lifting net metering cap, Commonwealth Magazine

Bill Would Reverse Maine’s Course on Wind Power Development, Maine Public Broadcasting

With renewable growth slow, Vermont and New England must retain existing, diverse power sources, (Opinion) The Keene Sentinel

Solar industry in limbo after task force’s divided report, Boston Globe

We must reject fossil fuels and fully embrace green energy, (Opinion) Seacoastonline.com


PILGRIM STATION: Nearly 1200 staff added during refueling operation, Wicked Local Plymouth

Nuclear energy faces market crunch, (Opinion) lohud.com

Keep Pilgrim discussion from becoming irrational (Opinion), Cape Cod Times


Electricity grid is ready for the heat, Worcester Telegram

Massachusetts utilities fight against increase in net metering caps, Fierce Energy

Mass once again playing catch-up on energy, (Opinion) Commonwealth Magazine

LePage nominates Tennessee economist for PUC seat, Press Herald

Dave Solomon’s Power Plays: Northern Pass in-service estimate pushed back to 2019 (Opinion), The Union Leader

After boost from Tesla deal, EnerNOC’s stock has been sinking, Boston Business Journal

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Energy News for week ending May 1, 2015


Going Inside Pilgrim Nuclear, necn

LePage plan to promote nuclear power meets resistance, Press Herald

US Nuclear Power Safety: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full, Energy Collective

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Peabody Mayor Concerned About the Proposed Construction of a Natural Gas Pipeline, Patch.com

Gas pipeline proposed through West Peabody, The Salem News

N.H. Lawmakers Weigh Options On Pipeline Eminent Domain, New Hampshire Public Radio

Franklin: Commission collects feedback on pipeline, Milford Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Conservation Services Group Gives Energy Star Awards: National Grid’s a Recipient, Patch.com

Worcester area colleges say an energy-saving initiative saved more than $1M in annual costs, MassLive.com

Texas firm buys Mass Save auditor, Boston Globe

Panel Endorses Bill to Restore Energy Efficiency Funds, Maine Public Broadcasting

Why RI needs a green infrastructure bank, RI Future

Renewable Energy

RI officials mark start of first offshore wind farm in US, The Providence Journal

Vermont maple sugarer is sweet on solar, vtdigger.org

Solar Energy Giant To Move Into N.H. Market, New Hampshire Public Radio

Pike solar panels to save big money, state says, MetroWest Daily News

Ashland Planning Board backs solar article, MetroWest Daily News

Wind power players gather in Falmouth, SouthCoastToday.com

Lawsuit Challenges A Bedrock Of Connecticut’s Energy Policy, Hartford Courant


New England power grid expected to be able to handle increased summer air conditioning demand, MassLive.com

British Columbia Provides Model for Massachusetts Carbon Pricing, The National Law Review

Vermont balks at using ratepayer money for transmission build-out, vtdigger.org

Tiny section of proposed route sparking latest verbal sparring about Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Northern Pass opposition video lacks credibility, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Appalachian Mountain Club, Forest Society take concerns over Northern Pass to council subcommittee, Concord Monitor

Northern Pass – pass on it, Foster’s Daily Democrat

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Energy News for week ending April 24, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Columbia Gas seeks 7.5 percent rate hike, The Sun Chronicle

Pipeline Expansion Through Little Compton Pulled, ecoRI news

Baker signals support for expanded pipeline in New England, Boston Globe

Natural gas pipeline meeting held at Greenfield Community College , WWLP.com

Energy Efficiency

Friction surfaces over fixing costly Efficiency Maine error, Press Herald

PSB chair opposes freeze on energy efficiency charge, vtdigger.org

UML to spend $27 million on ‘green’ campaign, Lowell Sun

Shumlin touts new round of energy loans, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Cap-and-trade yields $99M for Connecticut, Hartford Business

Renewable Energy

McKinley Knoop: New windfarm will be boon for RI, The Providence Journal

Wood Pellets for Windham County, The Commons News

Maine Gets $100K Grant to Help Invest in Green Energy, necn

Vermont solar advocates push lawmakers to expand net metering, Utility Drive

National Grid takes Earth Day digital with #GridGoesGreen, Niagara Frontier Publications

Can the World Run on Renewable Energy?, Knowledge@Wharton

Grants Provide Energy Boost to Solarize Program, ecoRI News

Balancing Costs and Competition, New York Times

Boxborough solar forum illuminates initiative, Wicked Local Acton

Five hopeful signs global energy is getting cleaner, Christian Science Monitor


Biennial refueling outage begins at Pilgrim, Cape Cod Today

Obama should embrace nuclear energy, (opinion) CNN

Rare raptors nesting at Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Reformer


Northern Pass delay prompts investment adviser to downgrade its Eversource stock recommendation, The Union Leader

ISO-NE delays demand response integration due to FERC Order 745 uncertainty, Utility Dive

Anti-Northern Pass video targets Concord, Concord Monitor

Tim Horan: RI must focus on climate change, The Providence Journal

NH PUC launches investigation into soaring New England Energy Prices, Concord Monitor

NE Governors Agree On Need To Drive Down Energy Cost, NH Public Radio

Bidder Buys Defunct Claremont Incinerator for $1.63 Million, Valley News

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Energy News for week ending April 3, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Berkshire Gas announces moratorium in Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland, MassLive.com

Kinder Morgan signs pact with construction unions for gas pipeline work, MassLive.com

Alison H. Bowen: Is a new gas pipeline really the answer to high electricity costs? (Opinion), Daily Hampshire Gazette

Northeast Resists More Pipelines, Despite Higher Energy Costs, Huffington Post

Salem to hold public meeting with pipeline officials, The Union Leader

Porter: Fears of fracking may block needed Mass. pipeline, Boston Herald

Dave Solomon’s Power Plays: Mass. Gas moratorium adds to pipeline debate, Union Leader

Energy Efficiency

Maine Republican proposes fix to $38 million energy-efficiency error, Portland Press Herald

Massachusetts expands energy efficient grant program for farmers, MassLive.com

46% of Energy Efficiency Project Decision Makers Think Efficiency Projections are ‘Too Good to be True’, Energy Manager Today

Students learn lesson in energy efficiency, WTNH (CT)

Renewable Energy

Mass solar projects could soon reach a limit, Boston Globe

Peterborough solar array to be completed next month, The Union Leader

Wind power’s future depends on thinking smaller, Boston Globe

National Grid’s Net Metering Solar Cap Hit, CapeCod.com News

Ocean-based wind turbines, tested in Europe, may come to a coast near you, (Block Island, RI), Environment & Energy

Regional Report: Plainfield Biomass Continues To Rile Neighbors, Vermont Public Radio

New England power plants fight renewables plan, Argus Media


US Support for Nuclear Energy at 51%, Gallup.com

A path towards innovating nuclear energy, World Nuclear News

Climate Change

Environment Maine releases new report on climate change, WCSH-TV

Poll: Mass. Backs Policies To Combat Global Warming, But it remains a 2nd-tier issue, WBUR

Christine Muller: Expect more RI flooding as globe warms, (opinion), Providence Journal


Group plans utility cable under Lake Champlain, Addison County Independent

Meeting with New England Delegation Fails to Sway LaFleur on Capacity Results, RTO Insider

Unknowns of Northern Pass project a main concern for Concord, Concord Monitor

Proposed Woburn-to-Wakefield electric line could yield $1.5M in annual taxes, Wicked Local Wakefield (MA)

Editorial: Push for power, The Providence Journal

Bond begins work at New Salem Harbor Station, Power Engineering

NH Electric Co-op, Liberty customers to see rate decrease, Power Engineering

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Energy News for week ending March 27, 2015


Quick wit, hometown values buoy outgoing FERC chief, eenews.net

VT weighs turbo-charge from Hydro-Québec, BurlingtonFreePress.com

New Hampshire utility wants to slash electric rates 55% for summer, Utility Dive

Obscure regulation causes retroactive rate hike when some electricity suppliers switch customers, MassLive.com

Fed report: Boston electricity prices 63 percent higher than national average, Boston Herald

Local Leaders Urge DPU To Repeal Regulation, abc40

Heating assistance for Worcester, Worcester Telegram

Hydro-Quebec looking south to new markets, vtdigger.org

National Grid rates drop for summer, Boston Herald

Kennedy to hold summit to address electricity cost concerns, Boston Globe


NRC: Supporters outnumber critics at annual Pilgrim performance review, WickedLocal Plymouth

Two views of Pilgrim Station aired at forum, The Manomet Current

Survey: Public values energy diversity and that includes nuclear, Fierce Energy

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Gas constraints may lead to moratorium on new hook-ups in Holyoke; 3 to 5 years estimated, MassLive.com

FERC Chair LaFleur sees trouble ahead for gas pipeline permitting, SNL.com

VT Gas: ‘Not the company we want to be,’ Burlington Free Press

Greenfield maintaining utilities on seized properties because of Berkshire Gas ban, MassLive.com

Pipeline opponents say LNG is underutilized, Boston Globe

Don’t fall in love with natural gas (opinion), Boston Globe

Energy Efficiency

How Energy Disaggregation Can Inspire Efficiency, Greentech Media

CT to decide $224M energy efficiency spending plan, Hartford Business

Glastonbury School Energy Saving Measures Paying Off, Hartford Courant

Efficiency VT offers rebate on sugaring tech, Rutland Herald

Renewable Energy

Falmouth claims turbine installation was within its rights, Cape Cod Times

Solar bill before NH House panel has both sides shifting stances, The Union Leader

The lessons of Cape Wind, (opinion) Dorchester Reporter

Vestas Nabs Maine Order, North American Windpower

Froma Harrop: No fighting the rising sun on solar panels, (opinion) The Providence Journal

New Hampshire bill would remove barriers for utility-owned rooftop solar, Utility Drive


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Energy News for week ending February 20, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Fuel Dealers Question Gas Pipeline Project, WAMC

National Grid joins gas pipeline expansion effort, WickedLocal Roslindale

Firms: Ratepayers Can Fund Pipeline, Valley News (NH)

There’s another solution to adding gas to the region, (opinion) Keene Sentinel

State Regulators Seek Balance In Meeting Customer and Natural Gas Utility Needs, Breaking Energy

Against fracked gas pipeline expansion plans, (opinion) Stratford Star (CT)

Andover residents demand more details on pipeline, Eagle-Tribune (MA)

Renewable Energy

Special Report: New renewable standard would revolutionize energy use in Vermont, VTDigger.org

Vermont Legislature moving to increase electric rates (opinion), Watchdog.org

Legal battle builds over solar payments, Wicked Local Brewster

Renewable energy faces close scrutiny at State House, Press Herald

DOI Offshore Wind Energy Lease Sale Nearly Doubles Leased Acreage, Breaking Energy

Energy Efficiency

York committee wants town to switch to LED lights, SeaCoastOnline.com

New National Furnace Standards Will Save Consumers Money, but Stronger Standards Could Save Even More, Energy Efficiency Markets


Pilgrim nuclear plant back online after weekend storm, Cape Cod Times

Much needed nuclear market reforms taking shape, Fierce Energy


Is there enough heating fuel? Fuel supply, costs and safety issues answered, MassLive.com

Eversource execs reaffirm support for Northern Pass after meeting, The Union Leader

Merrimack Valley Reliability Project: National Grid steps up communication with town, Woburn Daily Times

National Grid will keep lights on for Point Gloria residents, Fall River Herald News

Utility proposes transmission line project, The Valley Dispatch

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Energy News for week ending February 13, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Power Surges in New England Market on Higher Natural Gas Prices, Bloomberg

Kinder Morgan Addresses Natural Gas Pipeline Concerns, iBerkshires.com

Kinder Morgan pipeline is not the answer, (Opinion) Monadnock Ledger Transcript

VT Gas pulls the plug on pipeline expansion to NY, Burlington Free Press

Vermont Gas Shelves Plans for Portion of NatGas Expansion Project, Natural Gas Intelligence

Kinder Morgan Holds Open House On Proposed Northeast Pipeline, WAMC, Northeast Public Radio

Renewable Energy

US agency urges Vt. utility to better explain carbon-credit policy, Boston Globe

Malloy to sponsor new solar incentive program, New Haven Register

SouthCoast lawmakers hope to boost offshore wind, SouthCoastToday.com

URI, tribe work to locate offshore lands, Boston Globe

Group Launches Last-Ditch Petition To Save Cape Wind, North American Windpower

Vermont has a chance to reset renewable energy, (Opinion) Waterbury Record

University of Maine at Farmington to build biomass heating plant, BioMass Magazine

ViewPoint: Bill debate could signal future of wind energy in Massachusetts, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

NH to remain part of RGGI carbon tax initiative, The Union Leader

Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts Ranks 5th for Sustainable Building Design, Patch.com

ABM to Reduce West Boylston, MA Energy and Operating Costs by More Than $4.1 Million, (press release), Marketwatch.com

CCAT Announces State’s Energy Assessment Program to Benefit Farmington Businesses, Hartford Courant


Pilgrim plant returns to service as News England prepares for more snow, Power Engineering

Pilgrim Station: Tweet heats up debate over plant safety, Wicked Local Plymouth


Power grid operator rejects proposed undersea electric cables, Boston Globe

Cold weather keeps New England power prices elevated, Platts

Exelon, LS Power Join CPV in Adding New England Capacity, RTO Insider

News Series: The Northern Pass Debate & New England’s Energy Future, New Hampshire Public Radio

Power Plays: Gloves are off as utility giants push transmission projects, The Union Leader (NH)

Senators visit National Grid site, Milford Daily News

Holyoke meeting on what to do next with former coal-burning plant: 5 take-aways, masslive.com

NextEra accuses Eversource of underbidding for transmission project, UtilityDrive.com

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Energy News for week ending February 6, 2015


Sticker shock sets in for electricity customers, Cape Cod Times

Have you noticed the lower electricity prices?, New Hampshire Business Review

Forum: Wholesale electricity prices are down, but for how long?, (Opinion) Middletown Press

Markey, Kennedy push for review of energy costs, The Daily Free Press

Natural Gas/Pipeline

400 attend pipeline open house, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)

Deliveries of liquefied natural gas take edge off region’s supply gap, Portland Press Herald

Deerfield files negligence claim against U.S. government, wwlp.com

Regulators, Vt. Gas gird for newest court battle, Addison County Independent

NY, MA and NH Anti-Pipeline Groups Join Forces, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

New England’s dependence on natural gas for power generation expected to increase, The Providence Journal

Renewable Energy

Environmental advocates push solar, energy efficiency bills, The State (ME)

Wind developer eyes New Bedford, Vineyard, SouthCoastToday

Businesses Call for More Renewable Energy, ecoRI News

Vermont Companies Head New Solar Initiative, My Champlain Valley, Fox44 & ABC22

Legislators eye changes to incentives for green energy projects, worrying businesses and advocates, Concord Monitor

Green Bank touts clean energy program overhaul, Stamford Advocate

Energy Efficiency

MaxLite and National Grid discover LED reliability advantages in ‘equiculture’, LEDs Magazine

Investing in energy efficiency pays off, (Opinion) New York Times Opinionator Blog


Vermont Yankee nuclear plant closure may shift New England fuel mix, PennEnergy

Senator: U.S. must avoid losing all nuclear power generation, Power Engineering


ISO NE utilities have burned 2 mil barrels of 4.5 mil oil inventory: Morningstar, Platts.com

National Grid Plans $93m Investment to Update Overtaxed, Outdated Aquidneck Island Power System, Newport Patch.com

New plants on way, power needs still unmet, Union Leader (NH)

With NStar now Eversource Energy, here’s what you need to know, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending January 30, 2015

Energy Efficiency

Who Will Win Super Bowl XLIX: A Showdown In Energy Efficiency Between New England And Seattle, Huffington Post

Energy incentives help chill grocers’ costs, Worcester Telegram

Maine Voices: Our schools need to learn the ABCs of energy efficiency, (opinion) Portland Press Herald

Energy Efficiency Venture Capital: Who Got What?, Energy Efficiency Markets


Lowell-area customers jolted by electric bills, Lowell Sun

Utility rates can drop using alternative suppliers, WickedLocal Beverly

Why do regulators let airlines and utilities force us to pay more while their fuel costs plunge?, (opinion) Worcester Telegram

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Electric shock ads (sic) fuel to natural-gas debate, (opinion) Lowell Sun

Liberty Utilities acquires NH Gas Corp., The Union Leader

Region needs energy upgrades, including more natural gas pipeline capacity says grid operator, ISO New England, MassLive.com

Renewable Energy

Opponents speak out against bills that would change renewable energy laws, Union Leader

New Haven deals with ‘invasion’ of solar, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Feds Opening Waters to Largest US Offshore Wind Farm, Post Gazette

Cape Wind suspended from New England market, Windpower Offshore

Solarize Rhode Island Set to Launch in Tiverton and Little Compton Monday, GoLocalProv


To the editor: During VT Yankee closing, Entergy proved to be a fine company, (opinion) The Chester Telegraph

My Turn: Nuclear power has place in state’s energy future, (opinion) Concord Monitor

Former US Sen. Gregg says nuclear plants still important, The Union Leader

Federal licensing board denies request by Vermont to keep emergency system in place at Vermont Yankee, MassLive


FERC: ISO-NE must find market-based reliability solution for winter months, Utility Dive

House bill aims to address state’s power shortfall, Boston Globe

National Grid presents $520M project in Pelham, Eagle-Tribune

NH wants cost cap on transmission project, The Union Leader

As cold sets in, region’s winter energy “crisis” fizzles, (opinion) Seacoastonline.com

ViewPoint: Energy debates must consider ratepayers, (opinion) Boston Business Journal (subscription only article)

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