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Energy News for week ending April 12, 2019

Transparent Wood | Housing Upgrade | No. 1 Threat to the Grid

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

 

This week we start with something that’s seems fantastical but is possible – see-through wood. From the New Scientist, “Transparent wood could one day replace glass in windows. A process for turning it see-through also gives it heat-retaining powers, which could help regulate the temperature of buildings. Céline Montanari at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and colleagues built on previous work which created transparent wood by removing a structural component called lignin from wood, allowing light to filter through. For the next stage, the team soaked de-lignified birch wood in PEG (polyethylene glycol), a polymer that is also found in theatre smoke machines and toothpaste. When encapsulated in the wood panels, this makes it harder for heat to cross – whether you’re insulating a building against the cold outside, or trying to keep out summer heat…’When we build we try to use a lot of glass, but it has a drawback of being a bad insulator, so there are large amounts of heat loss,’ says Montanari. ‘Wood is really amazing, 10 times better at insulating, but it does not transmit light.’ The composite wood isn’t quite as good an insulator as natural wood, but is around four times better than high-end double glazing. The material can also bear heavy loads and is biodegradable, making it easier to dispose of than concrete or glass.”

Next we have a story that I don’t think anyone can complain about. From WCAI, Energy Company Gives Osprey Pair A Housing Upgrade. “Harwich residents brought doughnuts out for Eversouce Energy workers on Tuesday morning as the crew put up a nest platform for a pair of ospreys on Route 28. The birds arrived in the area at the end of March for nesting season but when they went to settle into their old haunt on top of a telephone pole, the nest was gone. Eversource had dismantled the osprey’s nest and covered the site with a rounded plastic guard because the nest posed a safety hazard, says Eversource spokesman Reid Lamberty. ‘It is a matter of a risk to our electric system, to people and to ospreys themselves, in fact, as these nests do have the potential to cause a fire.’ Every time Eversouce takes down an osprey nest from one of their utility poles, they look for a nearby location to build an alternative nesting platform, Lamberty says. But they can’t always find a good spot…This time though, the birds got lucky. After bird watcher Sally Steinmann of South Harwich complained to Eversource, the company agreed to build a nest platform off a nearby utility pole. ‘The public outcry is what made this happen,’ Steinmann says. ‘But it’s the birds who made us want to help them.’”

Speaking of grid hazards, most people think cyber attacks are the greatest threat to the electric grid. It turns out that’s not the case. From Inside Sources, “Last week, President Donald Trump released an executive order intended to protect the U.S. from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks against the electric grid. But there is another threat to the grid, one that is far more low-tech and far more common, than a smuggled EMP device: Squirrels. ‘I’m all for increasing grid resilience, but here’s a threat priority list: 1. Squirrels 2. Tree branches 3. Heat waves/hurricanes/other climate-amplified threats,’ joked Costa Samaras, an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the RAND Corporation in a tweet. He may have been joking, but his math is dead on.  For a small mammal, squirrels cause a surprising amount of damage to the grid. In 2016 alone, utilities reported 3,456 outages caused by squirrels, cutting off power to more than 193,873 customers. These incidents are more common in the spring and fall but can happen throughout the year. To try to stop the furry menaces and to keep equipment safe, utility companies employ a variety of deterrents like wheels, cages, and guards. Despite these efforts, squirrels are a constant operating hazard.” And here I thought keeping them out of the bird feeder was hard enough.

That’s the news for this week. Enjoy the stories below. Have a great weekend. And if you’re running Boston on Monday, take care and have fun!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Sen. Markey unveils federal pipeline safety legislation named after Leonel Rondon, killed in Valley gas disaster, Eagle Tribune

Pennsylvania governor under scrutiny for role in approving pipeline, The Guardian

Trump Plans to Sign Executive Orders to Expedite Pipelines, Wall St. Journal

Study: Natural gas pipelines leaking in Danbury, other cities, Connecticut Post

Power Plant Hearings End, Decision This Summer, ECO RI

Compressor Station Opponents Urged to Oppose Gas, ECO RI

Trump’s order would make it harder for states to block pipelines, Kennebec Journal

Utility Blamed for Gas Explosions Resumes Efforts to Replace Damaged Heating Equipment, NECN

Ocean uproar: saving marine life from a barrage of noise, Nature

Dominion gas explosion kills one, injures 17 in North Carolina, Utility Dive

‘Bomb Trains.’ Trump’s Plan to Ship Natural Gas by Rail Raises Alarm, Fortune

MIT says we’re overlooking a near-term solution to diesel trucking emissions, Ars Technica

Inside the Gas Industry’s Plan to Sink Nuclear Power, Daily Beast

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

How Climate Change Is Fueling the U.S. Border Crisis, The New Yorker

Is Mass. Keeping Its Offshore Wind, Hydro Procurement Promises?, Climate X Change

Global CO2 levels ‘unprecedented’ in last 3M years, E&E News

Millennial legislators bond around push for renewables, Taunton Gazette

Investors Should Worry If Climate Goals Are Missed, Report Warns, Bloomberg

Maryland General Assembly approves 50 percent renewable energy target for 2030, The Baltimore Sun

Nahant earns Green Community designation, Daily Item

100% renewable energy ‘moonshot’ for millennials at Fitchburg State forum, Telegram

Among other millennials, Framingham state Rep. Maria Robinson pushes for renewables, MetroWest Daily News

Climate Change Throws Shade on Forest Wildflowers, Boston University

UNH research: 14 wild bee species native to New England on the decline, New Hampshire Union Leader

Biomass plants ask state Supreme Court to intervene over law, WMUR

 

Wind

State delays decision on Vineyard Wind cable, Cape Cod Times

Vineyard Wind commits to fisheries monitoring, Cape Cod Times

New Jerseyans like the idea of expanding wind power, poll finds, NJ 101.5

New Jersey governor unveils portal to enhance state’s offshore wind supply chain, Utility Dive

US grid developer seeks offshore insights, reNews

Scaling the US East Coast offshore wind industry to 20 gigawatts and beyond, McKinsey & Company

Offshore wind output beats solar for the first time in Germany, Recharge

Bernie Sanders Video Mocks Trump for Being the ‘Only Person in the World’ Who Believes Wind Turbines Cause Cancer, Newsweek

Windsor and Sanford Residents voice their displeasure with a planned wind turbine project, WICZ

 

Solar

L.A. could replace traditional power plants with home solar, experts say, NBC News

New community solar project in Hartland, VT converts brownfield to brightfield, VTDigger

As key solar perk hits sunset, CT grapples with net metering, Connecticut Post

SW looks at solar panels on school roofs, Journal Inquirer

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Windows made of transparent wood could help keep buildings warm, New Scientist

States can grow battery resources with ‘one simple step,’ report finds, Utility Dive

Eversource advances Cape Cod battery project, defers 13-mile distribution line, Utility Dive

Energy efficiency utilities offer $500 incentive for weatherization, VTDigger

MASS SAVE earns 2019 Energy Star® partner of the year – sustained excellence award, Utility Dive

Researchers charge ahead on battery storage, Phys.org

Vattenfall to test salt-based power storage technology, Reuters

 

EVs

Bipartisan group of lawmakers proposes extending tax credits for electric, fuel cell vehicles, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Three Mile Island nuclear reactor dismantling could take six decades, more than $1 billion, Philadelphia Enquirer

NRC sets Sept. hearing date for C-10’s filing, Newburyport Daily News

Indian Point Unit 3 returns to service after final refueling, Mid-Hudson News

Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviewing Millstone decommissioning funds, The Day

Ohio Lawmakers Consider Bailout Plan for the State’s Two Nuclear Power Plants, WKSU

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource fights to keep Northern Pass alive, Boston Globe

This Threat To America’s Energy Grid Is Driving Security Experts Nuts, Inside Sources

How the Energy Department Tackles Cyberthreats, Fedtech Magazine

Berkshire delegation says Baker’s cuts to LIHEAP ‘a shock,‘ Berkshire Eagle

ISO-NE considers new seasonal forward market to improve energy security, Utility Dive

CMP wins key certificate from regulators for transmission line, Portland Press Herald

Watertown hydro plant’s three turbines creating power, Watertown Daily Times

Energy Company Gives Osprey Pair A Housing Upgrade, Cape and Islands NPR

Opponents of CMP transmission line project push bills to slow it down, Portland Press Herald

$30M in state funding available for electric grid projects, Syracuse.com

 

Editorial/Opinion

Nuclear Power Can Save the World, New York Times

Gas hookup moratoriums are not good for any of us, CommonWealth Magazine

Retiring our nuclear plants would be a costly mistake, former federal energy official says, NJ.com

Power companies must prove need for extending natural gas pipelines in New England (Letters), MassLive

Steven Kahl: The Electric Economy is the future, Kennebec Journal

As I See It: Solar on all new homes would help protect Massachusetts’ air and water, Telegram

Retiring our nuclear plants would be a costly mistake, former federal energy official says, NJ.com

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Energy News for week ending March 9, 2019

NRC Upgrades Pilgrim | Electrification to cost $600B | Where’s the refund

Happy weekend. Today we’re bringing you a rare Saturday edition of the Northeast Weekly Energy News.

The New England nuclear fleet all made headlines this week. In the good news category, The Cape Cod Times reported that the NRC moved Pilgrim back to normal oversight. We know the plant employees have been working diligently for 18 months or more to prove to the NRC that they have what it takes to run the plant safely and securely. After a long series of inspections, the NRC moved the plant back into Category 1, which is “normal” in the reactor oversight program. Kudos to the Pilgrim team who will finish strong when the plant closes on June 1.

In other nuclear news, Seabrook Station received its license renewal (Boston Globe) and Millstone is coming up on a deadline to get utility contracts or face shutdown (Hartford Courant).

In other news, Utility Dive reports, “The electrification of transportation, space heating and other sectors will lead to a large jump in electricity generation, ultimately requiring billions of dollars in transmission investments over the next several decades, according to analysis from Brattle Group. The transmission investment required to accommodate new renewable resources could reach $90 billion by 2030, according to the report released by WIRES Group, a trade association advocating for transmission investment. By 2050, the investment could grow to more than $600 billion. Electrification could increase U.S. annual energy demand by 5% to 15% by 2030, according to the analysis, and by up to 85% by 2050.”

The last tidbit for this week, Mass AG Maura Healey wants to know where the utility refunds are. From the Boston Globe, “The Department of Public Utilities had ordered all utility companies in June to reduce their rates going forward in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that cut the federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent starting January 2018. But it stopped short of requiring them to refund customers for any savings they realized for the first half of the year, when the companies’ utility rates were based on the former — higher — tax rate. By lowering the rates starting in July, DPU decided, ratepayers would still receive “prompt and significant” savings amounting to tens of millions of dollars. To order refunds would be “inappropriate,” DPU officials said. In a 26-page motion filed Thursday, Healey’s office criticized the department for not providing “substantial evidence” to back up its February decision. It estimated that the savings could amount to $40 million for ratepayers over those six months, and urged the DPU to reconsider, writing that it runs counter to decisions made in nearly a dozen other states.

That’s the recap for this week. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey moves to block seismic testing for offshore oil and gas, MassLive

Merrimack Valley shop owners frustrated with natural gas disaster response, Boston.com

Regulators visit proposed compressor site, Patriot Ledger

Amherst facing pipeline threat, Cabinet

Gas plant boosts Bridgeport’s grand list, Connecticut Post

Smith College to honor activist Frances Crowe at 100, MassLive

After Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions, Shake Up at State Regulatory Agency, NECN

Columbia Gas Executives Schedule Merrimack Valley Meetings, USA Patch

NiSource says it’s under investigation by SEC, Boston Herald

National Grid: Lack of pipeline could affect projects, Newsday

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

ISO-NE forecasts transition to distributed, renewable generation, Utility Dive

Connecticut Tops National Environmental Scorecard, WSHU News

Rep. Lori Ehrlich announces two bills to combat climate change, Daily Item

Europe’s renewable energy policy is built on burning American trees, Vox

National Grid To Acquire Clean Energy Developer Geronimo Energy, North American Windpower

24 towns to vote on climate change resolutions, VTDigger

 

Wind

Gov. Charlie Baker enthuses about power possibilities at Elm/SHNS Wind Forum, Wicked Local Braintree

Atlantic Wind appeals zoning denial, TNOnline.com

Offshore wind, nuclear subsidies draw lobbying dollars, Press of Atlantic City

Lawmakers may drop price cap as wind farm’s low prices cause a stir, Boston Globe

In $225 million partnership, Eversource takes deep dive into offshore wind projects in Atlantic, MSN

Offshore wind getting its sea legs in New Hampshire, New Hampshire Business Review

MassDEP Financed Torturous 110 Decibel Falmouth Wind Turbine, USA Patch

National Grid To Acquire Clean Energy Developer Geronimo Energy, North American Windpower

Governor Baker touts promise of wind power, new technology, Boston Globe

 

Solar

New Milford files another petition against Candlewood Solar project, Greenwich Time

Hopkinton hopes to convert former landfill to solar array, Westerley Sun

Energy standards lead to partnership, Rutland Herald

Rotating Solar Panels Can Increase Efficiency by 32 Percent, Study Shows, Inverse

Just Ask Washington: Yes, Coal-Killing Solar Panels Work In Rainy Weather, CleanTechnica

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Welch legislation on energy efficiency in schools passes, WCAX

New and Improved Energy Efficiency Programs, NRDC.org

Efficiency leads 2019 energy job growth prospects, Utility Dive

Deploying more renewables now through an energy storage-centric Clean Peak Standard, Utility Dive

US energy storage market nearly doubled in 2018, report says, Utility Dive

Vermont utility and non-profit advance bring your own device energy storage program, Renewable Energy World

DOE plans to complete 13 of 16 delayed efficiency standards in ‘coming months,’ Utility Dive

 

EVs

Blink Charging: A Diversified Approach To Investing In The EV Market, Seeking Alpha

Pennsylvania removes barrier to third-party EV charging station ownership, Utility Dive

A look into Big Oil’s fight against electric cars, E&E News

 

Nuclear

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station moved out of worst performance category, Cape Cod Times

Dominion faces March 15 deadline to secure utility contracts for Millstone nuke, Utility Dive

Nuclear regulators extend Seabrook plant’s license to 2050, Boston Globe

Rescuing nuclear power plants could come with conditions, AP News

Rebuilding access to former nuke site could cost Rowe $800,000, Greenfield Recorder

The Millstone nuclear plant faces a tight deadline to survive, Boston Globe

Threat of shutdown hovers over negotiations between Millstone and utilities over power prices, Hartford Courant

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

How did Maine officials reach deal to accept CMP transmission line? This document sheds light., Portland Press Herald

Public advocate backs power line; environment group opposed, Ledger-Enquirer

NEPOOL Debates Winter Energy Security Moves, RTO Insider

Lawsuit claims Bow power plant is violating Clean Water Act, New Hampshire Union Leader

Partners HealthCare Turns to Fuel Cells to Improve Electric Reliability at its Massachusetts Hospitals, Microgrid Knowledge

Developers set date for closed power plant towers’ implosion, Boston Herald

Why Europe Pays Less Than U.S. to Put Power Lines Underground, Bloomberg

Grid exec sees risks in gas, renewables reliance, NHBR

Brattle: Electrification could drive $600B in transmission spending by 2050, Utility Dive

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers, Boston Globe

 

Editorial/Opinion

Another View: Editorials endorsing CMP plan overlook its many risks, Portland Press Herald

Columnist Marty Nathan: The many plays in climate fight game, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Column: Fossil fuels are bad for you in many ways besides climate change, Gloucester Daily Times

Commentary: Support for Central Maine Power transmission line is misguided, Portland Press Herald

NH Voices: Lou Antonellis, Denis Beaudoin, Sr. and Steve Soule — Seabrook plant workers support license extension, New Hampshire Union Leader

Massachusetts to Maine Governor Janet Mills: Thank you, Boston Globe

Care About Climate Change? Keep an Eye On the State Budget., Climate X Change

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Energy News for week ending March 1, 2019

Map It Out | Feeling Pressure | Would you be a good neighbor

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

It’s getting late so we’ll just call your attention to a few bits of news.

First – this is a post from Visual Capitalist from late January, but we just caught wind of it today. It’s map of all the power plants in the US. You can scroll between 2007 and 2016 to see how things have changed. It’s kind of cool.

Second, there is news of more moratoriums on natural gas hookups in Massachusetts. From Jon Chesto at the Globe, “The municipal utilities that serve Holyoke and Middleborough just imposed separate moratoriums on new natural gas hookups, citing supply constraints. Is your community close behind? Probably not. The two biggest gas providers in Massachusetts, National Grid and Eversource, say their supplies are adequate for now.

To close, have you ever seen those green envelopes in your utility bills? They are for the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, which helps keep those less fortunate stay warm during the winter. The Gardner News is reporting that “The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is appealing to Massachusetts’ residents and businesses to make a donation to the Fund’s 2019 “Give the Gift of Warmth” campaign due to a heightened urgency of need brought on by bitter cold temperatures and the resulting increase in home energy consumption throughout the state…’The falling temperatures are generating an increase in the number of inquiries by individuals and families in need of energy assistance,’ said Mary Ellen Molloy, chairwoman of the 2018-2019 Good Neighbor Energy Fund campaign and regulatory relations specialist for Eversource Energy. ‘To meet their need, we appeal to the giving spirit of all our neighbors in the state and ask that you consider enclosing a donation of any amount in the green envelopes found in your utility bills or online at http://magoodneighbor.org/.’” FYI – you don’t need to live in MA to make a donation.

That’s it for this week. More snow is on the way so stay safe out there and have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Massachusetts gas explosions cost Columbia Gas more than $1 billion, Boston.com

Communities feeling pipeline pressure, Boston Globe

SEC Investigating Columbia Gas Parent For Pre-Disaster Filings, USA Patch

Columbia Gas parent won’t rule out rate hikes, Andover Townsman

The First Battle of the ‘Green New Deal’ Is the New York Pipeline Fight, Daily Beast

Coal power still gets NH through coldest days of the year, Union Leader

Anti-pipeline group questions HG&E moratorium decision, Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Massachusetts house speaker introduces plan to allocate $1B for green infrastructure, Utility Dive

America’s strongest climate governor might be a Republican, E&E News

Amesbury awaits state approval of green initiative, Newburyport Daily News

Neal backs ‘bold action’ on climate change, falls short of endorsing ‘Green New Deal,’ MassLive

US keeps air pollution standard established under Obama, AP

When environmentalists busted up dams, coal moved in, Grist.com

Paul Mercer Appointed To Head New England EPA Office, WGBH

New York moves to phase out older peaking plants as it targets 100% clean energy, Utility Dive

Baker proposes controversial change in how Mass. spends money on global warming, Boston Globe

6 Clean Energy Milestones to Watch For, Union of Concerned Scientists

Community forum to provide update on Brayton Point, Herald News

Climate change is depleting our essential fisheries, National Geographic

Vermont Farmers Learn to Adapt to a Changing Climate, Seven Days

Will Massachusetts and Other Northeastern States Move to Aggressively Price Carbon Emissions?, National Law Review

Mills sets renewable energy goals in climate change speech, Portland Press Herald

Very high carbon dioxide could suppress cooling clouds, climate change model warns, New York Times

 

Wind

Cranston won’t sue Johnston over wind farm, Turn to 10

Rhode Island fishermen accept Vineyard Wind mitigation, South Coast Today

$2B offshore wind farm gets R.I. approval, Providence Journal

Nantucket fishermen raise concerns about wind farm, Cape cod Times

Offshore wind flexes 69GW potential to 2027, reNews

 

Solar

27 MW of distributed solar to be installed in New York and Rhode Island, Renewable Energy World

Burlington solar company nets $1 million investment, VTDigger

Solar energy incentives bill moves forward, Portland Press Herald

Tremont solar project latest in CEI, Nature Conservancy funding collaboration, Mainebiz

Solar farms growing along the countryside, WTNH

Solar facility expanding into Franklin, The Bulletin

Homeowners rush to install solar, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

17-acre solar farm in Northampton seeks Planning Board approval, MassLive

Clean energy groups support solar policy reforms in New York State, Daily Energy Insider

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Eversource wants to remotely lower users air conditioners, Valley News

PPL Expanding Energy Efficiency Programs with EFI’s Award Winning Utility Marketplace and Instant Rebate, Business Journals

Massachusetts speaker proposes $1B for energy efficiency grants, Journal-Record

The Energy Burden: How Bad is it and How to Make it Less Bad., Union of Concerned Scientists

How the US Became the Most Varied and Groundbreaking Energy Storage Market, Greentech Media

Investors in the energy-storage company Tesla is trying to buy for $218 million are suing to block the sale, Business Insider

New York utilities, NYISO to collaborate on allowing storage in state’s wholesale and retail markets, Utility Dive

FERC allows storage to access New England real-time energy markets, Utility Dive

Designing Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire residential storage program, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

CT taxpayers on hook for another round of nuke payouts, New Haven Register

Entergy Works On Selling Indian Point After It Shuts Down, WAMC

The Energy 202: Should nuclear plants get a bailout in the name of climate change? Pennsylvania debates, Washington Post

Read a draft of Pennsylvania’s nuclear bailout bill, State Impact PA

U.S. still has no place for spent nuclear fuel, so Maine Yankee’s owner gets millions, Portland Press Herald

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Regulators fine energy business $1.5 million as state lawmakers debate industry regulations, Hartford Courant

NEPPA CALLS FOR SPECIAL COMMISSION TO ADDRESS FUTURE ELECTRICITY NEEDS, Utility Dive

Who paid for ad critical of Mills’ support for CMP power line? No one’s saying., Portland Press Herald

Central Maine Power, opponent address proposed transmission line, Portland Press Heralds

Maine PUC wants to cut CMP’s allowable profit, WGME

Brayton Point towers to be imploded April 27, Herald News

The state’s ban on food waste lacks teeth, critics say, Boston Globe

Mapped: Every Power Plant in the United States, Visual Capitalist

National Grid expands customer engagement platform to 2 million customers, Electric Light and Power

 

Editorial/Opinion

Three takes on natural gas, CommonWealth Magazine

EDITORIAL: There’s plentiful gas on our doorstep. Let’s use it, Lowell Sun

Letter: Weather vs Green New Deal, New Hampshire Union Leader

Editorial: Hopes for hydro from Canada, Providence Journal

Put RGGI funds into energy efficiency, by Chris Balch, Keene Sentinel

EDITORIAL: Bay State takes rising seas seriously, Daily News of Newburyport

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Energy News for week ending January 25, 2019

Global Warming Movie | Blowin’ In the Wind | Centaur-Like Robot

Happy Friday afternoon. I’m sure glad to hear that the partial government shutdown is presumably over, well at least for a few weeks. It’s good to know the government workers will be made whole too.

It’s late and it’s been a busy week so we’ll highlight a few videos.

This story from “Berkeley Earth” Global Temperature Report for 2018 includes an animation showing the evolution of temperatures since 1850 across the globe.

Taste of Country brings us Budweiser’s New Super Bowl Commercial that Celebrates Wind Power.

And from Futurism.com we have “Responding to a nuclear disaster is no job for humans. Even while wearing protective suits, our bodies can’t handle the radiation. It could be a job for robots, though. Researchers in the U.K. are developing a centaur-like robot designed to work in settings too dangerous for humans to navigate — and it could one day play a major role in disaster response efforts including nuclear catastrophes.” Uh…let’s hope this robot never has to get off the shelf. But check out the video that shows the cool things this creature can do.

Have a great weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Offshore drilling ban sought for state waters, Salem News

Weymouth compressor station foe restarts sit-ins at governor’s office, Patriot Ledger

Region’s power generators using more oil, coal, CommonWealth Magazine

Oceans Are Getting Louder, Posing Potential Threats to Marine Life, New York Times

White House eyes energy push as Russia strategy, Politico

Connecticut trade group calls for an immediate halt to natural gas expansion, The Advocate

Killingly power plant returns to CT Siting Council, Hartford Business Journal

U.S. natgas pipeline flows reversed after Enbridge TETCO Ohio pipe blast, Reuters

Weymouth waits for DEP ruling on appeal of Spectra’s wetlands permit, Weymouth.wickedlocal.com

 

RI

Gas outages hit 10K in Rhode Island after issue on Algonquin pipeline, Utility Dive

Pipeline operator Enbridge admits ‘equipment malfunction’ was factor in Newport gas outage, MSN

Spike in demand triggered natural-gas crisis? Not likely, experts say, Providence Journal

Gas outage cause tracked back to Mass., Herald News

Rhode Island natural gas outage linked to Weymouth, Patriot Ledger

National Grid must get remaining homes offline before restoring gas service, WPRI 12

 

Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas will pay for extra Lawrence firefighters, Eagle Tribune

Columbia Gas Says Pipeline Replacement Is Complete, CBS Boston/WBZ

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Is the Public Willing to Pay to Help Fix Climate Change?, AP

The Unprecedented Surge in Fear About Climate Change, Science

Greenland’s Melting Ice Nears a ‘Tipping Point,’ Scientists Say, New York Times

Global Temperature Report for 2018, Berkeley Earth

Baker wants tax hike as communities grapple with climate change, Lowell Sun

Northeast states target transportation emissions, Portland Press Herald

‘Ecstatic chaos’ for renewable energy bills in Maine, Seacoastonline.com

New biomass plant will increase Dartmouth’s sustainability, Biomass Magazine

Massachusetts carbon tax ‘would save 340 lives’, Physics World

 

Wind

Massachusetts wind-power project to move forward despite shutdown, Reuters

‘Green energy blues’ in a town that sought to do something about climate change, Boston Globe

New Hampshire Enters the Offshore Wind Race, Greentech Media

No word on extension for input on wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod Times

The Energy 202: ‘Year from hell’ means more Americans are taking climate change personally, new polling shows, Washington Post

Vineyard Wind offers concessions to fishermen, environmentalists, Cape Cod Times

Vineyard Wind, Conservation Groups Reach Historic Agreement to Protect Right Whales, NRDC.org

Budweiser’s New Super Bowl Commercial Celebrates Wind Power [Watch], Taste of Country

Wind farm expansion to power local homes, Telegram

Offshore Wind: Four Ways You Can Help, Union of Concerned Scientists

 

Solar

A new lease on life for Holyoke, Massachusetts’ former coal-fired power plant, Utility Dive

New Jersey advances first community solar pilot to power 45K homes, Utility Dive

Major Solar Array Could Soon Sprout At Concord Produce Farm, New Hampshire Public Radio

Town moves to block Candlewood Mountain solar project, New Haven Register

Cranston’s half-dozen solar projects spark heated debate, Providence Journal

Solar-panel plan for Blaine House sends a message, Sun Journal

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Mass Save Earns National Recognition for Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, North American Clean Energy

New Hampshire Approves Groundbreaking Home Battery Pilot to Fight System Peaks, Greentech Media

Comparing Grid Operators’ Energy Storage Market Proposals, Law360

Eversource gets award from energy efficiency group, New Britain Herald

 

Nuclear

NRC: Pilgrim has addressed deficiencies, Cape Cod Times

Seabrook Station nuclear plant license extension delayed, Seacoast Online

Lawmakers oppose NRC’s plan to extend Seabrook license by Jan. 30, Gloucester Times

Legislators seek clarification on Pilgrim decommissioning, Cape Cod Times

A notable milestone: The sale of Vermont Yankee isn’t the end of the story, but it’s significant, Keene Sentinel

State of Energy: Indian Point impact looms, Poughkeepsie Journal

Nuclear Power Regulators Scale Back Draft Safety Rule, Wall St. Journal

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England Tries A New Way To Help The Grid Survive Winter, WBUR

State fines National Grid for storm response, Boston Globe

What Utilities Can Do to Strengthen the Grid, Wall St. Journal

New US power capacity in 2019 will come from renewables, natural gas – EIA, Renewables Now

Energy leaders urge new governor to focus on transportation, Island Institute

State: National Grid mishandled South Shore windstorm, Patriot Ledger

Ruling: CT utility ratepayers will see tax-cut savings, Hartford Business Journal

Maine regulators consider extending window for CMP bill disputes, Portland Press Herald

Farmington selectmen hear opposition to New England Clean Energy Connect project, Kennebec Journal

 

Editorial/Opinion

Ben Downing: Tackling Climate Change, WAMC

Op-Ed: The power of energy aggregation means benefits for Connecticut municipalities, Connecticut Post

Maine Voices: Join the effort to support renewable energy development, Portland Press Herald

Letter to the editor: CMP doesn’t want you to pull back the curtain, Portland Press Herald

OPINION: Mothers want a net zero high school for Waltham, WickedLocal Waltham

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Energy News for week ending November 30, 2018

Trailers Removed | Bill to end moratorium? | RI goes big | Enough power

 

Happy Friday afternoon. This week we’re focused on good news.

From the Eagle Tribune, “The process of removing travel trailers placed on the South Common for local gas disaster victims started Thursday morning. Mayor Daniel Rivera said some of the trailers are now being sent to California, where 88 people have been killed and thousands have been left homeless, their homes destroyed by wildfires. The travel trailers were brought to the Merrimack Valley in mid-October after thousands of local residents were left without natural gas for heat and cooking a month earlier…Columbia Gas, the utility provider, is hoping to have gas restored to everyone affected by Dec. 16…Rivera described the removal of the trailers “as definitely a good sign.” “It means there are more people back at home with heat and hot water,” he said.

Over the past few weeks we’ve had a number of stories about how the moratorium on anything but emergency gas repairs has created havoc for some businesses and homeowners. The good news today comes from the Boston Business Journal that, “Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are set to review a bill sponsored by Gov. Charlie Baker that could spur the department of public utilities to lift its moratorium on non-emergency natural gas work throughout the commonwealth. Baker introduced the bill, titled “An Act to Ensure the Safety and Soundness of the Commonwealth’s Natural Gas Infrastructure,” on Nov. 20. Both the House and Senate have referred it to the committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy, which meets Tuesday.

From SolarIndustryMag.com we have this story, “The U.S.’ Smallest State Has Big Renewable Energy Ambitions. ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce.’ A line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or an appropriate description for the State of Rhode Island? Judging by its milestones in the renewable energy industry, the smallest state in the U.S. is living up to this mantra.”

Last for this week is story from MassLive that should warm all of our hearts, er homes, New England will have enough electricity to meet peak winter demands, ISO New England, which manages the power grid for the region, said Wednesday…Starting this winter, ISO New England will maintain a forecast of the region’s energy needs looking out 21 days. And it will use market incentives, so energy providers are paid more for sending gas to where ISO New England believes the gas will do the most good. ISO said it’s also working with utilities to reduce demand when the grid is under stress.”

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Berkshire Gas moratorium continues indefinitely, The Recorder

Invenergy: Loss of New England capacity contract won’t affect proposed gas plant, Utility Dive

Compressor opponent questions lack of outreach, Weymouth.wickedlocal.com

Fore River residents raise questions about compressor station study, Patriot Ledger

Hingham: Officials Approve Intervener Status for Gas Compressor Station (Audio Story), WATD-FM

Connecticut utility regulators tentatively approve settlement agreement in Yankee Gas rate case, New Haven Register

The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard?, New York Times

New England gas plants sold to private equity firm, Boston Globe

Two U.S. pipelines rack up violations, threaten industry growth, Reuters

City of Northampton opposes natural gas pipeline project in Agawam, MassLive

Residents at forum decry Longmeadow Country Club deal with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., MassLive

 

Lockout

Baker bill could help lift gas moratorium as National Grid lockout drags on, Boston Business Journal

Developers push for relief from the natural gas moratorium, Boston Globe

Grid, locked-out workers appear far apart, CommonWealth Magazine

National Grid rebuffs union’s counter-proposal as sides prepare to meet, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

 

Merrimack Valley

Trailers removed as need for shelter declines, Eagle Tribune

Lawmakers Follow Up on Lack of Inspectors in Merrimack Valley Prior to Explosions, NECN

Gas Company Offers Holiday Feast To Those Affected By Pipeline Disaster, NPR

Columbia Gas says Merrimack Valley residents should be back in homes by Christmas, MassLive

Ed Markey vows to change federal gas regulations in wake of Merrimack Valley explosions, MassLive

Family of man killed in gas explosion testifies at hearing; lawmakers aggressive in questioning company leaders, Eagle Tribune

Rivera: Columbia Gas should be disbanded, CommonWealth Magazine

Hearing Date Set For Lawsuits Against Columbia Gas, Patch.com

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Report warns of coastal impact for New England, Salem News

Emissions battle ensnares link to Canadian hydropower, E&E News

A Carbon Tax Wave? 7 States Considering Carbon Pricing to Fight Climate Change, Inside Climate News

Bipartisan group of lawmakers propose landmark carbon tax, The Hill

The U.S.’ Smallest State Has Big Renewable Energy Ambitions, Solar Industry

Let’s Re-Design Wholesale Market Rules To Reap The Benefits of Solar and Wind: Report, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind given more time to meet fishermen’s concerns, Cape Cod Times

Upwind wind farms can reduce the energy production of downwind neighbor turbines, NSF.gov

Ørsted Raises Offshore Wind Target To 15 Gigawatts By 2025, CleanTechnica

Rhode Island Wind-Power RFP Attracts Six Times the Requested Demand, Engineering News Record

 

 

Solar

Massachusetts accepts first applications for new solar SMART incentives, MassLive

BlueWave withdraws solar array proposal in Webster, Telegram.com

Solar Project Completed On Former East Providence Landfill, Solar Industry

Tiverton taps brakes on solar development, Newport Daily News

Easthampton gives final OK to large solar farm off Park Street, MassLive

Farmington planning board approves solar project, Kennebec Journal

Local solar nonprofit seeks to innovate energy assistance, Brainerd Dispatch

New Jersey hits milestone for installation of solar energy projects, Daily Energy Insider

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Weymouth middle school project aims for efficiency, resiliency, Patriot Ledger

Energy efficiency rate to decrease for most home electric bills, VTDigger

US Energy Industry Urges Congress To Fix ITC Eligibility For Energy Storage, CleanTechnica

Energy efficiency can save the world — if we can figure out how to pay for it, Utility Dive

New Hampshire settlement moves ‘cutting-edge’ utility BTM storage pilot forward, Utility Dive

 

EVs

Are regulators hindering EV acceleration?, Utility Dive

GM cuts jobs, ends models amid shift to electric and autonomous cars, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Connecticut Likely to OK Millstone for Zero-carbon RFP, RTO Insider

Fight brewing over prospect of nuclear power plant shutdowns, AP News

Plymouth seeks extended benefits as Pilgrim closes, Cape Cod Times

Ammonia Spill At Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant Declared ‘Unusual Event’, CBS Boston / WBZ-TV

A Growing Number Of States Are Rushing To Save Their Nuclear Plants, The Daily Caller

Nuclear panel questions cask life span, Cape Cod Times

Holtec eyes acquisition of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, Daily Energy Insider

A Bill Gates-backed energy company is developing what could be a game-changing nuclear reactor, Business Insider

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Region’s electricity market in trouble, CommonWealth Magazine

Smart meter deployments slow as questions emerge over cost effectiveness, saturation, Utility Dive

ISO-NE anticipates adequate winter resources, but sees 4 possible challenges, Utility Dive

New England power grid expected to meet winter demand, MassLive

Grid able to generate ample electricity this winter, but don’t expect bills to go down, Concord Monitor

Committee begins Seacoast Reliability Project debate, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold, Portland Press Herald

Shuttered Brayton Point assessed value drops more than 75 percent, Herald News

Newton Signs Historic Green Energy Contract: Mayor, USA Patch

Salisbury to roll out community choice electricity program, Newburyport Daily News

Connecticut-based Eversource Energy launches improved outage map, New Haven Register

 

Editorial/Opinion

Letter to the editor: CMP power corridor project does too much damage, should be rejected, Portland Press Herald

Our region needs the Seacoast Reliability Project, Seacoastonline.com

Maine Compass: Carbon tax best way to slow down climate change, Kennebec Journal

Boston, too, needs to do more on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

We need a Green New Deal in Massachusetts, CommonWealth Magazine

LETTER: Maintain conservative nuclear cleanup standards, Wicked Local Plymouth

Don’t curb gas utilities; clean them up, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending October 19, 2018

More Wind off Mass. | Price Volatility this Winter | Say it isn’t so!

 

Happy Friday afternoon. Let’s get to the news

From MassLive, “Nearly 400,000 acres of the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area will be up for grabs in December, as the Trump administration holds its next offshore wind auction, officials announced this week. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke revealed Wednesday that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction off 388,569 acres located on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Massachusetts on Dec. 13. A total of 19 companies — including Deepwater Wind New England, LLC, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, and Northeast Wind Energy, LLC, among others — have qualified to take part in the auction, according to the agency’s final sale notice.”

According to S&P Global Platts, “Regional pipeline constraints in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles increase the risk of energy market price volatility this coming winter, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Thursday… New England continued to be a potential trouble spot, amid growing gas dependence for home heating and generation and constrained pipeline capacity, FERC staff said. Two rule changes could help, however, said John Sillin of FERC’s enforcement office. ISO-NE is integrating price-response demand into the daily energy market and adding pay-for-performance capacity market incentives… Reflecting on the New England market, Commissioner Richard Glick suggested a need to look at more demand-side management to ‘squeeze more out of the market … if we’re not going to get more pipelines for one reason or another.’”

And last for this week, please say it isn’t so! From Nature, “Extreme weather caused by climate change can have devastating effects — and it turns out that not even beer is safe. More frequent droughts and heat waves in the twenty-first century will reduce global production of barley, finds a study published on 15 October in Nature Plants. In turn, it finds, this will decrease the supply of beer and drive up prices, even under best-case-scenario models of climate change… If people ‘want to drink beer when we watch football, then we have to do something’ …”

Have a great weekend.

 

Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas says it has paid out $20M for gas explosion claims, Boston Business Journal

Locked-out Grid workers cleared to help in Merrimack Valley, Newburyport Daily News

Columbia Gas reverses policy, will not reclaim temporary heat sources from homes, Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts DPU halts statewide pipeline work by Columbia Gas, MassLive

NTSB: Columbia Gas ignored critical pressure sensor, Eagle-Tribune

Columbia Gas launches plan to support businesses impacted by gas disaster, MassLive

After Merrimack Valley explosions, natural gas comes under sharp scrutiny, Boston Globe

Merrimack Valley explosions intensify calls to wean state off gas, Boston Globe

A Month Later, Crisis In Merrimack Valley Continues, WGBH

US Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey request info on homes damaged, residents displaced by Merrimack Valley gas explosions, MassLive

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Ceremony to commission controversial Oxford power plant, Middletown Press

Oxford power plant is commissioned, The Advocate

Environmentalists look to cut fossil fuel usage, National Wind Watch

Generation: Despite headwinds, natural gas reliance set to grow in much of US, Utility Dive

Can Non-Pipeline Alternatives Curb New York’s Rising Natural Gas Demand?, Greentech Media

Quincy council summons National Grid president amid lockout, Patriot Ledger

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Natick Awarded Grant for Municipal Clean Energy Projects, USA Patch

City Council seeks legal opinion on permits for controversial East Springfield biomass power plant, MassLive

Environmentalists look to cut fossil fuel usage, The Telegraph

Democratic lawmakers push renewable energy strategy, New Hampshire Union Leader

RGGI regulating power imports could happen, experts say, carbon-pulse.com

NYISO Proposes Border Pricing Plan for Carbon, RTO Insider

UMass Amherst Again Ranked among Top 50 Green Colleges by Princeton Review, UMass Amherst

Officials push for ‘green’ power projects for Woonsocket, Woonsocket Call

EPA program will prioritize renewable energy projects in Mass., Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

U.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut, Reuters

Climate change is about to make your beer more expensive, Nature

Mass. clean energy firms grow headcount amid green tech boom, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Walsh Outlines Plan To Protect Boston Harbor From Flooding, WBUR

Campaign Countdown: Vermont’s energy future, WCAX

 

Wind

Trump administration to hold Massachusetts offshore wind auction in December, Masslive

What New England Can Learn From Kansas About Creating A Wind Energy Economy, WNPR

Offshore wind CEO bullish on American market, Axios

Report: Moving disputed Falmouth turbine would cost $3M, Cape Cod Times

What’s next for Falmouth turbines?, Cape Cod Times

Tug Hill alliance grows, secures funds for wind farm review, National Wind Watch

Denton pitches wind turbine on City Hall, Seacoastonline.com

Relocation of Falmouth turbine could net town $5.7M, Cape Cod Times

New Site Proposed For Wind 2 At Wastewater Treatment Plant, Falmouth Enterprise

 

Solar

Residents express few concerns at public hearing on Farmington solar project, Kennebec Journal

Norwich tinkerer takes on do-it-yourself solar energy system, The Day

Wind & Solar Account for At Least 20% Of Electricity In 10 States, CleanTechnica

Bill threatens growth of state solar farms, Republican American

New York State Invests $40 Million in Solar Energy and Storage Projects, Energy Manager Today

Residential outcry causes Pittsfield ZBA to delay vote, continue hearing next month on 25-acre solar proposal, Berkshire Eagle

What a New Order Means for Community Solar and Storage in Massachusetts, Greentech Media

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Massachusetts Retains Top Spot on ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ACHR News

MA Ranked 5th Most Energy Efficient State in U.S., GoLocalWorcester

NH gets mixed reviews on energy efficiency, New Hampshire Business Review

RI is 4th Most Energy Efficient State in U.S., GoLocalProv

Bringing Energy Storage to Energy Markets, Union of Concerned Scientists

 

EVs

Electric Vehicles: The Swiss army knife of the grid, Utility Dive

A Microgrid for Every Electric Bus Stop in Martha’s Vineyard Town, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Nuclear

NRC approves Vermont Yankee sale, Brattleboro Reformer

NRC allows spending $20M on Vt. Yankee spent fuel, The Recorder

After federal OK, one hurdle remains for Vermont Yankee transfer, Keene Sentinel

Entergy targets post-shutdown savings at Pilgrim after key NRC approval, Nuclear Energy Insider

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

US FERC winter outlook flags risk of volatility in NYC, Boston, Los Angeles, S&P Global Platts

Utility to run line under Kennebec Gorge, CommonWealth Magazine

Gloucester signs new electricity provider, Gloucester Times

On eve of hearing, business and labor groups say they back CMP power line through western Maine, Portland Press Herald

Report challenges environmental benefits of CMP project, Portland Press Herald

Great Bay Towns Turn Out Against Transmission Line, New Hampshire Public Radio

Seacoast Reliability Project decision expected by early December, Seacoastonline.com

Norwalk Harbor Commission turns to consultant on Eversource cable route, The Hour

Quincy council subpoenas National Grid president, Patriot Ledger

Powerline from Canada through NH, eyed for Mass. clean energy, not dead yet, MassLive

Conn. company is accused of overcharging more than 100K Mass. residents for electricity, Boston Globe

NY regulators weigh proposals to enhance distributed generation, Utility Dive

US FERC`s LaFleur says some power grid security interventions `commercially motivated,’ Energy Central

 

Editorial/Opinion

Want Boston To Be A Carbon-Neutral City? Raise Energy Efficiency Standards For Buildings, WBUR

We need more, not less, competition for offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: Sununu has been a stumbling block to offshore wind, Eagle-Tribune

Letter to the editor: Renewable electricity worth some sacrifices, Portland Press Herald

Efficiency is the most affordable energy solution, by Nancy Gillard, Keene Sentinel

National Grid lockout puts profit first, workers and safety last, Boston Globe

Baker, DeLeo need to step up on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

In an era of climate urgency, we need a carbon tax, Boston Globe

Vehicle emissions rollback shouldn’t stop utilities from investing in electric vehicles, Utility Dive

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Energy News for week ending October 5, 2018

No Free Lunch | 8 Years in a Row | Hydrophobic

Happy Friday afternoon everyone.

Here are some highlights from the news this week.

From the AP we have, No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US. “Ramping up wind power in America would also dial up the nation’s temperatures, a new study out of Harvard found. While wind energy is widely celebrated as environmentally friendly, the researchers concluded that a dramatic, all-out expansion in the number of turbines could warm the country even more than climate change from burning coal and other fossil fuels, because of the way the spinning blades disturb the layers of warm and cold air in the atmosphere…Some parts of the central United States are already seeing nights that are up to 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) warmer because of nearby wind farms…The researchers and other scientists stressed that climate change from greenhouse gas emissions is clearly a far bigger threat globally and over the long term than turbine-caused warming, which is temporary and stops when the blades aren’t turning. Despite the potential drawbacks, wind energy still makes more sense for the environment than fossil fuels, Keith said.”

Would we expect anything different? MassLive reports that, For 8th year, Mass. named most energy-efficient state in the nation. “For the eighth year running, Massachusetts has been named the most energy-efficient state in the nation. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which issues the annual scorecard, noted utility-led programs such as Mass Save, “stretch building codes” for cities and towns, incentives for combined heat and power, and standards for state buildings…The scorecard measures six categories, including utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state government policies, and appliance standards. Massachusetts in 2016 approved a three-year energy efficiency plan. In 2017, $740 million in investments yielded $2.6 billion in savings…”

From the new energy technology file we bring you a story from Popular Mechanics, A New Hydrophobic Surface Could Turn the Ocean’s Waves Into Electricity. “There’s waterproof and then there’s the surface developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego. They’ve developed a surface so hydrophobic that it can actually be used to generate electrical voltage, turning seawater into 50 millivolts (or around 0.05 volts)…The created surface holds a negative electrical charge, so when the positive ions in salt water move over the surface an electrical potential difference is created. That difference creates a voltage…Although it’s just a proof of concept, the idea becomes impressive when deployed on a much larger scale. There’s a lot of ocean water out there, and the team hopes that it could be used for energy harvesting methods through desalination plants. From ions to waves, there’s a lot of potential energy in the water that covers 70 percent of the planet, and these hydrophobic surfaces could help tap into that energy.”

More news is below. Have a great long weekend.

 

Merrimack Valley

Disaster could be a turning point in energy debate, Eagle Tribune

State rep seeks Western Massachusetts public hearings on Columbia Gas after Merrimack Valley explosions, MassLive

After Baker tasked Eversource with Merrimack Valley response, executives cut checks to his campaign, Boston Globe

After Dozens of Gas Explosions, a Community Looks for Alternatives to Natural Gas, Inside Climate News

Longmeadow considering moratorium on Columbia Gas construction, citing recent explosions, MassLive

Columbia Gas pulling workers from other states amid tight labor market, Boston Globe

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

DPU presses Natl. Grid on alleged violations, CommonWealth Magazine

Northampton City Council resolves to oppose gas pipelines, Hampshire Gazette

Power plant hearings delayed as regulators consider request to cancel contract, Valley Breeze

New York Gas Plant Comes Online Despite Opposition, Power Magazine

City Council opposes Burrillville power plant, Cranston Online

Agency: Gas lines safe; State utility regulators questioned in wake of Massachusetts disaster, Journal Inquirer

Connecticut state lawmakers want review of gas pipelines, WHDH

Compressor foes warn of dangers with infomercial, Weymouthwickedlocal.com

Liberty Utilities to create natural gas from closed Bethlehem landfill, Concord Monitor

Manhole left open, failure to investigate gas leak: National Grid cited for 29 reported safety violations amid lockout, MassLive

National Grid lockout causing ‘collateral impact’, MassLive

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Utilities have a problem: the public wants 100% renewable energy, and quick, Vox.com

A New Hydrophobic Surface Could Turn the Ocean’s Waves Into Electricity, Popular Mechanics

Carbon prices could save us … if we actually start using them, Grist

Portland hub monitors 425 solar projects, six wind farms, Portland Press Herald

Researchers to develop renewable fuel additives from sawdust, Biomass Magazine

Pellet project in Maine awarded $200,000 REAP grant, Biomass Magazine

The US Is Ready For 100% Clean Energy — 10 Cities Model How To Get There, CleanTechnica

 

Wind

No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US, AP News

A new study on the side effects of wind energy is almost begging to be misused by climate change deniers, Business Insider

Baker, Gonzalez agree to offshore wind pledge, Gloucester Times

Yarmouth shellfishermen get say on wind cable hearings, Cape Cod Times

Trump’s Import Tariffs Will Make U.S. Wind Power More Expensive, Renewable Energy World

Barnstable, Vineyard Wind officials sign cable agreement, Cape Cod Times

State board to take up Vineyard Wind cable route, South Coast Today

Why this dairy farm may be the last stand for wind energy in Vermont, WindAction

Company plans to build wind turbines along Lake Ontario, Energy Central

Wind farm design calls for 47 turbines, National Wind Watch

 

Solar

CT Manufacturer Impact Plastics Goes Solar, Solar Industry

75 Attend Community Meeting on New Solar Initiative in Exeter, GoLocalProv

Eversource to hold solar open house, Wicked Local Medfield

Massachusetts Regulators Approve New ‘SMART’ Solar, Storage Program, Renewable Energy World

Con Edison proposes installing solar panels on New York City Housing Authority developments, Daily Energy Insider

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

For 8th year, Mass. named most energy-efficient state in the nation, MassLive

Make your home greener—and more resilient, Popular Science

Vermont’s energy efficiency utilities under inspection in new investigation, VTDigger

Stormy weather ahead: Federal agencies begin to roll back efficiency policy, ACEEE Blog

A tiny, beleaguered government agency seeks an energy holy grail: long-term energy storage, Vox.com

New Jersey’s Planned $4.1B Clean Energy Investment includes $180M for Storage, Renewable Energy World

 

EVs

Electric vehicle advocates urge Connecticut regulators not to forget sector in grid planning, New Haven Register

 

Nuclear

NRC issues draft safety evaluation for nuclear plant, Daily News of Newburyport

Nuclear panel elects new leaders, but future still unclear, VTDigger

Decision on Vt. Yankee sale expected soon, The Recorder

Trump Signs Legislation to Promote Advanced Nuclear Reactor Technology, Greentech Media

Connecticut agencies say Millstone ‘at risk’ as Dominion seeks boost in clean energy RFP, Utility Dive

Entergy’s last layoffs by month’s end, Brattleboro Reformer

Utilities submit proposals for nuclear subsidies, NJ Spotlight

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO-NE to focus on market solutions for winter energy security in 2019, Utility Dive

Demo permits obtained for Brayton Point cooling towers, Herald News

US Will Have 88 Gigawatts of Residential Demand Flexibility by 2023, Greentech Media

Foes of CMP power line gear up for protest in Skowhegan, Kennebec Journal

Connecticut residents want monitoring of new New York power plant, The Register Citizen

A device to track your energy use, right down to the toaster, Boston Globe

Eversource penalized $117,911 for environmental violations in Franklin County, The Recorder

Limited CMP customer data exposed during file transfer, Portland Press Herald

Massachusetts Microgrid Market Gets Even More Interesting with Siemens Plan to Acquire Russelectric, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Loss of plant would hurt, Providence Journal

Gas pipeline review process is good idea, Lowell Sun

Letter: Safety is top priority of natural gas industry, Concord Monitor

EDITORIAL: Gas leaks, dying trees? It’s a theory worth exploring, Sentinel & Enterprise

Eliminate Carbon-Based Energy, Hartford Courant

Our view: Solar power is a key ingredient, Salem News

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