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Energy News for week ending June 7, 2019

Crowd-sourcing | Permit denied | Transformation

 

Happy beautiful Friday afternoon folks.

Let’s get to the news.

From CommonWealth Magazine, “Crowd-sourcing energy efficiency. Eversource Energy on Wednesday began offering businesses and homeowners incentive payments ranging from $20 to $1,000 a year if they allow the company to tap into devices that would allow the utility to remotely retrieve electricity stored by customers or lower their energy usage at peak demand periods. Developed as part of the state’s $2.8 billion, three-year energy efficiency program, Eversource said the incentive payment program would target customers with electric vehicle chargers, battery storage devices, or wireless thermostats. Customers with vehicle chargers or battery storage systems would allow Eversource to remotely link to the devices ‘a few hours a month,’ drawing electricity that would be shifted on to the regional power grid at peak demand periods. For homeowners with wireless thermostats, Eversource would remotely turn down the temperature on very hot days and help reduce demand on the power grid. By aggregating the devices of several thousand customers, Eversource estimated it could reduce the need for new power plants and transmission facilities. The company described the energy impact of the program as the equivalent of taking 20,000 homes off the power grid at peak demand times.”

Another pipeline permit is denied according to a story from Crain’s NY Business, “NJ joins NY in denying permits for hotly contested natural-gas pipeline. New Jersey regulators followed New York’s in denying key permits for the Williams Transco pipeline Wednesday, prompting its developer to promise to reapply in the Garden State. The proposed $1 billion pipeline, from Tulsa-based William Cos., would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, under a bay and the ocean to New York. The company says the pipeline is necessary to ensure adequate heating fuel for the New York region. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection rejected the permits—including one for waterfront development and wetlands works—without prejudice, meaning the company can try again. The company was similarly rebuffed by New York regulators for a water-quality permit last month. The developer has reapplied there as well. In the meantime, National Grid has stopped processing new applications for natural-gas hookups in its Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island service territories until the project is approved.”

The last highlight for this week is a story you can read or listen to and comes from WBUR, “New England’s Electric Power Grid Is Undergoing A Transformation. Dan Dolan, president of the New England Power Generators Association, says the region has a problem: ‘It’s really hard to be half pregnant, but we’re trying.’ The problem: We’re creating a hybrid power grid, an electric-generating network that runs on a changing combination of fuels and technologies. He says the system is more complex and less predictable than the grid we had just a few years ago.”

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

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Offshore drilling ban gets airing, Salem News

Healey intervenes in suit over oil transport, Cape Cod Times

Latest Federal Pipeline Safety Proposal Looks To Fix Problems Revealed In Merrimack Valley Gas Fires, WGBH

DEP Shows New Air Quality Data in Compressor Case, Associated Press

Weymouth compressor foes have more time to vet new air quality data, Wicked Local

Williams expects to overcome environmental concerns on Northeast Supply natgas pipe, Reuters

New Jersey joins New York in denying permits for hotly contested natural gas pipeline, Crain’s New York

Latest Federal Pipeline Safety Proposal Looks To Fix Problems Revealed In Merrimack Valley Gas Fires, WGBH

Water a big concern for utilities, but coal ash risk in billions, Bloomberg L.P.

Michael Bloomberg Promises $500 Million to Help End Coal, New York Times

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg: ‘This Is Not Over Yet, Not Even Close,’ Greentech Media

In future Mass bids, offshore wind could be forced to compete with other green energy, South Coast Today

Bill to require greenhouse gas study of CMP project falters in House, Press Herald

Environmentalists tout offshore wind, plastic bag, solar measures, The Day

Springfield organizers, residents voice opposition to biomass burning, WWLP

New England Is Losing Its Native Plants. Researchers Say It’s Time To Stop And Smell The Wildflowers, WBUR

 

Wind

Connecticut takes a major step into offshore wind, CT Mirror

The rush is on: to double offshore wind power, that is, Boston Globe

Wind farm critics step up efforts, National Wind Watch

Jones Act? Not a Problem for US Offshore Wind Market, Avangrid Says, Greentech Media

Revolution Wind will use State Pier, The Day

Rhode Island’s Planned New Offshore Wind Farm Reflects Growing Trend. Here’s Why Some Are Concerned, WNPR

 

Solar

New York braces for solar fight as utility regulators mull fixed charge increase, Renewable Energy World

Proposed Bridgewater solar farm re-emerges after court battle, Enterprise News

Sununu Vetoes Net Metering Bill Again, Setting Up Repeat Override Battle, New Hampshire Public Radio

Proposed solar fee raises questions about who pays for grid upgrades, VTDigger

 

Efficiency/Storage

Crowd-sourcing energy efficiency, CommonWealth Magazine

US energy storage market sees 232% year-on-year growth, Utility Dive

 

EVs

New Jersey governor announces state interagency electric vehicle partnership; 330K ZEVs by 2025, Green Car Congress

 

Nuclear

Pilgrim’s shutdown ends nuke era in Mass., Sentinel & Enterprise

Group looks to monitor Seabrook power plant radiation, Seacoast Online

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New England’s Electric Power Grid Is Undergoing A Transformation, WBUR

Governor’s choice to lead Public Utilities Commission pledges to move to R.I., Providence Journal

Getting Offshore Wind Power on the Grid, T&D World

Lt. Governor Mckee announces $7.9 million in utility rate relief for Rhode Islanders, Newport Buzz

ISO-NE will require wind, intermittent hydro to bid into day-ahead energy markets, Utility Dive

New England Regulators Talk Wholesale Market Evolution, RTO Insider

The Multiple Problems With National Grid, Seeking Alpha

Growing number of towns revolt against CMP transmission line, Portland Press Herald

CMP defends competing job claims; critics cry foul, Associated Press

 

Editorial/Opinion

When companies say they’re using “100% renewable energy,” take it with a grain of salt, Fast Company

Energy forecast: Good today, future uncertain, CommonWealth Magazine

Debunking the fracked gas fairy tale, CommonWealth Magazine

To lawmakers: tread carefully on energy legislation, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Debunking the fracked gas fairy tale, Commonwealth Magazine

Callous disregard for neighbors of proposed Weymouth compressor, Boston Globe

Lilly Lombard: Climate crisis solution needs help from Columbia Gas, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Energy forecast: Good today, future uncertain, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending December 4, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Renewable Energy

Energy Efficiency

Nuclear

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

 

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Energy news for week ending December 19, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

John G. Edwards: National Grid increase is the result of pipeline capacity, Providence Journal

Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State, New York Times

Town Meeting may take stand on pipeline; New route spares most protected land, Andover Townsman

Residents protest proposed natural gas pipeline in Mason Saturday, WMUR Manchester (NH)

The Increased Demand For Natural Gas And New England’s Power Grid, New England Public Radio

Renewable Energy

Vermont solar installations up 58 percent, BurlingtonFreePress.com

National Grid set to build 19 solar power facilities in Mass., Boston Globe

Solar firm agrees to pay $175K to Holliston for cutting down trees, Metrowest Daily News

Navy drops wind power plan for Naval Station Newport in favor of solar panels, The Providence Journal

National Grid looking at two Attleboro sites as possible locations for solar panels, Attleboro Sun Chronicle

State eyes changes in renewable energy accounting, Rutland Herald

Maine lagging behind in solar energy, WCSH-TV

2015: The Year Wind Power Moves Offshore, Popular Science

Energy Efficiency

In Defense of Massachusetts: Why the Bay State Is leading in efficiency, GreenTech Media

A Report on Energy Efficiency at America’s Utilities, Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)

The Future of Demand Response: How a Legal Challenge could Dramatically Change the Industry, GreenTech Media

Nuclear

Pipeline And Nuclear Shortages Send New England’s Utility Bills Soaring, Forbes.com

Officials consider Vermont Yankee replacement, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Nuclear power can help slow Nuclear power can help slow global climate change, (opinion) Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Prices/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Donnelly: Who’s afraid of rolling blackouts? massterlist.com

National Grid’s Sustainability Hub gathers customers and community, Intelligent Utility

Even Before Long Winter Begins, Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England, New York Times

Costs to ratepayers pile up, but who’s listening?, (opinion) New Hampshire Business Review

Can municipal electric utilities cut our electricity bills?, (opinion) Worcester Telegram

Patrick announces energy plan, grants for military bases including Natick Labs, Wicked Local Natick

Infrastructure issues simply are not optional, (opinion) New Hampshire Business Review

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Energy news for week ending December 12, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

New England utilities struggle with lack of gas infrastructure, Utility Drive

Utility leaders: We need natural gas pipeline to contain electricity prices, Concord Monitor

Economic Development Council in favor of increased natural gas capacity in New England, MassLive.com

Natural gas pipeline part of regional response to energy shortage, The Keene Sentinel

Kinder Morgan Officially Moves Preferred Pipeline Route To N.H., New Hampshire Public Radio

In face of opposition, company to reroute gas pipeline, Boston Globe

Renewable Energy

Malloy’s Billion-Dollar Clean Energy Push Weathers Federal Court, Hartford Courant

Patrick makes a push to help hydropower, Boston Globe

PSNH marks 8 years of biomass unit, York County Coast Star

Massachusetts Public Housing Leverages SunEdison Solar PPAs for Big Savings, The Energy Collective

Baker urged to continue solar energy support, Worcester Business Journal

Report: Vermont not on track to meet renewable energy goals, VTDigger.org

White House Names Montpelier ‘Climate Action Champion’, Vermont Public Radio

Solar Storm: Rooftop Panels Spark Fights Between Homeowners and Utilities, RI Public Radio

Maine’s high court hears appeal over Vinalhaven wind turbine noise, Portland Press Herald

National Grid, Anbaric plan to deliver more green power, wwlp.com

DOI Schedules Wind Energy Lease Sale Offshore Massachusetts, Breaking Energy

Maine Tabbed As Blueprint For Renewable Energy, WABI

Energy Efficiency

Boston hospitals cut energy use as they expand, Boston Globe

Saving Energy in Boston: What the City’s ‘DNA’ Reveals, Energy Efficiency Markets

Nuclear

Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change, Brookings Institute Essay

Ex-governor to Vt. Yankee: ‘You done good’, (opinion) Stowe Today (VT)

Practicality is more idealistic than NIMBYism (opinion), Cape Cod Times

Smart Grid

From Digital Picture Frames to Demand Response Controllers, a New Approach to the Energy-Smart Home, Greentech Media

Power Savings of Smart Meters Prove Slow to Materialize, New York Times

Markets/Prices/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Northeast Wholesale Power Drops as Demand on Grid Falls, Businessweek

RI regulators to consider spreading out cost of proposed 23.6-percent electric rate increase, Providence Journal

Toward a clean energy future (opinion), Worcester Telegram

National Grid Warns of Utility Bill Scam, Patch.com

US OK’s delay for Footprint Power at Salem Harbor, The Salem News

Power line promises Vt. $298M, Rutland Herald

 

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Energy news for week ending December 5, 2014

Energy Efficiency

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Energy-efficiency bill rises from the dead, The Hill

Why Top-Down Efficiency Programs Are So Expensive and What We Can Do About it, Greentech Media

Energy Efficiency Case Study: Cushing, Maine, Boothbay Register

Green Sense: Being Thankful for Energy Efficiency, Wicked Local Stoneham

Improving Energy Efficiency, One House and One Business at a Time, WGBH (NPR)

Mass. offers $2.6m in rebates for efficient heating systems, Boston Globe

Springfield, Palmer, Belchertown recognized for energy reduction, MassLive

Electric Company Uses Tree Lighting to Promote Efficiency, WHAV News

Natural Gas/Pipeline

West Roxbury gas pipeline alarms residents, Metro.us

Feds OK shale gas line to New York, New England, Salt Lake Tribune

Gas, pipeline companies make pitch to chamber members, The Recorder

Rick Holmes: Problems in the pipelines, Wicked Local Westport

Area businesses briefed on Tennessee Gas Pipeline, GazetteNET

Protesters decry closed-door pipeline meeting, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)

National Grid halts gas hookups on much of Cape, Capecodonline

Nuclear

Johnson/My Turn: Our Energy Future (opinion), Recorder (Greenfield)

U.S. Nuclear Plants Squeezed by Cheap Gas, Uranium Costs, Bloomberg Businessweek

It’s Time the U.S. Deals With Its Nuclear Waste, Wall Street Journal

Renewable Energy

Can the U.S. Energy Sector Be Mostly Green in 10 Years?, Knowledge@Wharton

Green Mountain Power wins B Corp designation, Utility Dive

Environment Maine pushes for wind energy, WCSH-TV

SunCommon installs 1000th home solar system, Vermont Biz

Lifting State Limits on Local Power, PV Solar Report

Heat your home with cold air? Meet the new heat pumps, BurlingtonFreePress.com

New law will make renewable energy heating cheaper, MassLive.com

Markets/Prices/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Utilities Say EPA Carbon Plan May Put Reliable Power at Risk, Bloomberg Businessweek

Advice for Charlie Baker: The environment (Opinion), Boston Globe

Midterm results point to more land mines ahead for embattled Northern Pass line, eenews.net

NJ co. fires up plans for Methuen power plant, Boston Herald

Sticker shock awaits for 2015 Maine electricity rates, Bangor Daily News

Maine heating prices continue decline, CT Post

Salem looks to cut electric costs by purchasing power, The Salem News

New England generators want demand response banned from capacity markets, Utility Dive

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Energy news for week ending November 28, 2014

Energy Prices

Exploding Energy Bill, (editorial), Providence Journal, November 28, 2014

Costs to ratepayers keep piling up, but who is listening? (Opinion), Seacoastonline.com, November 28, 2014

Power In New England: Why are Prices Increasing so Rapidly?, The Energy Collective, November 27, 2014

Heating oil prices fall as natural gas prices start to rise, Boston Globe, November 27, 2014

Island electric rates will jump in January, MV Times, November 25, 2014

Editorial: State has options to cut energy costs, Concord Monitor, November 25, 2014

Are we overpaying for energy? (Opinion), Worcester Telegram, November 23, 2014

WMECo 29 percent electricity rate hike approved by the state Department of Public Utilities, MassLive.com, November 21, 2014

Beware of “MA Energy” telephone scheme, WWLP, November 21, 2014

Municipal Electric Customers Will Not See Spike in Rates, WGGB, November 21, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Westwood selectmen must approve key pipeline easement, WickedLocal Westwood, November 26, 2014

Pipeline opponents criticize N.H. route, Lowell Sun, November 26, 2014

On gas pipeline for New England, King agrees with LePage, Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME), November 26, 2014

Natural gas remains concern for N. England winter, Hartford Business Journal, November 25, 2014

Natural gas pinch sends Paris (ME) shopping for electricity, Sun Journal, November 24, 2014

Kinder Morgan, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce organize meeting on pipeline for businesses, The Recorder, November 24, 2014

Nuclear Energy

Vermont Yankee Going Off-Grid, mychamplainvalley.com, November 24, 2014

Vt. Yankee panel ponders site use, Times Argus, November 22, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

South Portland charges ahead with going ‘green,’ Portland Press Herald, November 28, 2014

MA considers expanding net metering for small hydro, JDsupra.com, November 26, 2014

Bids sought for windmills off Martha’s Vineyard, The Enterprise (Brockton), November 24, 2014

New Balance Benefits from Utility Energy Incentives, WHAV, November 24, 2014

Vermont goes energy efficient for this season’s snowmaking, Mashable.com, November 24, 2014

Energy efficiency company finds niche market, VTdigger.org, November 24, 2014

Markets/ISO New England/Grid/Policy/Etc.

Environmentalists wary of Baker’s energy pick, Boston Globe, November 28, 2014

Obama honors Arlington’s Queen of Carbon, WickedLocal Arlington, November 27, 2014

RGGI may not be an easy model for regional groups to comply with EPA’s carbon rule, E&E News, November 25, 2014

Shaheen Tours Burgess BioPower Biomass Plant, Berlin Daily Sun, November 25, 2014

Judge refuses to reconsider Northern Pass lawsuit, WCAX, November 24, 2014

Cogeneration an Area Where Republicans and Democrats Actually Agree?, Marketwatch.com, November 24, 2014

Saugus Energy Research Committee approved, WickedLocal Saugus, November 21, 2014

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Energy News for week ending November 14, 2014

Climate Change

The US-China Climate Deal Was Inspired by the Charles River’s Pollution, Boston.com, November 13, 2014

Preparing for Climate Change–WHOI Scientists Get Million Dollar MacArthur Grant, capecodwave.com, November 13, 2014

Federal funds awarded to protect coastal watershed, Jamestown Press, (RI), November 12, 2014

Climate deal surprises after secret negotiations, AP Boston Herald, November 12, 2014

Hingham receives climate change grant, Wicked Local Hingham, November 7, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline foes to gather Saturday in Fitchburg, Telegram & Gazette, November 14, 2014

Kinder Morgan Proposes Alternative Pipeline Routes; Postpones Public Meetings, ABC40 (Springfield, MA), November 13, 2014

Landowners in Monkton rebuff Vt. Gas offers for easements, Addison County Independent, November 13, 2014

Don’t treat natural gas addiction with new pipelines, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine, November 12, 2014

Vermont Gas named 2014 FCIDC Business of the Year, VTdigger.org, November 10, 2014

Governor-elect Charlie Baker talks casinos, Kinder Morgan Pipeline, The Republican, masslive.com, November 7, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Stimulates Job Creation, The Maritime Executive, November 13, 2014

Solar arrays save money, create jobs, Wicked Local Chelmsford, November 9, 2014

Markets/ISO New England/Grid/Policy/Etc.

Patrick administration gets dragged into court by environmental group, Boston Business Journal, November 13, 2014

Crafting an energy bill, CommonWealth Magazine, November 13, 2014

Rising electric costs could crush NH economy, (opinion) New Hampshire Business Review, November 13, 2014

The multimillion dollar question, southcoasttoday.com, November 12, 2014

FERC staff says Canadian producer cheated ISO-NE for millions, Utility Dive, November 12, 2014

City council subcommittee will study Northern Pass impact in Concord, Concord Monitor, November 10, 2014

CL&P, citing gas line woes, seeks rate hike, Norwich Bulletin, November 10, 2014

Northeast Utilities earnings up 12% on increased transmission services, Utility Dive, November 10, 2014

Business Concerns Drive Energy-Related Lawsuits, Connecticut Law Tribune, November 9, 2014

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