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Energy News for week ending October 14, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

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

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

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

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

Pressing the governor for pipeline moratorium, The Recorder

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

US to require safety valves on more gas lines, WISTV

Renewable Energy

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

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

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

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

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

Dong kicks off Bay State survey, reNews

Public Service Board approves Brattleboro solar project, CT Post

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

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

Massachusetts Cider Mill Adds Rooftop Solar, Solar Industry

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

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

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

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

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

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

Energy Efficiency

The Energy-Efficiency Revolution, RealClearPolitics

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

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

Nuclear

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

Union reaches agreement with Pilgrim operator, The Patriot Ledger

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

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

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

Winter Heating Costs Likely To Increase, WBUR

DEP allows final environmental arguments over Brockton power plant, Enterprise

Killingly power plant battle impacts Rhode Island, RI Future

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

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

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

Critics doubt study about causes of Connecticut River erosion, GazetteNET

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

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

Columbia Gas cuts ribbon on Springfield operations center, MassLive

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Revamp FERC pipeline approval process, GazetteNET

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

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Energy News for week ending 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

Nuclear

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

Much needed nuclear market reforms taking shape, Fierce Energy

Markets/Grid/Policy/Misc.

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 January 9, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

A warning on natural gas, Commonwealth Magazine

Hassan calls for more natural gas supply, CT Post

City Council to address proposed NStar rate hike, SouthcoastToday.com

Vermont Gas slows second phase of pipeline extension, VTdigger.org

Pipeline opponents ready for next battle, Danbury News Times

Massachusetts report sparks natural gas debate in Maine, WMTW Portland

Renewable Energy

Grid Batteries for Wind, Solar Find First Customers, MIT Technology Review

Temporary wind power ban on Orland ballot, Ellsworth American

Cape Wind’s future called into question, Boston Globe

Cape Wind Project Dealt Major Setback, NECN

National Grid Expands on the Solar Option, Worcester Telegram

Solar outlook: Conditions for “going solar” in 2015 are potentially the best they’re going to be, New England Real Estate Journal

Energy Efficiency

New, energy-efficient headquarters for the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Community Advocate

Eastern Slope Inn looks at the big picture, NHBR.com

Massachusetts Utility Coalition Offers Appliance Recycling Program, waste360

MASS AUDUBON: ‘Make the switch’ to cleaner energy, Wicked Local Sharon

Nuclear

Nuclear Energy Facilities Going Strong to Counter Arctic Deep Freeze, Globe Newswire (press release)

PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION: Dry cask transfer begins, Old Colony Memorial

VERMONT YANKEE: If a nuclear plant closes in Vermont does it matter in Plymouth?, Old Colony Memorial

Another Reactor Closes, Punctuating New Reality for US Nuclear Power, National Geographic

Prices

Purchasing group seeks lower electric rates, Barnstable Patriot

Spend your gas savings on rising electric bills, Boston Globe

Low Price was a Scam; Just Energy Pays $4 Million Settlement, WHAV.net

NStar to Return Almost $45M to Customers, NECN

Markets/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Say Goodbye To Northeast Utilities. Its New Name: Eversource Energy, Hartford Courant

New transmission line to deliver power from Maine to New England, Fierce Energy

Diverging Views on the Future of New England’s Energy System, WGBH News

Widespread Hydro-Québec outage fuels concern over future reliability in N.H., Concord Monitor

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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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