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Energy News for week ending August 12, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Milford: Pipeline proposed to cross bike trail, MetroWest Daily News

Utility Company’s Natural Gas Proposals Face Resistance In RI, Rhode Island Public Radio

Berkshire Gas moratorium topic of upcoming DPU hearing in Greenfield, MassLive

Fears Power Plant Hurts Burrillville Real-Estate Market, ecoRI news

Liberty Utilities gets green light for Loudon portion of pipeline project, Concord Monitor

Department of Health hears testimony on Burrillville power plant, RI Future

Renewable Energy

LePage, environmental lobbyists debate solar Maine policy, Seacoastonline.com

Dong eyes Bay State link, reNews

Wind Takes Center Stage in Vermont Governor’s Race, Inside Climate News

Local legacy on offshore wind mixed for Obama, Cape Cod Times

Governor’s office, Portland mayor urge state to act on solar, PennEnergy

Tidal turbine test shows promise, Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts just gave a huge boost to the offshore wind industry, Washington Post

Energy bill puts wind in SouthCoast’s sails, SouthCoastToday.com

New Massachusetts Law Bodes Well For Energy Storage, Solar Industry

Former Norwich dairy farm turns into solar energy site, New Haven Register

Salem to power two schools on solar energy, Salem News

In RI, nation’s first offshore wind farm ushers in new era, Telegram and Gazette

Energy Efficiency

State commission approves new energy efficiency standard, The Keene Sentinel

New Rebate Helps Bangor Homeowners with Energy Efficiency, WABI

Danbury company secures first Energy on the Line grant, Danbury News Times

Exclusive: Why These Cities Are Leading on Clean Energy, TIME

Norfolk State University expands green technology initiative with Dominion grant of $25,000, PennEnergy

Nuclear

New York state to subsidize nuclear plants to meet clean energy goals, MassLive.com

First responders benefit from ‘free pile’ at Vermont Yankee, vtdigger.org

Entergy signs two-year deal to pay for emergency planning, vtdigger.org

Cape Residents Left Off Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Advisory Panel, WCAI

New Advisory Panel To Keep Eye On Pilgrim Shutdown, CapeNews.net

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Environmental group drops suit against Eversource, Union Leader

Blumenthal Slams Eversource For Cost Overruns, Wants Federal Oversight, WSHU

Summer 2016 electricity demand expected to peak with heat wave, MassLive

Gov. Charlie Baker signs hydropower, wind energy bill into law, MassLive.com

Invenergy loses bid for Harrisville’s water, RI Future

Baker inks long-sought energy law, CommonWealth magazine

New plan to relocate India Point Park power lines surfaces, The Providence Journal

Vermont working group to study state utility regulation, PennEnergy

Buying time: State commissioners sign deal on weekend to give Brockton Power permit extension, Enterprise

Massachusetts Positions to be Third State to Set an Energy Storage Mandate, Microgrid Knowledge

Editorial/Opinion

Our view: Finally, action on gas leaks, Salem News

Mark Whitworth: False promise to Vermont towns, vtdigger.org

Another View: Maine would do well to invest in renewable energy projects, Press Herald

Sierra Club statement on National Grid LNG proposal, RI Future

Northern Hassan: Orange is the new green, Union Leader

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Energy News for week ending July 22, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Concerns over proposed New England pipeline projects grow as FERC nears decision, Utility DIVE

PUC: Ratepayers would pay up to $75M for expanded gas pipeline, Mainebiz

Opponents appeal state approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline spur through Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

Pipeline tax protesters cap 43-mile hike at State House steps, The Boston Globe

Boston-area natural gas prices 13 percent higher than national average, NewBostonPost

Rehoboth selectmen mixed on response to LNG pipeline proposal, Taunton Daily Gazette

Raimondo: Burrillville Power Plant Is ‘Not A Done Deal’, Rhode Island Public Radio

Crowds pack in for Raimondo’s community forum on Burrillville power plant, WPRI

Rep. Neal: Congressional Delegation Vigorously Opposed Pipeline Expansion, WAMC

Maine regulators approve expansion of gas pipeline capacity, Press Herald

Opponents of Weymouth compressor station hold rally, march, The Patriot Ledger

Boston Neighborhood Battles Pipeline Project, The American Prospect

Renewable Energy

DONG holds its breath as Massachusetts decides on energy bill, Recharge

Maine granola company uses sun to fuel its future, WMTW Portland

New Hampshire Solar Advocates Speak Out On YouTube, CleanTechnica

New Hampshire Town Considers Zero Net Energy Community, Government Technology

The New Green Roof: Solar Panels That Change Colors, TakePart

Wind energy experts hold ‘wind think tank’ in Maine, WCSH6.com

Qualified Middle-Class Families Are Set To Receive Solar Panels Without Paying a Dime in the U.S., GreenEnergy Chronicles

Solar-powered homes plan rejected in Portsmouth, Seacoastonline.com

Solar panels at UMass-Amherst expected to save $6.2 million, WPRI

Solar Powered Smart Flowers Are New Focus for Cape Wind Champion Jim Gordon, Renewable Energy World

Expanding Access to Solar Financing in Connecticut, Renewable Energy World

Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy, Penn Energy

For nearly 3 years 200 solar panels have sat unused on top of Morton Middle School, The Herald News

Energy Efficiency

World Energy Efficiency Services Launches Solar Division, ACHR NEWS

Barre joins energy efficiency project, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Energy efficiency brings Lowell $4.7M in savings, Lowell Sun

Energy Efficiency Incentives Better than Ever, PenBayPilot.com

Vermont governor: Contract preference goes to green firms, CT Post

Nuclear

Public Service Board again nixes arguments of New England Coalition, Commons

Pilgrim’s water discharge permit gets long-delayed review, Cape Cod Times

Shipping of VT radioactive water raises concerns, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Crunch time for Massachusetts energy debate, CommonWealth Magazine

Pokemon Are Taking Over Nuclear Power Plants and Substations, Greentech Media

Carbon Tax Divides Candidates in Vt. Debate, Valley News

Opposition to rate increase prompts Wallingford PUC to commission new market study, Meriden Record-Journal

Behind the Big Deal, New Hampshire Business Review

Cape towns seek hearing to challenge Eversource herbicide spraying, Cape Cod Times

Decision soon on trash-to-energy facility in Hampden, Penn Energy News

GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market, Microgrid Knowledge

Editorials/Opinions

Northern Pass: too big to fail?, New Hampshire Business Review

Mass. on the verge of energy greatness, CommonWealth Magazine

Transparency and the Eversource settlement, New Hampshire Business Review

Don’t Block Regulators From Doing Their Jobs, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy

Time for action on high cost of electricity, CommonWealth Magazine

LePage’s executive order on ethanol is fueled by myths, and it’s a win for foreign oil, Bangor Daily News

Editorial: Push and pull of a solar project, GazetteNET

N-Plant buildings are not compromised, Newburyport Daily News

Without nuke power, climate change threat grows: Column, USA Today

Our View: It’s in region’s interests to help Millstone compete, Norwich Bulletin

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Energy News for week ending July 8, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Rosenberg, Kulik and Mark push for Western Massachusetts hearing on Berkshire Gas moratorium, MassLive

Nuke, oil generators complain to feds about state gas ‘pipeline scheme’, Bangor Daily News

City Council to take stance on pipeline costs, The Keene Sentinel

‘People Over Pipelines’ march to converge at Statehouse July 18, MassLive.com

TransCanada Completes $14 Billion Natural Gas Deal, Vermont Public Radio

Gas pipeline protest to march through Stoughton, Canton, Wicked Local Stoughton

Anti-pipeline march planned to trek through Norfolk, The Sun Chronicle

Spectra Pipeline Protest to March Through Walpole, Patch.com

Weymouth group prepares to walk against Spectra, Wicked Local Weymouth

Natural Gas ‘Feels The Bern’ – Bernie Sanders And Anti-Fracking, Seeking Alpha

Pipeline plan granted state, federal permits through Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Renewable Energy

National Grid Marks Progress on Power Line for Block Island Wind Project, Renewable Energy World

Five hydropower dams on Connecticut River changing hands as federal relicensing continues, MassLive

The Winds Are Changing for Renewable Energy, The Atlantic

Court: 2 Cape Wind approvals flawed, CommonWealth Magazine

New England’s use of solar energy growing as Maine waffles, Press Herald

Some so-called clean-energy projects are contaminating millions of gallons of incredibly valuable water, Quartz

Wind output to grid gets key upgrade, Press Herald

Senators try their hand at renewable energy plan, The Daily News of Newburyport

Connecticut Town Authorities Seek LED and Solar Project Regulations, LEDinside

Future for Maine solar remains great, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Federal Appeals Court Issues Cape Wind New Blow, Bloomberg BNA

Dong Energy to build world’s lowest cost offshore wind farm, RenewEconomy

Want to expand renewable power? Know these states, GreenBiz

Southern Company subsidiary expands renewable energy portfolio with wind acquisition in Maine, Penn Energy

Renewable energy advocates oppose proposed net metering rules, VT Digger

Energy Efficiency

Portland to try to keep better track of building energy, PennEnergy

Towns win $500k in energy grants, Wicked Local

Yes, you can save on electricity, Wicked Local Dennis

I-Team: Businesses Owed Money Try To Force Boston Energy Company Into Bankruptcy, CBS Boston

Nuclear

The End of a Nuclear Power Plant, The Atlantic

The Future of Nuclear Power Is ‘Challenging,’ Says WNA Report, EcoWatch

NRC denies state’s appeals over Vermont Yankee, Vermont Biz

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

RGGI carbon auction prices fall 40% on Clean Power Plan uncertainty, Utility DIVE

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Clean Coal Technology, New York Times

FERC Accepts ISO-NE Sloped Zonal Demand Curves, RTO Insider

Need, Cost Dominate Burrillville Power Plant Hearing, ecoRI news

Massachusetts Senate unanimously approve energy bill for 2 GW of offshore wind, UtilityDIVE

Eversource deal signals end to coal power in NH, The Union Leader

Carbon prices are way down, thanks to the Supreme Court’s hold on clean power plan, Grist

Report critical of ‘hidden costs’ in transmission projects, New Haven Register

Eversource ready for peak usage, New Britain Herald

Consumer advocate wants details of Eversource-HQ deal, The Union Leader

Politicians, Energy Companies Just Want You to Trust Them, ecoRI news

Regulators Agree to Sale of 12 Eversource Power Plants, Power Engineering

Opinions/Editorials

Nuclear Power, to Tide Us Over, New York Times

How Big is the Bridge, Justmeans

Electric rates going up: Are pols serious about rate relief?, The Union Leader

Massachusetts needs a new energy law, Boston Globe

Massachusetts Senate Amendment Makes Energy Bill Anti-Consumer, API

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Energy News for week ending July 1, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Natural gas falls out of favor on Beacon Hill, CommonWealth Magazine

Summer Escalation hits West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, Bulletin Newspapers

MassDEP grants federal Clean Water Act permit to Kinder Morgan for pipeline through Otis State Forest, MassLive.com

Generators ask FERC to block New England pipelines over energy price suppression fears, UtilityDIVE

FERC Decision Looming On Access Northeast Capacity Proposal, Natural Gas Intelligence

Organizers: Al Gore’s daughter among 23 arrested in protest, Boston.com

Anti-pipeline group plans July 9 march, The Sun Chronicle

U.S. Gas Futures Slip Amid Speculation Production Will Rebound, Bloomberg

Spectra to investigate 263 miles of pipe after accident, PowerSource

Trucking facilities stripped from LNG terminal proposal after uproar, South Coast Today

Medway: Exelon submits revised site plans, MetroWest Daily News

Renewable Energy

Senate passes renewable energy bill, setting talks for July, WWLP

Massachusetts Senate beefs up energy bill with more offshore wind, Offshore Wind Journal

Senate bill would boost Massachusetts’ reliance on renewable energy, Waterbury Republican American

A Unified Renewable Heating and Cooling Front, Biomass Magazine

240-foot turbine blades arrive for offshore wind farm, WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Block Island Wind Farm: Building the turbines one blade at a time, The Providence Journal

Study Shows Differences In Municipal Support For Residential Solar Power, Hartford Courant

Commissioners support Milton Township wind farm proposal, Lewiston Sun Journal

Minter lays out plans for boosting clean energy use, vtdigger.org

USDA awarding 13 renewable energy grants in Maine, Washington Times

How to go solar without putting panels on your roof, MarketWatch

State fish hatchery cold-water pipeline near Quabbin will generate hydropower; Baker, Beaton attend Belchertown groundbreaking, MassLive

Energy Efficiency

Report: Eversource leads in energy efficiency, New Hampshire Business Review

Climate protection award given to Mayor Alex Morse, city of Holyoke, MassLive.com

Tiogue wins award for energy work, Ricentral.com

Realtors: Energy audit labeling would “stick it” to some home owners, Lowell Sun

Nuclear

Government rejects VT request for continued emergency zone around Vermont Yankee, The Recorder

Vt. Yankee seeks OK to dispose of radioactive water, The Recorder

An honest renewable energy standard includes nuclear, Rutland Herald

US, Mexico, Canada pledge 50% renewables and nuclear by 2025 in new climate pact, UtilityDIVE

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

National Grid wins OK to build New Hampshire to Massachusetts power lines, Electric Light and Power

Burrillville Town Council reaches boiling point over power plant, RI Future

National Grid Wins EPA Clean Air Excellence Award, CapeCod.com News

Why should Burrillville care about Invenergy’s bad financial decisions?, RI Future

PUC approves a rate increase for Eversource, The Union Leader

Gridlocked: Outside/In Podcast, Inside Energy

National Grid gas workers hold picket, Eagle-Tribune

C&I demand response growth is slowing, but more opportunities could emerge from the utility sector, UtilityDIVE

Eversource, HydroQuebec reach power purchase agreement, The Union Leader

CMP rate increase takes effect Friday, Press Herald

Eversource floats $915K plan to combat cormorants, Cape Cod Times

Opinions

New England’s Known Need For More Natural Gas Pipelines, Forbes

Viewpoint: Keep Massachusetts an energy innovation leader, Boston Business Journal

Carbon pricing—a no-brainer for climate change?, Phys.Org

Ryan: Solar power and keeping up with the Joneses’, MetroWest Daily News

Koutroubis: It’s time to build natural gas pipelines, patch.com

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Energy News for week ending June 17, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Power in play: New England losing generators, so how could Burrillville plant not be needed?, Providence Journal

Warren, Markey allege conflict of interest in federal pipeline review, The Patriot Ledger

Maine PUC Staff Advises Against Pipeline Contracts, RTO Insider

Mass. AG And Opponents Fight Electric Bill Charge To Fund Pipeline, WAMC

Public sounds off on proposed Lebanon, Lancaster pipeline, FOX43.com

As clock ticks toward pipeline approval, foes look to lawmakers, attorney general, Berkshire Eagle

Vermont Gas accused of violating pack with family in pipeline path, The Manchester Journal

Natural-Gas Compressor Station Planned for Rehoboth, ecoRI news

NTE Energy’s Proposed Energy Center Raises Questions, Hartford Courant

Could fracking come to Western Massachusetts?, MassLive.com

Clearing the air on natural gas, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

State Senate passes compressor station restrictions, bill awaits House vote, Patriot Ledger

Maine needs more natural gas, but all of New England should commit to the solution, (Editorial) Bangor Daily News

Renewable Energy

Hydro-Quebec officials push Northern Pass, CommonWealth Magazine

After 11 Hours, Lawmakers Reach A Resolution On Renewable Energy Siting, Vermont Public Radio

After veto, Vermont governor signs modified renewables siting bill, Utility Drive

Will Virtual Net Metered Projects Survive Under Massachusetts’ New Solar Policy Regime?, Greentech Media

Extended Tax Breaks For US Offshore Wind Tabled, Energy Matters

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP: Wind, water and land use lasagna, Wicked Local Plymouth

Cape Wind developer slams Massachusetts energy diversity bill, Recharge

Our Opinion: UMaine offshore wind project gets a boost, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Solar Panels On Farms Spur Debate in Vt., Valley News

Barnstable Recognized For Solar Energy Use, CapeCod.com News

Electric Utilities Prepare for a Grid Dominated by Renewable Energy, Greentech Media

Cape Wind faces a new foe: former House speaker Tom Finneran, Boston Globe

Energy Efficiency

Stamford to launch state’s first massive energy-efficiency plan, The Advocate

Clean energy grows in Mass., but some hope for more, Environment & Energy Publishing

Officials looking to buy town’s streetlights, Valley Breeze

States, Cities ‘Bullish’ on Energy Efficiency, Yale Climate Connections

Public Utilities Commission Approves $42 Million Per Year in Efficiency Spending, MPBN

Nuclear

Solar’s great and so is wind, but we still need nuclear power, (Op-ed) Los Angeles Times

Vermont Yankee decommissioning on track, says new director, vtdigger.org

Editorial: Still seeking a home for nuclear waste, MetroWest Daily News

We can’t give up on nuclear plants: Kirk and Whitman, USA TODAY

My Turn: Seabrook is good for the state and the environment, Concord Monitor

Bellows Falls branch of Boys & Girls Club closes due to financial difficulties, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New Hampshire Transmission to Refund $7 Million to New England Ratepayers, Energy Manager Today

Northern Pass, PUC Staff Reach Pact on NH Utility Designation, RTO Insider

The Challenge Of Keeping The Lights On In New England: A Conversation With ISO-NE’s CEO, Forbes

Power plants are no longer America’s biggest climate problem. Transportation is., Vox.com

Boston Medical Center avoids 8,500 tons of carbon emissions annually, PennEnergy

Utilities seek cut of hydro, wind contracts, CommonWealth Magazine

Sudbury board asks Secretary Beaton to halt Eversource project, MetroWest Daily News

UMass Board of Trustees votes to fully divest from fossil fuels, MassLive.com

Reps. Michael Marcotte and Gary Viens: Energy We Will Say ‘Yes’ To, (VT) Caledonian Record

Plenty of wind in this energy bill, (editorial) Lowell Sun

House energy bill must be scaled up, (opinion), CommonWealth Magazine

Krapels: Court adds urgency to state’s energy debate,(opinion)  MetroWest Daily News

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Energy News for week ending May 6, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

SJC hears arguments on gas pipeline dispute, CommonWealth Magazine

Spectra Gas Pipeline Explosion Cuts Flows to Eastern U.S., Bloomberg

Preliminary Probe Reveals Corrosion as Possible Culprit in Tetco Blast, Natural Gas Intelligence

Spectra cites pipeline progress, says partners ‘give us the advantage’, Boston Business Journal

Baker administration pushes natural gas at Statehouse climate hearing, Boston Business Journal

Baker, Healey to face off over pipeline tariff, The Boston Globe

Opponents look to kill proposed pipeline project, The Union Leader

PA gas pipeline explosion predicted by whistleblowers, RI Future

No decision from Hedlund as deadline passes on Weymouth compressor station deal, Patriot Ledger

Kinder Morgan out, anti-pipeline movement rages on, Lowell Sun

Skepticism, not panic, on pipeline, The Sun Chronicle

The People Vs. The Gas Pipeline, (video) WGBH

Renewable Energy

One U.S. State Has Key to $10 Billion Offshore Wind Boom, Bloomberg

Offshore wind increasingly competitive on cost, Cape Cod Times

Hassan signs solar bill into law, giving boost to renewable developers, Concord Monitor

Falmouth wind turbine appeal filed in state Land Court, Cape Cod Times

Wind power wants greater role in state’s renewable energy mix, Gloucester Times

Peabody mayor nixes solar panels plan, The Salem News

Maine lawmakers fail to override LePage veto of solar incentive bill, UtilityDive

Plan for Maine’s largest solar energy farm moves ahead as Sanford approves lease, Portland Press Herald

Lobbying by renewable energy groups is on the rise in Massachusetts, Boston.com

South Portland considers zoning changes to promote, regulate solar arrays, Portland Press Herald

Hydropower getting support despite reservations over cost, Worcester Business Journal

Energy Efficiency

Underwriting standards: The most important efficiency innovation you’ve never heard of, UtilityDive

Energy efficiency: Saving money while saving the planet, Gloucester Daily Times

Nuclear

CT Senate passes bill to stabilize revenues in nuclear industry, CT Mirror

Entergy won’t face fine for federal violation, VT Digger

Latest round of Vermont Yankee staff cuts set for Thursday, VT Digger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Report: Baker hydro bill won’t lower power rates, Commonwealth Magazine

Oracle acquires Opower in $532 million deal, USA TODAY

Medway: Exelon says traffic impact minimal, MetroWest Daily News

Connecticut Electric Rates Dropping To ‘Near Historic Lows’, Hartford Courant

DeLeo ‘not at all’ concerned over hydro-import cost uncertainty, Lowell Sun

New England power grid confident through summer, wwlp.com

Green Mountain Power installs Tesla battery in St. Albans Home, WCAX

Northern Pass behaving badly, (opinion) New Hampshire Business Review

Some see Northern Pass fund as a boon, The Union Leader

Eversource to perform land survey on Hudson-Sudbury rail bed, Wicked Local

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Energy News for week ending April 15, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Elizabeth Warren asks feds to reject Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion request, Boston.com

91 Mass. lawmakers object to ratepayers paying for gas pipeline, Telegram.com

Massachusetts Attorney General Files Opposition on Pipeline Injunction Request, WNPR

DPU gets earful at Dracut gas pipeline hearing, Lowell Sun

Raimondo Committed to Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Landmark gas pipeline case to be heard in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday, MassLive

Sandisfield Pipeline Case Could Impact Larger Project, New England Public Radio

AG defends Article 97 in Berkshire County pipeline case, The Recorder

Charges Against Elders Dropped in Pipeline Blockade Case, vtdigger.org

Better Future leader challenges Baker inaction on pipelines, NewBostonPost (blog)

The U.S. Has More Gas Than it Needs and Boston’s Still Importing, Bloomberg

Vernon gears up for gas plant talk with state, Brattleboro Reformer

Renewable Energy

State’s clean-energy future must start now, Cape Cod Times

Video: Sen. President Rosenberg praises offshore wind as Beacon Hill girds for omnibus energy bill, MassLive

Massachusetts Solar Net Metering Decision Is A Mixed Bag, CleanTechnica

Revised solar bill picks up 10 more votes in Maine House, Press Herald

Ethical necessity to back solar energy, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Are backdoor deals leading to large-scale solar projects in Vt.?, WCAX

Church to showcase solar power, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Wind studies met with skepticism in Grafton, Commons

Solar power arrays proposed on Hancock Shaker Village parcels, Berkshire Eagle

Vermont renewable siting bill has uncertain fate in the House, Vermont Watchdog.org

A Vermont farm will transform manure, corn silage and brewery waste into pipeline-grade natural gas…, The Republic

Superior Court judge rejects Bourne’s turbine lawsuit, Cape Cod Times

New Hampshire Senate passes bill to double net metering cap, PV Magazine

Plan calls for turbine to be fixed in 6 months, Gloucester Times

Energy Efficiency

Measuring success in energy-efficiency financing, GreenBiz

R.I. clean energy jobs increase by 40 percent, The Providence Journal

Connecticut environmental groups decry proposed raid of energy fund, theday.com

Bangor Council Approves Energy Efficiency Pilot Program, WABI

Nuclear

Massachusetts Nuke Plant to Refuel Next Year, Close in 2019, NECN

Nuke plant’s license renewal hearing postponed, Seacoastonline.com

Feds want more details on Vermont Yankee water, Vermont Biz

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

The future of energy has already arrived in New England, Tech Insider

Otten rebuts claims of pressure for Northern Pass stance, The Union Leader

Connecticut Advances Utility Cybersecurity Efforts; Survey Finds Threat Rises, Microgrid Knowledge

Eversource CEO Retiring; CFO Named Replacement, RTO Insider

Chamber ends longtime opposition to Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Local power companies seek even playing field, Lowell Sun

National Grid Launches Energy eBook, 3BL Media (press release)

Exelon’s Next Big Stride: Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid, Microgrid Knowledge

Waste-to-energy electricity generation concentrated in Florida and Northeast, Energy Information Administration

Editorial: A blueprint for Massachusetts’ energy future, MetroWest Daily News

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Energy News for week ending February 19, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Battle over using electric rates to build gas pipelines is launched with Eversource request, Concord Monitor

Pipeline bills taking a beating in NH Legislature, The Keene Sentinel

Pipeline foes block tree-cutters at maple syrup farm in Pennsylvania, MassLive

Climate activists and pipeline protesters turn to civil disobedience in the Northeast, Grist

Greenfield pipeline protesters say Berkshire Gas moratorium is ‘bogus’, MassLive

Pipeline project part of larger energy picture in the region, The Keene Sentinel

Residents urge selectmen to pursue appeal of FERC decision, Wicked Local Westwood

Dedham Selectmen vote to appeal FERC denial, Wicked Local Roslindale

Kinder Morgan: Barron’s Is Wrong, The Buffett Investment is a Huge Deal, Seeking Alpha

Renewable Energy

DeLeo is the reason solar is on hold, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Congressional action could affect Massachusetts’ solar net metering debate, MassLive

Wood Chips and Splinters in RI’s Renewables Plan, ecoRI news

Trends Favor Cheaper Offshore Wind Power, Coastal Review Online

Deepwater scores for New England, reNews

Dong Energy takes over US offshore wind project (press release), Offshore Wind Industry

A progressive wind energy project, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

As solar power grows in Maine, so does tension over its future shape and direction, Press Herald

Report cites untapped solar power potential of big-box rooftops, Boston Business Journal

Editorial: Color us green, The Providence Journal

Local lawmakers to hold information session in Acton on solar energy, The Boston Globe

Activists demand climate plan updates, Yale Daily News

Political debate stalls Tyngsboro landfill solar plan, Lowell Sun

UI, Eversource pitch renewable energy projects to DEEP, New Haven Register

Energy Efficiency

RI State officials praise demand for energy efficiency funding, Turn to 10

Hospitals speak out against energy efficiency cuts, WLBZ2.com

City puts its faith in clean energy, Westfair Communications

Nuclear

NRC Creates Web Page on Increased Oversight of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, (press release) NRC

Vermont Yankee security changes endorsed by feds, Commons News

NEI points to success in market reforms, but says more work to be done, SNL News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

State legislators discuss Massachusetts’ role in combating climate change, Tufts Daily

After city spends $1.37 million on legal fees, council continues Brockton Power fight, The Enterprise

17 governors sign pledge to modernize US power grid, Utility Dive

Demand-Side Resources Can Be Cheaper Than Large Infrastructure Upgrades, Greentech Media

Kennedy, Markey push to give consumer more say in electric bills, Sun Chronicle

Moody’s raises concerns in wake of power auction, CommonWealth Magazine

Bill Would Force Review of a Split FERC’s Inaction, RTO Insider

Officials say New England will have enough energy through 2020, WCVB Boston

150 file petitions for intervenor status on Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

NRG Clears Auction Process, Sandwich Sentinel

Boston Identifies Dozens of Potential Microgrid Sites in Major Community Energy Study, Microgrid Knowledge

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Energy News for week ending February 12, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

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

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

Baker treading carefully on Kinder Morgan pipeline project, Lowell Sun

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

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

Renewable Energy

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

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

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

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

New England attracts 2.7GW bids for wind, Windpower Monthly

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Would Help Grow Green Jobs in RI, ecoRI news

Foster residents urged to consider Solarize RI, Valley Breeze

Connecticut’s solar jobs lagging, New Haven Register

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

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

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

Energy Efficiency

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

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

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

Nuclear

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

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

Nuclear Spent Fuel Challenges, Nuclear Power International

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Auction yields plenty of power for 2019-2020, CommonWealth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blumenthal Urges Rejection of Current Eversource Plan, Greenwich Sentinel

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

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

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

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

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Energy News for week ending February 5, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Kinder Morgan’s pipe dream is economic nightmare, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Warren calls out FERC on pipeline, The Recorder

Deerfield warning Kinder Morgan about trespassing workers, WWLP

Tennessee Gas Pipeline puts forth deceptive figures (opinion), Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Andover gets aggressive in gas pipeline fight, Andover Townsman

Trade Group Exec Says New England Power Generators Failing to Secure Long-term Gas Contracts, Natural Gas Intelligence

Mayor Walsh To Appeal Federal Regulators’ Decision On West Roxbury Pipeline, WBUR

Acushnet Town Counsel: feds will have final say on LNG, South Coast Today

Energy Board Boots Several Power Plant Opponents, EcoRI.org

Renewable Energy

The Coming Sea Change In Meeting New England’s Energy Needs, WBUR

New England states team up on green energy needs, The Providence Journal

Rival hydro providers team up to make push for Mass. legislation, The Boston Globe

Global Offshore Wind Market Sets Record In 2015, North American Windpower

SunEd proposes 600MW wind farm in Maine bonanza, Recharge

Town of Bourne files suit against Plymouth turbines, Cape Cod Times

Giant offshore wind turbine will feature blades longer than two football fields, Treehugger

Climate Change: New England Forest Soil Altered, Shifted, Science World Report

Connecticut solar energy advocates laud partnership, West Hartford News

Smizik: Massachusetts solar leadership at risk, (Opinion) MetroWest Daily News

Gov. Baker unveils $15M solar, renewable energy plan, Lowell Sun

Wind power critics upset by scale of newly proposed Maine projects, Portland Press Herald

Energy Efficiency

Green Light: National Grid gets efficiency go-ahead, Smart Grid News

Clinton rolls out energy efficiency plan, The Hill

Aaron Nicodemus: Polar’s search for low-cost power a prime example of statewide dilemma, Worcester Telegram

I-Team: Customer Complaints Raise Questions About Mass Save Contractor Oversight, CBS Boston

Vermont Gas designated Energy Efficiency Utility, vtdigger.org

Use savings to save more, Rutland Herald

Do These 10 Green Appliances Actually Save You Money?, Wise Bread

Nuclear

Closing This Nuclear Plant Could Cause an Environmental Disaster, Mother Jones

Seabrook Station graces cover of town report, Newburyport Daily News

NRC Gives Thumbs Up To Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Plans, WAMC

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Congressional subcommittee hears Kennedy bill to give ratepayers chance to review electricity rate decisions, The Herald News

ISO-NE Could See Worse Supply Crunch in 2 Years, RTO Insider

Footprint Power CEO gives update on Salem Power Plant, Wicked Local Gloucester

Manchester wants in on Northern Pass process, The Union Leader

DOE announces public hearings for Northern Pass Transmission project, The Union Leader

Students spearhead Energize RI legislation, new carbon tax, The Brown Daily Herald

‘Low’ energy prices still highest in the nation, Worcester Telegram

Report shows reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, The New Hampshire

Blumenthal raises concerns about Eversource’s Greenwich substation plan, Greenwich Time

Massachusetts Issues RFI for Community Microgrid Grants, Microgrid Knowledge

Environmental League of Massachusetts targets power utilities like Eversource in ad campaign, MassLive

ISO-NE Chief: New England 2 years away from potential supply shortage, Utility Drive

Energy Coalition Says Rhode Island Needs A Carbon Tax, RIPR

Oil-fired power generation in Northeast US well behind 2015 levels, Platts.com

Medway: Exelon files final environmental report, MetroWest Daily News

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