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Energy News for week ending May 8, 2020

Outrage | Social Distancing Threat | Woodwind

Happy Friday afternoon.

We start this week with a story from RTO Insider, “Exelon Bid to Keep Mystic Units Running Provokes Outrage. When Exelon announced that it would retire its 2,001-MW Mystic Generating Station, ISO-NE was forced to amend its Tariff and sign an expensive and controversial out-of-market contract to keep the plant running through May 2024 for reliability. Now, Exelon has filed interconnection requests to keep the two combined cycle units at the plant in Everett, Mass., running beyond the end of its $400 million cost-of-service agreement for “fuel security” in 2024. Exelon’s April 20 filing with ISO-NE asked the RTO to treat the two gas-fired units — with combined capacity of 1,600 MW in summer and 1,700 MW in winter — as “new” resources. ‘The filing preserves an additional option for Mystic 8 and 9 to provide unique fuel security and electric reliability benefits to the region following the cost-of-service period, if ISO-NE decides that it does not need Mystic 8 and 9 in the market for transmission security for at least one more year,’ Exelon Generation spokesman Mark Rodgers explained in response to questions from RTO Insider. News of Exelon’s change of heart provoked outrage among some stakeholders.”

It’s a bit far-flung from the Northeast but the strategy in this story could certainly have implications here, especially given the number of cities and towns contemplating gas bans. From the LA Times, “How to stop a climate vote? Threaten a ‘no social distancing’ protest. San Luis Obispo was on the verge of passing an ambitious climate change policy when the proposal’s most vocal critic, Eric Hofmann, found a trump card: fear of the coronavirus. Elected officials in this city along California’s Central Coast planned to vote on an energy code that would encourage construction of all-electric buildings, which don’t use gas appliances and aren’t hooked up to the gas grid. It’s an increasingly popular tool for cities looking to phase out fossil fuels — and a threat to the gas industry, which has mounted a vigorous counteroffensive. On March 16, Hofmann sent an email to San Luis Obispo officials that left them shocked. ‘If the city council intends to move forward with another reading on a gas ban I can assure you there will be no social distancing in place,’ he wrote. ‘I strongly urge the city council to kick this can down the road to adhere to public health safety measures. Please don’t force my hand in bussing in hundreds and hundreds of pissed off people potentially adding to this pandemic.’ Hofmann is president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 132, which represents thousands of employees of Southern California Gas Co. — one of the nation’s largest gas utilities, and a prominent crusader against local efforts to phase out gas. He also chairs the board of directors of Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions, a pro-gas advocacy group that has received funding from SoCalGas and worked closely with the utility to generate opposition to all-electric building policies.”

And for our new technology story of the week we travel to Sweden with a story from Business Green. “Renewable power: Modvion installs 30-metre wooden wind turbine tower. A 30-metre wooden wind turbine tower has been erected by engineering and industrial design firm Modvion on a Swedish island close to the city of Gothenburg. Modvion announced last week that the successful pilot project, built for research purposes for the Swedish Wind Technology Centre, marked a ‘major breakthrough’ in the development of a new generation of low-carbon, high-efficiency wind turbines. ‘Laminated wood is stronger than steel at the same weight, and by building in modules, wind turbines can be taller,’ chief executive Otto Lundman said. ‘By building in wood, we also reduce carbon dioxide emissions in manufacturing and instead store carbon dioxide in the design.’ Alongside their environmental benefits, advocates of wooden wind towers maintain that they hold several major advantages for wind project developers accustomed to working with steel. For example, because wood is cheaper, lighter, and can be transported in smaller modules, construction costs for wooden towers are likely to be lower. Furthermore, a modular approach to construction allows towers to be taller and wider, meaning that turbines can extend longer vertically and operate in places where wind speeds are higher.”

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


Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Gas Stoves: Health and Air Quality Impacts and Solutions, Rocky Mountain Institute

Legislation aims to block fossil fuel companies from receiving coronavirus aid, The Hill

So far, COVID-19 fallout not altering plans to retire US coal-fired plants, S&P Global

These dirty power plants cost billions and only operate in summer. Can they be replaced,? Grist

How to stop a climate vote? Threaten a ‘no social distancing’ protest, LA Times


Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

US Treasury to Tweak Tax Credit Deadlines for Renewables Projects, Greentech Media

Amid pandemic, U.S. renewable power sources have topped coal for 40 days, Reuters

Coronavirus Offers a Clear View of What Causes Air Pollution, Wall St. Journal

Solar, wind energy struggle as coronavirus takes toll, AP News

Critics Say R.I. Climate Council Falls Short of Its Mandate, EcoRI

Coronavirus crisis hits solar and wind energy industry, Washington Post

New York to include small combustion turbines in annual carbon emission limits, Utility Dive

Are Progressive Climate Policies a Political Poison Pill,? Greentech Media

Forests Are Vanishing More Slowly, But Not Slowly Enough, Bloomberg Green

MassCEC Goes Underwater NB Ocean Wind Turbine Port, Patch.com

Harvard didn’t divest from fossil fuels. So what does its ‘net-zero’ pledge mean?, Grist.com

Climate and coronavirus hit the same communities hard, Futurity.org

Governor rejects withdrawal from RGGI, Daily American (PA)



‘Growing chorus’ endorses multi-user transmission system, RiveriaMM.com

Renewable power: Modvion installs 30-metre wooden wind turbine tower, Business Green

Peek Into a Wooden Mast Reveals Wind Power’s Towering Future, Bloomberg Green

Energy generated on offshore wind turbine farms, and conveyed ashore as hydrogen fuel, EurakAlert!

Sheffield wind case: Timeline of years-long sound level fight, Caledonian Record via National Wind Watch

Big data ‘could help drive better performance of wind energy assets,’ Energy Live News



New 3.2MW solar plant to provide clean energy to Vermont’s electric utilities, Energy Live News

Planning Board: Buxton Street solar farm doesn’t meet ordinance, Valley Breeze


Energy Efficiency/Storage

Storing solar and wind energy with compressed air, PV Magazine

Regulatory developments shaping energy storage in 2020 so far, PV Magazine



Utilities should charge electric delivery trucks as a new rate class, take other cost-cutting steps: Amazon-led alliance, Market Watch

New Breed of Pickups Mixes Horsepower and Battery Power, New York Times



Millstone security employees criticize COVID-19 safety efforts, The Day

Nuclear plant workers cite lack of precautions around virus, AP News

Fact-checking Amazon’s new season of Bosch, American Nuclear Society



Exelon Bid to Keep Mystic Units Running Provokes Outrage, RTO Insider

Maine Supreme Court Rules That Anti-CMP Corridor Referendum Signatures Were Valid, Maine Public

Trump’s grid security executive order will create vendor ‘black list,’ complicate equipment sourcing, Utility Dive

Looming Coal and Nuclear Plant Closures Put ‘Just Transition’ Concept to the Test, Greentech Media

Trump’s security order could have ‘chilling effect,’ slow smart grid deployment, experts say, Utility Dive

Utility Sought Repeated Rate Increases to Make Up for $285M in Under-Earnings, Audit Finds, NJ Spotlight



Can Mass. launch the fusion revolution,? CommonWealth Magazine

Powering through — and beyond — the crisis, Utility Dive

LETTER: Holtec and spent fuel rods, Wicked Local Plymouth

Why We Need Renewable Natural Gas, Microgrid Knowledge

Toll taken by Hoosac Wind, Berkshire Eagle via National Wind Watch

Letter to the editor: Renegotiate CMP corridor so Maine gets a better deal, Press Herald

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Energy News for week ending November 11, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Study underscores dangers of fracking, Yale Daily News

Oklahoma earthquake reignites concerns that fracking wells may be the cause, USA Today

Eversource says pipeline project still on track despite adverse rulings, The Union Leader

LePage: Bring Pennsylvania Natural Gas to Maine Through Canada, Bypassing New England, MainePublic.org

Connecticut Tribes Support Pipeline Fight of Standing Rock Sioux, WNPR News

Hundreds March Against Dakota Access Pipeline in Downtown Boston, Patch.com

Renewable Energy

Federal appeals court puts clean energy RFP on hold in Connecticut, Utility DIVE

2 southern Vermont towns reject wind power project, PennEnergy

Vermont utility regulators refining ‘net-metering’ rule, WCAX

Solar coming to 4 more towns, Berkshire Eagle

Nexamp Completes Community Solar Project In Mass., Solar Industry

A Solar Farm Rises From the Ashes of a Coal-Burning Power Plant, TakePart

Duke Energy to Provide Remote Monitoring, Control Services for Offshore Block Island Wind Farm, Renewable Energy World

Yale program to bring solar power to low-income households, Yale Daily News

Eversource Energy couples clean energy projects with strong balance sheet, Daily Energy Insider

Power Couple: Tie-Up Shows How Batteries and Solar May Link, New York Times

6 Maine businesses get money for solar, renewable energy, PennEnergy

When Bats Look for Meals Near Wind Power, Bats Die, New York Times

The US’s First Offshore Wind Farm Is Scheduled to Open This Month, Scientific American

Offshore Wind Farms Don’t Harm Marine Life, IEEE Spectrum

Satellite Captures a Surprising Impact of Offshore Wind Farms, Gizmodo

DONG Energy confirms sale of oil and gas arm to focus on renewables, Business Green

Energy Efficiency

Portland becomes first city in Maine to require reporting on large buildings’ energy use, Press Herald

Consortium to discuss efficiency, Newbritainherald

Canaan’s Historic Church Gains Efficiency Assistance, Caledonian Record


Entergy to sell Vermont Yankee to NorthStar, vtdigger.org

Vermont Yankee decommissioning to be accelerated by decades, Electric Light & Power


Canada’s take on Northern Pass, New Hampshire Business Review

Eversource winter price to drop 8%, CommonWealth Magazine

State OKs lower Eversource winter rates, MassLive.com

Town Reaches Tax Agreement with Burrillville Power Plant Company, WLNE-TV

Eversource Tree Clearing To Be Scaled Back In Glastonbury, Hartford Courant

Markets vs. Climate Goals the Subject at NECA Conference, RTO Insider

Deerfield officials look for more specifics about Northern Pass project, The Union Leader

Winter Energy Prices to Drop for Stonington Residents: Eversource, Patch.com

Fuel assistance programs hoping for mild winter, South Coast Today

MEDWAY: State OKs Exelon plant expansion, WickedLocal Medway


Column: High energy costs are a competitive issue for employers, The Salem News

MA must continue to lead on energy, CommonWealth Magazine

The State of the Solar Energy Market in New England, AltEnergyMag.com

Norton: Baker’s pipeline support undercuts climate goals, MetroWest Daily News

Robert Miller: Natural gas and New England’s energy needs, The Greater New Milford Spectrum

Another View — James T. Brett: New England needs a comprehensive energy policy, The Union Leader

Carping about NRC overlooks its successes, Cape Cod Times

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Filed under Electricity Costs, Natural Gas Pipelines, solar, Vermont Yankee Closing

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


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


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 August 14, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

UIL optimistic on natural gas conversion rates, New Haven Register

Natural gas protesters arrested after locking themselves to entrance of Spectra station, Providence Journal

Rural RI at Heart of Region’s Natural-Gas Debate, ecoRI news

Developer: Pipeline plan means money for towns, Eagle-Tribune

Pipeline foes: Keep money, Sentinel & Enterprise

Residents, pols pan pipeline, Lowell Sun

Foes of pipeline vent at Dracut hearing, Sentinel & Enterprise

Thousands of natural gas leaks in state go unrepaired, Enterprise News

Rosenberg Calls On Berkshire Gas To Lift Moratorium On New Service, New England Public Radio

Energy Efficiency

EnergySavvy Goes Back to Paper to Engage the Ratepayer Masses, Greentech Media

Environmental Journal: A high-energy week on Capitol Hill, The Providence Journal

VPR plans $8M radio station of the future, Burlington Free Press

Renewable Energy

Massachusetts Solar Bill Raises Net Metering Caps, Looks to Replace SREC Program, Greentech Media

Scituate seeing green with turbine, Wicked Local Scituate

West Warwick Flips the Switch to Wind Power, ecoRI

Note to utilities: Here’s why 2015 is the ‘tipping point’ for community solar, Utility Dive

Edgecomb Solar Farm first community owned in Maine, Boothbay Register

The Triple Threat: Community Choice, Microgrids and Community Solar, Microgrid Knowledge

Aiming to boost solar industry, Gov. Charlie Baker proposes bill raising ‘net metering’ cap, MassLive.com

Baker bill aims to grow solar power, adjust incentives, Worcester Business Journal

Gov. Baker files new solar legislation amid criticism, Boston Business Journal (blog)

Analysis: Wind power taking off in U.S., Press Herald

Renewable Energy Policies had a Tough Year in the New Hampshire House and Senate, Seacoastonline.com


No nukes = no jobs: Brattleboro housing market dives as Vermont Yankee exits region, Addison Eagle

Seabrook Station approved for next step toward re-licensing, The Union Leader

PLYMOUTH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS: ZBA OKs 160-foot met tower for Pilgrim, Wicked Local Plymouth

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Can Nuclear Power Beat the Global Threat of Coal?, Working Knowledge/HBS


State falling short on carbon reduction goals, Barnstable Patriot

The Argument: Would Exelon’s proposed power benefit Medway?, (opinions pro and con), Boston Globe

NH towns, schools look to join to buy power, Union Leader

Heat-trapping pollution from power plants down, Press Herald

Mild Summer cuts Air Conditioning, Lowers Electricity Costs, Hartford Courant

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