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Energy News for week ending September 29, 2017

Cost Recovery for baseload | Brain Research for Storage |Power from Evaporation

Happy Friday afternoon everyone.

The big news this week actually broke today with the announcement, carried by Utility Dive, that the “DOE filed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the Federal Power Act to enhance grid resilience, directing FERC to ‘accurately price generation resources necessary to maintain reliability and resiliency.’ The rule would provide for ‘recovery of costs of fuel-secure generation units frequently relied upon to make our grid reliable and resilient.’” If passed, it could be good news for coal and nuclear plants that keep fuel on site. As an aside, I got it from a very good source today that FERC is interested in receiving comments – so send them in.

Sticking with national news, we have an interesting story from Microgrid Knowledge about how some “Duke University brain science researchers are hoping to use electronics they developed for non-invasive brain stimulation to revolutionize energy storage technology, making batteries safer, more efficient and less expensive.”

Last tidbit for this week comes from Science Daily which reports that “In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers at Columbia University find that U.S. lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of power, nearly 70 percent of what the United States currently produces.” They add, “Though still limited to experiments in the lab, evaporation-harvested power could in principle be made on demand, day or night, overcoming the intermittency problems plaguing solar and wind energy.” Cool stuff.

Be sure to check out the events page at New England Energy News. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

As Perry slams state pipeline decisions, lawyers say DOE has little authority to intervene, Utility Dive

EIA Says US Electric Rates Up This Year on Higher NatGas Prices, Natural Gas Intelligence

US lawmakers ask Facebook, Twitter for information on anti-fracking ads, Reuters

118 Groups Urge Trump to Ban Fracking on Public Lands, Center for Biological Diversity

Otis State Forest pipeline protesters make a plea for the planet during court hearings, Berkshire Eagle

Rick Perry links pipelines, natural security, CommonWealth Magazine

Renewable Energy

This Bipartisan Senate Bill Could Enable US Offshore Wind to Take Off, Greentech Media

Wind power is now cheaper than nuclear – the energy revolution is happening, The Guardian

Wind Energy Could Power 30% Of Europe’s Needs By 2030, Reports WindEurope, CleanTechnica

New Milford residents oppose solar project for Candlewood Mountain, Danbury News Times

US Climate Change Policy: Made in California, New York Times

New Jersey to examine solar incentives, cost differentials, Utility Dive

The most effective clean energy policy gets the least love, Vox.com

Savoy voters reject bylaw allowing taller wind turbines, Berkshire Eagle

Solar to power Middle East oil, natural gas exports, Platts

Stronger RGGI Cuts Projected to Be Achieved at Low Cost, Natural Resources Defense Council

RGGI issues first ever offsets as states narrow opportunities, Carbon Pulse

State environmental groups rip GOP cuts as short-sighted, New Haven Register

NextEra: Four former Ranger solar projects will be operating by end of 2019, Mainebiz

Let the Sun Shine In: Solar Prices Decreasing, ecoRI news

Ruling Finds Solar Panels From China Hurt US Makers, Maine Public

Scituate Wind turbine noise still a problem for some, Wicked Local Scituate

Renewable developers respond in droves to New York solicitation, Utility Dive

Large solar array in works for old gravel pit in Williamsburg, Going Green

Wind and water: Powering our past, and future, Seacoast Online

Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts stays atop NGO’s state energy efficiency rankings, Utility Dive

State money to help Central Mass. communities switch to energy-saving LED streetlights, Worcester Telegram

Meriden councilors favor program with Eversource to upgrade lights in city buildings, Meriden Record-Journal

How your air conditioner plays catch-up to regulations, Axios.com

Weymouth to convert 3,800 street lights to LED, Patriot Ledger

Nuclear

Entire US Nuclear Power Fleet Could Disappear in 38 Years: S&P, Bloomberg

Energy Company Finances At Center Of Battle Over Millstone, Hartford Courant

Plans to clean up Vt. Yankee met with criticism from environmental groups, The Recorder

Port council votes to send letter to NRC, The Daily News of Newburyport

NorthStar leader, engineering consultant talk future of Vt. Yankee, Going Green

Energy Storage

New York City Aims To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions By Using Energy Storage, Forbes.com

Years In, NY REV Lacks Major Storage Action. That May Have to Change Soon, Greentech Media

Brain Research Tools Could Help Revolutionize Energy Storage Technology, Microgrid Knowledge

Climate Change

Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year, National Geographic

States Can Lead the Way on Climate Change, Scientific American

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

DOE proposes cost recovery for baseload generators in new FERC rule, Utility Dive

Connecticut energy plan raises tough questions on comparative resource valuation, Utility Dive

SEC Member: Northern Pass Could Cost Taxpayers More For Public Construction Projects, indepthnh.org

Central Maine Power seeks permit to transmit cheap hydro from Canada, Utility Dive

Tisbury looks to join Brewster in Eversource spraying battle, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Texas firm sells Milford power plant in $119M sale, Worcester Business Journal

Sudbury property values (partially) fair play in Eversource case, MetroWest Daily News

Cushing bill looks to block utility monopolies, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Eversource says fewer people have lost power this year, cites system improvements, Concord Monitor

National Grid in settlement talks with NY over rates, Albany Times Union

Great Barrington pursues ‘low cost and green’ collective power purchase plan, Berkshire Eagle

Central Maine Power seeks permit to transmit cheap hydro from Canada, Utility Dive

Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of US, Science Daily

NiSource Again Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Business West

Can Distributed Energy Resources Get Paid to Serve as ‘Virtual Transmission Lines’?, Greentech Media

Sudbury sues MBTA over Eversource lease, MetroWest Daily News

Editorial/Opinion

Letter: Not clean, not green, Concord Monitor

Approve bill to help Millstone secure its future, theday.com

Nuclear Power Is ‘On Its Back,’ Former CIA Director Says, Forbes

Lisa Ostrove: Why Candlewood Solar is a bad deal for our town, Danbury News Times

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Energy News for week ending December 11, 2015

COP21 Paris

What the World Can Learn from New England About Living in a Changing Climate, Huffington Post

At Paris Climate Summit, Cities Seen As Key In Fight Against Global Climate Issues, WBUR

In the COP21 Battle of Ideas, One Common Thread (Blog), Huffington Post

NRG, National Grid, and others commit to science-based carbon targets at Paris Climate Talks, UtilityDive

Mayor Walsh announces Boston receives international award at climate talks, WickedLocal West Roxbury

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline foes: Kinder Morgan financial woes a bad sign for Northeast Energy Direct, MassLive

Natural Gas Pipeline Opponents Speak Up in Vt. And Europe,  NECN

Caution: Future Market Need for Natural Gas Pipelines is Smaller than You Think, (Blog) Environmental Defense Fund

FERC rejects Bettencourt plea, The Salem News

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte opposes Kinder Morgan pipeline, MassLive.com

Dracut pipeline opponents, frustrated with town, vow to continue fight , Lowell Sun

Hundreds expected to march against pipeline in Concord Friday, The Keene Sentinel

Pipeline scrutiny heats up, New Hampshire Business Review

Pipeline opponents puzzled by leaders’ words, actions about proposed project, The Keene Sentinel

Questions raised over tests of Gonzales Field, Wicked Local Westwood

Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency

Report Touts Wind Energy’s Potential To Curb Carbon Emissions , Rhode Island Public Radio

Report: Mass. utilities target over $20B in efficiency savings in a decade, UtilityDive

Block Island Wind Turbine Construction Complete For The SeasonRhode Island Public Radio

Wind benefits Maine’s environment, Today’s Energy Solutions

Owner of former coal plant in Holyoke will raze smoke stack, go solar, MassLive

Solar advocates rally as Maine PUC contemplates policy changes, Lewiston Sun Journal

Portland weighs several solar energy projects, Press Herald

Google’s Project Sunroof expanding across the US, ZDNet

NH CleanTech, Granite State Hydro Form Alliance, Patch.com

Nuclear

Nuclear industry targets 30% cost reduction by 2018 to remain competitive, UtilityDive

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Raimondo order sets plan to reduce RI’s carbon footprint, The Providence Journal

N.H. siting panel: Northern Pass application complete,Foster’s Daily Democrat

TDI likely to transmit hydro, wind power to southern New England, VTDigger.org

Cape Light Compact announces reduced electricity rates, Barnstable Patriot

How capacity payments work, Concord Monitor

Medway: Exelon hearings begin with the basics, Milford Daily News

Large energy projects in NH move forward, The Union Leader

 

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Energy News for week ending April 3, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Berkshire Gas announces moratorium in Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland, MassLive.com

Kinder Morgan signs pact with construction unions for gas pipeline work, MassLive.com

Alison H. Bowen: Is a new gas pipeline really the answer to high electricity costs? (Opinion), Daily Hampshire Gazette

Northeast Resists More Pipelines, Despite Higher Energy Costs, Huffington Post

Salem to hold public meeting with pipeline officials, The Union Leader

Porter: Fears of fracking may block needed Mass. pipeline, Boston Herald

Dave Solomon’s Power Plays: Mass. Gas moratorium adds to pipeline debate, Union Leader

Energy Efficiency

Maine Republican proposes fix to $38 million energy-efficiency error, Portland Press Herald

Massachusetts expands energy efficient grant program for farmers, MassLive.com

46% of Energy Efficiency Project Decision Makers Think Efficiency Projections are ‘Too Good to be True’, Energy Manager Today

Students learn lesson in energy efficiency, WTNH (CT)

Renewable Energy

Mass solar projects could soon reach a limit, Boston Globe

Peterborough solar array to be completed next month, The Union Leader

Wind power’s future depends on thinking smaller, Boston Globe

National Grid’s Net Metering Solar Cap Hit, CapeCod.com News

Ocean-based wind turbines, tested in Europe, may come to a coast near you, (Block Island, RI), Environment & Energy

Regional Report: Plainfield Biomass Continues To Rile Neighbors, Vermont Public Radio

New England power plants fight renewables plan, Argus Media

Nuclear

US Support for Nuclear Energy at 51%, Gallup.com

A path towards innovating nuclear energy, World Nuclear News

Climate Change

Environment Maine releases new report on climate change, WCSH-TV

Poll: Mass. Backs Policies To Combat Global Warming, But it remains a 2nd-tier issue, WBUR

Christine Muller: Expect more RI flooding as globe warms, (opinion), Providence Journal

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Group plans utility cable under Lake Champlain, Addison County Independent

Meeting with New England Delegation Fails to Sway LaFleur on Capacity Results, RTO Insider

Unknowns of Northern Pass project a main concern for Concord, Concord Monitor

Proposed Woburn-to-Wakefield electric line could yield $1.5M in annual taxes, Wicked Local Wakefield (MA)

Editorial: Push for power, The Providence Journal

Bond begins work at New Salem Harbor Station, Power Engineering

NH Electric Co-op, Liberty customers to see rate decrease, Power Engineering

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Energy News week ending January 16, 2015

Smart Grid

Worcester smart grid up and running as National Grid launches pilot program, MassLive.com

Massachusetts announces $18m for microgrids and energy storage facilities, GreentechLead.com

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Split Dracut board OKs resolution opposing gas pipeline, Lowell Sun

Natural Gas: Bridge Fuel and Polluter, EcoRI.org

Massachusetts needs more natural gas pipeline capacity to meet future needs, says report, MassLive.com

Vermont Gas’ new CEO vows better communication, VTdigger.org

New Hampshire will not benefit from pipeline plan, (opinion) Cabinet.com

Renewable Energy

National View: Tilting at turbines, SouthcoastToday.com

Solar projects go online at 3 state prisons, Rutland Herald

Wind energy shifts direction, Boston Herald

Energy Efficiency

Cape Light Compact provides LED streetlights, Cape Cod Times

Boston hospitals reduce energy use, emissions in first three years of initiative, Boston Business Journal

Nuclear

Transfer of spent fuel rods begins at Plymouth nuclear plant, Cape Cod Times

Dry casks for spent fuel couldn’t be any safer (opinion), Cape Cod Times

Markets/Prices/Policy/Misc.

Maine Welcomes Plunging Energy Prices, But Will They be Short-Lived?, MPBN News

Massachusetts Energy Policy is about to Get Interesting…as if it Weren’t Already, Energyefficiencymarkets.com

It’s time for answers to state’s energy crunch (opinion), Lowell Sun

Six Charges in MA That Make Your Electric Bill More Expensive, GoLocalWorcester

Electric Rate Hike Means Millions More in RI Tax Revenues, GoLocalProv

FERC: ISO-NE may integrate demand response into wholesale markets, Utility Dive

National Grid Donates $155000 to United Way to Help With Fuel Costs, GoLocalWorcester

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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 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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Energy News for week ending October 24, 2014

Rates

Electricity Costs Expected To Skyrocket This Winter; LePage Touts Nat Gas As Solution, WABI (ME), October 23, 2014

Our View: Pool purchasing power to insulate against rate hikes, The Herald News, October 22, 2014

State Senate candidates weigh in on rising electricity costs, long-term energy strategy for New Hampshire, Concord Monitor, October 19, 2014

 

Natural Gas

Markey pledges pipeline scrutiny, Sentinel & Enterprise, October 23, 2014

Deerfield Board of Health votes to ban gas pipeline from town, MassLive.com, October 23, 2014

State’s natural gas push hits roadblocks, CT Post, October 18, 2014

Public Service Board decides not to reopen Vermont Gas Pipeline case, The Eagle, October 18, 2014

 

Nuclear Energy

Entergy: $1.24B Is Needed to Decommission Vermont Yankee Nuclear, POWER Magazine, October 22, 2014

 

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

Maine’s high court allows Grand Falls wind farm, Portland Press Herald, October 22, 2014

Why Solar Is Much More Costly Than Wind or Hydro, MIT Technology Review, October 22, 2014

CL&P: Efficiency is the first line of defense against rising rates, The Ridgefield Press (CT), October 22, 2014

Massachusetts, California Lead U.S. In Energy Efficiency, Climate Central, October 22, 2014

Mass. energy chief highlights growth, more opportunity for renewables, Worcester Business Journal, October 22, 2014

New program backs commercial building energy projects, New Hampshire Business Review, October 22, 2014

Switch To Biomass Paying Off At S.A.D. 54, WABI (ME), October 22, 2014

Dept. of Energy grants $629966 to support efficient and renewable energy in Vermont, vtdigger.org, October 20, 2014

Small Retailers in Connecticut Urged to Get Smart About Energy Efficiency, WNPR, October 20, 2014

 

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

Coakley questions Cape Light Compact’s practices, Cape Cod Times, October 24, 2014

National Grid names a new chief executive for its U.S. operations, Boston Business Journal, October 23, 2014

Cape Cod Canal plant workers authorize strike, Cape Cod Times, October 23, 2014

Canton To Seek New Partner On Hydropower Project, Hartford Courant, October 23, 2014

Brookfield charges up Cross Sound Cable auction – sources, The Deal Pipeline, October 22, 2014

Guest Opinion: Kerry and Patrick off base connecting climate and energy, Wicked Local Taunton, October 21, 2014

Estimated Refund Of Up To $30 Million Heading To Connecticut Power Customers, Hartford Courant, October 20, 2014

Connecticut AG wants FERC to reconsider ruling of energy auction, New Haven Register, October 17, 2014

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