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Energy News for week ending October 19, 2018

More Wind off Mass. | Price Volatility this Winter | Say it isn’t so!

 

Happy Friday afternoon. Let’s get to the news

From MassLive, “Nearly 400,000 acres of the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area will be up for grabs in December, as the Trump administration holds its next offshore wind auction, officials announced this week. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke revealed Wednesday that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction off 388,569 acres located on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Massachusetts on Dec. 13. A total of 19 companies — including Deepwater Wind New England, LLC, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, and Northeast Wind Energy, LLC, among others — have qualified to take part in the auction, according to the agency’s final sale notice.”

According to S&P Global Platts, “Regional pipeline constraints in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles increase the risk of energy market price volatility this coming winter, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Thursday… New England continued to be a potential trouble spot, amid growing gas dependence for home heating and generation and constrained pipeline capacity, FERC staff said. Two rule changes could help, however, said John Sillin of FERC’s enforcement office. ISO-NE is integrating price-response demand into the daily energy market and adding pay-for-performance capacity market incentives… Reflecting on the New England market, Commissioner Richard Glick suggested a need to look at more demand-side management to ‘squeeze more out of the market … if we’re not going to get more pipelines for one reason or another.’”

And last for this week, please say it isn’t so! From Nature, “Extreme weather caused by climate change can have devastating effects — and it turns out that not even beer is safe. More frequent droughts and heat waves in the twenty-first century will reduce global production of barley, finds a study published on 15 October in Nature Plants. In turn, it finds, this will decrease the supply of beer and drive up prices, even under best-case-scenario models of climate change… If people ‘want to drink beer when we watch football, then we have to do something’ …”

Have a great weekend.

 

Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas says it has paid out $20M for gas explosion claims, Boston Business Journal

Locked-out Grid workers cleared to help in Merrimack Valley, Newburyport Daily News

Columbia Gas reverses policy, will not reclaim temporary heat sources from homes, Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts DPU halts statewide pipeline work by Columbia Gas, MassLive

NTSB: Columbia Gas ignored critical pressure sensor, Eagle-Tribune

Columbia Gas launches plan to support businesses impacted by gas disaster, MassLive

After Merrimack Valley explosions, natural gas comes under sharp scrutiny, Boston Globe

Merrimack Valley explosions intensify calls to wean state off gas, Boston Globe

A Month Later, Crisis In Merrimack Valley Continues, WGBH

US Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey request info on homes damaged, residents displaced by Merrimack Valley gas explosions, MassLive

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Ceremony to commission controversial Oxford power plant, Middletown Press

Oxford power plant is commissioned, The Advocate

Environmentalists look to cut fossil fuel usage, National Wind Watch

Generation: Despite headwinds, natural gas reliance set to grow in much of US, Utility Dive

Can Non-Pipeline Alternatives Curb New York’s Rising Natural Gas Demand?, Greentech Media

Quincy council summons National Grid president amid lockout, Patriot Ledger

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Natick Awarded Grant for Municipal Clean Energy Projects, USA Patch

City Council seeks legal opinion on permits for controversial East Springfield biomass power plant, MassLive

Environmentalists look to cut fossil fuel usage, The Telegraph

Democratic lawmakers push renewable energy strategy, New Hampshire Union Leader

RGGI regulating power imports could happen, experts say, carbon-pulse.com

NYISO Proposes Border Pricing Plan for Carbon, RTO Insider

UMass Amherst Again Ranked among Top 50 Green Colleges by Princeton Review, UMass Amherst

Officials push for ‘green’ power projects for Woonsocket, Woonsocket Call

EPA program will prioritize renewable energy projects in Mass., Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

U.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut, Reuters

Climate change is about to make your beer more expensive, Nature

Mass. clean energy firms grow headcount amid green tech boom, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Walsh Outlines Plan To Protect Boston Harbor From Flooding, WBUR

Campaign Countdown: Vermont’s energy future, WCAX

 

Wind

Trump administration to hold Massachusetts offshore wind auction in December, Masslive

What New England Can Learn From Kansas About Creating A Wind Energy Economy, WNPR

Offshore wind CEO bullish on American market, Axios

Report: Moving disputed Falmouth turbine would cost $3M, Cape Cod Times

What’s next for Falmouth turbines?, Cape Cod Times

Tug Hill alliance grows, secures funds for wind farm review, National Wind Watch

Denton pitches wind turbine on City Hall, Seacoastonline.com

Relocation of Falmouth turbine could net town $5.7M, Cape Cod Times

New Site Proposed For Wind 2 At Wastewater Treatment Plant, Falmouth Enterprise

 

Solar

Residents express few concerns at public hearing on Farmington solar project, Kennebec Journal

Norwich tinkerer takes on do-it-yourself solar energy system, The Day

Wind & Solar Account for At Least 20% Of Electricity In 10 States, CleanTechnica

Bill threatens growth of state solar farms, Republican American

New York State Invests $40 Million in Solar Energy and Storage Projects, Energy Manager Today

Residential outcry causes Pittsfield ZBA to delay vote, continue hearing next month on 25-acre solar proposal, Berkshire Eagle

What a New Order Means for Community Solar and Storage in Massachusetts, Greentech Media

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Massachusetts Retains Top Spot on ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ACHR News

MA Ranked 5th Most Energy Efficient State in U.S., GoLocalWorcester

NH gets mixed reviews on energy efficiency, New Hampshire Business Review

RI is 4th Most Energy Efficient State in U.S., GoLocalProv

Bringing Energy Storage to Energy Markets, Union of Concerned Scientists

 

EVs

Electric Vehicles: The Swiss army knife of the grid, Utility Dive

A Microgrid for Every Electric Bus Stop in Martha’s Vineyard Town, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Nuclear

NRC approves Vermont Yankee sale, Brattleboro Reformer

NRC allows spending $20M on Vt. Yankee spent fuel, The Recorder

After federal OK, one hurdle remains for Vermont Yankee transfer, Keene Sentinel

Entergy targets post-shutdown savings at Pilgrim after key NRC approval, Nuclear Energy Insider

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

US FERC winter outlook flags risk of volatility in NYC, Boston, Los Angeles, S&P Global Platts

Utility to run line under Kennebec Gorge, CommonWealth Magazine

Gloucester signs new electricity provider, Gloucester Times

On eve of hearing, business and labor groups say they back CMP power line through western Maine, Portland Press Herald

Report challenges environmental benefits of CMP project, Portland Press Herald

Great Bay Towns Turn Out Against Transmission Line, New Hampshire Public Radio

Seacoast Reliability Project decision expected by early December, Seacoastonline.com

Norwalk Harbor Commission turns to consultant on Eversource cable route, The Hour

Quincy council subpoenas National Grid president, Patriot Ledger

Powerline from Canada through NH, eyed for Mass. clean energy, not dead yet, MassLive

Conn. company is accused of overcharging more than 100K Mass. residents for electricity, Boston Globe

NY regulators weigh proposals to enhance distributed generation, Utility Dive

US FERC`s LaFleur says some power grid security interventions `commercially motivated,’ Energy Central

 

Editorial/Opinion

Want Boston To Be A Carbon-Neutral City? Raise Energy Efficiency Standards For Buildings, WBUR

We need more, not less, competition for offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: Sununu has been a stumbling block to offshore wind, Eagle-Tribune

Letter to the editor: Renewable electricity worth some sacrifices, Portland Press Herald

Efficiency is the most affordable energy solution, by Nancy Gillard, Keene Sentinel

National Grid lockout puts profit first, workers and safety last, Boston Globe

Baker, DeLeo need to step up on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

In an era of climate urgency, we need a carbon tax, Boston Globe

Vehicle emissions rollback shouldn’t stop utilities from investing in electric vehicles, Utility Dive

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Energy News for week ending March 2, 2018

Russian Meddling | Report Flawed | Miracle Breakthrough

Happy Friday afternoon everyone. We hope you’re staying warm, dry, and safe during today’s storm.

Well, if you’ve had enough news about Russian interference in US elections then you can switch your attention to their interference in US energy markets. The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reviewed a new congressional staff report that states that the Internet Research Agency’s efforts were also focused on “encouraging protests against pipeline construction in the U.S., calling for the abandonment of fossil fuels and stoking American controversy around climate change…Between 2015 and 2017, the IRA posted more than 9,000 times about U.S. energy policy or an energy event, according to the report.”

Also out this week was a FERC announcement “that a report released by the Environmental Defense Fund accusing Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc. of artificially driving up electricity prices in New England “was flawed and led to incorrect conclusions.” According to the article in CommonWealth Magazine, “FERC said its staff conducted a review of the allegations contained in the report using both public and non-public data and found no evidence of anticompetitive withholding of natural gas pipeline capacity.”

In new energy technology news this week we have an article from oilprice.com titled, MIT’s Miracle Energy Breakthrough. They write, “A black box has been sitting on the roof of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology building for the last few months. Beside it sits a weather monitoring system and a bigger black box to monitor the performance of the first one. That first black box is the first device that can generate power from differences in the temperature of the air—the ultimate clean energy…The team of researchers from MIT’s Chemical Engineering department is calling this device a thermal resonator: a device that draws heat from the air around it and turns this heat into electricity. It does not need to be in the sun, it could actually be put in the perpetual shade below a solar panel, and it would still generate power thanks to the always present temperature fluctuations…it has the hypothetical potential to make batteries obsolete.” Pretty cool!

As always, be sure to check out Northeast Energy News for events. Have a great weekend.
 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

FERC calls report on Eversource, Avangrid flawed, CommonWealth Magazine

Rhode Island protesters decry federal offshore drilling plan, Penn Energy

Russian Meddling on Social Media Targeted U.S. Energy Industry, Report Says, Wall Street Journal (paywall)

With Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. build done, Otis State Forest reopens, Berkshire Eagle

Federal agency rebuts environmentalists’ claims about gas pipeline usage, Worcester Telegram

US FERC ends probe of New England gas shippers, calls EDF study ‘flawed’, Platts

Pipelines collide with emissions goal, Albany Times Union

Rhode Island environmentalists and elected officials say ‘No’ to Trump’s offshore drilling proposal, Uprise RI

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

We’ve radically underestimated how vulnerable Americans are to flooding, Vox.com

Optimism and Uncertainty for Rhode Island’s Climate Future, ecoRI news

Over 100 cities around the globe run mostly on renewable energy, Inhabitat

New Report Touts Success Of Regional Carbon Emissions Reduction Program, Rhode Island Public Radio

New Jersey Governor Requests to Rejoin Environmental Pact, U.S. News & World Report

NY Task Force Takes on Carbon Pricing Mechanics, RTO Insider

Mark Jacobson Drops Lawsuit Against Critics of His 100% Renewables Plan, Greentech Media

Solar, Wind Cutting New England Power Demands, But Trouble Expected In Future, Hartford Courant

Report Claims Wood-Based Energy Doesn’t Add Up, EcoRI

 

Wind

Anti-wind project POWER coalition emerges, Niagara Gazette

Vineyard Wind sweetens pot, Cape Cod Times

Wind industry sues LePage over halting of new permits, Journal Tribune

GE announces Haliade-X, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, Penn Energy

Maine House stalls LePage’s effort to block wind energy development, Bangor Daily News

World’s First Floating Offshore Wind Farm Achieves 65% Capacity Factor After 3 Months, Greentech Media

Falmouth wind turbine spinning again, Cape Cod Times

Plans for world’s ‘largest and most powerful’ offshore wind turbine unveiled, CNBC

One Small Step for BPU, One Small Step for Offshore Wind in NJ, NJ Spotlight

Energy forecast: Wind power will rival gas, Berkshire Eagle

Article on area warrants aims to gather support for studying offshore wind development, The Keene Sentinel

 

Solar

Clouds form over state’s solar future, Cape Cod Times

Connecticut solar industry wants a clawback, Post-Chronicle

M&T finances major solar project in Maine, Buffalo Business First

Massachusetts solar groups say policy changes needed to stem job loss, Energy News Network

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Vermont utility, city to give away fossil-fuel free home, Caledonian Record

FERC’s Historic Energy Storage Ruling: A Doomsday Countdown for Natural Gas Peakers?, Greentech Media

Brattle: US storage market could reach 50 GW if costs keep declining, Utility Dive

Battery Storage Could Boost Coal Consumption, Greentech Media

New interactive map shows the economic impact that solar, wind, and energy efficiency have on US communities, Environmental Defense Fund

Ridgefield joins state clean-energy program, Danbury News Times

NY attorney general wins energy efficiency lawsuit, Long Island Business News

 

Nuclear

Connecticut nuclear plant guard falsified record, failed to test weapons Shoreline Times

After Months Of Negotiation, Settlement Days Away On Vermont Yankee Sale, New England Public Radio

Power restored to Indian Point reactor after shutdown caused by electrical failure, The Journal News | LoHud.com

 

Northern Pass/RFP

Eversource Asks NH To Reconsider Northern Pass Denial, New Hampshire Public Radio

Eversource appeals NH ruling on N. Pass, CommonWealth Magazine

Is Mass. shortchanged on clean energy procurement?, CommonWealth Magazine

 

Electric Vehicles

Team of rivals: Utilities, enviros unite to push electric vehicles, Utility Dive

How To Prevent Electric Vehicles From Stressing The Grid, Forbes.com

Global tech giants bet on a Massachusetts battery startup, Axios

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England grid operators, regulators combat vulnerabilities, theday.com

Energy costs to drop for Eversource customers, Manchester Ink Link

Van Welie: ISO-NE in ‘Race’ to Replace Retirements, RTO Insider

Maine may face brownouts, higher electric prices, Lewiston Sun Journal

Non-Payments to Eversource Nearly Double Over 2-Year Period, U.S. News & World Report

Eversouce pulls back on gas gate project in Hopkinton, MetroWest Daily News

National Grid rate hike hearings underway, Ricentral.com

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out., Vox.com

 

Editorial/Opinion

Mass. dragging its feet on grid modernization, CommonWealth Magazine

Time to part ways with traditional utility business model, CommonWealth Magazine

Utility rate design needs reform, CommonWealth Magazine

Just for the Record: Why New York’s Offshore Wind Plan Works, Renewable Energy World

Gas pipelines built now will be with us for decades, The Boston Globe

Letter: An acceptable level, Brattleboro Reformer

Letter: Wrong assumptions on Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

Viewpoint: Why is New England importing LNG from Russia?, Boston Business Journal

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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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