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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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Energy news for week ending September 19, 2014

Natural Gas

NU, Spectra Unveil $3B New England Pipeline Plan, Hartford Courant, September 17, 2014

Vermont Supreme Court sends gas line plan to utility board, Brattleboro Reformer, September 11, 2014

A gamble on gas for New England’s energy future is the wrong way to go, (opnion) Bangor Daily News, September 10, 2014

Vermont Gas plans ‘virtual pipeline’ by year’s end, VTDigger.org, September 10, 2104

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy must be part of climate change strategy, (opinion), Boston Globe, September 18, 2014

Vermont Yankee scales back power output, but not staff, Brattleboro Reformer, September 17, 2014

Seabrook Station nuclear power plant clears big hurdle, Seacoastonline.com, September 9, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

New England Aquarium Offsetting Power Usage With RECs, Solar Industry, September 18, 2014

Wrong about energy credits, (Opinion) Rutland Herald, September 18, 2014

New England’s demand remains flat on surge of energy efficiency, Utility Dive, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts utility-scale PV sector in danger, PV Magazine, September 15, 2014

Efficiency, Renewables Cut Away At Growth In New England, Hartford Courant, September 11, 2014

Maine environmental agency OKs permit for state’s largest wind farm, Bangor Daily News, September 8, 2014

Markets/ISO New England/Etc.

FERC fails to act on complaint of New England electricity market manipulation, Boston Globe, September 18, 2014

Special Series: The Northern Pass Debate & New England’s Energy’s Energy Future, New Hampshire Public Radio, September 17, 2014

Here’s one big Massachusetts power plant that keeps changing hands, Boston Business Journal, September 17, 2014

Brockton City Council kept out of power plant settlement talks, Brockton Enterprise, September 17, 2014

ISO New England adjusts to changing electricity market, The Republican, MassLive.com, September 11, 2104

Cool temps send Boston wholesale power prices down 20 percent, Boston Business Journal, September 11, 2014

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners gives $104K to Action for Boston Community Development, Boston Business Journal, September 5, 2014

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