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Energy News for week ending July 21, 2017

TGIF to all!  A few news items of note…

The Patriot Ledger reports Gov. Charlie Baker has broken his long silence on the controversial natural-gas compressor station Monday, ordering state agencies to review the Fore River project’s potential impact. Spectra Energy wants to build a 7,700-horsepower compressor on the river bank.

Construction has started on what is expected to be Maine’s largest municipally owned solar array. The one-megawatt solar array will be composed of 2,944 solar panels. Officials expect the array to generate 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year according to U.S. News & World Report.

Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee recently voted to slash Energy Star funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget — an improvement over previous calls to cut the program entirely, but advocates say the impact could still be “crippling.”

Natural Gas

Baker’s review of Weymouth compressor station applauded, Patriot Ledger

Stepping up the pressure, Boston Globe

State to look into health, safety concerns around Weymouth compressor station, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

Gov. Baker orders state to investigate compressor station issues, Greenfield Recorder

Catholic nuns in Pa. build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property, Washington Post

Unitil to expand natural gas line through downtown, Fosters.com

Pipeline Construction, And Protests, Continue In Sandisfield, NEPR

Finding leaks while they’re easy to fix, MIT News

Renewables

South Portland’s Major Solar Array Project Begins, U.S. News & World Report

New Hampshire law benefits biomass power production, Biomass Magazine

Record Demand Puts Popular N.H. Renewable Energy Rebate Program On Hold, NHPR

Federal SunShot program funds $5.5M in Mass. solar projects, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

California Leads Off: Now RGGI Must Grab the Climate Baton, Natural Resources Defense Council

Eversource rate case poses woes for solar projects, Patriot Ledger

Solar debate heats up again, Boston Globe

Falmouth ruling bolsters cause for neighbors of Plymouth turbines, Cape Cod Times

In New England, Cooperative Values Drive Solar Growth – Episode 41 of Local Energy Rules Podcast, Renewable Energy News

Brookline launches renewable energy program with opt-out system, Wicked Local Brookline

Bay State Wind Receives First Offshore Wind Site Assessment Plan Approval in the United States, (Press Release) Business Wire

Maine large-scale manufacturers eligible for energy rebates, Mainebiz

Energy Efficiency

House Appropriations Committee votes to cut Energy Star funding 40%, Utility Dive

Green Energy Committee: Lincoln residents complete 162 home energy assessments, Wicked Local Lincoln

Energy Efficiency Upgrades Illuminate Six Ion Bank Branches, Patch.com

Nuclear

EXCLUSIVE: Gov’t Red Tape Costs Every Nuclear Plant $63 Million Annually, Daily Caller

Washington, DC firm signed to dismantle Vermont Yankee reactor, Commons

US Finds ‘Apparent Violations’ of Security at Millstone, Hartford Courant

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Delays Push Burrillville Power Plant Toward Irrelevance, ecoRI news

More than 100 state legislators join opposition against Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

New Energy Alert Can Do More Than Save You Money, ecoRI news

Vermont regulators to examine grid modernization, Utility Dive

Options for Energy Storage that Aren’t Batteries, WCAI

Electric meter mistake costs Monson family big bucks, Western Mass News

Indigenous Community Airs Long-Standing Grievances at Northern Pass Hearing, NHPR

Footprint plant work extension to go forward, The Salem News

In Webster, Residents Weigh In On New Proposed Power Line, New Hampshire Public Radio

Quakers go on 60-mile pilgrimage from Portsmouth to Bow in protest of coal-fired plants, The Union Leader

Grid threats require ‘imagining the unimaginable’ — report, E&E News

Editorial/Opinion

Pilgrim closure requires oversight, not panic, Cape Cod Times

A lousy electric bill: Concord not on ratepayers’ side, The Union Leader

CMP chief: Lawmakers should sustain Gov. LePage’s veto of solar bill, Press Herald

Editorial: Bridging the gap of energy eras, Concord Monitor

Letter: Let Pessamit Innu speak on Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

Letter: Fight the power, Concord Monitor

Events

2017 Fuels Conference, Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, Marlborough, MA, September 27, 2017

Microgrid 2017 Conference, IDEA, MRC and Microgrid Knowledge, Boston, MA, November 6-8, 2017

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Energy News for week ending June 23, 2017

Good Friday Afternoon.

This week’s energy news includes a story in the MIT Technology Review about a new paper from nearly two dozen “prominent researchers” that sharply critiqued an influential paper arguing that wind, solar, and hydroelectric power could affordably meet most of the nation’s energy needs by 2055. The researchers said the 2015 paper “contained modeling errors and implausible assumptions that could distort public policy and spending decisions.” That the 2015 paper was influential is right. Massachusetts, California and other states are now considering 100 percent renewable energy targets not only for electricity generation, but for transportation and heating as well. Greentech Media pulled together a podcast on the “bitter debate” that ensued after the critical paper was released. It also includes some links to Tweetstorms that erupted after the paper was released.

Also this week, the Consumer Energy Alliance released the results of a poll that showed “a large majority of voters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York embrace affordable and reliable energy in New England, but a much smaller majority embrace natural gas pipelines to make that happen.” The article in Natural Gas Intelligence reported, “CEA noted that the polling shows only 6% of respondents thought that a lack of natural gas or oil infrastructure was the cause for the region’s high electric rates. This shows ‘an apparent disconnect or lack of understanding from respondents as to how pipelines and other related energy infrastructure impact fuel and electricity prices,’ the group said.”

The last highlight this week is a story from the Cape Cod Times about the ongoing battle to shut down Wind 1 and Wind 2, the two turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility. According to the story, “a Barnstable Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the town of Falmouth to shut down [the] two town-owned wind turbines. Judge Cornelius Moriarty issued his decision at about 4:30 p.m. in the case which pitted the town against its own Zoning Board of Appeals and a neighbor of the turbines. The Board of Selectmen had appealed a decision by the zoning board that found the turbines are a nuisance.” More court cases over the turbines are in process so this order to shut them down isn’t necessarily ‘case closed.’

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

FERC says no environmental review for ‘heavy-duty’ vehicle use variance, says it will trust Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., Berkshire Eagle

New England Poll Finds ‘Disconnect’ Between Voter Support for Affordable Energy, Pipelines, Natural Gas Intelligence

18 Arrested At Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project Will Go To Court, WAMC

Despite trespassing arrests, Sugar Shack Alliance members vow to begin ‘summer days of resistance’ protest, Berkshire Eagle

Keene City Council backs natural gas proposal, delays climate change vote, Keene Sentinel

Weymouth residents continue air quality testing in the Fore River Basin, The Patriot Ledger

Court Issues Burrillville Power Plant a Setback, ecoRI news

Defending Burrillville from Invenergy may cost town millions, RI Future

API positions gas as all-purpose resource for grid reliability, Utility Dive

Renewable Energy

Scientists Sharply Rebut Influential Renewable-Energy Plan, MIT Technology Review

Major Simsbury Solar Project Opposed By State Officials Moving Ahead Thanks to Mass., R.I., Hartford Courant

Grafton solar project helps preserve Knowlton Farm, Telegram.com

Your Guide to the Bitter Debate Over 100% Renewable Energy, Greentech Media

Maine legislators get set for net metering vote that could impact PUC ruling, Daily Energy Insider

Falmouth ordered to shut down turbines, Cape Cod Times

Murphy and Esty Want $5 Billion for ‘National Green Bank’, Hartford Courant

Supporters tout carbon pricing plan from Lexington state senator, Wicked Local Lexington

What’s Next For Climate Change Efforts in NH?, New Hampshire Public Radio

Can Offshore Wind Power Revive US Ports?, Scientific American

Battle for US offshore wind jobs hots up, Recharge

Offshore Wind Faces Stiff Test From Hurricanes, ecoRI news

House and Senate Approve Solar Bill, More Votes Ahead, WAGM

Massachusetts Businesses Taking Climate Change Seriously, CBS Boston / WBZ

Vivint Solar Continues Huge Month With Expansion Into Vermont, CleanTechnica

Wind noise should be overseen by state, not developer, Brattleboro Reformer

Video: P.E.I. wind farm brings in special scaffolding to repair turbine blade, CBC News

At Pittsfield stop on Clean Energy Future Tour, anti-turbine sentiment a frequent topic, Berkshire Eagle

Report: Renewable energy is no threat to power reliability, Utility Dive

Rhode Island Considering Legislation to Streamline Process of Developing Renewable Energy Projects, JD Supra

Energy Efficiency

Critics of RI budget take aim at one-time revenue transfers, The Providence Journal

National Grid named one of the most energy efficient utilities in US, Daily Energy Insider

Donovan joins suit against US Department of Energy, Vermont Biz

Green Massachusetts, green Harvard, Harvard Press

Hinds, Pacheco Host MA Clean Energy Future Tour In Pittsfield, WAMC

6 towns get Green Communities grants totaling $830211, The Recorder

Nuclear

New York Senate narrowly passes bill to reallocate funds for nuclear subsidies, Utility Dive

Pilgrim advisory panel ‘ready to get to work’, Cape Cod Times

Judge blocks sale of Vermont Yankee disposal company, Brattleboro Reformer

Activists And Climate Scientists Push For Support Of Millstone Nuclear Power, WSHU

Entergy prepares to leave Plymouth; Emera hopes to enter, Wicked Local Plymouth

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England, California could see tight spots with reliability this summer, says FERC, Utility Dive

DOE grid study deadline delayed as Perry defends budget proposal, Utility Dive

MassDEP reaffirms Exelon plant in Medway is safe, despite project criticism, MetroWest Daily News

Medway: Exelon, law group spar over contractor suspension, MetroWest Daily News

Northern Pass foes show up in force, The Union Leader

From Yale to the North Country, Northern Pass elicits strong opinions, The Keene Sentinel

University statement on the Northern Pass hydropower transmission line, Yale News

Weymouth school gets energy assist from Celtics, National Grid, Wicked Local Weymouth

Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy, iBerkshires.com

New York lawmakers clear bill creating an energy storage mandate, Utility Dive

A Massachusetts Co-op Makes A Powerful Vintage, Renewable Energy World

Enel to Buy EnerNOC for $250M, in Bid for Demand Response and Energy Software Market Share, Greentech Media

Editorial/Opinion

Finally – A Market-Based, Investable Approach to Energy Efficiency, Electric Light & Power

Another View — Richard Sampson: Yale could stop Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Our View: Solar bill would let Maine grow clean energy jobs, Press Herald

Exports explain interest in gas pipeline, CommonWealth Magazine

Our view: Footprint’s deal is a good one for neighbors and the city, Salem News

The upside of renewables, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending January 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th! So what do you think your energy use is equivalent to in toasters? According to an article in GeekWire, Nathan Myhrvold explains, “Each American draws an average of 11 kilowatts of electrical power, which translates to having 11 toasters working all day, every day…In comparison, the global average is 2.5 kilowatts (or 2.5 toasters)…Africa is at 800 watts, which isn’t quite a toaster’s worth, but equivalent to a coffeemaker.” He adds that, “In the decades ahead, the whole world wants to have 11 toasters’ worth of electricity.” Myhrvold uses this interesting illustration to make the case that in order to meet this growing demand we need to invest in “next-generation technologies aimed at making fission-generated power safer and easier to manage” such as TerraPower, which has developed a “new type of nuclear reactor that makes use of depleted uranium and can sustain the fission process indefinitely.”

In other news, Bruce Mohl of CommonWealth Magazine reminds us that renewables aren’t cheap by comparing the cost of renewables-based residential electricity supply options with utilities’ basic-service offerings. And, while you’re on the CommonWealth Magazine site, be sure to read Gordon van Welie’s piece titled, “Grid in the balance.” There’s no sugar coating here – just plain facts about “suboptimal solutions” that may be required without infrastructure development. Speaking of which, we included an article from Utility DIVE in which Dominion has said blackouts will be the norm for a Virginia peninsula later this year because of coal plant closings and opposition to bring electricity to the area via a transmission line from a nearby nuclear plant. Hmmm. Perhaps they could use the TerraPower solution?

One last note for this week, Massachusetts comes in first again in another positive analysis – it’s the most friendly state for rooftop solar (Greentech Media).

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

National Grid: West Roxbury gas metering and regulating station is operational, Wicked Local West Roxbury

Eversource appeals state’s pipeline ruing to NH Supreme Court, Concord Monitor

Tough Road Seen For Access Northeast, LNG Storage, Too, Natural Gas Intelligence

Gas leak stopped at Spectra Energy Weymouth station, The Boston Globe

Gas leak heightens concerns over proposed Weymouth project, The Patriot Ledger

Spectra says pipeline unaffected by frozen valve in Weymouth, The Patriot Ledger

Weymouth mayor calls for changes at metering station after release, Patriot Ledger

Invenergy Identifies Johnston As Water Supplier For Burrillville Power Plant, Rhode Island Public Radio

Invenergy’s John Niland delivers false information at Woonsocket City Council meeting, RI Future

Local Pipeline Leaks Source of Climate Emissions, ecoRI news

Renewable Energy

Solar farms proposed for two central Maine towns, Press Herald

Vermont’s newly-elected GOP governor backs 90% RPS, Utility DIVE

Renewables not cheap, CommonWealth Magazine

New York sets bar high for offshore wind, UPI.com

Offshore investment ‘up’ 40%, reNews

Deepwater Wind pitches 120 MW Maryland offshore wind project, Electric Light & Power

John Kerry Says Clean Energy Will Yield Job Growth, Survival, Fortune

Eversource gets approval to build more solar plants in Massachusetts, wwlp.com

Cuomo Pledges to Lead on Climate, Cut RGGI Cap 30% by 2030, Natural Resources Defense Council

RGGI Report: Less pollution drives billions in health gains, Natural Resources Defense Council

Planners approve $45M solar farm, Cranston Herald

Connecticut’s Commercial Solar Pipeline Is Huge. But Will It Get Built?, (paywall) Greentech Media

New Milford Town Council approves payment deal for solar project, Danbury News Times

Report: Solar installations eating up Connecticut farmland, New Haven Register

Westerly considering solar partnership to reduce energy costs, The Westerly Sun

Maine regulators approve biomass subsidies split across 4 plants, Biomass Magazine

Solar company gets Athol’s blessing, with contingency, Going Green

Montpelier capital city to vote on ‘net zero’ options, Penn Energy

The States Most Friendly to Rooftop Solar, Ranked, Greentech Media

Sunrun forms strategic partnership with National Grid, PV-Tech

Eversource’s proposed 3.3-megawatt solar array in Lee up for public review, Berkshire Eagle

RGGI to offer 14.4 mln allowances in Mar. 8 auction, Carbon Pulse

Energy Efficiency

Weatherization Efforts Set in 14 Vermont Towns, Valley News

Investigation Indicates Lax Oversite of Quasi-State Energy Program, MainePublic.org

Obama Makes the Case for His Clean Energy Legacy, Scientific American

Nuclear

Millstone’s annual economic impact in state put at $1.3 billion, The Day

NRC starts review process for proposed Vt. Yankee sale, The Recorder

Former state regulator now an Entergy ally, Commons

Nathan Myhrvold explains why the nuclear power option is needed…with toasters, GeekWire

Climate change is fueling a second chance for nuclear power, PRI

Indian Point closing will end Entergy era in Northeast, Rutland Herald

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource plan concerns history advocates, Seacoastonline.com

Busy year for Footprint as project wraps up, Salem News

What’s Next for Energy Storage Policy? Watch Massachusetts, Microgrid Knowledge

Maine Power Company Deploying Drones to Respond to Power Outages, (video) NECN

What electric utilities can learn from the Vermont hacking scare, Utility DIVE

Energy giants, businesses among top Sununu inaugural donors, Eagle-Tribune

Bill requiring municipal approval of transmission lines proposed, The Union Leader

Sununu Sets Sights on Lowering NH’s Electric Bills — But Getting There Won’t Be Easy, New Hampshire Public Radio

Electric costs increasing in Wallingford for next six months, Meriden Record-Journal

Emera Initiates Energy Solicitation for Atlantic Link Transmission Project, Yahoo Finance

Dominion: Lack of transmission, coal shutdowns bring blackouts to Virginia peninsula, Utility DIVE

Death of Brayton Point leaves uncertain tax picture in Somerset, Herald News

Editorial/Opinion

Grid in the balance, CommonWealth magazine

As I See It: Making a case for natural gas, Worcester Telegram

Cummington: Contradance to benefit Pipe Line Awareness Network, Berkshire Eagle

Three Signs Of Hope In The U.S. For Energy Efficiency And Renewables in 2017, Forbes

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Energy News for week ending March 11, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Will Kinder Morgan’s Plan To Export Natural Gas Give Pipeline Opponents Their Best Argument Against It?, WBUR

Baker pressured to block pipeline surveys in state parks, Eagle-Tribune

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Customers Experience Lowest Heating Costs in Years, (Press Release) Columbia Gas of MA

Weymouth mayor won’t rule out litigation in effort to stop gas compressor station, Patriot Ledger

Gill, Northfield send money to help Montague fight pipeline, The Recorder

DPU approves Montague request for pipeline info, The Recorder

Pelham voters approve funds to fight proposed pipeline project, The Union Leader

Residents have concerns, want more info on pipeline, The Salem News

Summit Natural Gas reduces rates by nearly 70 percent, Press Herald

Renewable Energy

Once a hope for the future, viability of solar firms in Attleboro area now in question, Sun Chronicle

UMass researchers working on improved wind turbine anchoring system, MassLive

National Grid to Launch a First-of-Its-Kind Solar Marketplace, Greentech Media

Large Hydropower Joins the Renewable Energy Club, RTO Insider

General Electric Poised To Benefit From Wind Energy Growth Potential, Seeking Alpha

Whole Foods to Generate Own Solar Power, Maine News Online

New England Stakeholders Debate Solar Subsidies, RTO Insider

LePage opposes compromise to rapidly expand solar power, Press Herald

What makes good solar?, vtdigger.org

DeLeo officially backs offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

DeLeo makes clear that hydro, wind will have place in energy plan, WWLP

The Block Island Offshore Wind Project is Just the Beginning, (blog) Huffington Post

Energy Efficiency

Connecticut to save nearly $1 billion through 2015 energy efficiency efforts, Stratford Star

Burlington Named Earth Hour City Challenge Finalist by World Wildlife Fund, VTdigger.org

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition building capacity for positive change, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Nuclear

Plant officials say plan to manage ASR is ‘effective’, The Daily News of Newburyport

Vermont Yankee to scale back emergency plan, affecting 7 Massachusetts towns, MassLive

Five years since Fukushima: How a nuclear disaster in Japan changed U.S. plant regulations, Timesonline.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

A new power line roils scenic New Hampshire, Marketplace.org

Coalition Expresses Concern About Baker Administration Energy Strategy Statement, (opinion), New England Coalition for Affordable Energy

Reforms spotlight CT’s evolving energy industry, Hartford Business

Environmentalists Call for Reinventing Brayton Point, ecoRI news

Quincy official says National Grid must fix trenches, The Patriot Ledger

Hudson residents energized against Eversource project, Worcester Telegram

NH Electric Cooperative tries some experiments as utilities face an uncertain future, Concord Monitor

Vermont crossing suggested at Northern Pass hearing, The Union Leader

Northern Pass Investing In The Balsams, New Hampshire Public Radio

Rising from the rubble: Footprint natural gas plant blasting through construction goals, Salem News

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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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Energy News October 16, 2015

Pilgrim Closing

Costs lead officials to pull the plug on Pilgrim, The Boston Globe

Plymouth braces for economic blow, Cape Cod Times

Decommissioning Pilgrim could take decades, millions, The Boston Globe

Pilgrim’s closing opens door for new energy projects, The Boston Globe

Fossil fuel plants more dangerous than nukes, (opinion) Cape Cod Times

Pilgrim’s closure may be opportunity for Canal plant, Cape Cod Times

Finances, not safety, key factor in decision to close Pilgrim Station, The Manomet Current

Pilgrim nuclear plant’s closing could bump up NH utility bills, The Union Leader

Nuclear plant closure plans turn up heat on state’s energy debate, Cape Cod Today

Where else will New England get its energy?, The Boston Globe

Mass energy chief: Tap hydropower, Boston Herald

Reaction mixed to news of Pilgrim nuclear plant’s closure, Wicked Local

Pilgrim shifts Beacon Hill energy debate, CommonWealth Magazine

New England Eyes Post-Pilgrim Future, New England Cable News

Pilgrim closure renews debate over proposed Brockton power plant, Brockton Enterprise

Natural Gas/Pipeline

More natural gas, not LNG, is the answer, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Reed: New natural gas pipelines needed, (opinion) MetroWest Daily News

West Hartford Town Council Opposes Gas Pipeline Project, Hartford Courant

Franklin County towns create coalition to oppose natural gas pipeline, GazetteNET

Wilmington board opposes gas pipeline project, Lowell Sun

Tennessee Gas Pipeline: Application date set, capacity grows slightly, Berkshire Eagle

Tennessee Gas Pipeline: Windsor forum to include compressor station experts, Berkshire Eagle

About the Kinder Morgan pipeline, (opinion) Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Tennessee Gas sets date to submit federal pipeline application, Mass Live

Energy Efficiency

CLEAN POWER PLAN: States seek to validate efficiency projects for carbon rule compliance, E&E Publishing

VT lands $1.5 million in USDA energy grants, BurlingtonFreePress.com

FirstFuel Awarded MassCEC Grant to Drive Smarter Energy Use in Massachusetts Municipal Electric Companies, (Press release) BusinessWire.com

Heat pump rebates help cut heating and cooling costs, The Recorder

Are smart thermostats the new CFLs?, Energy Efficiency Markets

From the community: Home Energy Solutions™ – Income Eligible Program Helps Residents Reduce Energy Bills While Making Their Homes More Comfortable, Hartford Courant

Renewable Energy

Can toilet water heat town hall? Cape Cod Times

Developer says Newfound-area wind plant still on track, The Union Leader

1st US offshore wind farm stirs excitement, NT News

Offshore wind developers worry US market will falter, Utility Dive

Wind foes come to blows, RenewablesBiz

Renewable energy advocates acknowledge public pushback on wind and solar development, Vermont Biz

Connecticut Green Bank To Approve 100th Megawatt Of Residential Solar by Year’s End, Solar Industry Magazine

Solar City opens first Vermont solar power operations center, Penn Energy

Winslow ordinance paves way for massive solar project, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Community solar farms reduce costs but face obstacles, The Weekly Packet

Discount Solar Program Coming to 7 RI Communities, ecoRI news

Nuclear

NRC Begins Inspection at Millstone Nuclear Power Unit, Power Engineering

Is America walking away from nuclear power?, Slate

Are Obama’s climate goals doomed without nuclear? Greentech Media

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Enviro group plans to ramp up political work, wwlp.com

Gov. addresses NH energy transformation, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Come on down; last Salem Harbor smokestack set to crumble, Salem News

What States are Hit by EPA Clean Power Plan?, Electric Co-op Today

On Northern Pass, Concord City Council makes ‘a clear statement’ to bury the lines, Concord Monitor

Group names areas along proposed Northern Pass ‘national treasures’, The Union Leader

Council gets briefing on revised Northern Pass proposal, Berlin Daily Sun

National Grid fends off cyber threats, Worcester Telegram

National Grid: The utility alpha when it comes customer listening, Intelligent Utility

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Energy News for week ending July 24, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Connecticut residents oppose expansion of natural gas, Hartford Courant

Gas Plant Upgrades May Push Prices Down, Energy Manager Today

NH congressional delegation calls for more transparency on proposed pipeline, Keene Sentinel

Liberty’s Pipeline Push Relies on Rapid Expansion, New Hampshire Public Radio

Merrimack school officials oppose pipeline, The Union Leader

Kinder Morgan plans to hold public meetings for proposed pipeline, The Union Leader

Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg asks for postponement of gas pipeline hearings, MassLive.com

Neighbors bemoan pipeline compressor station would force them to move, The Union Leader

Forum hears from residents on pipeline concerns, Wicked Local Westwood

A big fight over a natural gas pipeline project divides Massachusetts, Watchdog.org

Maine natural gas pipeline proposals don’t offer enough benefits (Report), Platts

Expanded natural gas service: Good for regional economy in Enosburg (press release), VTdigger.org

Energy Efficiency

124 New England Buildings Compete in EPA’s Sixth Annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings (press release), EPA.gov

Energy Task Force meets with Eversource auditors, West Hartford News

Renewable Energy

Massachusetts Senate vote aims to prompt more solar projects, Masslive.com

Pioneer wind farm ‘breaks water’ off Rhode Island coast, USA TODAY

Fuel cell power plant proposal headed for Connecticut Siting Council, New Haven Register

Big solar’s future for NH in doubt, The Union Leader

Rhode Island state officials want to use carbon auction funds for renewable energy, PennEnergy

Activists launch tour of state to push for more solar power, WCVB Boston

Environmental activists urge state to lift cap on solar energy subsidy program, Masslive.com

Maine wind power owner SunEdison to buy second-largest solar installer, Bangor Daily News

Nuclear

Vermont Yankee: NRC closes resident inspector’s office, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Northern Pass: Cheapest Alternative Creates Greatest Environmental Impacts, RTO Insider

Old Salem power plant falls as new one rises, Wicked Local Marblehead

Why is Elizabeth Warren on the Energy Committee?, National Journal

New England planning $4.8B in power grid upgrades, Hartford Business

Medway residents organize Facebook page against Exelon expansion, MetroWest Daily News

US energy secretary Ernie Moniz: a cabinet star is born, Boston Globe

Consumers still waiting for smart meters to pay off, Press Herald

State board grants Medway, groups intervention in Exelon proceedings, MetroWest Daily News

Utilities: Electric Rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains, The Recorder

Maine Among the 10 Most Energy Expensive States, PenBayPilot.com

Green Mountain Power of Vermont preparing for energy revolution, Boston Globe

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