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Energy news for week ending November 28, 2014

Energy Prices

Exploding Energy Bill, (editorial), Providence Journal, November 28, 2014

Costs to ratepayers keep piling up, but who is listening? (Opinion), Seacoastonline.com, November 28, 2014

Power In New England: Why are Prices Increasing so Rapidly?, The Energy Collective, November 27, 2014

Heating oil prices fall as natural gas prices start to rise, Boston Globe, November 27, 2014

Island electric rates will jump in January, MV Times, November 25, 2014

Editorial: State has options to cut energy costs, Concord Monitor, November 25, 2014

Are we overpaying for energy? (Opinion), Worcester Telegram, November 23, 2014

WMECo 29 percent electricity rate hike approved by the state Department of Public Utilities, MassLive.com, November 21, 2014

Beware of “MA Energy” telephone scheme, WWLP, November 21, 2014

Municipal Electric Customers Will Not See Spike in Rates, WGGB, November 21, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Westwood selectmen must approve key pipeline easement, WickedLocal Westwood, November 26, 2014

Pipeline opponents criticize N.H. route, Lowell Sun, November 26, 2014

On gas pipeline for New England, King agrees with LePage, Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME), November 26, 2014

Natural gas remains concern for N. England winter, Hartford Business Journal, November 25, 2014

Natural gas pinch sends Paris (ME) shopping for electricity, Sun Journal, November 24, 2014

Kinder Morgan, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce organize meeting on pipeline for businesses, The Recorder, November 24, 2014

Nuclear Energy

Vermont Yankee Going Off-Grid, mychamplainvalley.com, November 24, 2014

Vt. Yankee panel ponders site use, Times Argus, November 22, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

South Portland charges ahead with going ‘green,’ Portland Press Herald, November 28, 2014

MA considers expanding net metering for small hydro, JDsupra.com, November 26, 2014

Bids sought for windmills off Martha’s Vineyard, The Enterprise (Brockton), November 24, 2014

New Balance Benefits from Utility Energy Incentives, WHAV, November 24, 2014

Vermont goes energy efficient for this season’s snowmaking, Mashable.com, November 24, 2014

Energy efficiency company finds niche market, VTdigger.org, November 24, 2014

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

Environmentalists wary of Baker’s energy pick, Boston Globe, November 28, 2014

Obama honors Arlington’s Queen of Carbon, WickedLocal Arlington, November 27, 2014

RGGI may not be an easy model for regional groups to comply with EPA’s carbon rule, E&E News, November 25, 2014

Shaheen Tours Burgess BioPower Biomass Plant, Berlin Daily Sun, November 25, 2014

Judge refuses to reconsider Northern Pass lawsuit, WCAX, November 24, 2014

Cogeneration an Area Where Republicans and Democrats Actually Agree?, Marketwatch.com, November 24, 2014

Saugus Energy Research Committee approved, WickedLocal Saugus, November 21, 2014

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Energy News for Week Ending November 21, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

New England power grid warns of winter natgas constraints, Reuters, November 20, 2014

Nashoba Valley Chamber CEO responds to Kinder Morgan Pipeline Controversy, Worcester Business Journal, November 20, 2014

Gas pipeline opponents look to new governor for support, Eagle-Tribune, November 19, 2014

Vermont gas pipeline up for debate in NY, WCAX, November 18, 2014

Energy Future: New England May Face Scheduled Blackouts Due to Poor Natural Gas Supply, WGBH NEWS, November 17, 2014

Pipeline foes meet in Fitchburg, vow resolve, Worcester Telegram, November 16, 2014,

Nuclear Energy

The future of the US nuclear industry depends on collaboration, Power Engineering Magazine, November 20, 2104

Entergy CEDF money to be spent on solar power, vtdigger.org, November 18, 2014

Before we close more nuclear power plants, we need a national conversation, Fox News, November 17, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

State Awards Last Small-Scale Solar Grants for 2014, ecoRI News, November 19, 2014

Major Step Forward For RI’s Offshore Wind Farm, Rhode Island Public Radio, November 19, 2014

Boston’s First Wind acquired for $2.4 billion, Boston Globe, November 18, 2014

Solar Energy Advocates Form New Coalition in Mass, National Journal, November 18, 2014

Clean Energy Collective to Develop 1.3 MW of Community Solar in Massachusetts, PV Solar Report, November 15, 2014

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

ISO New England Releases Annual Regional System Plan, Breaking Energy, November 19, 2014

Land-based transmission project cheaper than undersea cable, Boston Globe, November 19, 2014

Northern Pass officials willing to bury more transmission lines, Concord Monitor, November 19, 2014

What’s On This Electric Bill, Anyway?, WCAI, November 20, 2014

PSNH president: NH electricity rates on seasonal roller coaster, Concord Monitor, November 18, 2014

National Grid project in Salem given go-ahead, The Salem News, November 18, 2014

Vt. utility launches new program to help customers track energy use, WCAX, November 17, 2014

Climate Change

Whitehouse to unveil proposed carbon tax legislation on Senate floor, The Providence Journal, November 19, 2014

Battle With The Sea: Change Is Here (Part 1), Rhode Island Public Radio, November 18, 2014

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Energy News for week ending November 7, 2014

Natural Gas

Community leaders call out gas front group, Nashoba Publishing, November 7, 2014,

Kinder Morgan stands firm on proposed natural gas pipeline route, Berkshire Eagle, November 6, 2014

New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag, NPR, November 5, 2014

Farmington natural gas expansion up in the air, Mainebiz Daily, November 4, 2014

Our View: Maine’s investment in natural gas expansion raises questions, (Editorial), Portland Press Herald, November 3, 2014

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley, Daily Hampshire Gazette (Via MA PLAN), November 3, 2014

Nuclear Energy

New life for nuclear repository, (Opinion), Rutland Herald, November 5, 2014

Anti-nuclear protesters must offer alternatives (opinion), Cape Cod Times, November 4, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

Maine’s first net-zero energy school under construction, Mother Earth News, November 6, 2014

A worthy conversion with NH leading the charge, Seacoastonline.com (Green Alliance blog), November 6, 2014

First Wind earns ‘Employer of the Year’ honour, Renewable Energy Focus, November 4, 2014

Solar Is for Everyone in Massachusetts!, PV Solar Report, November 4, 2014

Workshops address ‘net-zero’ energy goal, Times Argus (VT), November 4, 2014

UMF exploring new alternative energy options, Portland Press Herald, November 4, 2014

Energy Legislation ‘pivotal’ for offshore wind power in coming months, SouthCoastToday.com, November 3, 2014

Massachusetts lights the way on solar energy policy, Boston Globe, November 1, 2014

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

LePage energy goals will get a jolt from New England election results, Bangor Daily News, November 7, 2014

New power plants needed to offset closings, CommonWealth Magazine, November 6, 2014

Electricity prices will spike this winter, grid operators warn, The Register Citizen (CT), November 6, 2014

ISO New England Issues Annual Power System Plan for New England, Marketwatch (press release), November 6, 2104

FuelCell Energy to Expand Area Manufacturing Plant, Litchfield County Times (CT), November 5, 2014

Maintaining Industry Stability, Biomass Magazine (re: ME Pellet industry), November 2, 2014

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition (smart meters), Harvard Business Review (blog), November 2014

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Energy news for week ending October 17, 2014

Winter Prices

Massachusetts Gets $132M For Heating Assistance, CBS Local, October 16, 2014

Legislators push back on planned electric rate hikes, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA), October 14, 2014 (can be read for free but need to register)

Letter: The price of ‘no’, Concord Monitor, October 12, 2014

Oil, natural gas prices confound Mass. homeowners, WCVB Boston, October 11, 2014

Column: Why Electric Rates Are Rising, Valley News (NH), October 11, 2014

Natural Gas

Rising cost of electricity fuels debate over need for Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Daily Hampshire Gazette, October 16, 2014

Patrick administration launches review of state’s natural gas needs, Boston Business Journal, October 15, 2014

Study: Natural gas surge won’t slow global warming, CT Post, October 15, 2014

Oil dealers lawsuit: CT’s nat gas-expansion violates environmental laws, Hartford Business, October 10, 2014

Nuclear Energy

Balancing facts vs. fears, Pilgrim must stay open (opinion), Cape Cod Times, October 16, 2014

40-year Yankee employee reflects on his career, Brattleboro Reformer, October 16, 2014

The failure of the energy marketplace, Commons (VT), Opinion, October 12, 2014

Entergy executive praises VY staff, pledges transparency, Brattleboro Reformer, October 11, 2014

Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency

Existing Nuclear Power Plants May Be Renewable Energy’s Best Friend, Forbes, October 17, 2014

Vermont described as a pioneer renewable energy, SFGate, October 16, 2014

Portsmouth sees wind power deal for school turbine, Turn to 10 (RI), October 15, 2014

Rhode Island renewables legislation advances development, use of hydropower, HydroWorld, October 15, 2014

GMP grants worth upwards of $160000 available for solar development at non-profits, Vermont Biz, October 14, 2014

Could Initial Offshore Wind Projects Crash New England’s REC Market?, North American Windpower, October 14, 2014

Net metering booms in Vermont, vtdigger.org, October 14, 2014

Solar Power Becoming Better Bargain in RI, ecoRI news, October 13, 2014

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

New Hampshire PUC launches review of affiliate transaction rules, Platts, October 16, 2014

Governor candidates on the issues: Energy, Portland Press Herald, October 16, 2014

After Massachusetts’ ‘Godfather Of Solar’ Exits, Will The New Gov. Step Up?, Solar Industry, October 16, 2014

Patrick’s energy policies under criticism, Boston Globe, October 11, 2014

ISO New England faces challenges to electrical grid, The Patriot Ledger, October 10, 2014

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Energy news for week ending September 26, 2014

Natural Gas

Pepperell coalition calls out head of utility for pipeline statement, Lowell Sun, September 24, 2014

Reevaluate Vermont Gas pipeline project, (opinion) BurlingtonFreePress.com, September 23, 2014

Pipeline constraints will force this Mass. utility to stop accepting new customers, Boston Business Journal (blog), September 22, 2014

Natural gas has many benefits, (opinion) Rutland Herald, September 20, 2014

Nuclear Energy

Vernon Entergy to hammer out property tax plan, Brattleboro Reformer, September 25, 2014

My Turn: Time to take fresh look at nuclear recycling (Opinion), Concord Monitor, September 24, 2014

Renewable/Energy Efficiency

COLUMN: Salisbury solar farm reaps benefits, Wicked Local Newburyport, September 25, 2014

Massachusetts awards $7M in climate change grants, AP, September 25, 2014

Large Wind Project to Begin in Maine, Environmental Protection Magazine, September 24, 2014

Burlington airport to install solar panels, Burlington Free Press, September 23, 2014

Power Markets/Grid/Rates, etc.

Construction begins at hydro-electric dam on the Walloomsac, Brattleboro Reformer, September 26, 2014

Brockton Power official dispels ‘misinformation and myths’, Enterprise, September 26, 2014

Electric Co-op Latest Utility To Announce Rate Increase, New Hampshire Public Radio, September 25, 2014

Here’s why our electric bills will go through the roof this winter, Boston Business Journal, September 25, 2014

Maine regulators deem smart meters safe, but opt-out questions remain, Bangor Daily News, September 25, 2014

National Grid: Electric rates to rise, natural gas rates to fall come November, Worcester Telegram, September 24, 2014

Without change, the electric grid will break, (Opinion) New Hampshire Business Review, September 23, 2014

Northern Pass will put New Hampshire to work (Opinion), Concord Monitor, September 22, 2014

Two NH-to-Boston transmission projects vying for ISO New England OK, New Hampshire Business Review, Sep 23, 2014

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