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Energy News for week ending December 13, 2019

Climate Shocks Fishing Stocks | Arctic Report Card

Happy Friday!

Two fishing industry stories caught our attention this week.  HuffPost tells the story of how climate ‘shocks’ have eliminated 16% of New England fishing jobs. The article is based upon research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on how significant deviations from average temperatures–primarily warmer winters–have reduced fishing jobs from 1996 to 2017.

And climate change is causing chaos in the Bering Sea, home to one of America’s largest fisheries, according to NOAA’s annual Arctic Report Card.  Reuters reports that while the changes are widespread in the Arctic, the effect on wildlife is acute in the eastern shelf of the Bering Sea, which yields more than 40% of the annual U.S. fish and shellfish catch.

That’s the recap for this week. More news below!

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

As climate change accelerates, U.S. senators pressure New England’s grid operator to do more to quit carbon-based fuel, Hartford Courant

Arsenic And Diesel As Thick As Peanut Butter: What’s Below The Future Weymouth Compressor?, WBUR

Neighbors want more asbestos testing at Weymouth compressor site, Wicked Local

Brookline’s ban on natural gas connections spurs other municipalities to consider the idea, Boston Globe

Your gas tax will pay for NJ Transit’s $500M shopping list —including electric buses, NJ.com

Natural Gas Boom Fizzles as a U.S. Glut Sinks Profits, New York Times

Oil industry is spending billions on increasing plastics production, TreeHugger

Former Hingham selectman among those arrested at Weymouth compressor site, Wicked Local

The Gas Industry’s Bid To Kill A Town’s Fossil Fuel Ban, HuffPost

Climate Activists Arrested Trying To Block Coal Train From Reaching N.H. Power Plant, New Hampshire Public Radio

New U.S. energy secretary slams NY for blocking gas pipelines, Reuters

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Climate ‘Shocks’ Eliminated 16% Of New England Fishing Jobs, Study Finds, HuffPost

Climate change hitting top U.S. fishery in the Arctic: NOAA, Reuters

Renewable developers raise eyebrows over GMP green energy trading app, VTDigger

UN chief: ‘We are doomed’ without significant action on climate change, The Hill

Activists stormed the State House demanding Charlie Baker take ‘transformational steps to stop the climate crisis now.’, Boston.com

Lawmakers want Massachusetts to be powered with 100% renewable energy by 2045, WWLP

Climate program could be boon for border states, Salem News


Offshore Wind Task Force Meeting Draws Crowd; Sununu Pushes For Quick Development, New Hampshire Public Radio

Connecticut Selects Vineyard Wind To Redevelop Bridgeport Harbor, Provide Offshore Power, WBUR

Elizabeth Warren Unveils ‘Blue New Deal’ With Support for Offshore Wind, Greentech Media

Talks accelerate on East Hampton cable for offshore wind farm, Newsday


A Massive – And Controversial – Simsbury Solar Project Is Now Operational, WNPR

Five Maine companies win federal solar grants, Portland Press Herald

New Solar Panel Project in Bloomfield Could Cut Residents’ Energy Costs, NBC Connecticut

Energy Efficiency/Storage

A Peek into the Battery Technology Pipeline, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Worcester receives state energy award, Telegram

One More Time, With Feeling: GE’s Latest Approach to Energy Storage, Greentech Media

Littleton fire chief raises concerns about battery energy-storage facility, New Hampshire Union Leader


Nuclear Power, a Low-Carbon Energy Source, Is Shunned by the West, Wall Street Journal

Cape faces winter without Pilgrim power, Cape Cod Times


MassINC poll: Infrastructure, climate change concerns drive broad support for greener transportation policy, MassLive

Eversource Energy to go ‘carbon-neutral’ by 2030, Connecticut Post

Power supply is adequate for winter, but extreme weather could test limits: ISO, Journal Inquirer

Indigenous activists fight expansion of Canadian hydropower, VTDigger

Maine regulators delay decision on CMP billing case, Portland Press Herald

Jared Golden says he is ‘not sold’ on CMP’s controversial hydropower line, Sun Journal

Legislation to protect electric grid from cyber attacks added to massive defense bill, The Hill


Clearing the air on green activists’ coal-train protests, Lowell Sun

Energy credits can help fight climate change, Boston Globe

Norm Needleman: CT leaders must explore new forms of energy for greener future, New Canaan Advertiser

Editorial: State made right call on Vineyard Wind, Connecticut Post

Our View: Gov. Mills’ solar power policies already paying off, Portland Press Herald







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Energy News for week ending April 5, 2019

IMBY| Maine Boost| Duck Hunting


Welcome to the April 5th edition of the Northeast Energy News.

This week we start in New Hampshire where the Monadnock Ledger Transcript reports, “A well-known New Hampshire entrepreneur wants to create an home-sized power plant that can provide electricity, heat and hot water using a type of engine that has been around for a century but never really commercialized…Steve Walker, founder of New England Wood Pellet and innovator in the biomass industry, who has founded a tiny company in Peterborough that just got $3 million in federal research money to develop a mini power plant that can fit in your home using a Brayton cycle engine…Walker has assembled a small team and formed a company called IMBY, which stands for “In My Back Yard.” Their goal is to put a Brayton engine combined with a heat pump in a single unit that creates both electricity and heat – known as “combined heat and power,” the most efficient way to generate energy for buildings – and to make it available for about $15,000 installed in a single-family home. If such a unit could provide a home’s electricity, heat, air conditioning and even hot water, as well as act as a backup generator during power outages and possibly make a little money by selling power back into the grid, then there’s definitely a market.”

Now we move east to Maine, where according to the State House News Service via the Worcester Business Journal, “The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has recommended a key certificate for a major hydropower project that could bring major economic and environmental benefits to New England, though staffers acknowledged “adverse and significant” effects on scenic and recreational values in areas near the project. Maine’s Public Utilities Commission staff on Friday night recommended a certificate of public convenience and necessity for New England Clean Energy Connect, a 1,200 megawatt transmission line project running 145 miles from the Canadian border to Lewiston, Maine that is designed to move Hydro Québec power into the region.”

With respect to that bit about “’adverse and significant’ effects on scenic and recreational values,” be sure to check out the Editorial/Opinions section for several items related to that topic.

Our last stop this week is Massachusetts, where PV Magazine reports that we have really lousy weather, especially in the winter, at least when it comes to solar. “Massachusetts goes duck hunting. The state has unveiled a straw proposal of its new Clean Peak Standard, which appears to focus on mitigating future “duck curve” effects, as well as meeting winter peak energy demand. And this is good news for solar + battery storage…the administration of Governor Charlie Baker (R) has compelling reasons for designing the policy whose first draft which was unveiled today in Boston: the Clean Peak Standard. This policy is designed to incentivize energy sources that not only supply zero-carbon electricity, but supply it when it is needed.”


That’s the recap for this week. Have a great weekend!


Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Statewide review of natural gas systems part of budget bill, Boston Herald

Moulton, Trahan: Act now on gas-pipeline safety, Eagle Tribune

New State Regulation Could Cut Emissions From Natural Gas Leaks In Half, Report Says, WBUR

Citizens speak out during Tennessee Gas Pipeline hearing, Reminder Publications


Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Get Ready For 1.5¢ Renewable Electricity, Steven Chu Says, Which Could Unleash Hydrogen Economy, Forbes.com

Goodbye to Arguments Against Renewables. New Studies Find them as Reliable and Cheap as Fossils, Microgrid Knowledge

Siting of Renewables Divides Rhode Island’s Land and People, ecoRI news



We Checked President Trump’s Dubious Claims on the Perils of Wind Power, New York Times

Sen. Collins stresses importance of funding wind energy program, Daily Energy Insider



As Maine re-ups net metering, fight over solar tariffs brews in Connecticut, Utility Dive

Solar Power’s Benefits Don’t Shine Equally on Everyone, Scientific American

NJ Board of Public Utilities launches solar energy pilot program, Daily Energy Insider

Massachusetts goes duck hunting, pv magazine USA

Rhode Island Sweetens Brownfield Solar Incentives, Solar Industry


Energy Efficiency/Storage

How Massachusetts Compensates Battery Storage Owners for Energy Efficiency: Report, Microgrid Knowledge

Maryland passes energy storage pilot program to determine future regulatory framework, Utility Dive

Clean Energy Group: Massachusetts creates nationwide precedent to reduce storage, Vermont Biz

Energy efficiency utilities offer $500 incentive for weatherization, vtdigger.org



Senate re-introduces bill to help advanced nuclear technology, Ars Technica

Commission, state to ask feds for Vt. Hearing, Brattleboro Reformer

Pa. Senate bill aims to aid state nuclear plants, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Massachusetts Says it Has Right to Intervene in Pilgrim Plant License transfer, Exchange Monitor

How the nuclear “dread” zone handicaps public support, Axios.com

Why some environmental groups oppose a bill to help out low-carbon nuclear plants, Pennsylvania Capital-Star



US grid developer seeks offshore insights, renews.biz

Hydro project sought by Massachusetts gets boost in Maine, Worcester Business Journal

Controversial $1B Canada-US transmission line gets nod from Maine PUC staff, Utility Dive

ISO-NE releases discussion paper on energy security challenges, solutions, ISO Newswire

Ward councilor, assistant AG fight National Grid rate increase at Brockton hearing, Enterprise News

Safety first, Eagle-Tribune

Major energy project in the works in Peterborough, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Divided Mainers weigh in on CMP’s $1B transmission project, Bangor Daily News



The Climate Needs Nuclear Power, Wall St. Journal

FLOATING WIND TURBINES – A No-Brainer for Newfoundland Offshore, The OGM

Maine Voices: CMP corridor’s climate claims don’t hold up to scrutiny, Press Herald

Letter to the Editor: Dismayed about CMP power line, Daily Bulldog

Do not bury solar energy in Connecticut, The CT Mirror

New England Grid Operator Ignores Value of Offshore Wind, Natural Resources Defense Council

Our View: Maine’s new solar law is just a first step, Press Herald

Viewpoint: Corridor would compromise forests, Mount Desert Islander

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Energy News for week ending October 28, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

PJM, ISO-NE: Gas pipeline opposition could put power reliability at risk, Utility DIVE

Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New YSPH Study Finds, Yale News

Berkshire Gas proposes major new distribution main to lift moratorium in upper Pioneer Valley, MassLive

Clean Energy Proposals Move Forward as Algonquin Gas Expansion is Dealt a Setback, WNPR

Five senators call for halt of Dakota Access pipeline, The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headline

Oklahoma, Pennsylvania pipelines spill oil and gasoline over weekend, RT

Burrillville Power Plant Tax Vote: Deal or No Deal?, ecoRI news

Gas pipeline dealt possibly fatal blow, CommonWealth Magazine

Renewable Energy

Large Maine Companies to Get Millions Back in Cap-and-Trade Payments, Maine Public Radio

Connecticut Gets Federal Grant To Improve Solar Access For Low- and Moderate-Income Homeowners, Hartford Courant

New Hampshire consumer advocate floats net metering successor with TOU credits, Utility DIVE

The “Time is Now” for Offshore Wind in the United States, Renewable Energy World

Report: Renewable energy projects up globally, Press Herald

Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal, BBC News

MA, CT, and RI to negotiate wind, solar deals, CommonWealth Magazine

New England makes green choice, reNews

Ranger Solar beats CMP and Emera Maine on clean-energy bid, Mainebiz

Maine wind power and transmission projects lose out, Press Herald

Offshore Wind Site Investigations Kicking Off In Massachusetts, North American Windpower

Report: U.S. Can Develop 86 GW of Offshore Wind, Power Engineering Magazine

State releases two studies showing wind turbines no threat to wildlife, SouthCoastToday.com

R.I.’s Deepwater Wind the focus of national wind energy conference, The Providence Journal

R.I. Gov. Raimondo picked to lead wind, solar coalition, Fall River Herald News

UPDATE 2-DONG Energy may jettison oil and gas in latest wind shift, Reuters

Natick solar program sets state record, MetroWest Daily News

Journey of the Brave Tern – A Look at the Vessel That Helped Build the Block Island Wind Farm, Renewable Energy World

Energy Efficiency

R.I. firm, National Grid forge deal on energy-efficiency technology, The Providence Journal

IoT Opens Door to Energy Efficiency — Not Just in Large Buildings, Forbes

Vermont Gas and Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative Team Up on Energy Efficiency Effort (press release), VTdigger.org

Brookfield Residents Show Commitment to Energy Efficiency, Patch.com


NRC gives Entergy good grades, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Feds endorse Vermont Yankee fuel, waste handling, vtdigger.org

Groups aim to halt Texas nuclear waste facility, The Hill

Power generators sue New York state over nuclear plant subsidies, MassLive.com

Nuclear and natural gas in tug of war over energy future, Albany Times Union

Plymouth: Preparing for the Decommissioning of Pilgrim Power Plant, 95.9 WATD


Customers Spend 8 Minutes per Year Interacting Online With Their Utility, Greentech Media

New England says no to natural gas, yes to renewables, EENews.net

Vermont study says no to purchase of hydroelectric dams, PennEnergy

Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project, Microgrid Knowledge

2 main Vermont governor candidates differ sharply on energy, PennEnergy

New Hampshire officials open new wood biomass heating plant, Biomass Magazine

Rural America’s First Mobile Home Microgrid Community, Microgrid Knowledge

Sudbury residents vow to battle transmission line plan, Boston Globe

Shareholders sue to stop Spectra merger with Enbridge, FuelFix

Pawtucket, National Grid in a standoff on purchase of streetlights, Valley Breeze

National Grid powers up an increase in rates, Daily Item

Wallingford residents criticize Eversource tree-cutting plans, New Haven Register

Maine paper mills to get bulk of $3M in aid from carbon auction cash, Bangor Daily News

MRECo receives FERC permit for tidal energy test site, HydroWorld


We could all breathe easier by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Press Herald

Editorial: Berkshire Gas, decide quickly, The Recorder

‘Devastation’ of power plant doubted, Valley Breeze

Measuring the impact of offshore wind, hydro, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending August 12, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Milford: Pipeline proposed to cross bike trail, MetroWest Daily News

Utility Company’s Natural Gas Proposals Face Resistance In RI, Rhode Island Public Radio

Berkshire Gas moratorium topic of upcoming DPU hearing in Greenfield, MassLive

Fears Power Plant Hurts Burrillville Real-Estate Market, ecoRI news

Liberty Utilities gets green light for Loudon portion of pipeline project, Concord Monitor

Department of Health hears testimony on Burrillville power plant, RI Future

Renewable Energy

LePage, environmental lobbyists debate solar Maine policy, Seacoastonline.com

Dong eyes Bay State link, reNews

Wind Takes Center Stage in Vermont Governor’s Race, Inside Climate News

Local legacy on offshore wind mixed for Obama, Cape Cod Times

Governor’s office, Portland mayor urge state to act on solar, PennEnergy

Tidal turbine test shows promise, Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts just gave a huge boost to the offshore wind industry, Washington Post

Energy bill puts wind in SouthCoast’s sails, SouthCoastToday.com

New Massachusetts Law Bodes Well For Energy Storage, Solar Industry

Former Norwich dairy farm turns into solar energy site, New Haven Register

Salem to power two schools on solar energy, Salem News

In RI, nation’s first offshore wind farm ushers in new era, Telegram and Gazette

Energy Efficiency

State commission approves new energy efficiency standard, The Keene Sentinel

New Rebate Helps Bangor Homeowners with Energy Efficiency, WABI

Danbury company secures first Energy on the Line grant, Danbury News Times

Exclusive: Why These Cities Are Leading on Clean Energy, TIME

Norfolk State University expands green technology initiative with Dominion grant of $25,000, PennEnergy


New York state to subsidize nuclear plants to meet clean energy goals, MassLive.com

First responders benefit from ‘free pile’ at Vermont Yankee, vtdigger.org

Entergy signs two-year deal to pay for emergency planning, vtdigger.org

Cape Residents Left Off Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Advisory Panel, WCAI

New Advisory Panel To Keep Eye On Pilgrim Shutdown, CapeNews.net


Environmental group drops suit against Eversource, Union Leader

Blumenthal Slams Eversource For Cost Overruns, Wants Federal Oversight, WSHU

Summer 2016 electricity demand expected to peak with heat wave, MassLive

Gov. Charlie Baker signs hydropower, wind energy bill into law, MassLive.com

Invenergy loses bid for Harrisville’s water, RI Future

Baker inks long-sought energy law, CommonWealth magazine

New plan to relocate India Point Park power lines surfaces, The Providence Journal

Vermont working group to study state utility regulation, PennEnergy

Buying time: State commissioners sign deal on weekend to give Brockton Power permit extension, Enterprise

Massachusetts Positions to be Third State to Set an Energy Storage Mandate, Microgrid Knowledge


Our view: Finally, action on gas leaks, Salem News

Mark Whitworth: False promise to Vermont towns, vtdigger.org

Another View: Maine would do well to invest in renewable energy projects, Press Herald

Sierra Club statement on National Grid LNG proposal, RI Future

Northern Hassan: Orange is the new green, Union Leader

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Energy News for week ending June 10, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

PUC staff advises against plan to expand Maine’s natural gas pipeline capacity, Portland Press Herald

Columbia Gas to replace aging infrastructure, relocate gas main in West Springfield, MassLive.com

Proposed Power Plant Draws Widespread Opposition, Hartford Courant

Holyoke protest targets utility bill surcharge dubbed ‘pipeline tax’ by protesters, MassLive.com

Rehoboth selectmen to meet with Attleboro mayor about proposed gas pipeline, Sun Chronicle

Another Pipeline Project Planned for Burrillville, ecoRI news

Without Debate, RI House Approves Power Plant Bill, Rhode Island Public Radio

Doug Gablinske: RI needs clean energy plant, (Opinion) The Providence Journal

Question of Article 97 still left hanging, The Recorder

Renewable Energy

Energy and environmental groups criticize House energy bill, MassLive.com

Cape Wind sharply attacks House energy bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Shumlin: Mass. “crazy” not to pursue hydropower from Canada, wwlp.com

DeLeo’s Version Of An Energy ‘Combo Platter’ Passes House, WGBH.org

Wind, hydropower bill sails through Massachusetts House, MassLive.com

Golden: House bill delivers largest offshore wind procurement in U.S, Lowell Sun

Vt. Governor Vetoes Renewables Bill After ‘Unintended Changes’, Solar Industry

Removal of dams in New England can help reconnect river networks, Science Daily

Interior announces offshore wind lease auction for ocean tract off Long Island, UtilityDive

French defense contractor joins Maine offshore wind project, Press Herald

Connecticut Town Authorities Seek LED and Solar Project Regulations, LEDinside

What’s next for solar in Maine, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Upton becomes a solar community, Milford Daily News

No mandate needed for municipal utilities, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

New program helps homeowners make energy upgrades, WPTZ

Ayotte Discusses Municipal Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Lights Out for CFLs — Efficiency Maine Switching Off Subsidy in Favor of LEDs, Maine Public Broadcasting

Led by Affordable Housing, Peabody Properties Aims to Cut Energy Spending by 20%, Energy Manager Today

As nuclear plants shutter, state efforts to save them are coming too late
, Utility Dive

Nuclear waste storage plan a matter of trust, Cape Cod Times

Vermont has voice in national nuclear waste debate, VTDigger.org

Vermont appeal of NRC rule shot down by court, Brattleboro Reformer


Why Boston was chosen for the next US-China climate summit, Christian Science Monitor

We need lots more power lines. Why are we so bad at planning them?, Vox.com

New PJM capacity rules challenge demand response aggregators, Utility Dive

Court’s ruling reignites controversy over carbon tax, Eagle-Tribune

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Energy News for week ending May 6, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

SJC hears arguments on gas pipeline dispute, CommonWealth Magazine

Spectra Gas Pipeline Explosion Cuts Flows to Eastern U.S., Bloomberg

Preliminary Probe Reveals Corrosion as Possible Culprit in Tetco Blast, Natural Gas Intelligence

Spectra cites pipeline progress, says partners ‘give us the advantage’, Boston Business Journal

Baker administration pushes natural gas at Statehouse climate hearing, Boston Business Journal

Baker, Healey to face off over pipeline tariff, The Boston Globe

Opponents look to kill proposed pipeline project, The Union Leader

PA gas pipeline explosion predicted by whistleblowers, RI Future

No decision from Hedlund as deadline passes on Weymouth compressor station deal, Patriot Ledger

Kinder Morgan out, anti-pipeline movement rages on, Lowell Sun

Skepticism, not panic, on pipeline, The Sun Chronicle

The People Vs. The Gas Pipeline, (video) WGBH

Renewable Energy

One U.S. State Has Key to $10 Billion Offshore Wind Boom, Bloomberg

Offshore wind increasingly competitive on cost, Cape Cod Times

Hassan signs solar bill into law, giving boost to renewable developers, Concord Monitor

Falmouth wind turbine appeal filed in state Land Court, Cape Cod Times

Wind power wants greater role in state’s renewable energy mix, Gloucester Times

Peabody mayor nixes solar panels plan, The Salem News

Maine lawmakers fail to override LePage veto of solar incentive bill, UtilityDive

Plan for Maine’s largest solar energy farm moves ahead as Sanford approves lease, Portland Press Herald

Lobbying by renewable energy groups is on the rise in Massachusetts, Boston.com

South Portland considers zoning changes to promote, regulate solar arrays, Portland Press Herald

Hydropower getting support despite reservations over cost, Worcester Business Journal

Energy Efficiency

Underwriting standards: The most important efficiency innovation you’ve never heard of, UtilityDive

Energy efficiency: Saving money while saving the planet, Gloucester Daily Times


CT Senate passes bill to stabilize revenues in nuclear industry, CT Mirror

Entergy won’t face fine for federal violation, VT Digger

Latest round of Vermont Yankee staff cuts set for Thursday, VT Digger


Report: Baker hydro bill won’t lower power rates, Commonwealth Magazine

Oracle acquires Opower in $532 million deal, USA TODAY

Medway: Exelon says traffic impact minimal, MetroWest Daily News

Connecticut Electric Rates Dropping To ‘Near Historic Lows’, Hartford Courant

DeLeo ‘not at all’ concerned over hydro-import cost uncertainty, Lowell Sun

New England power grid confident through summer, wwlp.com

Green Mountain Power installs Tesla battery in St. Albans Home, WCAX

Northern Pass behaving badly, (opinion) New Hampshire Business Review

Some see Northern Pass fund as a boon, The Union Leader

Eversource to perform land survey on Hudson-Sudbury rail bed, Wicked Local

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Energy News for week ending April 29, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

The full breakdown of Spectra’s $47 million offer to Weymouth, Wicked Local Weymouth

After Kinder Morgan, What’s Next for Natural Gas Pipe Projects in New Hampshire?, New Hampshire Public Radio

All Consumers Are the Big Winners with the Cancellation of Kinder Morgan Pipeline, (opinion) Power Options WiredIn Blog

Natural gas pipeline riddle nears final answer in Maine, Press Herald

Column: Pipeline battle isn’t over in Massachusetts, The Salem News

Gas pipeline tariffs face growing opposition, Eagle-Tribune

Kinder Morgan’s Stock May Fall To $10 A Share, Seeking Alpha

FERC to consider waivers for electric utilities purchasing gas pipeline capacity, Utility Dive

Foes say pipeline battle not over, Amherst Bulletin

Spectra keeps eyes on New England prize after fall of rival gas line, SNL

Renewable Energy

Cape Wind goes to court again, CommonWealth Magazine

House passes renewable energy siting bill 142-0, Vermont Biz

Outsourced Ideology: Sending the dirty work of clean energy north, Worcester Business Journal

Solar movement gaining traction locally, Ricentral.com

Latest Bennington, Vt. solar proposal scrutinized, Berkshire Eagle

EDF moves deeper into U.S. solar market, UPI.com

LePage vetoes solar energy bill after compromise talks fail, Press Herald

Maine missing out on solar jobs, Lewiston Sun Journal

Two Community Solar Projects Go Online In Massachusetts, Solar Industry

Senators call for extension of tax credits for offshore wind energy, Offshore Wind Journal

Vermont Utility Opens Collaborative Space for Energy Businesses, Seeks Applicants, Renewable Energy World

Mass. should boost renewable targets, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Falmouth to appeal denial of wind turbine permit, Cape Cod Times

Energy Efficiency

How to make cities more energy efficient, MIT News

Westerly, RI, Making Moves to Improve Municipal Efficiency, Energy Manager Today

Brattleboro could save over $2 million with energy upgrades, Brattleboro Reformer

How rate reform can help turn energy efficiency into a ‘profit center’ for utilities, Utility Drive


Feds OK big drop in Vermont Yankee insurance, Vermont Biz

Editorial: Renewing Nuclear, Providence Journal

After NRC violations, Entergy aims to improve operations at nuclear plants, SNL


Assessing risk in the state’s energy debate, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Construction team named for Northern Pass project, New Hampshire Business Review

Deerfield Board seeks representation against Northern Pass, Union Leader

Plenty of power for summer, grid operator says, New Haven Register

South Boston power plant sells for $24.25 million, The Boston Globe

Column: Energy divide may lead to more, not less, price volatility, Salem News

OUR OPINION: The challenge of creating a long-term energy plan, Enterprise News

Hudson residents plan to continue fight against Eversource, MetroWest Daily News

Are Local Distribution Grids Lagging in Cybersecurity?, Greentech Media

Hydro power needed to meet states 2020 carbon goal, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending April 22, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Kinder Morgan shelves $3 billion pipeline project, The Boston Globe

Controversial Natural Gas Pipeline Plan Withdrawn, Hartford Courant

Locals cheer suspension news, The Recorder

Rosenberg: ‘Plan B’ needed after Kinder Morgan scraps pipeline plan, Boston Herald

Vernon Natural Gas Plant Off The Table After Pipeline Project Is Suspended, VPR

Natural gas essential to meet our energy needs, (letter) Cape Cod Times

Augusta natural gas leak nets Summit Natural Gas $250,000 penalty recommendation, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Renewable Energy

Wind Energy Gets Connecticut Printer’s Stamp Of Approval, North American Windpower

Editorial: Siting Solar Projects in Vermont, Valley News

Subsidizing solar power in Maine would cost us each less than $5 a year, Portland Press Herald

Maine passes bill to boost biomass industry, Biomass Magazine

Our energy future will get here – eventually, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Our Opinion: Biomass, solar bills both should be OK’d, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Offshore wind better bet than hydro, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

New energy study high on hydro, wind power, Sentinel & Enterprise

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency bill needs support, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy Efficiency: So Sensible, It Shines through Hyper-Partisanship, Natural Resources Defense Council

Energy Secretary takes part in RI roundtable, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Fuel Cells Will Power a Connecticut Community. Will They Work Elsewhere, Energy Manager Today


Entergy projecting big Vermont Yankee surplus after cleanup, VT Digger

Editorial: Wrong time to relicense Seabrook, Concord Monitor

Improving Pilgrim Station ‘a matter of pride’, WickedLocal Plymouth


Gov. Charlie Baker: Kinder Morgan suspension makes passage of energy bill more urgent, MassLive

Supreme Court rules against state power plant subsidies, The Hill

An Energy Bill in Need of Fixes, New York Times

FERC OKs Changes to ISO-NE Retirement Rules, RTO Insider

Energy bill gives DOE greater power to fight grid hackers, The Hill

Protesters target National Grid in Massachusetts, 4 arrested, RI Future

Sudbury: Realtors protest Eversource power line project, MetroWest Daily News

Concerns raised over us of RGGI funds, Bloomberg BNA

New Hampshire co-op rolls out slate of peak management programs, Utility Drive

Harvard Law School Group Pushes Virtual Power Plants in Massachusetts, Microgrid Knowledge

‘Graceful transition’: ISO-NE’s CEO on how wholesale markets can ease decarbonization, Utility Drive

Column: Energy divide may lead to more, not less, price volatility, Gloucester Times

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Energy News for week ending February 12, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Markey: gas pipeline firms want to ‘use New England as a throughway’ for international expert, MassLive

Gas pipeline opponents to walk, picket on Presidents Day, The Recorder

Baker treading carefully on Kinder Morgan pipeline project, Lowell Sun

627 of 836 NH property owners deny Kinder Morgan surveyors access to their land, Union Leader

Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan, The Recorder

Renewable Energy

DONG Energy, with presence off Vineyard, expanding US footprint to waters off N.J., Taunton Daily Gazette

Want to Impact Climate Change? Massachusetts Tells You How, Governing

Fishermen Give Cold Shoulder to Offshore Wind Developer, The Vineyard Gazette

Wind farm developer expands from Mass. into New Jersey, The Boston Globe

New England attracts 2.7GW bids for wind, Windpower Monthly

CLF wants the ‘highly successful’ Renewable Energy Standard extended, RI Future

Major solar incentive runs out in Mass., surprising many, The Boston Globe

Mass. has more solar jobs than any other state except Calif., The Boston Globe

​​Vermont among leader in solar jobs for third year, Vermont Biz

Morrison: Utilities stalling solar legislation (Opinion), Milford Daily News

Solar Developers Say N.H. Lawmakers’ Compromise Doesn’t Go Far Enough, New Hampshire Public Radio

Bill Would Help Grow Green Jobs in RI, ecoRI news

Foster residents urged to consider Solarize RI, Valley Breeze

Connecticut’s solar jobs lagging, New Haven Register

Maine Voices: Solar energy is good for Maine – but bigger bureaucracy won’t help it grow, Press Herald

Developers pitch five, 240MW CT clean energy projects, Hartford Business

Mass. environmental league challenges big business group over solar claims, Boston Globe

Energy Efficiency

How the US can unlock efficiency’s potential to meet energy demand, Utility Dive

Market Study Finds WeatherBug Home Delivers Higher HVAC Energy Efficiency, Clean Technica

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Extended Through 2016!, PenBayPilot.com


Praise for C-10 petition on Seabrook Station testing, The Daily News of Newburyport

Federal court dismisses state challenge of Yankee decommissioning trust fund as ‘premature,Times Argus

Nuclear Spent Fuel Challenges, Nuclear Power International


Auction yields plenty of power for 2019-2020, CommonWealth

Bad power deals cost Maine $38M, governor says, Utility Drive

PSEG Power Connecticut Cleared to Build 485-MW Gas Plant, Power Engineering

Schneider Electric to deploy microgrid energy system at Boston One Campus, PennEnergy

NH politicians file to intervene in Northern Pass project, The Union Leader

Enviro action fund campaign targets utilities in Mass. solar energy battle, Worcester Telegram

Prices Down 26% in ISO-NE Capacity Auction, RTO Insider

Army Corps of Engineers gives OK for underwater powerline from Quebec, VermontBiz

Mass. Plan Could Spur Hydropower Imports in New England, NECN

Blumenthal Urges Rejection of Current Eversource Plan, Greenwich Sentinel

‘Outraged’ Blumenthal wants DOJ probe of Eversource, The Advocate

National Grid workers vote to authorize a strike as contract nears expiration date, MassLive

South Boston power plant to be sold, redeveloped, Boston Globe

NRG Energy Gas Peaker Project Clears ISO-New England Capacity Auction, Power Engineering

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Energy News for week ending January 16, 2016


Natural Gas/Pipeline

Speliotis joins pipeline intervention, The Salem News

Export anxiety: Where will pipeline’s natural gas wind up?, The Recorder

Conservation Law Foundation to join fight against NED pipeline, The Keene Sentinel

Anti-pipeline group unhappy with company’s responses during Lunenburg meeting Sentinel & Enterprise

State Senate Leaders Announce Plan on Porter Ranch Gas Leak, NBC Southern California

Statewide Mass Audubon leader weighs in on pipeline, Pleasant Valley site damage, Berkshire Eagle

Selectmen okay pipeline survey work, Worcester Telegram

Dracut to hire lawyer in gas pipeline battle, Lowell Sun

Kinder Morgan gives Rindge 30-day deadline on project proposal, The Union Leader

3 Nearby Forums This Week on Controversial Pipeline, Patch.com

Renewable Energy

Vermont regulators approve new line to bring Canadian renewables to New England, Utility Dive

Hamden zoning commission approves solar panel array at landfill, New Haven Register

Poll: New Hampshire Voters Support Solar Net Metering, Oppose Solar Cap, Solar Industry

Covanta to close two Maine WTE plants due to low energy prices, Waste Dive

America’s gathering offshore revolution, GCR

Solar’s fate in Legislature, Danvers Wicked Local

Riverside Commons installs solar energy system, Worcester Telegram

Community Solar Array projects on the rise, Shelburne News

Vermont reaffirms energy goal of 90 percent renewable by 2050, Rutland Herald

Energy Efficiency

New Energy-Saving Incandescent Light Bulb, CleanTechnica

Energize Connecticut announces eesmarts statewide student contest, Stratford Star

USDA secretary announces energy efficiency loan program PennEnergy

College cuts energy usage and costsMainebiz


PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION: Inspections focus on plant’s corrective action plan, Wicked Local Plymouth

The State of the Union and Nuclear Energy Policy, (blog) NEI Nuclear Notes

Vital projects for the Windham County region announced, Brattleboro Reformer


Gearing up for National Grid, Block Island Times 

New England electric rates to be investigated, The Union Leader

Politics behind the plug, CommonWealth Magazine

Beaton: Competition seen in hydropower market, Worcester Telegram

Orleans takes further steps against Eversource, Wicked Local Orleans

Fossil Free RI statement on Invenergy power plant hearing, RI Future

Medway: Exelon water hearings on Friday, Milford Daily News

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