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Energy News for week ending November 9, 2018

Write off | LNG in Central MA | A gas leak every mile | About Face

Happy Friday afternoon. Be careful heading home or out this evening. We have a flash flood watch from 5:00 PM today until 3:00 PM Saturday for many parts of New England.

We start this week with three natural gas stories. First, from Jon Chesto at the Boston Globe, Eversource writes off its investment in Access Northeast because of Columbia Gas disaster, “When fires and explosions rocked Lawrence-area homes and businesses in September, the Columbia Gas incident was bound to hurt the already-tenuous political stature of the natural gas industry around here. Now, Eversource Energy is paying a price for the damage to the industry’s reputation: $32.9 million. That’s the pretax value of Eversource’s 40 percent stake in the proposed Access Northeast pipeline expansion project. Eversource just wrote off the full amount. The company hasn’t officially given up on Access Northeast. But the utility’s accountants have decided, at least for now, that its share in the project is worthless. The reason? Eversource blamed the Merrimack Valley gas disaster, in a document filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, even though the incident didn’t take place in Eversource’s gas service territory.”

While Eversource may have temporarily given up on Access Northeast, the Merrimack Valley disaster is not stopping Liberty Energy Trust of Pennsylvania from proposing a $100M LNG plant in Charlton, MA. From the Worcester Telegram, “On the fiercest of cold days this winter, thousands of Massachusetts residents will rely on the liquid form of natural gas for heat, and they likely won’t care where it comes from or how it gets to them, as long as it keeps their homes warm. Behind the scenes, though, utility companies take note every time a gigantic tanker ship carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) docks at the Distrigas terminal in Everett. The imported LNG, arriving from places like Trinidad and Russia, helps offset their natural gas supplies, but, with no power over the domestic and international markets, they worry about relying solely on overseas fuel. To assure reliability, the companies say, the state must find ways to create its own sources for LNG. Charlton could emerge as an option…Liberty Energy Trust has proposed construction of a more than $100-million LNG plant — operating under the name Northeast Energy Center LLC — on roughly 25 acres of a 220-acre wooded site at 249 Sturbridge Road (Route 20).”

USA Today brings us our third natural gas story, A gas leak every mile: Google Street View cars find problems that utilities don’t “In older American cities like New York and Boston, there can be as many gas leaks as there are miles of road. How do we know? Because Google drove those city streets – and mapped every leak. In some communities, those funny-looking Google Street View cars driving around taking pictures of houses and storefronts are also sniffing for natural gas – part of an effort to detect and fix leaks before they become bigger problems.”

Last for this week is a blog post from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which this week, basically did a 180 on their view of nuclear power. “Last month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a sobering report. Based on the most up-to-date scientific evidence, the report warns that we are rapidly losing any appreciable chance of meeting the Paris climate agreement goal of keeping temperature increases to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The report also makes clear that if we fail to meet this goal, the consequences will not only be severe, but they will be experienced sooner than expected…These sobering realities dictate that we keep an open mind about all of the tools in the emissions reduction toolbox—even ones that are not our personal favorites. And that includes existing nuclear power plants in the United States, which currently supply about 20 percent of our total electricity needs and more than half of our low-carbon electricity supply…Factoring all of these considerations in, our new report calls for proactive policy to preserve nuclear power from existing plants that are operating safely but are at risk of premature closures for economic reasons or to ensure that lost nuclear capacity is replaced with carbon-free sources.”

That’s it for this week’s recap. Have a great weekend and please be sure to take a moment to give thanks to our veterans.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Eversource writes off its investment in Access Northeast because of Columbia Gas disaster, Boston Globe

States raise Exelon market power concerns over Mystic cost recovery proposal at FERC, Utility Dive

Fossil fuel money crushed clean energy ballot initiatives across the country, Vox

Natural Gas is Undermining Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Plants—And That’s Bad News for the Climate, Union of Concerned Scientists

Power plant opponents celebrate another victory as case moves into final months, Valley Breeze

$100M LNG plant proposed on Route 20 in Charlton, Worcester Telegram

A gas leak every mile: Google Street View cars find problems that utilities don’t, USA Today

US and British steelworkers’ union call on National Grid to end the lockout in Massachusetts, Morning Star

 

Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas Pledges To Promote Energy Efficiency In Affected Merrimack Valley Homes, WBUR

Baker, Rivera warn ‘frustration’ will continue, Eagle Tribune

20,000 Thanksgiving meals planned for gas-deprived residents, Eagle Tribune

Drinking with the Merrimack Valley recovery workers who live on an old cruise ship in Southie, DigBoston.com

Tenants Affected By Gas Explosions Can Withhold Rent: AG, USA Patch

Feds open criminal investigation into Merrimack Valley gas disaster, Eagle-Tribune

Columbia Gas filing hints at future rate hike, Eagle-Tribune

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Governors could drive the next wave of climate change action, Vox.com

The Elections, and What They Mean for Climate, Energy, and Science, Union of Concerned Scientists

N.H. Missing From State Coalition Opposing Clean Power Plan Rollback, New Hampshire Public Radio

On climate change, Trump disavows his own scientists, government, Axios.com

Carbon Pricing Winning Issue in Mass. Legislative Races, ClimateXChange

 

Wind

Fishermen ask for more time to study wind impact, South Coast Today

Disabled and disassembled: Blades removed from Applied Materials turbine, Gloucester Times

Market forces buffeting future of wind power in Maine, Portland Press Herald

New York offers 800MW offshore prize, reNews

Offshore wind giant with plans in A.C. closes $510M deal with competitor, Press of Atlantic City

Yarmouth, Barnstable react to status of wind farm cable review, Cape Cod Times

SCC reluctantly approves Dominion offshore wind test, The Virginian Pilot

Minorities need a place at table for wind employment, Andrade says, South Coast Today

 

Solar

Midterm Election Brings Victory And Defeat To Clean Energy Industry, Solar Industry

Town of Ashland and Ameresco Celebrate Completion of Three Municipal Solar Projects, Business Journals

Solar industry lights up over Republican governor’s win in Massachusetts, Washington Examiner

Salem State University Tripling On-Site Solar Through Massachusetts Grant, Solar Industry

Solar farm back on Ware Planning Board agenda after denial, MassLive

Harvesting renewable energy from the sun and outer space at the same time, Science Daily

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

New England moves to open the market for battery storage, pv-magazine-USA.com

Ahead of biggest energy storage rule change yet, US’ transmission network operators open up markets, Energy-storage.news

Cape Light Compact Files Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan, CapeCod.Com

Massachusetts grants help get energy storage projects off the ground, MA Clean Energy Center

EIA: Reduced electric demand has halved carbon emissions in power sector, ACEEE

 

EVs

Electric Vehicles Are Coming, And New England And California Better Watch Out, Forbes.com

Car Battery Pioneer Says New Breakthrough Will Lower Cobalt Use, Bloomberg

 

Nuclear

Millstone Unit 2 is shut down for repairs, The Day

Seabrook nuclear plant refueling boosts local businesses, Newburyport Daily News

Environmental group: Keep open nuclear power plants, Axios.com

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO New England unveils new initiatives to enhance winter reliability, Utility Dive

Canada, New England Talk Trade, Politics and Clean Energy, RTO Insider

PUC won’t decide CMP’s $950M transmission line project until March, Mainebiz

Eversource misses window for herbicide spraying on Cape, Cape Cod Times

ISO-NE frets over reliability as winter approaches, Vermont Biz

States raise Exelon market power concerns over Mystic cost recovery proposal at FERC, Utility Dive

State tells CMP its application to build 145-mile power line incomplete, Kennebec Journal

CMP power line opponents plead case to Somerset County commissioners, Kennebec Journal

National Grid electric bills going up, Boston Globe

Company thinks Eversource customers can lower energy costs with online auction, New Hampshire Union Leader

National Grid unveils $250M corporate venture capital arm, TechCrunch

 

Editorial/Opinion

Are Trojan horses full of windmill parts destined for New London?, The Day

Why We’re Taking a Hard Look at Nuclear Power Plant Closures, Union of Concerned Scientists

Pipeline peril: Natural gas explosions reveal silent danger lurking in old cast iron pipes, USA Today

Ansley Bloomer: Never a better time to heat with wood, VTDigger

LETTER: Seabrook plant should share more information, Daily News of Newburyport

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Energy News for week ending October 26, 2018

It’s a nuisance | 47,000 Ticks | Precipitation Reducers

 

Happy Friday afternoon. Let’s get to the news.

Given it’s a cross border issue it will be interesting to see how this one works out…From the Cape Cod Times, “After years of hearing complaints of noise, headaches and sleep deprivation, the Bourne Board of Health declared Wednesday that the four wind turbines across the town border in Plymouth are negatively affecting public health…The board will communicate to the Plymouth Board of Health its determination that the turbines are a nuisance to the residents of Bourne and interfering with the health and enjoyment of life and property, per the town’s nuisance law. A letter also will be sent to the Plymouth Planning Board, Board of Selectmen and Zoning Board of Appeals, which is responsible for licensing of the turbines.”

OK – so this next story is pretty gross. It’s been on local news as well. But it’s a story that must be shared. From the New York Times, “47,000 Ticks on a Moose, and That’s Just Average. Blame Climate ChangeBetween 2014 and 2016, Dr. Pekins counted ticks on moose calves at two locations in New Hampshire and Maine. He wanted to see how the moose were faring, given that climate change has been delaying snow’s arrival in New England’s winters. The longer-lasting warmth gives the ticks a leg up as they glom onto the moose, their preferred hosts, in the fall. They then feed through winter and hop off in the spring to lay eggs…three consecutive years of tick outbreaks ‘arguably reflects a host-parasite relationship strongly influenced by climate change at the southern fringe of moose habitat.’…While large numbers of ticks, literal bloodsucking parasites, aren’t great for adult moose, they’re especially bad for moose calves, which can die from the onslaught.”

Last for this week, from an unusual source for us, The Claims Journal, we learn, “With the United States being pummeled over the last couple of years with several high-category, high-damage hurricanes, the University of Delaware’s Cristina Archer recently published a paper that discovered an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: they lessen the precipitation caused by these devastating storms.”

Have a great weekend and Go Sox!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Grid spending stable, but hookups, leak repairs down, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. Natural Gas Explosions Highlight Tension Between Recovery and Long-Term Efficiency Goals, Greentech Media

National Grid, locked-out gas workers remain at odds, Boston Globe

Rehoboth selectmen approve natural gas pipeline moratorium, Sun Journal

Tennessee Gas seeks federal OK for Agawam pipeline, compressor, MassLive

Lawmakers revive bill, eye National Grid hearing, Lowell Sun

Grid, steelworkers busy away from negotiating table, CommonWealth Magazine

National Grid, locked-out gas workers remain at odds, Boston Globe

 

Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas pushes back deadline to restore service to those affected by explosions, Boston Business Journal

After Mass. gas explosions, a race to replace nearly 45 miles of aging pipeline before winter sets in, Washington Post

Nearly 36 Miles Of Pipeline Replaced After Merrimack Valley Explosions, WBUR

AG blasts Columbia Gas for recovery failings, Eagle Tribune

Columbia Gas accused of relying on ‘comprised’ pipeline in new class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Merrimack Valley explosions victims, MassLive

With Temperatures Dropping, Mass. Residents Still Lack Heat Weeks After Gas Fires, NPR

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Minnesota, New York lead on shared renewables, California, Connecticut fall short, Utility Dive

47,000 Ticks on a Moose, and That’s Just Average. Blame Climate Change., New York Times

‘Leaf peeping’ is huge in New England. Will climate change alter tourism?, PRI

Climate Scientists Spar With Energy Subsidy Opponents At Portsmouth Conference, New Hampshire Public Radio

Sustainable Sours, Biomass Magazine

Military invests $133.5M in renewables, microgrid technology, energy efficiency at JBSA, The Business Journals

Climate Change Top of Mind at Vermont Conference, RTO Insider

Mass. clean energy firms grow headcount amid green tech boom, The Business Journals

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston and DC join Bloomberg climate challenge winners, Smart Cities Dive

Energy Transition to Reach ‘Point of No Return’ by 2035, Greentech Media

The state of clean energy innovation in Boston, Boston Business Journal

 

Wind

Bourne health board declares Plymouth turbines a nuisance, Cape Cod Times

Study: Offshore Wind Farms Can Reduce Hurricane Precipitation, Claims Journal

It’s all upbeat in New Jersey’s offshore-wind update despite cost, NJ Spotlight

Vineyard Wind signs $9m lease with New Bedford facility, CommonWealth Magazine

These huge new wind turbines are a marvel. They’re also the future., Vox.com

Vineyard Wind signs $9 million lease at New Bedford commerce pier, MassLive

Cape Cod landing for offshore wind cable approved by Barnstable, MassLive

Grupo Bimbo, Invenergy sign virtual PPA wind deal in US, Recharge

Offshore Wind in 2018: Four Takeaways, Union of Concerned Scientists

Federal regulators move forward with offshore wind leases off Massachusetts and California, Utility Dive

 

Solar

Advocates warn New Jersey solar market could collapse again, Utility Dive

MIT-Yale team spots revelation in Connecticut solar market, News-Times

DOE awards $53M for new solar research projects: chart, Utility Dive

UMass Amherst again a top ‘green college’, Daily Hampshire Gazette

GE Solar Completes Projects For CT’s Manchester Community College, Solar Industry

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

ISO-New England Offers Preview of Pending Energy Storage Market Changes, Renewable Energy World

New York energy storage: destination clear, road unsure, Utility Dive

How Are You Liking All The New LED Streetlights In Milford?, USA Patch

 

Nuclear

Trump signals opposition to nuclear waste site in Nevada despite his budget proposals to fund it, Washington Post

Pilgrim nuclear plant to move waste to higher ground, Boston Globe

Buyer, watchdog group at odds on timing of Vermont Yankee sale, VTDigger

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

CMP’s Proposed Transmission Line: An ‘Ugly Brown Monster’ Or A Clean Energy Boost?, Maine Public

UNH professor Tom Haines explores sources of fuel and how they can change, Portland Press Herald

ISO-NE, generators spar over fuel security at FERC, Utility Dive

LePage made secret trip to Spain to meet with leaders of CMP’s parent company, Portland Press Herald

CMP nixes overhead crossing of scenic Kennebec Gorge in bid to win over critics, Mainebiz

Lights out: CMP to reimburse Fairfield $14,000 for missing streetlights, Kennebec Journal

Many testify against, some for CMP transmission line project, Kennebec Journal

New England power grid operators learned lessons from last year’s cold snap, Portland Press Herald

Issues in the governor’s race: Energy policy, Portland Press Herald

Iso New England Learns Lessons From Deep Freeze Last Winter, Valley News

National Grid forecasts lower winter energy bills for upstate customers, The Post-Star

Concern over proposal to divert million gallons a day from Norwalk River, The Hour

 

Editorial/Opinion

Regional grid operator too protective of industry, CommonWealth Magazine

Don’t believe all the RGGI hype, CommonWealth Magazine

Why support renewables?, The Republican Journal

Column: We should prepare now for the next utility emergency, Eagle-Tribune

Editorial: Gas pipeline limits create potential crisis, Boston Herald

Issues in the governor’s race: Energy Policy, Press Herald

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Energy News for week ending September 28, 2018

Solar SMART | Solar Music | Solar Storage

Good afternoon,

Several good news stories about solar in New England.

After two years of planning, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program is ready and will add 1,600 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity to Massachusetts’ energy portfolio. MassLive reports that SMART “features a flat tariff paid by investor-owned utilities to owners of solar arrays smaller than 5 megawatts, with added incentives for projects that meet certain policy goals.”

Tupelo Music Hall in Derry is about to become the only solar-powered music venue in New Hampshire as a new roof installation on the 20,000 square foot facility will supply the facility’s energy needs year-round, according to NewHampshire.com

Holyoke Gas & Electric, a municipal power utility, is storing solar-generated electricity at the former Mount Tom Power Station coal-and-oil fired electricity plant. A solar array generates the power and the storage system is comprised of lithium ion batteries housed in shipping containers.

More news follows below. Have a great weekend.
Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Final Hearings For Proposed Burrillville Power Plant Temporarily Postponed, Rhode Island Public Radio

Battle Over $700M Invenergy Plant Is Far From Over, GoLocalProv

Two dozen Merrimack Valley residents file explosion lawsuit against Columbia Gas, Boston Globe

City Councilor Gomes calls for inspection of city gas lines, Southcoasttoday.com

Columbia Gas explosions prompt Massachusetts to hire gas system evaluator, Utility Dive

Columbia Gas sets restoration timeline, Northandover.wickedlocal.com

Columbia Gas to Cover Losses Related to Gas Disaster, U.S. News & World Report

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Survey: Majority of voters support investment in clean energy, Journal Inquirer

Coalition unveils blueprint for Maine’s energy future, MaineBiz

Virginia slashes proposed RGGI emissions cap by over 15%, carbon-pulse.com

Vt. Environmental Leader Reports Back From 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, VPR Digital

Iberdrola plans to boost U.S. renewable power by about 50 percent: CEO, Reuters

Wind

LePage’s secretive wind energy commission appears near collapse, Portland Press Herald

A Stunningly Low Price for Offshore Wind: Massachusetts Moves Forward, Union of Concerned Scientists

Deepwater probes Revolution, South Fork waters, reNews

Solar

State finally launches new solar incentive known as SMART, MassLive

Massachusetts Clean Energy Advocates Welcome SMART Program Order, seia.org

Industry pushes Baker on stalled Massachusetts solar incentives, MassLive

Tupelo Music Hall going 100 percent solar, NewHampshire.com

Energy Efficiency/Storage

From coal plant to solar farm: Power storage site sees grand opening in Holyoke, MassLive

Jobs in energy efficiency now employ 2.25 million Americans, World Economic Forum

More Than $1 Billion Provided By Connecticut Green Bank For Clean Energy Projects, CleanTechnica

Cheaper Battery Is Unveiled as a Step to a Carbon-Free Grid, New York Times

Nuclear

Activists oppose nuclear waste transport from closed Rowe power plant, MassLive

How to Jumpstart a Micro Nuclear Reactor Industry in the US | Greentech Media, GTM

NRC To Meet On Proposed Sale Of Plymouth Nuclear Plant After Closing, WBUR

Shutdown of N.J. power plant continues with removal of nuclear fuel, NJ.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US, ArsTechnica

New Jersey utility PSE&G proposes $4 billion plan to advance state’s clean energy goals, CNBC

Generators, greens pan ISO-NE price taker proposal for fuel secure plants, Utility Dive

Electric customers are paying extra for competition says Eversource and the Massachusetts AG agrees, New Hampshire Union Leader

Ripple Effect As National Grid Lockout Enters Third Month, WGBH

Editorial/Opinion

Kelly Ayotte: Push for clean energy begins in New Hampshire, Concord Monitor

Consumers overlooked amid ISO power politics, CommonWealth Magazine

Rep. Berry: CMP power line project a bad deal for Maine, would hurt clean-energy efforts, Portland Press Herald

Maine Compass: Climate risk, not powerline, is the real enemy, Kennebec Journal

Our View: Solar suit aims to put Maine back on track, Kennebec Journal

Strapped to the status quo express, CommonWealth Magazine

 

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Energy News for week ending September 21, 2018

Compressor Station Safety Study | 100+ Submissions to Zero Carbon Program

Good morning:

After last week’s gas explosions on the North Shore, local legislators in Weymouth and Hull are calling for a moratorium on construction of the Spectra Energy-Enbridge natural gas compressor station until a public transportation safety study is done. The Patriot Ledger is reporting that, “the compressor station in Weymouth would reverse the flow of methane in the existing gas pipeline and increase the gas pressure from 750 pounds per square inch to 1,440 pounds per square inch.”

Connecticut’s “Zero Carbon” program received over 100 submissions for solar, wind hydro and nuclear facilities. The Hartford Courant reports that “The participation of Dominion Energy, owner of the Millstone plant, has been a major point of controversy. The plant’s owners hinted that they might be forced to close the nuclear facility unless they were given the opportunity to compete in the new program, which could pay them higher rates for the power they produce.”  But a preliminary state report estimates that Dominion and Millstone are expected to remain “highly profitable” through 2035.

More news follows below. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Mass DPU rejects AG Healey request for National Grid pipeline safety investigation, MassLive

Burrillville power plant proposal hits possible deal-breaking snag, Providence Journal

After Merrimack Valley explosions, lawmakers call for halt to Weymouth compressor station work, WickedLocalSwampscott

Massachusetts governor puts rival utility in charge of Columbia Gas disaster response, Utility Dive

Columbia Gas withdraws $33 million rate increase, Eagle-Tribune

Massachusetts gas explosions shine spotlight on century-old pipelines, Reuters

Lawsuit targets Massachusetts utility over deadly gas explosions, Reuters

The government just made it easier for oil companies to leak methane on public land, Popular Science

Natural Gas Utility Gets Go-Ahead for $135M Energy-Efficiency Measures, NJ Spotlight

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Massachusetts wastewater plants to test innovative treatment technologies with MassCEC grants, MassLive

Devil in the details of Rhode Island’s 400 MW renewable energy RFP, pv-magazine-USA.com

9 Northeastern states share $115M from carbon sale, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Maine businesses to get help to use more renewable energy, Journal Record

Carbon Prices Are Too Low to Reduce Emissions, Scientific American

Newburyport mayor reflects on global climate conference, Daily News of Newburyport

Nuclear, Wind Companies Competing To Sell Connecticut ‘Zero Carbon’ Energy, Hartford Courant

Wind

BU enters agreement to purchase renewable wind energy, Daily Free Press

N.J. begins nation’s largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind projects, Business Journals

Wind energy project may bring jobs to Bridgeport, Connecticut Post

Orsted sells half of vast offshore wind farm for $5.88 billion, CNBC

Solar

Gold Meadow Farms To Be Rhode Island’s Biggest Solar Project, Solar Industry

Solar company promises Ware $112K annually if town approves 8-megawatt project, MassLive

Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Florence’s Wind and Rain, InsideClimate News

Tracking The Sun: U.S. Solar Installation Prices Continued To Drop In 2017, Solar Industry

Energy Efficiency/Storage

UTC to receive $3M for energy storage program, Hartford Business Journal

Analyst: We’ve Misunderstood Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy World

A tiny, beleaguered government agency seeks an energy holy grail: long-term energy storage, Vox

Nuclear

Millstone casts bid for state contract, Hartford Business Journal

NRC OKs License Extensions For Indian Point, WAMC

Anti-Nuke Groups Concerned About Plans For Vermont Yankee’s Radioactive Waste, VPR Digital

Exelon Retires Oyster Creek After 49-Year Run, Nuclear Street

NRC to Hold Meeting to Discuss Transfer of Pilgrim License, Cape Cod

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New Hampton dam part of Eversource’s $83 million sale of hydro plants, New Hampshire Union Leader

Green Mountain Power announces energy costs agreement, VTDigger

More than 30 people testify against CMP power line proposal at PUC hearing, Portland Press Herald

Second small Maine town votes against CMP’s hydropower project, MSN

National Grid offering support in wake of explosions, WPRI12

NEPOOL Alone in Support for Press, Public Ban, RTO Insider

As Boston City Councilors call for meeting on gas safety, locked out National Grid workers protest outside, MassLive

Regulators affirm ‘reasonable’ response by CMP and Emera in October storm, Portland Press Herald

Editorial/Opinion

Sierra Club fires back on Quebec hydro, CommonWealth Magazine

EDITORIAL: Breath of fresh air on offshore wind, Daily Record

Unfortunate override: Biomass wins, solar loses, New Hampshire Union Leader

Seabrook nuke plant evacuation plan is not OK, Seacoastonline.com

 

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Energy News for week ending August 31, 2018

Solar: 20 million in savings | Limiting Range Anxiety | Unsteady Progress

Happy long-weekend Friday!

Here’s what we found interesting in the energy news for this week.

From Utility Dive, Distributed solar saved ISO-NE consumers $20M during July heatwave, report says “Distributed solar reduced New England wholesale power costs by nearly $20 million dollars during a heat wave from July 1 to July 7, according to a new analysis completed by Synapse Energy Economics. During peak hours for electricity demand, distributed solar can reduce load on the New England grid by more than 1 GW, the report found, helping to reduce system-wide costs. The analysis was commissioned by SunCommon, a distributed solar provider…The analysis found solar is expected to produce 2,162 GWh of total annual energy savings in 2018, rising to almost 4,800 GWh in 2027.”

From MassLive, Eversource begins rollout of 400 electric car chargers across Massachusetts; ‘range anxiety’ seen as enemy to emissions progress “…Over the next five years, Eversource will spent [sic] $45 million to install more than 400 charging sites across Massachusetts as part of its Grid Modernization plan. Hunt [Eversource senior vice president and chief communications officer] said Eversource has made great progress in switching from dirty coal to cleaner fuels like natural gas, offshore wind, hydroelectricity and solar power. But 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions come in the transportation sector, Hunt said. ‘The trick is getting those clean fuels into the cars,’ Hunt said. ‘Range anxiety is a real limiting factor,’ Hunt said, referring to the fear of being stuck someplace without a charging station to get home. He said a four-hour charge will boost most electric car batteries to 80 percent of their capacity.”

From CommonWealth Magazine, Mass. makes unsteady progress on emissions “Massachusetts greenhouse gas emissions increased for the fourth year in a row in 2015, but state officials are forecasting a downturn when numbers are crunched for 2016, according to an email sent out by the Baker administration. State law mandates that emissions reach a target of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Data lag by several years, but the numbers suggest the state has been going the wrong way the last few years, with emissions falling to 72 million tons in 2012 before rising in 2013 and 2014 and hitting 76.3 million tons in 2015. The 2015 number was 19.2 percent below 1990 levels, which was not as good as 2014 (21.5 percent below) or 2013 (19.7 percent). Officials are forecasting emission levels to be 20.8 percent below 1990 levels in 2016.”

That’s it for this week. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

State: Environmental Impact Report needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline projects in Agawam and Longmeadow, MassLive

Weymouth compressor opponents to unveil Braintree billboard, Weymouth.WickedLocal.com

Rally to revive Energy East pipeline meets opposition in Halifax, CBC.ca

Oil companies, staff remain liable for spill damage during N.J. home deliveries, WHYY

Portland, Maine, rule blocking pipeline OK’d in court, Boston Globe

European Oil Majors Are Out-Talking American Peers on Climate, Bloomberg L.P.

National Grid workers plan to rally outside Mass. Department of Public Utilities, WHDH

Billerica issues moratorium on future National Grid work, Billerica.wickedlocal.com

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Regional Environmental Groups Pan Proposed Pollution Rule, WAMC

Mass. makes unsteady progress on emissions, CommonWealth Magazine

Portland tidal energy startup entering rough investment waters, Press Herald

Two roads diverging: Pennsylvania lawmakers rethink their renewables mandate, Utility Dive

Carbon price hits decade high in boost for cleaner fuels, Financial Times

New analyses agree carbon pricing is a powerful solution, Environmental Defense Fund

New “Affordable Clean Energy” Plan Lands With A Thud, CleanTechnica

Facebook says it will be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2020, MSN

How New Jersey can finance its bold new clean energy targets, Environmental Defense Fund

 

Wind

Barnstable Considered as Possible Home to Vineyard Wind Substation, CapeCod.com

Falmouth Resident Tells Of Lasting Turbine Troubles, Falmouth Enterprise

Petition mobilizes opponents of proposed Yarmouth power line, Cape Cod Times

The Race to Build a Wind Behemoth, Wall Street Journal

Antrim Wind blasting resumes after one day cease and desist, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Neighbors of Plymouth turbines bring health concerns to Bourne board, Cape Cod Times

Paperwork filed to transfer ownership of Antrim Wind Project, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Massachusetts offshore wind farm forecasts incredibly low rates, Institute for Energy Research

DOE Report: Cost of Wind Energy Technology Falls, Engineering News-Record

Offshore Wind Energy Market Projected To Exceed $60 Billion By 2024, epmag.com

U.S. Wind Power Is ‘Going All Out’ with Bigger Tech, Falling Prices, Reports Show, Inside Climate News

In 2017, four US states generated more than 30% of their electricity from wind, Ars Technica

 

Solar

Distributed solar saved ISO-NE consumers $20M during July heatwave, report says, Utility Dive

Solar supplies more than 10% of electricity in five US states, pv magazine International

As the heat rises, solar drives New England grid savings, VTDigger

M&A Action: Mitsubishi Subsidiary Invests In Massachusetts Energy Companies, Solar Industry

SouthCoast solar field revenues earmarked for New Bedford, Fairhaven housing authorities, Southcoasttoday

Air pollution can put a dent in solar power, Science Daily

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Xcel to Replace 2 Colorado Coal Units With Renewables and Storage, Greentech Media

 

EVs

Owning An Electric Car & The Neighborhood Effect, CleanTechnica

Eversource begins rollout of 400 electric car chargers across Massachusetts; ‘range anxiety’ seen as enemy to emissions progress, MassLive

 

Nuclear

The Nuclear Power Plant of the Future May Be Floating Near Russia, New York Times

Researchers use Microwaves to Stabilize Fusion Reactor Plasma, EdgyLabs.com

Board of Public Utilities moves to create zero emission credit program for nuclear plants, Press of Atlantic City

Seabrook residents plea to have water/sewer rates raised, Seacoastonline.com

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Massachusetts hit with power outages as heat sets in, Boston Herald

Sudbury: Eversource can do soil tests, but with conditions, MetroWest Daily News

Eversource completes sale of New Hampshire hydro plants, Utility Dive

Rhode Island approves National Grid modernization plan, rate increase, Utility Dive

Under fire from all sides, CMP losing the power of its word, Portland Press Herald

Energy companies dominate list of top spenders on lobbying in Mass., Boston Globe

SouthCoast solar field revenues earmarked for New Bedford, Fairhaven housing authorities, CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource completes $83m sale of hydro plants, New Hampshire Union Leader

Otis Air National Guard Base Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Grid, Cape Cod

Eversource Cable Route Draws Criticism In Norwalk, WSHU

 

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: High tension moment for Seacoast Reliability Project, Seacoastonline.com

Say yes to renewable energy, New Hampshire Union Leader

Lawmakers have more work to do on energy, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: National Grid pursuing improvements in region, The Eagle-Tribune

Maine Voices: Now is the time for a public electric utility in Maine, Portland Press Herald

Slow and Steady Approach to Clean Energy Protects Ratepayers, AIM Blog

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Energy News for week ending July 27, 2018

Powerwalls pay off | Russians Hack Utilities | 50 Million dollars

Happy Friday afternoon.

Below are a few articles from this week that we found interesting.

Vermont utility says program saved $500K during heat wave (Concord Monitor) “An innovative program in Vermont that uses batteries in customers’ homes as a “virtual power plant” paid off to the tune of almost half a million dollars during the recent heat wave, according to the utility running the project…At times during the heat wave that covered much of the first week of July, the utility – often known as GMP – drew electricity out of about 500 Tesla Powerwall batteries installed in the home of about 400 customers and fed it into the grid. This meant GMP had to buy less electricity from power plants when the wholesale price of power in New England, which changes every five minutes depending on demand and supply, was particularly high. This had a double price benefit. It saves on the momentary energy charge, but more importantly it can reduce the utility’s payment to the bulk transmission system in New England…”

In some disquieting national news we have some local assurance, After Russians hack into US electrical utilities, ISO New England says it constantly upgrades security (MassLive)After federal officials announced hackers working for Russia gained access to the control rooms of US electric utilities, ISO New England said the company has a myriad of ways to safeguard the region’s power grid against security threats. The company has redundant facilities and continues to change and upgrade security measures as cyber threats evolve, said Marcia Blomberg, senior media relations specialist for ISO New England.”

Here is some good news out of Maine, CMP will give $50 million to help low-income customers in Massachusetts (Press Herald) “Central Maine Power has agreed to give $50 million to energy-assistance programs that will benefit low-income electric customers – in Massachusetts. CMP will provide $50 million over 40 years to several programs and initiatives in Massachusetts, as a condition of winning the bid to build a high-voltage transmission line from Quebec through Maine that will carry hydroelectricity to the Commonwealth. The disclosure comes as CMP is under multiple investigations and lawsuits over allegations it overcharged Maine ratepayers. None of the money for the program will come from ratepayers in Maine or Massachusetts, according to Avangrid, CMP’s parent company. It will be taken out of profits.”

 

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Debate over proposed power plant in Burrillville centers on power needs, The Providence Journal

Maine oil dealers begin delivering new, cleaner blend of heating oil, MaineBiz

Trump Says Europe Will Buy More American Gas. Is That Possible?, New York Times

DEP’s overdue Marcellus Shale air study finds few health risks, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

National Grid lockout causing headaches for customers, Boston Globe

Lowell Council won’t act on National Grid gas work during lockout, Lowell Sun

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Use of renewable energy increasing in NH, WMUR

Group Says N.H. Renewable Energy Mandates Use Too Much ‘Dirty’ Fuel, New Hampshire Public Radio

Audubon Says Carbon Pricing Bill is a “refreshingly bold move”, National Audubon Society

State organization calls for 100 percent renewable energy in Massachusetts by 2035, Valley Advocate

Connecticut Green Bank and PosiGen “Solar for All” Partnership – Bringing the Benefits of Clean Energy to LMI Communities, Renewable Energy World

The 5 most important questions about carbon taxes, answered, Vox.com

Vermont PUC seeks alternative ratemaking proposals to boost renewables, Utility Dive

Massachusetts energy bills stall as deadline approaches, PV Magazine

Solar and wind are coming. And the power sector isn’t ready., Vox.com

 

Wind

Kingston Wind Independence promises payment of back taxes, Wicked Local Kingston

Judge scraps lawsuit against Maine wind moratorium, Utility Dive

Vineyard Wind to cover Yarmouth costs for review, Cape Cod Times

Between lines on Savoy wind energy project denial, National Wind Watch

Offshore wind hits early turbulence: who will bring the power ashore?, NJ Spotlight

Wind turbines could be on Guilford’s horizon, National Wind Watch

NYS Exposed: NY towns fight controversial wind turbine project, WHEC

Judge tosses challenge of order halting wind turbines, Bangor Daily News

State urged to move fast on offshore wind, but get it right, The Press of Atlantic City

Electric rates will rise due to wind power, The Day

 

Solar

Massachusetts Legislature Could Overturn Eversource’s New Demand Charge for Resi Solar, Greentech Media

City Hall solar sparks ire from council, Salem News

Fall River trying again to create solar farm off Blossom Road, Herald News

Goldman Sachs Puts a Grim Number on Solar Slump for This Year, Bloomberg

NH Co-ops solar facility adds green energy to the power grid, Energy Central

Molly Kelly Tours North Hampton Brewery That’s Saving Money Thanks to Solar Energy, NHlabornews

Solar delivers during New England heatwave, PV Magazine USA

State seeking towns’ input to help develop solar guidelines, Westerly Sun

Residents air concerns over big solar array project, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Rural Westhampton could see 20-acre solar plant, MassLive

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Beyond weatherization: Are utilities doing enough to engage low-income customers?, Utility Dive

Using customer batteries as a power source saved Vt. utility $500K, Granite Geek

Massachusetts power players scramble for deal in critical storage, DER docket, Utility Dive

Efficiency Vermont and Sense Conduct Pilot Study of Advanced Home Energy Monitoring, Energy Central

Vermont utility says program saved $500K during heat wave, Concord Monitor

Rocky Mountain Institute study shows that with heat pumps and smart thermostats, we can live better electrically, Treehugger

Liquid metal battery could lower cost of storing renewable energy, Engadet

 

EVs

Electric buses are cleaner in all parts of U.S., study finds, Metro Magazine

 

Nuclear

Study: US Unlikely To See New Nuclear Power Anytime Soon, WABE

Yucca Mountain revival efforts appear dead – for now, Review Journal

WPI receives $600K for nuclear program, Worcester Business Journal

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants It, Wired

Mapped: The US nuclear power plants ‘at risk’ of shutting down, Carbon Brief

Nuclear power looks to shrink its way to success, Financial Times

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Russian Hackers Reach U.S. Utility Control Rooms, Homeland Security Officials Say, Wall St. Journal

After Russians hack into US electrical utilities, ISO New England says it constantly upgrades security, MassLive

How vulnerable is the grid to cyberattacks, really?, Utility Dive

3 utilities seek $426m for negotiating hydro contracts, CommonWealth Magazine

CMP will give $50 million to help low-income customers in Massachusetts, Press Herald

Baker officials tout hydro contract benefits, CommonWealth Magazine

What Will Maine Get Out Of It? Groups Skeptical Over CMP’s Hydropower Plan, Maine Public

Group nixes plan for hydro project at Keene dam, Keene Sentinel

State Argues Budget Sweep of Energy Funds No Big Deal, Hartford Courant

More than 600 customers sue CMP, claiming the company overcharged them, then gave them ‘the cold shoulder’, Portland Press Herald

Class-action lawsuit filed against CMP over alleged overbillings, MaineBiz

Kelly questions Sununu’s energy bill vetoes, Seacoastonline.com

 

Editorial/Opinion

It’s Time to Stop Investing in New Oil and Gas Pipelines, Scientific American

Renewables, not gas, key to our clean energy future | Opinion, NJ.com

Power prices — and long-term costs, Boston Globe

Mass. must lead on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

LETTER: Mention of Chernobyl serves as a reminder, Daily News of Newburyport

Go Nuclear For Power Policy Winners Among Utilities, Forbes

Viewpoint: For energy fix in Mass., natural gas capacity must be increased, Boston Business Journal

MA solar hurting, needs legislative help, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. must lead on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

A sharp slap of reality, Watertown Daily Times

Opinion: Cape leads the way on renewable energy; state must do more, Taunton Gazette

Clean, Reliable Energy Key to Western Mass Jobs (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

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Energy News for week ending July 13, 2018

Happy Friday the 13th!

We hope everyone’s day is going well.  We’ve got lots of stories below.

Here are a few we found interesting:

Clean energy is catching up to natural gas much faster than anyone thought, “For around 10 years, the conventional wisdom in the energy sector has been that natural gas is ascendant. Coal is dirty, and it’s getting expensive, but it’s too early to jump all the way to renewable energy. To get from the fossil fuel present to the renewable future, we will need … a bridge. Natural gas is meant to be that bridge, a way to reduce our emissions relative to coal while we work on scaling up renewables…” Vox.com

FERC Thwarts ISO-NE’s Attempt to Keep Mystic Gas Units Online, “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on July 2 denied ISO-New England’s (ISO-NE’s) request for a tariff waiver to keep two gas-fired units—a total capacity of 1,700 MW—at Exelon’s Mystic Generating Plant in Boston, Massachusetts, running to address “fuel security risks.” The commission instead gave the grid operator a year to submit permanent tariff revisions that will improve its market design and better address regional fuel security concerns.” Power Magazine

NEPOOL Votes for Press Ban, Discusses Fuel Security, “Fuel security was at the top of the agenda during the annual summer meeting of the New England Power Pool Participants Committee, which also featured presentations by ISO-NE’s external and internal Market Monitors. Members attending the June 26-28 committee meeting at the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook, Conn., also voted to change NEPOOL rules to formalize the policy of banning the press from their meetings. NEPOOL is the only RTO/ISO stakeholder body in the country that bars the public and press from meetings. The vote, which approved changes to committee bylaws and the Second Restated NEPOOL Agreement, passed with 79% in favor in a sector-weighted vote, according to a notice of action taken at the three-day meeting. The changes add a definition of “press” and bar anyone working for the news media from becoming a NEPOOL member or alternate for a participant.” RTO Insider

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Former FERC Chair Kelliher questions need for more New England pipelines, Utility Dive

Despite renewables gains, gas leads new US generation, Utility Dive

FERC allows Valley Lateral Pipeline to commence service, Utility Dive

Summer demand could push US gas generation to record levels: EIA, Utility Dive

Columbia Gas rate plan faces challenges, Salem News

Another shot in the pipeline wars, CommonWealth Magazine

NEPOOL Votes for Press Ban, Discusses Fuel Security, RTO Insider

Diamond Generating wins key permits for $1.5B gas plant to power NYC, Utility Dive

Easthampton Board of Health puts off signing anti-pipeline letter to Gov. Baker, MassLive

Duke Energy Is Betting on Pig Power to Curb Fossil Fuels, Bloomberg

Activist groups, officials host hike to illustrate opposition to Burrillville power plant, Providence Journal

Heat wave sparks switch to ultra-low sulfur heating oil, VTDigger

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Clean energy is catching up to natural gas much faster than anyone thought, Vox.com

Mass. Senate passes $2 billion environmental bond bill for climate resiliency work, MassLive

Biomass plants shut down after Gov. Sununu’s veto of subsidy, New Hampshire Union Leader

Somerset gains $3.6M in RGGI funds to help next year’s tax picture, Herald News

Concord City Council Expected To Pass Renewable Energy Goal, New Hampshire Public Radio

Overheard at New York Renewable Energy Conference, RTO Insider

New York power users fear paying twice for clean energy attributes, Utility Dive

 

Wind

Cuomo kick-starts New York offshore wind with 800 MW procurement, Offshore Wind Journal

New wind industry investments in Maine hinge on election of governor, Portland Press Herald

State Takes Another Small Step Toward Cranking Up Offshore Wind Industry, NJ Spotlight

Wind developers wait for November to see market signals in Maine, Utility Dive

New Bucket Technology Could Slash Offshore Wind Costs, Maritime Executive

New R&D Consortium Aims to Slash Offshore Wind Costs in the US, Greentech Media

Wind developers wait for November to see market signals in Maine, Utility Dive

Developer gives up on planned North Ridge wind energy project, Central NY Business Journal via National Wind Watch

Offshore wind development in Maryland seen higher cost option, IER says, Daily Energy Insider

 

Solar

Deerfield Select Board gives informal OK to solar farm, Daily Hampshire Gazette

The Future of Exeter—Solar or More Housing—Farmers Seek Support, GoLocalProv

Solar-Powered Food Car Brings Sustainably Sourced Food, U.S. News & World Report

Solar Investment Down Nearly 20% From the First Half of 2017, Greentech Media

Pennsylvania draft plan calls for 11 GW in-state solar, Utility Dive

DSUN, Emergya have 75 MW of NY community solar shovel-ready, Renewables Now

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Vermont Increases Energy Efficiency Standards, Ecopreneurist

Massachusetts Faces Make-or-Break Decision on Landmark Storage Incentive, Greentech Media

New York’s energy storage target could end up at 3 GW by 2030, Utility Dive

Grid resiliency and energy storage bill passes Massachusetts House, MassLive

 

EVs

EVs could drive 38% rise in US electricity demand, DOE lab finds, Utility Dive

When Will Electric Vehicles Act as a Grid Resource Under the V2G Paradigm?, Renewable Energy World

 

Nuclear

Dominion to state: Millstone ‘at risk now’, The Day

Communities around NH nuke plant want info on evacuation, Southcoasttoday

Criticism of Seabrook nuclear power plant finds new momentum, Wicked Local

Millstone nuclear plant threatens shutdown, Connecticut Post

Vermont Yankee water cost: $6M and counting, VTDigger

Panel learns: Nothing happens fast when it comes to fate of nuke waste, The Recorder

State Will Postpone Decision On Vermont Yankee Sale Until Federal Ruling, VPR

New Brunswick should have second nuclear reactor: energy minister, The Chronicle Herald

Fearing climate change, experts in San Diego warn U.S. nuclear industry faces collapse, Energy Central

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

FERC Thwarts ISO-NE’s Attempt to Keep Mystic Gas Units Online, Power Magazine

Utility Non-Wires Alternative RFPs Coming to Massachusetts?…Enel X Expands Canadian Footprint, Microgrid Knowledge

Transforming the Massachusetts Grid to Accommodate DERs, North American Clean Energy

NYPA applies predictive monitoring strategy to transmission assets, Utility Dive

Legislature Overrides Veto of Bill Holding Utility Shareholders – Not Customers – Responsible for Investigation Costs, Energy Central

Somerset ConCom addresses former Brayton Point power plant property demo work near river, South Coast Today

Locked out, National Grid workers grapple with loss of income, health insurance, Boston Globe

Haverhill passes moratorium on National Grid projects during lockout, Eagle-Tribune

U.S. Northeast grids monitoring heat wave, say power is sufficient, Business Insider

Wallingford electric rates decreasing for the remainder of 2018, New Haven Register

City Strikes Deal On Energy Prices, Valley News

Pacheco: ‘No excuse’ for House not to act on energy bill, Taunton Daily Gazette

Eversource substation to stay, solar farm under consideration for Manresa Island, The News-Times

How FERC’s ‘unprecedented’ PJM order could unravel capacity markets, Utility Dive

Connecticut electric utilities finish near the bottom in customer service study, New Haven Register

Maine regulators broaden audit of CMP to include the company’s customer service, Portland Press Herald

In Need of Electricity, Massachusetts Looks to the North—Again, Wall Street Journal

 

Editorial/Opinion

Massachusetts residents pay the highest power bills in the continental US, Boston Globe

Gas lockout endangers everyone, CommonWealth Magazine

Our best interests on the Connecticut River?, National Wind Watch

Why federal regulators shouldn’t save the Mystic power plant, Boston Globe

LETTER: Offshore wind will help stop use of fossil fuels, southcoasttoday

Column: Significant savings through solar, Gloucester Daily Times

 

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