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Energy News for week ending June 30, 2017

Happy Friday everyone!

Gas stories abound this week. First, CommonWealth Magazine brings us the news that the companies involved in the Access Northeast Pipeline are putting the project on hold. According to the story, company officials said the project was being withdrawn from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s pre-filing review process and would not be revived until “gaps in legal authority” are addressed. Its backers said the region needed more access to gas, particularly in the winter months, when prices rise and backup coal and oil-fired plants are rushed into service to meet the region’s power needs.

Earlier in the week, The Recorder’s Going Green blog wrote about Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas subsidiary “open season” filing seeking bids from gas distribution companies and other customers for a new pipeline in the region. The past couple of weeks have also brought us two reports on the benefits of natural gas. The API’s report looks at all 50 states, while the Northeast Gas Association directs its attention specifically on Massachusetts.

Last tidbit for this week comes from Microgrid Knowledge in an article that demonstrates bigger is not necessary better, at least when it comes to grid reliability according to two reports from the Brattle Group and the Analysis Group.  The studies find renewables are not jeopardizing reliability and the very idea of ‘baseload’ — power plants that run almost all the time — may be antiquated, given today’s mix of flexible, software-driven power resources.

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Access Northeast pipeline put on indefinite hold, CommonWealth Magazine

Gubernatorial candidates join compressor station opposition, Berkshire Eagle

Native Americans to fight FERC over pipeline work, Berkshire Eagle

98-year-old Northampton peace activist Frances Crowe faces trespassing charge after Berkshire pipeline protest, MassLive.com

8 protesters arrested at Massachusetts gas pipeline project, Boston.com

Kinder Morgan pitches future natural gas pipeline capacity in New York, New England, MassLive.com

Risk assessment requested for Weymouth compressor station site, Wicked Local Weymouth

Eversource invests $3.5M in Danbury’s natural gas system, CT Post

‘Victory’: Irish Lawmakers Ban Fracking | Common Dreams, Common Dreams

Study of oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes, Houston Chronicle

Judge’s DAPL Ruling, Reckless Spill Record Pushes Pipeline Company’s Shares Below $20 for First Time, EcoWatch

‘Open season’ filed to gauge natural gas market, Going Green

Climate Change

WBUR Poll Finds A Sharp Increase In Concern About Climate Change Among Mass. Voters, WBUR

These experts say we have three years to get climate change under control. And they’re the optimists., Washington Post

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Climate Leadership Starts with RGGI, Natural Resources Defense Council

Renewable Energy

RGGI mulling ‘cocktail’ of price-boosting measures as review’s end draws closer, Carbon Pulse

Ashland: Citizens Energy takes a shine to Nyanza site, MetroWest Daily News

Solar Energy Compromise Heads to LePage With Enough Support to Withstand Veto, Maine Public

Onshore wind development slow but steady as offshore plan advances, Mainebiz

New Bedford hoping to catch renewable energy wave, South Coast Today

DONG Energy Inaugurates 582 Megawatt Gode Wind I & 2 Offshore Wind Farms, CleanTechnica

Green Farmland Or Green Energy? Deepwater Wind Brings Debate To Connecticut, Rhode Island Public Radio

Was America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Unfairly Blamed For A Whale’s Death?, HuffPost

Wind Energy Has Officially Become Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels, Futurism

Is Offshore Wind Power Riding a Rising Tide?, The National Law Review

Simsbury Debates Trade Off Between Green Farmland And Green Energy, WNPR News

Citing ‘Hughes v. Talen,’ court rejects challenge to Connecticut’s renewable RFP, Utility Dive

Rooftop solar power gets a boost, mostly, from new PUC ruling, Concord Monitor

Marine Conservationist On New England’s Potential To Harness Energy From Ocean Tides, Rhode Island Public Radio

A Fight Over the Electric Grid Could Reshape America’s Green Power Boom, TIME

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $960,000 for Clean Energy Education Program, Energy Central

Yarmouth pours energy into going green, Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts Regulators Direct Utilities to Shorten Offshore Wind Bid Evaluation Timeline, Renewable Energy World

New Rules for Wind Turbines Delayed in Vermont, Energy Central

New Hampshire regulators approve new net metering tariffs, Utility Dive

Falmouth selectmen weigh financial impact of turbine shutdown, Cape Cod Times

New Hampshire Shines In Solar Compromise, Solar Industry

Energy Efficiency

A second attack on the energy efficiency program at the General Assembly poised to pass, RI Future

South Burlington residents save six percent on electric, vtdigger.org

Energy Efficiency Deserves Center Stage During President’s Energy Week, Energy Collective

Greenfield receives state funding for energy efficiency, wwlp.com

Nuclear

Nuclear Can Be Friends With Renewables—If It’s Modular, Greentech Media

Millstone Owner To Assess Shutting Down Nuclear Plant, Hartford Courant

NRC: Entergy served notice of violation ‘with willful intent’, The Recorder

Millstone owners not giving up on lucrative legislation, CT Post

ISO-NE lays out retirement options for Dominion’s Millstone nuke, Utility Dive

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Hudson, Sudbury, Stow OK’d to intervene in Eversource power line case, MetroWest Daily News

Regional energy plan approved by state DPS, Bennington Banner

AMS in partnership with Southern Company subsidiary, gets Massachusetts peak load reduction grant, Energy Storage News

Massachusetts Energy Reliability Awareness Campaign, Northeast Gas Association

Northern Pass Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle, New Hampshire Public Radio

President Trump’s budget would put communities living near oil and gas at risk, Environmental Defense Fund

Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload,’ Microgrid Knowledge

Melrose Community Electricity Aggregation program update, Wicked Local Melrose

Eversource details impact of proposed rate shift, Berkshire Eagle

CT Siting Council to Return to Greenwich for Public Hearing on Eversource Proposed Substation, Greenwich Free Press

Hudson ConCom Commission says preferred Eversource power line route would hurt environment, MetroWest Daily News

New Brattle study touts flexible grid, dismisses ‘baseload’ hype, Utility Dive

New York expected to set high bar for energy storage after target bill passage, Utility Dive

Editorial/Opinion

Opinion: It’s nonsense to say fracking can be made safe, whatever guidelines we come up with, Phys.Org

Legislature Should Revive Millstone Bill, Hartford Courant

Commentary: Ideology shouldn’t trump practical solutions, LePage energy adviser says, Press Herald

Don’t Sweep Utility Funds Into General Budget, Hartford Courant

Opinion: Renew push for pricing carbon, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Round three on renewable energy, CommonWealth Magazine

 

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Energy News for week ending July 22, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Concerns over proposed New England pipeline projects grow as FERC nears decision, Utility DIVE

PUC: Ratepayers would pay up to $75M for expanded gas pipeline, Mainebiz

Opponents appeal state approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline spur through Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

Pipeline tax protesters cap 43-mile hike at State House steps, The Boston Globe

Boston-area natural gas prices 13 percent higher than national average, NewBostonPost

Rehoboth selectmen mixed on response to LNG pipeline proposal, Taunton Daily Gazette

Raimondo: Burrillville Power Plant Is ‘Not A Done Deal’, Rhode Island Public Radio

Crowds pack in for Raimondo’s community forum on Burrillville power plant, WPRI

Rep. Neal: Congressional Delegation Vigorously Opposed Pipeline Expansion, WAMC

Maine regulators approve expansion of gas pipeline capacity, Press Herald

Opponents of Weymouth compressor station hold rally, march, The Patriot Ledger

Boston Neighborhood Battles Pipeline Project, The American Prospect

Renewable Energy

DONG holds its breath as Massachusetts decides on energy bill, Recharge

Maine granola company uses sun to fuel its future, WMTW Portland

New Hampshire Solar Advocates Speak Out On YouTube, CleanTechnica

New Hampshire Town Considers Zero Net Energy Community, Government Technology

The New Green Roof: Solar Panels That Change Colors, TakePart

Wind energy experts hold ‘wind think tank’ in Maine, WCSH6.com

Qualified Middle-Class Families Are Set To Receive Solar Panels Without Paying a Dime in the U.S., GreenEnergy Chronicles

Solar-powered homes plan rejected in Portsmouth, Seacoastonline.com

Solar panels at UMass-Amherst expected to save $6.2 million, WPRI

Solar Powered Smart Flowers Are New Focus for Cape Wind Champion Jim Gordon, Renewable Energy World

Expanding Access to Solar Financing in Connecticut, Renewable Energy World

Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy, Penn Energy

For nearly 3 years 200 solar panels have sat unused on top of Morton Middle School, The Herald News

Energy Efficiency

World Energy Efficiency Services Launches Solar Division, ACHR NEWS

Barre joins energy efficiency project, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Energy efficiency brings Lowell $4.7M in savings, Lowell Sun

Energy Efficiency Incentives Better than Ever, PenBayPilot.com

Vermont governor: Contract preference goes to green firms, CT Post

Nuclear

Public Service Board again nixes arguments of New England Coalition, Commons

Pilgrim’s water discharge permit gets long-delayed review, Cape Cod Times

Shipping of VT radioactive water raises concerns, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Crunch time for Massachusetts energy debate, CommonWealth Magazine

Pokemon Are Taking Over Nuclear Power Plants and Substations, Greentech Media

Carbon Tax Divides Candidates in Vt. Debate, Valley News

Opposition to rate increase prompts Wallingford PUC to commission new market study, Meriden Record-Journal

Behind the Big Deal, New Hampshire Business Review

Cape towns seek hearing to challenge Eversource herbicide spraying, Cape Cod Times

Decision soon on trash-to-energy facility in Hampden, Penn Energy News

GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market, Microgrid Knowledge

Editorials/Opinions

Northern Pass: too big to fail?, New Hampshire Business Review

Mass. on the verge of energy greatness, CommonWealth Magazine

Transparency and the Eversource settlement, New Hampshire Business Review

Don’t Block Regulators From Doing Their Jobs, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy

Time for action on high cost of electricity, CommonWealth Magazine

LePage’s executive order on ethanol is fueled by myths, and it’s a win for foreign oil, Bangor Daily News

Editorial: Push and pull of a solar project, GazetteNET

N-Plant buildings are not compromised, Newburyport Daily News

Without nuke power, climate change threat grows: Column, USA Today

Our View: It’s in region’s interests to help Millstone compete, Norwich Bulletin

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Energy News for week ending July 1, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Natural gas falls out of favor on Beacon Hill, CommonWealth Magazine

Summer Escalation hits West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, Bulletin Newspapers

MassDEP grants federal Clean Water Act permit to Kinder Morgan for pipeline through Otis State Forest, MassLive.com

Generators ask FERC to block New England pipelines over energy price suppression fears, UtilityDIVE

FERC Decision Looming On Access Northeast Capacity Proposal, Natural Gas Intelligence

Organizers: Al Gore’s daughter among 23 arrested in protest, Boston.com

Anti-pipeline group plans July 9 march, The Sun Chronicle

U.S. Gas Futures Slip Amid Speculation Production Will Rebound, Bloomberg

Spectra to investigate 263 miles of pipe after accident, PowerSource

Trucking facilities stripped from LNG terminal proposal after uproar, South Coast Today

Medway: Exelon submits revised site plans, MetroWest Daily News

Renewable Energy

Senate passes renewable energy bill, setting talks for July, WWLP

Massachusetts Senate beefs up energy bill with more offshore wind, Offshore Wind Journal

Senate bill would boost Massachusetts’ reliance on renewable energy, Waterbury Republican American

A Unified Renewable Heating and Cooling Front, Biomass Magazine

240-foot turbine blades arrive for offshore wind farm, WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Block Island Wind Farm: Building the turbines one blade at a time, The Providence Journal

Study Shows Differences In Municipal Support For Residential Solar Power, Hartford Courant

Commissioners support Milton Township wind farm proposal, Lewiston Sun Journal

Minter lays out plans for boosting clean energy use, vtdigger.org

USDA awarding 13 renewable energy grants in Maine, Washington Times

How to go solar without putting panels on your roof, MarketWatch

State fish hatchery cold-water pipeline near Quabbin will generate hydropower; Baker, Beaton attend Belchertown groundbreaking, MassLive

Energy Efficiency

Report: Eversource leads in energy efficiency, New Hampshire Business Review

Climate protection award given to Mayor Alex Morse, city of Holyoke, MassLive.com

Tiogue wins award for energy work, Ricentral.com

Realtors: Energy audit labeling would “stick it” to some home owners, Lowell Sun

Nuclear

Government rejects VT request for continued emergency zone around Vermont Yankee, The Recorder

Vt. Yankee seeks OK to dispose of radioactive water, The Recorder

An honest renewable energy standard includes nuclear, Rutland Herald

US, Mexico, Canada pledge 50% renewables and nuclear by 2025 in new climate pact, UtilityDIVE

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

National Grid wins OK to build New Hampshire to Massachusetts power lines, Electric Light and Power

Burrillville Town Council reaches boiling point over power plant, RI Future

National Grid Wins EPA Clean Air Excellence Award, CapeCod.com News

Why should Burrillville care about Invenergy’s bad financial decisions?, RI Future

PUC approves a rate increase for Eversource, The Union Leader

Gridlocked: Outside/In Podcast, Inside Energy

National Grid gas workers hold picket, Eagle-Tribune

C&I demand response growth is slowing, but more opportunities could emerge from the utility sector, UtilityDIVE

Eversource, HydroQuebec reach power purchase agreement, The Union Leader

CMP rate increase takes effect Friday, Press Herald

Eversource floats $915K plan to combat cormorants, Cape Cod Times

Opinions

New England’s Known Need For More Natural Gas Pipelines, Forbes

Viewpoint: Keep Massachusetts an energy innovation leader, Boston Business Journal

Carbon pricing—a no-brainer for climate change?, Phys.Org

Ryan: Solar power and keeping up with the Joneses’, MetroWest Daily News

Koutroubis: It’s time to build natural gas pipelines, patch.com

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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

Nuclear

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

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

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 April 15, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Elizabeth Warren asks feds to reject Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion request, Boston.com

91 Mass. lawmakers object to ratepayers paying for gas pipeline, Telegram.com

Massachusetts Attorney General Files Opposition on Pipeline Injunction Request, WNPR

DPU gets earful at Dracut gas pipeline hearing, Lowell Sun

Raimondo Committed to Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Landmark gas pipeline case to be heard in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday, MassLive

Sandisfield Pipeline Case Could Impact Larger Project, New England Public Radio

AG defends Article 97 in Berkshire County pipeline case, The Recorder

Charges Against Elders Dropped in Pipeline Blockade Case, vtdigger.org

Better Future leader challenges Baker inaction on pipelines, NewBostonPost (blog)

The U.S. Has More Gas Than it Needs and Boston’s Still Importing, Bloomberg

Vernon gears up for gas plant talk with state, Brattleboro Reformer

Renewable Energy

State’s clean-energy future must start now, Cape Cod Times

Video: Sen. President Rosenberg praises offshore wind as Beacon Hill girds for omnibus energy bill, MassLive

Massachusetts Solar Net Metering Decision Is A Mixed Bag, CleanTechnica

Revised solar bill picks up 10 more votes in Maine House, Press Herald

Ethical necessity to back solar energy, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Are backdoor deals leading to large-scale solar projects in Vt.?, WCAX

Church to showcase solar power, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Wind studies met with skepticism in Grafton, Commons

Solar power arrays proposed on Hancock Shaker Village parcels, Berkshire Eagle

Vermont renewable siting bill has uncertain fate in the House, Vermont Watchdog.org

A Vermont farm will transform manure, corn silage and brewery waste into pipeline-grade natural gas…, The Republic

Superior Court judge rejects Bourne’s turbine lawsuit, Cape Cod Times

New Hampshire Senate passes bill to double net metering cap, PV Magazine

Plan calls for turbine to be fixed in 6 months, Gloucester Times

Energy Efficiency

Measuring success in energy-efficiency financing, GreenBiz

R.I. clean energy jobs increase by 40 percent, The Providence Journal

Connecticut environmental groups decry proposed raid of energy fund, theday.com

Bangor Council Approves Energy Efficiency Pilot Program, WABI

Nuclear

Massachusetts Nuke Plant to Refuel Next Year, Close in 2019, NECN

Nuke plant’s license renewal hearing postponed, Seacoastonline.com

Feds want more details on Vermont Yankee water, Vermont Biz

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

The future of energy has already arrived in New England, Tech Insider

Otten rebuts claims of pressure for Northern Pass stance, The Union Leader

Connecticut Advances Utility Cybersecurity Efforts; Survey Finds Threat Rises, Microgrid Knowledge

Eversource CEO Retiring; CFO Named Replacement, RTO Insider

Chamber ends longtime opposition to Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Local power companies seek even playing field, Lowell Sun

National Grid Launches Energy eBook, 3BL Media (press release)

Exelon’s Next Big Stride: Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid, Microgrid Knowledge

Waste-to-energy electricity generation concentrated in Florida and Northeast, Energy Information Administration

Editorial: A blueprint for Massachusetts’ energy future, MetroWest Daily News

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Energy News for week ending April 8, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Senate president expresses opposition to pipeline project, The Union Leader

State reps oppose charging ratepayers for new gas pipeline, Salem News

Consequences of gas leak could lead to California blackouts, WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Supreme Judicial Court to consider if Mass. electric utilities can buy natural gas on behalf of power plants, MassLive

Largest Methane Study to Date Confirms We Need to Do a Better Job Checking for Methane Leaks, Environmental Defense Fund

Weymouth turns up heat against gas compressor station, The Boston Globe

Column: State should listen to the people on pipeline project, The Salem News

Kinder Morgan wants Bill Cosby’s driveway in Shelburne for temporary gas pipeline access road, MassLive

DPU hearing airs public concerns on pipeline access petitions, Amherst Bulletin

Timelines Slip on Northeast Pipeline Projects, Natural Gas Intelligence

Pipeline foes pack Lunenburg hearing, Lowell Sun

Lynnfield pipes up over plan, Daily Item

NGOs Seek to Block Pipeline Development, The National Law Review

Elaine Ulman: The Monster of Minisink – a cautionary tale for fracked gas era, GazetteNet

Pipeline opponents plan to pack hearings, Salem News

Renewable Energy

Baker says he’ll sign solar compromise, Boston Globe

Solar net metering bill could worsen income inequality in Mass., advocates say, MassLive

Long-awaited solar bill headed to governor’s desk, Politico

Vermont Public Service Board considers changes to net-metering rules, Brattleboro Reformer

Canal will be a proving ground for tidal turbines, Boston Globe

Massachusetts House passes bill lifting solar net metering rates, UtilityDive

Senate Expected to Pass Three Renewable-Energy Bills, ecoRI news

What Massachusetts can learn from New York’s solar experience, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker’s hydropower plans cause stir, The Salem News

LePage Asks Massachusetts to Consider Rule Change to Aid Maine Biomass Industry, Maine Public Broadcasting

Advocates offer lukewarm support of solar energy bill, CT Post

Harnessing the ocean, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Reducing Natural Gas Overreliance Risks in Massachusetts through renewable energy, Union of Concerned Scientists

Where in Massachusetts are stalled solar projects located?, MassLive

Baker board denies Cape Wind permit extension, CommonWealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

NEEP Blog 3 part series

Quincy moving forward with plans to convert outdoor lights to LEDs, Patriot Ledger

How utilities can boost customer savings by marrying efficiency and DR programs, UtilityDive

Treasurer talks state bank’s green benefits, The Brown Daily Herald

DOE’s Building Energy Asset Score Platform: A Useful First Step to Efficiency, Energy Manager Today

Nuclear

Your View: Consider nuclear when eliminating carbon, South Coast Today

New Hampshire, Massachusetts in nuclear plant exercise, Bakken.com

Old Vermont Yankee insurance fund to aid solar, hydro projects, VTdigger.org

Industry group disputes Vermont’s nuke fears, Vermont Biz

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Supreme Judicial Court to consider if Mass. electric companies can buy natural gas pipeline capacity on behalf of power plants, MassLive

National Grid announces sharp drop in electricity rates, WCVB Boston

PUC Staff Recommends Audit of Emera, Citing High Power Outage Rate, Maine Public Broadcasting

ISO-NE Again Defends Capacity Auctions, RTO Insider

ISO New England: Power Prices at Record Lows, Electric Co-op Today

Electricity Bills on Rise as Power Generation Costs Decrease, Maine Public Broadcasting

Power plants more efficient, but at a cost, New Haven Register

Governor, legislative leaders announce working group to study dam purchase, Vermont biz

Hydro dam purchase possibilities raise questions in VT State House, WPTZ

National Grid proposed rate hike opposed by AG’s office, Eagle Tribune

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Energy News for week ending April 1, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline
In Burrillville, emotions run high at first public hearing on power plant, Providence Journal

Speakers oppose Kinder Morgan’s request to take land for pipeline, Berkshire Eagle

Don’t let lull dull your anti-pipeline resolve, (Opinion) Lowell Sun

Judge delays Kinder Morgan bid to start cutting trees for pipeline spur, Berkshire Eagle

Hundreds at Greenfield DPU hearing oppose forcible Tennessee Gas surveys for pipeline, MassLive

FERC to Tennessee Gas: no immediate tree cutting for Berkshire County pipeline , MassLive

Moulton Seeks Feedback from Tewksbury Residents on Kinder Morgan Pipeline , Patch.com

Algonquin Pipeline Foes File Appeal, Patch.com

Residents bash compressor station plan at Weymouth hearing, Wicked Local

Renewable Energy

Vermont working on new rules to continue solar power expansion, Rutland Herald

Danish Wind Farm Company Pitches Project to Islanders, Vineyard Gazette

Solar isn’t the cause of high electricity costs, CommonWealth Magazine

TransCanada to sell its hydro dams in Mass., N.H. and Vermont, NH Voice

Baker’s hydropower plans cause stir, Eagle-Tribune

Solar power development bill clears legislative committee on party-line vote, Portland Press Herald

Massachusetts solar backers say impasse taking toll on jobs, investments, Berkshire Eagle

State set to deny extending Cape Wind permits, Cape Cod Times

TransCanada looks to sell Maine wind farm, Portland Press Herald

ISO-NE: Solar capacity expanding faster than expected, Utility Dive

Biomass Power’s Momentum in Maine, Biomass Magazine

Our Opinion: What is argument against solar growth?, Berkshire Eagle

Rooftop solar could provide nearly half of US electricity demand, pv magazine

Energy Efficiency

Efficiency, not sunshine, is why New England has great rooftop-solar potential, Concord Monitor

National Grid, Opower extend partnership into New York, Utility Dive

NH Senate votes to increase RGGI funds spent on low-income efficiency, Utility Dive

Nuclear

Vermont Yankee to outsource its security, The Keene Sentinel

Is Nuclear Power A Renewable Or A Sustainable Energy Source?, Forbes

Vermont Yankee water woes open lines of communication, vtdigger.org

Shut New York Reactor May Hit Boston With Higher Power Prices, Bloomberg

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

FBI Investigating Pipe Bomb-like Devices Found on National Grid Lines in Massachusetts, MicroGrid Knowledge

Combined Power of GE Store Helps CPV Move Forward with High Efficiency 7HA Technology at Connecticut Plant, RenewablesBiz

The Anbaric Microgrid Strategy, Cleantechnica

The Utility Industry Is Rebranding Itself: PR Ploy or Serious Attempt to Connect With Customers? (Podcast), Greentech Media

A roadmap for the omnibus energy bill, CommonWealth Magazine

State officials come out against Sudbury Eversource plans, MetroWest Daily News

2015 saw wholesale electric prices drop in New England, New Haven Register

Berkshire Power Company, two other firms to pay $8.5 million for violations at Agawam plant, MassLive

Berlin wants to be solo intervenor on Northern Pass, The Union Leader

National Grid Joins EPA Efforts to Reduce Methane Emissions (Press Release), JustMeans.com

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