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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 20, 2017

LNG boom | Delayed Report | Where’s the gas

Happy sunny Friday folks.

We start this week with a story from the New York Times about the US’s move from an energy importer to an exporter – specifically related to natural gas. They write, “A shale gas drilling boom over the last decade has propelled the United States from energy importer to exporter, taking the country a giant leap toward the goal of energy independence declared by presidents for half a century. Now the upheaval of the domestic energy sector is going global. A swell of gas in liquefied form shipped from Texas and Louisiana is descending on global markets, producing a broader glut and lower energy prices.”

DOE’s NOPR filing with FERC has caused ISO-New England to delay the release of its much-anticipated fuel security study, according to an article in CommonWealth Magazine. “ISO-New England has been working on its fuel security study since late 2016 and planned to release it Oct. 24. Few details have been released about the study, but it appears to focus on whether New England’s heavy reliance on natural gas for generating electricity could eventually put the grid at risk without the construction of additional pipeline capacity. The study is expected to analyze fuel security for the winter of 2024-2025 ‘because challenges to power system reliability are expected to be manageable in the near term.’ The grid operator decided to hold off after US Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop and issue grid resiliency rules.”

Last story for this week is a story from Greentech Media noting that “A review of Europe’s top wind-powered countries seems to refute the idea that gas peaking capacity is required to balance out intermittent generation. But partly it’s because these high-wind nations have unique balancing acts, and partly because gas is not the answer after all.”

As always, be sure to check out Northeast Energy News for regional energy events. Have a great weekend, the weather looks to be spectacular!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Study accusing Eversource and Avangrid of pipeline manipulation ‘ridiculous,’ says industry trade group, MassLive

Charlestown Gets Say in Burrillville Power-Plant Saga, ecoRI news

EFSB Grants Invenergy Motion To Exclude Resolutions From Evidence, Rhode Island Public Radio

Water supply pact means delay for final hearings on Burrillville power plant plan, Projo

PURA to review CT utilities’ pipeline practices, Hartford Business

Massachusetts reviews natgas manipulation claim, Argus Media

Sen. Asks FERC To Probe $3.6B Market Manipulation Claims, Law360

Fossil Fuel Misinformation Helps Quash Community Effort to Ban Fracking in Youngstown, Ohio, DeSmog

Senate bill would fast-track ‘small-scale’ natural gas exports, The Hill

‘This is a really big deal’: Canada natural gas emissions far worse than feared, The Guardian

Judge Allows ‘Necessity’ Defense by Climate Activists in Oil Pipeline Protest, InsideClimate News

Boom in American Liquefied Natural Gas Is Shaking Up the Energy World, New York Times

Pipeline backers, New York duel over water quality certificates, Utility Dive

Renewable Energy

Lawmakers Debate How To Attract More Renewable Energy In Mass., WAMC

How the US might fulfill its Paris pledge without the White House, Phys.Org

What It Will Take to Rebuild the Caribbean With Clean Energy, Greentech Media

In the Future, Your Home May Be Powered by a Tesla Battery, Futurism

Governors Push Clean Energy Technology, U.S. News & World Report

LePage invites bio-based businesses to call Maine home, Press Herald

Wood pellet boilers at Sanderson opposed, Greenfield Recorder

Vermont Landfill Plans to Build Greenhouses Powered by Geothermal Heat, Waste 360

State’s clean energy sector remains hopeful in a climate of uncertainty, (subscriber content), Boston Business Journal

Wind

Delaware Wants In on the US Offshore Wind Market, Greentech Media

First floating wind farm, built by offshore oil company, delivers electricity, Ars Technica

Can deepwater wind farms power the world?, USA TODAY

US Energy Dept. Shows Love For Teeny Tiny Micro Wind Turbines, CleanTechnica

Maine city struggles to get rid of windmill that never produced energy as promised, Bangor Daily News

This Controversial Law Could Stifle the US Offshore Wind Market, Greentech Media

Solar

South Portland power grid soaks up the sun, WCSH-TV

DEEP taking heat on its proposed changes to solar policy, The CT Mirror

Newport Looks to Move Toward Solar, New Hampshire Public Radio

Solar buy proposed for Manchester, NewHampshire.com

Chelmsford solar project latest as panels continue march across region, Lowell Sun
Three companies bid on Fall River solar farm, Herald News

Solar power project brings a crowd to informational meeting, Daily Bulldog

Moscow Board of Selectmen advocates for solar power project, centralmaine.com

Solar Will Help N.H. Soup Kitchen ‘Get More Food To Hungry People,’ Solar Industry Magazine

Energy Efficiency

The Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Shortchanges the Benefits of Energy Efficiency, Energy Collective

Energy efficiency as a resource: The power of getting more from less, Utility Dive

Europe will be spending $112 billion on energy efficient building technologies in 2026, Climate Action Programme

MA Ranked Among Most Energy Efficient States in US, GoLocal Worcester

World’s most sustainable office space opens in London, Curbed

Connecticut Town Goes LED, Saving $338000 Per Year, Energy Manager Today

Nuclear

Conservative think tank: Plan to help coal, nuclear power ‘arbitrary’, The Hill

Rick Perry’s plan to subsidize coal and nuclear plants is bonkers, Vox

US should incentivize the development of small modular reactors: Moniz, Platts

Opponents say premature closing of Millstone would cost Dominion $1B, The Day

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

PUC Sides With Public’s Right-to-know On Eversource $100 Million Question, InDepth NH

Without Action, Northern Pass to Cut Straight Through Plymouth, PSU The Clock

LaFleur: DOE NOPR likely not detailed enough to form final rule, Utility Dive

Report: New England paying more than necessary for its electricity, The Recorder

Plan to ‘bury the power lines’ dealt another blow, Turn to 10

Eversource case: Protect Sudbury scrambles after expert quits, MetroWest Daily News

Eversource Protest Draws a Crowd, The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

Pack Monandock utility pole project may cause snag for hikers, NewHampshire.com

Connecticut regulators approve two grid modernization proposals, Electric Light & Power

Intermittent Renewables Are Up. So Where Is All of the Gas?, Greentech Media

Citing Trump initiative, grid operator delays report, CommonWealth Magazine

Connecticut regulators open investigation on Eversource, Avangrid pipeline practices, Utility Dive

What FERC Commissioners Are Saying About the DOE NOPR, Greentech Media

What’s Electric Resilience Worth to You?, Microgrid Knowledge

Moniz: Utilities should prepare for very low carbon future, Utility Dive

4 signs that Trump’s furious efforts to save coal are futile, Vox.com

Climate change impacts coming to Crane Beach, Salem News

Editorial/Opinion

Beyond public safety, fixing aging gas pipelines is good for our economy | Opinion, NJ.com

Natural gas supply critical to keeping CT manufacturers competitive, Hartford Business

Time to put pedal to the metal, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. citizens point the way on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

Editorial: Eversource must quickly connect Bar-Way project to the grid, Going Green ​​

Why Cap and Invest Is the Right Solution for Massachusetts Transportation, Union of Concerned Scientists Blog

A way New York can cut electric bills, Albany Times Union

How America Should Promote Energy Innovation in the Face of Extreme Weather, Greentech Media

Sunny days: Gatsas gets a solar deal, Union Leader

My Turn: A windfall for utilities at taxpayers’ expense, Concord Monitor

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Energy News for week ending December 18, 2015

COP21 Paris

Bay State impresses at Paris climate change conference, CommonWealth Magazine

Northeast and coastal waters face onslaught of climate change problems, The Herald News

Massachusetts a no-show at climate talks, Boston Globe

COP21’s Chance For Success Has Massachusetts Roots, WGBH NEWS

What effect will sweeping global agreement on climate change have in New Hampshire, Concord Monitor

COP21: Challenges from UN, MIT Seek Climate-Resilience Solutions from Around the Globe, Sustainable Brands

Re-Tooling Economy for Low-Carbon Future is Critical Post Paris Step, Forbes

Paris COP21 And The Urgent Need For More Nuclear Energy, Forbes

Energy Companies Face Big Risks From Paris Climate Deal, Fortune

A cheat sheet to industry-specific COP21 pledges, GreenBiz

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Acushnet selectmen ask for open minds about proposed LNG facility, South Coast Today

Tennessee Gas Pipeline: Regulators ask company to consider alternative route, Berkshire Eagle

Financial Woes Confront Firm Behind New England Gas pipeline, ABC News

Land owners deny access to pipeline company, Salem News

Federal commission gives Kinder Morgan 20 days to address Tennessee Gas Pipeline issues, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Protesters gather in opposition to Kinder Morgan pipeline, WMUR Manchester

Pipeline Protesters Deliver Petition to N.H. Statehouse, New Hampshire Public Radio

Debate over LNG pipelines heating up, SouthCoastToday.com

FERC filing prompts action, Wilmington Town Crier

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency in 2015: Major wins and a holiday wish list, Utility Dive

Energy Efficiency: Numbers tell the story, (opinion) Wicked Local Newton

Resources and Programs Available to Help Reduce Use and to Lower Electric Bills, Berlin Daily Sun

Wilton is awarded silver by energize Connecticut, Wilton Bulletin

Renewable Energy

Congress Passes Tax Credits for Solar and Wind: ‘Sausage-Making at Its Most Intense’, Greentechmedia.com

Baker administration pumps $30 million into solar panel installations, BetaBoston

353 State Lawmakers From 46 States Support 100% Clean Energy by 2050, EcoWatch

Church offering solar help, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Morgan Stanley invests $100 million in Mass. solar projects, BetaBoston

Congress offers wind power a lift, Taunton Daily Gazette

It’s time for Congress to end the wind production tax credit (again), (Opinion) Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Offshore wind energy is gaining momentum in the United States, Hydrogen Fuel News

Renewable Energy Company to Install Five Solar Landfill Projects in Connecticut, waste360

Green grows the jobs and work in Central Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram

Nuclear

PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION: New nuke plant decommissioning regulations under development, Wicked Local Plymouth

Vermont Yankee transfer project could be ahead of schedule, Keene Sentinel

Mine uranium, stop climate change, (opinion) Boston Globe

Vermont Yankee Emergency Preparedness Exemptions Approved, Penn Energy

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Power choice program draws solicitors, scammers, Salem News

Sufficient Winter Power Seen for New England, Electric Co-op Today

National Grid, Anbaric propose 400 MW power inverter in New Haven, VTdigger.org

Power struggle in Canada, (opinion) Rutland Herald

Energy representatives talk decreased capacity, cost spikes at Fall River meeting, Herald News

Community electricity aggregation: a primer, Wicked Local Melrose

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Energy News for week ending May 22, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Massachusetts natural gas pipeline investment plan questioned, Platts

Rep. Speliotis sees tough pipeline fight, The Salem News

National Grid sees only a limited role for LNG, (opinion) Boston Globe

Federal regs would preempt NH regs on eminent domain for pipeline projects like Kinder Morgan, Concord Monitor

DPU agrees to hold Western Mass. hearing on Berkshire Gas-Tennessee Gas pipeline deal, MassLive.com

Proposal lets electric firms join pipelines, Lowell Sun

Natural Gas Pipeline Battle Hammers New England Ratepayers, NewsMax

Energy Efficiency

Maine utility regulators vote against reconsidering Efficiency Maine decision, Press Herald

National Grid customers to save $427 million with energy-efficiency programs, FierceEnergy

A new star in energy efficiency, Greenwichtime.com

Ameresco to Partner with the Town of Framingham for Comprehensive ESPC, (press release) MarketWatch.com

Renewable Energy

Council, mayor spar over solar farm, Eagle Tribune

Company files to build renewable natural gas plant, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Solar officials want Mass. production cap lifted, Lowell Sun

Solar panels helping RI to meet renewable energy goals, Turn to 10

US court overturns dismissal of challenge to Mass. offshore wind farm, Reuters

Deepwater Wind Contracts With Rhode Island Ferry Company, North American Windpower

Maine utility regulators keep wind power negotiations alive, Brattleboro Reformer

A tempest of conflicts swirls within Maine anti-wind nonprofit, Press Herald

Appeals court let’s Cape Wind case proceed, Commonwealth Magazine

Nuclear

Entergy gets good marks for hostile-action drill, Rutland Herald

Looking back at Seabrook, Clamshell Alliance, Gloucester Times

NRC to meet with Dominion official Thursday, The Day

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Boston: A Model for the Emerging Distributed Energy Paradigm, Energy Efficiency Markets

Maine opponents of smart meters take case to court of last resort, Lewiston Sun Journal

Report: Region’s 2014 wholesale power markets competitive, Worcester Business Journal

National Grid focuses on U.S. growth as annual profit advances, Bloomberg News

This is your energy future, (opinion) Fosters Daily Democrat

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Energy News for week ending March 13, 2015

 

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Kinder Morgan pipeline foes lawyer up; form regional non-profit, MassLive.com

Gas rate cut for Eversource customers, Worcester Telegram

As Winter Electricity Prices Jump, Mass. Debate Over Natural Gas Pipelines Heats Up, WBUR

Old System, New Solution?: Liquefied Natural Gas Could Be Pipeline Alternative?, WBUR

Several Southern N.H. Towns Vote To Oppose Natural Gas PIpeline, NH Public Radio

Energy company IDs shippers for natural gas pipeline, Worcester Telegram

RI Business Coalition backs expansion of natural gas pipeline, The Providence Journal

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Case Study: Waldoboro, Maine, PenBayPilot.com

The $154 Million Question – Pipeline vs. Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Energy Efficiency Markets

Multi-State Efficiency Program Launches for Low-Income Housing, Greentech Media

‘Cleantech’ boosts the economy in NH, The Union Leader

Renewable Energy

Bellingham: EMC meets with Planning Board regarding solar farm, MetroWest Daily News

Newfound Voters Again Weighing Wind Restrictions, New Hampshire Public Radio

Connecticut rules in favor of Vermont renewable energy credits, VTdigger.org

Vermont House passes 75% by 2032 renewable energy mandate, Utility Dive

Solar Power, and Somewhere to Store It, MIT Technology Review (blog)

Baker administration to stick with Patrick administration’s solar energy goal for Bay State, MassLive.com

As Maine politicians dither, grassroots solar initiatives grow, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Nuclear

Nuclear Industry Must Remember that All Politics are local, Energy Collective

Coal, nuclear remain the backbone of our energy supply, (opinion) Keene Sentinel

Five Surprising Public Health Facts About Fukushima, The Breakthrough Institute

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource to sell power plants, says move will save customers $300 million, NH Union Leader

National Grid cable project gets underway in Salem, Salem News

Angry electric customers looking for accountability, wwlp.com

Nancy Marland: A state utility corridor opens the door for new energy development, Berlin Daily Sun

ISO New England warns of threat to grid reliability over gas supply shortage, Utility Dive

Fuel, Reliability Constraints for New England Grid, Electric Co-op Today

US Northeast power sector’s 2015 oil demand down 11% from 2014: ISO New England, Platts

With Mass. Off Track On Emissions Goal, Advocates Seek 1st State Carbon Tax, WBUR

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Energy News for week ending January 23, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

LNG better than pipe dream (opinion), Worcester Telegram & Gazette

NH delegation requests openness in gas pipeline plan, SeacoastOnline.com

West Roxbury gas pipeline proposal draws fire, Boston Globe

Leaks in Boston area gas pipes exceed estimates, Boston Globe

Chelsea voters approve natural gas TIF district, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Renewable Energy

Cape Wind struggles for survival, Cape Cod Times

The Internet of trash: Bigbelly plans to move beyond the solar-powered trash can, Boston Business Journal

Woodstove Change Out Program Launched For Cheshire County, NH Public Radio

State awards $270000 to support clean energy and food scrap recycling, Vermont Biz

York Beach fire station to go greener, Seacoastonline.com

Charlie Baker should focus on wind, Boston Globe

Landfill Solar Project Moves Ahead in Massachusetts, Waste360

Granite Geek: How Well Would Geothermal Heat Work in New Hampshire, NH Public Radio

The Solar Disconnect, Commonwealth Magazine

Nuclear

Cheers and Jeers: Let’s get real, Senator, Cape Cod Times

Vermont Yankee Employee Thoughts on Closing, corporate video on Vimeo

Energy Efficiency

Berkshire Gas: Necessary Information, The Recorder

Shave your electric bill, WCVB TV (video)

Easthampton Energy Committee asks residents to complete online survey, MassLive.com

Markets/Prices/Grid/Policy/Misc.

ISO-New England head says region’s energy system faces ‘serious reliability challenges, New Haven Register

National Grid is undertaking ‘Reliability Project’, Eagle-Tribune

Regional Power Operator Provides Brief on State of Grid, WNPR News (CT)

Dave Solomon’s Power Plays: Power man sounds alarm on system’s demands, The Union Leader (NH)

Letter: Mass. electricity rates top national high, (opinion) Huntington News (Northeastern University)

National Grid launches smart-grid program in Worcester, Boston Herald

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