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Energy News for week ending July 12, 2019

Block the Compressor | Vineyard Wind Dealt 2 Blows | CMP Oppo Group Forms

 

Busy day here so no recap this week.

Enjoy the news below and have a great weekend!

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

29 senators urge DEP to block Weymouth gas facility, CommonWealth Magazine

At ‘wit’s end,’ Mariano pushes Weymouth air monitoring bill, Patriot Ledger

Weymouth: Legislation Aims at Heavy Oversight of Air Pollution at Compressor Station Sites, WATD-FM

National Grid to NYC customers: Support the Williams Pipeline or no new service, Grist

Officials outline plan to boost businesses still struggling after gas disaster, Eagle Tribune

The U.S. Is Overflowing With Natural Gas. Not Everyone Can Get It., Wall St. Journal

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Study: Carbon tax carries high cost, low benefit, Boston Herald

Climate change means roads should be built differently, UNH researchers say, Boston Globe

Experts Say U.S. Power Grid Needs To Change Before Shifting To All Renewable Energy, NPR

As Brayton Point transforms, Haddad legislation has brought nearly $18 million to Somerset, South Coast Today

$1B Renewable Energy Bill to be Subject of Public Hearing, NECN

Maine Hits Clean Energy Grand Slam, Union of Concerned Scientists

Lowell Council OKs green-energy boost, Lowell Sun

Which States Build the Greenest?, New York Times

Republicans Try to Buff Up Green Image With Environmental Caucus, Bloomberg

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind dealt blows on two fronts, MV Times

AIM to Baker: Modify the offshore wind price cap, CommonWealth Magazine

Connecticut issues draft RFP for 2 GW offshore wind, Utility Dive

 

Solar

How New York City Is Turning Its Thousands of Roofs Into Power Providers, New York Times

Polar ice chronicles a toxic metal’s surging production, Nature

New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits, Wired

Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer, Phys.org

 

Efficiency/Storage

Stem Steps Into Grid-Scale Storage With Partnership in Massachusetts, Greentech Media

New Jersey’s Draft Energy Plan Includes Support for Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge

Home Energy Reports: Still the ‘biggest, baddest way’ to drive customer behavior, Utility Dive

‘Opportunities everywhere’: NREL study shows mass potential for storage to provide peaking capacity, Utility Dive

Why Long Island Could Become New York’s First Energy Storage Hot Spot, Greentech Media

US Green Building Council seeks proposals to strengthen new LEED standard, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Scientist ‘unsure’ of Seabrook nuclear plant’s safety; NextEra says claims ‘simply wrong’, Gloucester Daily Times

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Opposition Group To Launch Petition Effort To Kill CMP’s Transmission Project, Maine Public Radio

RI Ranked 22nd Most Energy Expensive State in U.S., GoLocalProv

Conn. leads the nation in energy costs, Journal Inquirer

National Grid faces possible penalty on non-compliance of NY safety rules, CNBC

Aggressive U.S. energy policy tests ties with European allies. Reuters

Pennsylvania regulators outline criteria for alternative rate proposals to support new tech, Utility Dive

Climate, NIMBY concerns drive move to floating power plants, E&E News

N.Y. Launches Grid Modernization Challenge, North American Wind Power

 

Editorial/Opinion

Viewpoint: Mass. must double down on clean energy efforts, Boston Business Journal

Benson carbon pricing bill is smart policy, CommonWealth magazine

Editorial: Independent review makes sense on Berkshire Gas moratorium, Amherst Bulletin

My Turn: Doug Gablinske: Invenergy’s failure will cost all of us, Providence Journal

George Smith: Maine takes on climate change, Kennebec Journal

Dan Weeks: To Sununu: Go solar, Conway Daily Sun

Maine re-asserts its leadership in environmental priorities, Sun Journal

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Energy News for week ending June 28, 2019

Permit Approved | No difference | Eat ‘em up

 

Happy glorious summer Friday afternoon!

Let’s see what’s in this week’s energy news.

From the Patriot Ledger, “Opponents of a natural gas compressor station proposed for a site in Weymouth were dealt another blow Thursday as a state adjudicator recommended the approval of an air-quality permit for the project. Hearing officer Jane Rothchild of the state Department of Environmental Protection said the department should uphold a permit issued to gas company Spectra Energy-Enbridge and reject an appeal filed by Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree, Hingham and a citizens group, which together had argued that the proposed station would worsen air pollution in the Fore River Basin and endanger the lives of nearby residents. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg has the final say on the approval of the permit, but Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund said he doesn’t expect Suuberg to deny it. Hedlund on Thursday said he is ‘disappointed but not shocked’ by the decision, and said the town was considering its legal options for further appeal.”

On Monday, Vineyard Wind said it would move three turbines to help preserve fishing grounds, but yesterday according to an article on South Coast Today the fisheries groups basically replied, “Yeah. No.” “Vineyard Wind’s decision to move three turbines farther away from Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket makes no significant difference to the preservation of fishing grounds, fisheries sources say. The offshore wind company announced Monday that it had removed three of the 84 planned turbines from the north end of the grid and placed them elsewhere among its 106 approved turbine locations. The south side of the Islands, where the change was made, is a prime squid fishing ground. Katie Almeida, fisheries policy analyst for Rhode Island squid dealer The Town Dock, told The Standard-Times the move will do little to help the industry. ‘The removal of the turbines gives a very small portion of our traditional fishing grounds back, however we still don’t know how construction and operation are going to affect squid in and around that lease area,’ she said. With spacing of Vineyard Wind turbines starting at eight-tenths of a mile apart, the space represents a few square miles. The wind farm is about 14 miles from shore.”

Lord knows I love my calamari (that just sounds so much more appetizing than squid), but how about Green Eggs and Ham? Scratch that – I meant to write green crabs. From the Boston Globe, “Green crabs are wreaking havoc on our coastal habitat. So let’s eat them. “When life gives you lemons,” the saying goes, “make lemonade.” And when life fills the ocean with invasive green crabs that prey on the local shellfish population and wreak havoc on the coastal habitat, The Green Crab R&D Project says eat them. Not only will you be helping the environment, you will enjoy a culinary specialty that has been celebrated in Venice for generations. Green crabs (which, despite the name can be any color, even multi-hued) are native to parts of Western Europe and North Africa. They first appeared on the East Coast of North America in the early 1800s, but did not proliferate until the late 20th century. Today they have invaded nearly every continent, and their populations and range are expected to increase with climate change. Though relatively small, they are fierce and prey on a variety of shellfish. In their search the crabs cut through eelgrass, damaging essential sea life habitats. Each female can lay 185,000 eggs per year, and according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, a single crab can eat 40 half-inch clams in a day. The Green Crab R&D Project (greencrab.org), established in 2017, is a nonprofit dedicated to developing markets for green crabs, both to remove the predatory creatures from the water and to help fishermen and -women develop alternative sources of revenue. In February the group released “The Green Crab Cookbook,” written by executive director Mary Parks and Thanh Thai and contributors to the Project. All proceeds from the book go to the organization.”

Consider that your tip for your next barbecue.

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

State adjudicator OKs Weymouth compressor station air permit, Patriot Ledger

For power plant opponents, EFSB decision was grown on home turf, Breeze Publications

Fed up lawmakers seek air monitoring laws near Weymouth compressor, Wicked Local

Philly refinery explosion set to drive up holiday gas prices in Northeast U.S., PhillyVoice

Activists use art to draw attention to Weymouth compressor controversy, Patriot Ledger

NextEra sees batteries displacing gas-fired peakers, otherwise bullish on gas, Platts

Health officials want studies of natural gas projects, Gloucester Times

Cuomo’s opposition to natural gas hurts environment, report argues,  Crain’s NY Business

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Senators target 50% national renewable energy standard by 2035, zero-carbon by 2050, Utility Dive

Kids suing governments about climate: It’s a global trend, National Geographic

A Whale Of A Problem: Youth Climate Activists Construct Mosaic In Boston, Demand Action, WBUR

How Do You Talk to Children About Climate Change?, New York Times

Green crabs are wreaking havoc on our coastal habitat. So let’s eat them., Boston Globe

Governor wants Pennsylvania to join greenhouse gas reduction program, Reuters

Massachusetts regulators approve state’s largest clean energy procurement, Utility Dive

Lawmakers discuss Brayton Point’s potential as ‘renewable energy headquarters,’ Herald News

Wild Weather Is Endangering World’s Oldest Form of Clean Power, Bloomberg

It’s true: Environmental and business groups are on the same page, Boston Globe

How an Eagle’s Nest Shows the Challenges of New York’s Climate Plan, New York Times

How America’s biggest renewable-energy power line failed, Axios

 

Wind

Fishermen say Vineyard Wind’s turbine relocation makes no difference, South Coast today

Vineyard Wind moves turbines to aid fishing vessels, South Coast Today

Orsted Wins New Jersey’s First Offshore Wind Solicitation, Greentech Media

Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy. The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In, Wall St. Journal

After Brayton Point visit, Markey backs extended tax credits for wind industry, Herald News

Interior delays, costs may dim offshore wind’s prospects, E&E News

The Push Is On For More Wind Farms Off the South Fork, Sag Harbor Express

Will future sunsets over Lake Erie include windmills?, WBFO

Building an offshore wind industry along the US East Coast: The role of state collaboration, McKinsey & Company

N.J. just gave the green light to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, NJ.com

Court rules in favor of Villenova residents in wind turbine lawsuit, Observer Today

 

Solar

Tufts adds new solar energy systems, expands its commitment to clean energy, Newswise.com

New laws hope to build up solar and fight climate change, NewscenterMaine.com

The reality behind solar power’s next star material, Nature

Charge your phone with solar power as a first step to going green, CNET

 

Efficiency/Storage

Massachusetts sweetening the deal for energy storage systems, Axios

Haddam home among Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge winners, The Advocate

As Trump Administration pursues wide-ranging attacks on energy efficiency, states, others fight back, Utility Dive

Maine Decides to Go Big on Heat Pumps, Greentech Media

Arizona, New Jersey homes costliest to cool in summer, Sense finds, Utility Dive

Heat Pump Water Heaters Can be Demand Response Assets, Greentech Media

 

EVs

State plans to scrap electric vehicle rebate, Salem News

In lobbying battle for electric vehicle tax credit, it’s car makers vs. the oil and gas industry, Washington Post

 

Nuclear

The Latest: US senators look to end nuclear waste stalemate, AP

SNC Lavalin : AMERICA’S $60 BILLION POT OF GOLD, Marketscreener.com

Concrete expert to speak on Seabrook Station, Newburyport Daily News

Regulators Tour Seabrook Nuclear Plant Ahead Of Hearing On Concrete Cracks, New Hampshire Public Radio

A Boston startup developing a nuclear fusion reactor just got a roughly $50 million boost, TechCrunch

Cambridge fusion energy startup completes $115 million funding round, Boston Globe

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices, etc.

Newspaper’s investigation says Maine utility misled public, Associated Press

New operating reserve region to launch in NYISO’s energy markets, S&P Global Platts

Despite emissions concerns, Hydro-Quebec contracts OK’d, CommonWealth Magazine

Residents: Eversource’s plan to spray herbicides must be stopped, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Work on Seacoast Reliability Project moves ahead, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Smart meter swap promised savings that never came, Sun Journal

Large and Unique Mass Transit Microgrid Moves Forward in New Jersey, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Letter: Four reasons sununu’s net metering veto harms NH, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Polisena: Board’s decision on Burrillville plant ‘disappointing’, Johnston Sun Rise

As Trump Administration pursues wide-ranging attacks on energy efficiency, states, others fight back, Keene Sentinel

Our View: Customers need real answers from Central Maine Power, Portland Press Heralds

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Energy News for week ending May 31, 2019

End of an Era | Upended | Freedom Gas

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

Well, we all knew it was coming. Today is the day that the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth shuts down for good. I’m a bit biased since I worked closely with Pilgrim employees and Entergy over the past 10+ years, but I think it’s safe to say that while the divide about Pilgrim and nuclear power in general remains, we can probably all agree that it must be a tough day for the folks who work at the plant. The crew of nearly 600 employees worked tirelessly the past few years to bring the plant’s NRC safety rating back to green or “normal oversight” and they did it because they have pride in their work and value the benefits that Pilgrim’s near carbon-free power brought to the grid and the environment. So, we offer our thanks to the men and women who worked there over the past 46+ years for keeping us safe and providing us with an abundance of clean power and wish them well on what life’s adventure brings them next. Here’s a story from the Cape Cod Times on Pilgrim’s shutdown.

We move to another controversial subject in Massachusetts which is that of the proposed Weymouth Compressor Station. From the Patriot Ledger, “The Department of Environmental Protection’s three-day delay in notifying parties of new data relevant to an air quality permit appeal case “upended the proceedings” and, as a result, the hearing will be extended to allow full consideration of the latest information, the adjudicator overseeing the case ruled Thursday. After receiving arguments from all parties on whether the latest batch of data concerning a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth warrants continuation of the appeal, hearing officer Jane Rothchild ruled that, by waiting to release the data until the hearing was nearly complete, the DEP “prevented (petitioners) from having a fair and complete opportunity” to cross-examine witnesses. In another article from the same outlet, they quoted Attorney General Maura Healey with saying that, “State environmental regulators ‘really bungled’ air-quality testing in connection with the review of a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth.’

Last story for this week comes from the, “What were they thinking?” bin and was analyzed by Axios, “Energy Department faces blowback for calling LNG exports ‘freedom gas.’ The Department of Energy uncorked a memorable phrase yesterday when it approved expanded shipments from the Freeport LNG site in Texas. Here’s Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes yesterday in DOE’s greatest press release ever: ‘Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy.’ Another DOE official touted ‘molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world.’ The fallout: The phrasing got a ton of coverage and produced some fun writing, like this from Slate’s Jordan Weissmann: ‘As one of my colleagues put it, spreading freedom gas sounds like what happens when you’re newly single and suddenly have the apartment to yourself.’” Be sure to check out the article for why the statement matters.

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

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Charlton residents voice concern over proposed liquid natural gas plant on Route 169, Worcester Telegram

Fire chief discusses gas leaks on ‘Wayland Weekly Buzz’, Wicked Local Wayland

‘Freedom Gas,’ the Next American Export, New York Times

Energy Department faces blowback for calling LNG exports “freedom gas,” Axios

Leaks Threaten Safety – and Success – of America’s Top Natural Gas Exporter, Center for Public Integrity

 

Weymouth

2 more days of hearings scheduled in compressor case, Patriot Ledger

Proposed gas compressor station in Massachusetts poses air pollution risks, Harvard Medical School

Energy Company Behind Weymouth Compressor Says New Air Quality Data Shouldn’t Affect Permits, WBUR

Healey says DEP ‘really bungled’ compressor data, Patriot Ledger

Lawmakers urge DEP to revoke Weymouth compressor permit, Wicked Local

Hearing on compressor station safety set for June 17, Wicked Local

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

The ticket to 100% renewable power is underneath our feet, Grist

DeLeo touts $1.3b GreenWorks program, Boston Globe

Cities Are Making Big Climate Promises. Keeping Them Can Be Tough, NPR

NH Senate approves more subsides for biomass plants, New Hampshire Union Leader

Businesses lobby for renewable energy bills at State House, New Hampshire Union Leader

Climate driving new right whale movement, Phys.org

Climate change is destroying a barrier that protects the U.S. East Coast from hurricanes, Phys.org

Climate Change May Have Caused Mass Puffin Die-Off, Discover

The White House Plan to Change Climate Science, New York Times

Once again, it’s not easy being green, The Day

Maine natural gas company has big plans to turn cow manure into renewable energy, WGME

 

Wind

Orsted: US Offshore Wind Supply Chain Decisions Coming Soon, Greentech Media

$1B Rhode Island Wind Farm To Power 270,000 Homes, Patch

PSEG looks to benefit from — but not build — offshore wind developments, WHYY

Defense bill raises fear of delayed projects, or worse, E&E News

US Energy Department Wants to See Lighter Offshore Wind Turbines, Greentech Media

State approves 22-turbine wind project for Hancock County, Bangor Daily News

 

Solar

New York state winters could pose solar farm ‘ramping’ snag for power grid, Science Daily

Connecticut House saves net metering, for now, but green groups want more, Utility Dive

Massachusetts Program Increases Solar Access For Municipal Light Plant Customers, Solar Industry

The Energy 202: California utilities’ planned blackouts this wildfire season prompt residents to adopt solar power, Washington Post

 

Efficiency/Storage

World’s Largest Renewable Energy Storage Project Announced in Utah, Associated Press

New York utilities increasingly embrace non-wires alternatives as ConEd forges the path, Utility Dive

 

Pilgrim Closing

After 46 years, Pilgrim nuclear plant shutting down, Cape Cod Times

Nuclear power plant workers prep for shutdown after 47 years, AP

You Asked, We Answered: Questions About The Pilgrim Shutdown, WBUR

Pilgrim Is Closing. So Then What Happens To The Radioactive Waste?, WBUR

 

Nuclear

Nuclear plant’s new owners receive high marks, Daily Hampshire Gazette

IEA rings alarm bell on phasing out nuclear energy, Reuters

Three Mile Island’s closure haunts Pennsylvania’s nuclear debate, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New Map Shows Expanse Of U.S. Nuclear Waste Sites, Forbes.com

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

FERC Rejects New England Tx Rate Settlement, RTO Insider

To lawmakers: tread carefully on energy legislation, Seacoastonline.com

‘Grid Transformation Day’ Highlights ISO-NE Challenges, RTO Insider

APPA: Deregulation has not achieved intended results, Utility Dive

National Grid agrees to pass savings from federal tax cuts to R.I. ratepayers, Providence Journal

Judge reconsidering stay in CMP complaint lawsuit, Portland Press Herald

Who Pays on a Decentralized Grid? New York Tackles the Equity Problem with New Rates, Microgrid Knowledge

US Northeast power markets try to balance changes to capacity markets, valuation mechanisms, S&P Global Platts

 

Editorial/Opinion

Our View: Changing energy sources should be top priority, Eagle-Tribune

Letter: Brydon Ross: R.I. energy costs among the worst in nation, Providence Journal

Climate crisis requires urgent action: Op-Ed, The Advocate

Kicking the tires on battery-electric buses, Commonwealth Magazine

Why Advanced Nuclear Reactors May Be Here Sooner Than Many Imagine, Greentech Media

How to meet Massachusetts’ energy needs, Boston Globe

Maine Voices: Proposal to revive offshore wind project does not pass the smell test, Portland Press Herald

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Energy News for week ending May 10, 2019

No Sweat | Tourist Season | Just add water

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

Let’s get to this week’s energy news.

It’s hard to believe with all this wet and cool weather that summer is just around the corner, but when it arrives, the New Haven Register reports, “No Sweat: Connecticut, New England have enough electricity for summer ahead. Officials with an organization that coordinates electric power grid reliability in the Northeast and parts of Canada said Thursday that Connecticut and New England should have an adequate power supply for this summer. Part of the reason for the adequate supply, according to officials with New York City-based Northeast Power Coordinating Council, is demand for electricity during peak periods continues to decline. The organization’s forecast for overall demand for electricity in New England has decreased by about 600 megawatts from last year’s forecast, to 103,548 megawatts…The NPCC’s forecast for this summer took into account the impending shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Massachusetts, he said…The loss of Pilgrim’s 680-megawatt generation capacity is being offset by a 1,185-megawatt increase in new power-producing assets in New England, said Phil Fedora, assistant vice president for reliability services at NPCC. Among the generation increases is the new natural gas-fired power plant New Jersey-based PSEG is building on the site of the old Bridgeport Harbor generation station.”

Speaking of summer and tourist season, from Recharge News we have, “First US offshore wind farm ‘boosts local tourism.’ Researchers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) found tourism has increased on Block Island since five turbines began operating off its coast in 2016, confounding concerns over offshore wind among some in coastal communities. After analysing AirBnB rental data from roughly two years before and one year after the pioneering US array entered commercial operation, they found results for the rental market to be almost entirely positive for the peak July-August summer months.”

For a new technology focus, we bring you an AP story in the New York Post, “Salt could be the future of renewable energy. Amid the hum and heat of Berlin’s Reuter thermal power station stands a shining contraption that looks out of place in the decades-old machine hall. Its silver pipes and vats contain a substance that Vattenfall, the plant’s operator, says could become a key ingredient for a fossil fuel-free future. The energy company, together with a Swedish start-up, is testing the use of salt — though not quite the common table variety — to store heat, which accounts for more than half the power consumed in Germany. If it works well, the system could help solve a problem posed by renewable energy sources like wind and solar the world over: they are unreliable, meaning they sometimes generate too much, and sometimes too little power…Vattenfall and Swedish start-up SaltX have been taking advantage of a simple chemical reaction that occurs when quicklime becomes wet: the salt-like grains soak up the water, becoming calcium hydroxide and releasing large amounts of heat in the process. By removing the water again — a process not dissimilar to baking — the substance turns back into calcium oxide. The process essentially mirrors how batteries work, except that instead of electricity, the system stores heat. SaltX says it has also patented a way of covering the quicklime with tiny particles — known as a nano-coating — to prevent it from lumping together after several heating and cooling cycles. Roeglin says the process can absorb ten times more energy than water, which is currently used for power-to-heat facilities. And unlike tanks of hot water, which slowly cool down over time, the system can retain the chemically-trapped energy for far longer. Need heat? Just add water.”

There are many more stories below. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Senators renew push to ban offshore drilling off New England, Boston Herald

Longmeadow residents to vote on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline on May 14, WWLP

Columbia Gas settles on road repairs, Eagle-Tribune

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI, etc.

One million species face extinction, U.N. report says. And humans will suffer as a result., Washington Post

Crowd oil not crude oil, Nature Communications

We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant in the world. That’s huge., VOX.com

Salt could be the future of renewable energy, (AP) New York Post

New York to phase out coal by 2020 through strict emissions regulations, Utility Dive

How to Switch to Renewable, Sustainable Energy in Connecticut, NBC Connecticut

Salem PowerChoice Offering More Renewable Energy Options, Patch

Lawmakers hear debate that shows sharp divide over renewable-energy bill, Portland Press Herald

Climate, jobs, power, water: New England candidate debate reveals our priorities, Newcastle Herald

 

Wind

First US offshore wind farm ‘boosts local tourism,’ Recharge News

Falmouth seeks new location for wind turbines, Cape Cod Times

Northeast planned offshore wind farms already bringing economic growth to the region, Renewable Energy World

Sandwich lobsterman raises concerns about offshore wind farms, South Coast Today

Wood to advise on offshore windfarm near Martha’s Vineyard, Energy Voice

Mass. commercial fishermen decry offshore wind projects’ pace, Providence Business News

Connecticut, wind energy producer strike deal to upgrade New London’s State Pier as industry terminal, Hartford Courant

Guilford Windmills To Stand At 650 Feet Tall, The Evening Sun (NY)

Connecticut Looking to Offshore Wind to Power Homes, NBC Connecticut

Transport boat for offshore wind farm to be built in North Kingstown, Providence Journal

 

Solar

Development Moves Forward On Massive Simsbury, Conn. Solar Project, WNPR

Ridgefield brewery goes all solar, The News-Times

 

Efficiency/Storage

Massachusetts’ multipronged policy approach spurs distributed energy storage, Utility Dive

 

EVs

Cobalt for 500,000 electric cars could be harvested from the oceans, New Scientist

Electric Ridesharing Benefits the Grid, and EVgo Has the Data to Prove It, Greentech Media

 

Nuclear

Here’s how you shut down a 47-year-old nuclear power station, 25 News

Ocasio-Cortez: Green New Deal ‘Leaves the Door Open’ on Nuclear, Moring Consult

Sen. King blasts Maine Yankee handling at nuclear energy bill hearing, The Times Record

This Company Says The Future Of Nuclear Energy Is Smaller, Cheaper And Safer, NPR

Three Mile Island reactor shutdown to start soon; Exelon says Pennsylvania nuclear rescue is dead, Philly.com

Startup promotes permanent nuclear waste storage via miles-long drilling, South Coast Today

C-10 responds to nuclear plant owner’s legal motion, Daily News of Newburyport

Seabrook signs $36M tax agreement with NextEra, Daily News of Newburyport

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices, etc.

Ethics of Beaton’s move to Lowell energy firm questioned, Lowell Sun
Army Corps Will Take More Comments On Wetlands Construction Of Seacoast Power Line, NHPR

Renewable energy firm heads to Maine’s high court to fight CMP’s $1 billion transmission line, Bangor Daily News

Second wind: CEO of energy firm Anbaric jokes that he’s a ‘liberal arts guy,’ Boston Business Journal

EPA says CMP permit application with Army Corps of Engineers is ‘incomplete,’ MaineBiz

No Sweat: Connecticut, New England have enough electricity for summer ahead, New Haven Register

NYISO: Decarbonization efforts could be slowed without new transmission, Utility Dive

Air Force Issues RFI for Energy-as-a-Service Contract at Massachusetts Base, Microgrid Knowledge

Permit for CMP transmission line appealed, Press Herald

FERC commissioner LaFleur laments spread of ‘polarization’ to independent agency, S&P Global

Energy suppliers top the UK hate list, Energy Central

Groups turn up the heat on efforts to block Connecticut lawmakers’ energy fund raids, New Haven Register

Time to open ‘time-sensitive’ transmission projects to Order 1000 competition, Utility Dive

Wallingford wins big in legal dispute with electric energy cooperative, New Haven Register

No Sweat: Connecticut, New England have enough electricity for summer ahead, New Haven Register

Maine Senate supports study of CMP project’s impact on climate, Portland Press Herald

NH’s Largest Utility Company Wins Business Of The Year Award, Patch

 

 

Editorial/Opinion

DPU failing to protect Mass. Consumers, CommonWealth Magazine

Why reducing carbon emissions from cars and trucks will be so hard, Boston Business Journal

New York’s Natural Gas Pipeline Ban: Unconstitutional, Bad For The Environment, Economy & Consumers, Forbes.com

Your Gas Stove Is Bad for You and the Planet, New York Times

New Columbia Gas president spells out agenda, Daily Hampshire Gazette

In the pipeline debate, follow the facts, Crain’s NY Business

Massachusetts Needs to Reconsider Nuclear Energy, Boston Magazine

Rivera: No way to pay for gas disaster distress, Eagle-Tribune

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Energy News for week ending April 19, 2019

Accelerated repairs | Ambitious EE | Plastic Crystals

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

Let’s end the week on a happy note. Here are three stories that all have positive vibes.

First from MassLive, Springfield councilors praise Columbia Gas for accelerated gas leak repairs. “City councilors, during a meeting Wednesday with representatives of Columbia Gas, said they are pleased with reports that the company has accelerated repairs of gas leaks in Springfield… While the company immediately repairs the most serious leaks, known as Grade 1, it accelerated its program to repair the less serious Grade 2 and 3 leaks. There are 162 known Grade 2 leaks in Springfield that will be repaired by Dec. 1, said David Nelson, operations station manager for Columbia Gas. There 233 Grade 3 leaks, which are defined as not posing a risk to life and property, with the utility company currently planning to repair the two that are deemed the “highest emitters,” Nelson said. City Councilor Jesse Lederman, chairman of the council’s Sustainability and Environment Committee, said he recalls there being 590 gas leaks in all categories in 2017. “It sounds like there is really great progress,” said Lederman, who was one of the community activists lobbying for the accelerated gas repair program. Councilor Adam Gomez also praised the efforts to go after the gas leaks.”

Next, we go to New York with a story from Greentech Media, New York City Set to Pass Ambitious Energy Efficiency Mandate. “New York City is on the verge of enacting one of the most ambitious citywide building energy efficiency laws in the country, aimed at getting its biggest buildings — including landmarks like the Empire State Building and Trump Tower — to shave their carbon emissions footprint by 40 percent by 2030 or face financial penalties. Backers of the bill say it’s an important step to help meet New York state’s broader climate change goals, and could pave the way for similar efforts in cities across the country.”

For our new technology focus we turn to New Scientist, Fridges made from plastic crystals could help cut carbon emissions. A fridge that runs on plastic crystals could solve a big problem: our need to stay cool is warming the planet. Refrigeration equipment, air conditioners and heat pumps are estimated to consume between 25 and 30 per cent of the world’s electricity – and many rely on greenhouse gases to transfer heat. Bing Li at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Metal Research in Shenyang and his colleagues have used an alternative cooling material known as plastic crystals, which they believe could use less energy and be better for the environment.

That’s the recap for this week. Enjoy the stories below and have a wonderful weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Springfield councilors praise Columbia Gas for accelerated gas leak repairs, MassLive

FSU professor: Eversource pipe proposal is not necessary, Milford Daily News

Ashland residents decry pipe plan at hearing, Milford Daily News

State orders more sampling at proposed compressor site, Patriot Ledger

How Canada’s other major energy export could light up New England states, The Telegram

Gas pipeline proposal would tunnel under Merrimack and Souhegan rivers, The Telegraph

Serious gas leak at Andover home repaired, Boston Globe

Columbia Gas responds to over-pressurized gas lines in western Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Satellite confirms key NASA temperature data: The planet is warming — and fast, Washington Post

Trump-appointed energy official: Climate change is real and we must lower carbon emissions, CNN

Electrification Myth-Busting: Heat Pumps Are Ready for Cold Climates Today, Greentech Media

Vermont Utility Green Mountain Power Commits to 100% Renewables by 2030, Greentech Media

Sen. Ed Markey: “We are now in the era of the Green New Deal,” Vox.com

Momentum Builds for Green New Deal Plans as Maine’s Bill Gets a Powerful Endorsement, Earther Gizmodo

Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline in New England, Portland Press Herald

EPA Chief Says Climate Change Is Not His Top Priority, Time

New Hampshire’s new clean-energy consensus, Keene Sentinel

Latest EPA climate pollution data shows disturbing lack of progress, Environmental Defense Fund

Vt.’s Largest Utility Wants 100% Renewable Power by 2030, NECN

Earth Day: Climate change and the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Official warning to banks: Get real about climate change or risk going bust, CNN

Three Areas Where These Young N.H. Leaders Agree On Climate Change Policy, New Hampshire Public Radio

 

Wind

CT’s sole wind farm wants Eversource to cover costly outages, Hartford Business

Offshore wind farms are spinning up in the US—at last, Wired

DPU gives $168m offshore wind bonus to utilities, CommonWealth Magazine

CDC getting ready to take down towers at Brayton Point, southcoasttoday.com

State Pier’s future — wind or no wind?, The Day

Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last, Wired

 

Solar

Proposed R.I. solar farms endangering rural forests, environmentalists say, Providence Journal

Norton town meeting sides with solar farm opponents, Sun Chronicle

Discussion Sheds Light On Second Phase Of EDIC Solar Array, Falmouth Enterprise

UMPI looking into solar energy projects to replace wind turbine, WAGM TV

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

EPA honors Efficiency Vermont with ENERGY STAR award, Rutland Herald

Fridges made from plastic crystals could help cut carbon emissions, New Scientist

New York City Set to Pass Ambitious Energy Efficiency Mandate, Greentech Media

 

Nuclear

Millstone workers, state & local officials tout 10-year deal, The Day

Electric bills to rise as NJ approves nuclear plant subsidies, WKXW

Entergy announces plan to sell Indian Point by 2021, Lohud.com

Gov. addresses future of Millstone nuclear facility, WFSB

Where will the nuclear waste go after Three Mile Island shuts down?, Philly.com

Supreme Court won’t hear nuke subsidy cases, clarifying state energy jurisdiction, Utility Dive

NRC to Meet With Connecticut Nuclear Energy Advisory Council to Discuss 2018 Millstone Station Performance, Energy Central

Hulking Nuclear Plants Try to Get Nimble in Volatile Power Markets, Bloomberg

U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Weren’t Built for Climate Change, Bloomberg

N.J. approves $300 million annual subsidy for nuclear industry that threatened shutdown, WHYY

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Lewiston the big winner in controversial power line project, Portland Press Herald

In CT electric market, ‘buyer beware’ not enough?, The Hour

Durham approves $1M settlement with Eversource, Seacoastonline.com

South Portland-Montreal pipeline pitched as possible route for proposed CMP line, Portland Press Herald

State Releases More Heating Aid; Advocates Want Full Amount, WBUR

What Electrification of Transportation and Buildings Means to Microgrids: Interview, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

We need both renewables and natural gas, CommonWealth Magazine

BAKER AND LAROCQUE: Compressor station threatens Weymouth’s health and safety, Patriot Ledger

Letter: The right way to use RGGI money, Concord Monitor

Letter to the editor: Wind-, solar-charged batteries better option than NECEC, Portland Press Herald

It’s time for power grid to look at benefits of offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter to the editor: CMP line would bring clean power to New England, Press Herald

In face of climate change, time to retreat, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending April 5, 2019

IMBY| Maine Boost| Duck Hunting

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

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

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

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

Citizens speak out during Tennessee Gas Pipeline hearing, Reminder Publications

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

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

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

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

 

Wind

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

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

 

Solar

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

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

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

Massachusetts goes duck hunting, pv magazine USA

Rhode Island Sweetens Brownfield Solar Incentives, Solar Industry

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

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

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

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

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

 

Nuclear

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

US grid developer seeks offshore insights, renews.biz

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

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

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

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

Safety first, Eagle-Tribune

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

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

 

Editorial/Opinion

The Climate Needs Nuclear Power, Wall St. Journal

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

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

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

Do not bury solar energy in Connecticut, The CT Mirror

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

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

Viewpoint: Corridor would compromise forests, Mount Desert Islander

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Energy News for week ending March 22, 2019

Last Minute Deal | Nuclear Valued | Felled Fruit

Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s energy news recap.

We start in Connecticut with a story that came out just after we published last Friday’s edition. From the New Haven Register, “Last minute deal reached to keep Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear plant open. Gov. Ned Lamont and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes said Friday Dominion Energy and Connecticut’s two major electric utility companies, Eversource and United Illuminating, struck a deal Friday that will keep the company’s Millstone nuclear facility in Waterford operating. Word of the deal came hours before a deadline that Virginia-based Dominion had to notify New England’s regional electric grid operator, ISO-New England, whether or not the nuclear plant would be shut down. Under the terms of the agreement, Dominion will supply Eversource and UI with electric power generated at Millstone for a 10-year period. The deal must still be approved by Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, which has 180 days to act on it. Ken Holt, a Dominion spokesman, said the date when Millstone begins supplying the power to the utilities and other details of the contract won’t be released until PURA has ruled on the deal.”

Speaking of nuclear, and also occurring last Friday, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors released a statement that reads in part, “…A particular challenge is the retirement of nuclear generation resources, which serve approximately 25% of the region’s annual electricity demand. For example, closure of the 2,100 MW Millstone nuclear facility, which Connecticut state agencies have determined to be at risk of retirement as early as 2023, could expose New England ratepayers to increased winter energy security risks. Its retirement could also increase the New England power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. Recognizing that the entire New England region has a stake in ensuring a reliable energy system that also produces affordable outcomes for consumers, the New England Governors commit to work together, in coordination with ISO New England and through the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), to evaluate market-based mechanisms that value the contribution that existing nuclear generation resources make to regional energy security and winter reliability.” Ah, it’s too bad this is all too late for Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee.

For our last feature this week we go back to Connecticut for a story that made us think of the George Bernard Shaw quote, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” From WFSB, Eyewitness News 3, “Fruit trees on a Southington homeowner’s property are now gone after she says Eversource workers cut them all down. Eversource has been working in the area, trimming trees that are near power lines…She says at least 7 of her fruit trees were taken down…some fruit trees have been there for almost 10 years…While there were power lines above her property, she said the trees they cut down were not much taller than a swing set…Eversource said their trimming cycle is every five years and they sent letters before doing the work. ‘This area has many landscaped yards underneath the transmission lines, so in February we sent all the property owners a letter explaining the work that will be done and urged them to call us if there were any concerns,’ said Frank Poirot, Eversource spokesperson. Raudis says she received a letter but it wasn’t specific about her fruit trees, just about cutting down brush…Channel 3 has learned from Eversource that they plan on replacing the trees in Raudis’s yard.” Here’s looking forward to seeing other fruit trees in blossom this spring.

 

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

State sets Longmeadow public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion in Hampden County, MassLive

Granite Bridge pipeline tests state infrastructure corridors, Seacoastonline.com

Liberty Utilities update of natural gas pipeline proposal finds 30% spike in cost to accommodate environmental concerns, New Hampshire Union Leader

Newport Looking For Feedback Following Gas Outage, USA Patch

No new natural gas hookups in New York’s Westchester County, Con Ed says, Reuters

 

Merrimack Valley/Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Columbia Gas Has Paid Out $94.8 Million In Disaster Claims, USA Patch

Utility safety becomes Ray LaHood’s top priority, Boston Globe

Exclusive: Columbia Gas boss talks safety, trust and being a fix-it guy, Business Journals

Bay State legislators question Columbia Gas claims process, Boston Herald

Uncertainty For NiSource Due To Merrimack Recovery, Seeking Alpha

Six months after gas disaster, problems remain in Lawrence, MSN

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Sierra Club’s Massachusetts climate leadership summit focuses on push for change, Telegram

Future of the gas tax? Running on empty., Hartford Business Journal

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

The new, safer nuclear reactors that might help stop climate change, MIT Tech Review

Electrifying news: Solar and wind power has quintupled in a decade, Grist

Environmental groups oppose state’s biomass incentives, Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

Wind

NOAA questions Vineyard Wind environmental impact study, Gloucester Times

As first US utility-scale offshore wind project nears approval, supply chain, permitting come into focus, Utility Dive

What’s Hot in Offshore Wind: 5 Dispatches from the Front Lines, Union of Concerned Scientists

The U.S. is on the cusp of an offshore wind energy boom. Why aren’t energy companies capitalizing on it?, Phys.org

SE Mass. officials seek “tweak’ in wind policy, CommonWealth Magazine

Developer: Dairy Air Wind dilemma caused by state regulators, National Wind Watch (via The Caledonian Record, VT)

Mayor wants to take Weaver’s Cove land for wind energy venture, Herald News

Apex Energy Plans to Bring 33 Turbines to Orleans County, Spectrum Local News (NY)

Suso Provides Falmouth Wind Turbine Update, Falmouth Enterprise

Public hearing starts on Revolution Wind project, Providence Business News

 

Solar

New England transmission operator projects sharp rise in solar generation through 2028, IEEFA

DEEP rejects Candlewood Solar stormwater plan, News-Times

New community solar project in Hartland, VT converts brownfield to brightfield, Utility Dive

In Connecticut, The Costs And Benefits Of Shared Solar Are Tough To Calculate, WNPR

Maine renews net metering as lawmakers prep new clean energy, utility reform bills, Utility Dive

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

How residential energy storage could help support the power grid, McKinsey & Company

Ratepayer-funded energy efficiency is ‘not’ a carbon tax, Foster’s Daily Democrat

New York utility installing battery to reduce peaks in non-wires alternative plan, Renewable Energy World

 

EVs

How Much Oil Is Displaced by Electric Vehicles? Not Much, So Far, Bloomberg

 

Nuclear

Last minute deal reached to keep Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear plant open, New Haven Register

Startup promotes permanent nuclear waste storage, Cape Cod Times

Nuclear Power in the Age of Decommissioning, JD Supra

New England commits to value of nuclear, World Nuclear News

Can Pennsylvania’s energy market, environment survive without Three Mile Island?, PennLive

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

APCC Calls on Eversource, State Regulators to Discontinue Vegetation Control with Herbicides, Cape Cod

PUC revises deadlines in CMP’s $950M hydropower transmission case, Mainebiz

Franklin County commissioners pull support for CMP transmission line, Portland Press Heralds

Dozens gather in Augusta to protest CMP transmission line proposal, WGME

Eversource’s underwater cable plan for Norwalk Harbor stirs resistance, The Hour

Woman upset after Eversource cut down fruit trees in her yard, WFSB

NECEC debate comes to Farmington with hearings, town meeting vote scheduled, The Daily Bulldog

Boston makes its move into electricity purchasing for its residents and businesses, Boston Globe

Anbaric Files for 1.2 GW Massachusetts Wind Interconnection, Subsea World News

 

Editorial/Opinion

Rep. Tina Riley: The bigger picture: The discussion we should be having around the CMP corridor, Sun Journal

Nothing’s perfect: The hidden costs of the Green New Deal, Hartford Courant

Editorial: Pipelines not a part of state’s future, New Haven Register

State of the states: 4 reasons that red plus blue makes green economics, Utility Dive

We need action on clean-energy efforts, by Rob Germeroth, Keene Sentinel

Conn. made the right call keeping Millstone nuclear power plant open, Boston Globe

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