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Energy News for week ending May 26, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon. A few quick bits this week before heading out for the holiday weekend.

Two power plants in southern Massachusetts mark milestones here at the end of May. For Pilgrim in Plymouth, the Worcester Business Journal reports the plant came back online Monday after its final refueling outage. And, in Somerset, MassLive reports that next Thursday, June 1 is the day that the coal-fired Brayton Point plant is set to retire.

Environmentalists are cheering the loss of Massachusetts’ last coal-fired generating station, but they are crying foul about Spectra’s proposed natural gas compression station. According to the Patriot Ledger, residents against a proposed natural gas compressor station want an independent consultant to conduct a new air quality analysis for the project after what they see as a biased review by state environmental regulators.

Last bit for this week is an article in the MetroWest Daily News where the battle over a new transmission line that goes through Sudbury, MA among other communities, came to a head at a meeting with the Energy Facilities Siting Board. From the article, “Spilling out of a 750-seat auditorium where applause followed nearly every speaker, dozens of residents and elected officials spoke seemingly with one voice Thursday night. Their message: An inactive, wooded railroad corridor abutting residential neighborhoods, wildlife habitats, and conservation lands is no place for a power line.” It appears the best line of the night was this, “First, a poem,” resident Bill Schineller said. “I went into the woods because I wanted to pick a site for a transmission line, wrote Henry David Thoreau never.”

As always, you can find event listings at New England Energy News. Enjoy the long weekend and please take a moment to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

FERC denies efforts to stop pipeline work, The Recorder

FERC denies ‘stop work’ requests for pipeline project in Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Norfolk TM speaks out against proposed pipeline, Wicked Local Norfolk

Massachusetts Admits to ‘Regularly’ Allowing Companies to Edit Draft Pollution Permits, DeSmog

DEP approves waterways permit for compressor station, Wicked Local Hingham

Fracking ban, compressor stations debated before environmental panel, Wicked Local Braintree

Dakota Access pipeline springs 2 more oil leaks, RT

Another Regional Natural-Gas Pipeline Project Moves Forward Despite Widespread Community Opposition, ecoRI news

US should act against proposed Russian gas pipeline, Democratic senator says, MarketWatch

Natural gas boom, cyberthreats drive FERC’s need for budget boost, Washington Examiner

Opponents of proposed compressor station want independent air quality review, Patriot Ledger

Fore River residents say independent air testing shows hazardous pollutants, Patriot Ledger

Renewable Energy

Meriden power plant uses Archimedes Screw Turbine, Register Citizen

Obama’s Clean Power Plan Might Be Dead In DC, But States Are Rebuilding It Themselves, Fast Company

As solar matures, rate design and incentive debates grow ever more complex, Utility Dive

Massachusetts Community Solar Project Goes Online, Solar Industry

Towns ditch standard electric service to embrace green power, Wicked Local Winchester

Groups Say Billions Needed To Jumpstart Stalled Wind Energy in Maine, Maine Public

America’s first offshore wind farm launched with GE turbines twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, Business Insider

What’s Up With Wind Power in Vermont?, CleanTechnica

What’s With Burlington’s Solar-Powered Trash Cans?, Seven Days

Proposed Army Corps solar project on Cape Cod Canal first of its kind, Cape Cod Times

Framingham inks 20-year net metering agreement, MetroWest Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Connecticut Green Bank named finalist in national awards, Danbury News Times

Harvard’s building a model for energy efficiency by renovating a decades-old home, Curbed

Energy Efficiency: A Big Loser in Trump’s Proposed Budget, Natural Resources Defense Council

Ellington Home Wins Energy Efficiency Contest, Hartford Courant

Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?, Yale Environment 360

Create Jobs: Revive Energy Efficient Building Tax Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council

Nuclear

Millstone bill heads to full Connecticut legislature, New Haven Register

Nuclear brinksmanship: Does Millstone need help to stay open?, The CT Mirror

Pilgrim fueled for last two years, Worcester Business Journal

Decommissioning in Focus: Pilgrim Panel Holds First Meeting, CapeCod.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Sudbury: Residents decry ‘catastrophe’ of Eversource power line, MetroWest Daily News

Why There’s No Such Thing As a Free Market for Electricity, Greentech Media

Last coal plant in Massachusetts to close for good June 1, MassLive.com

NECEC Institute and Mass Energy: An Analysis of the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard, Electric Light & Power

New Network Launches for Vermont Climate Economy Businesses, vtdigger.org

Eversource pulls Agawam solar farm plans, wwlp.com

Eversource presents proposed route for 115-kilovolt transmission lines, Thehour.com

Town of Avon, Connecticut, Issues RFP for Microgrid Project Design, Microgrid Knowledge

‘Leading edge’ restrictions on electricity sellers become Maine law, Bangor Daily News

New electricity aggregation plan offers slightly lower price and more renewable energy, Arlington Advocate

Rhode Island Leapfrogs toward a Grid of the Future and Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge

A Fuel Cell Microgrid Keeps the Lights on for a Connecticut High School, Microgrid Knowledge

For the first time in years, NOAA predicts an above-average hurricane season, Washington Post

Editorial/Opinion

AWEA 2017: Building on the momentum in the US offshore wind industry, Windpower Monthly

Guest commentary: RI Infrastructure Bank supports economy, clean environment, Westerly Sun

Stop the Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Making best use of Yankee site, Rutland Herald

Why Nuclear Power Subsidies Must End, The Beacon

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Energy News for week ending March 31, 2017

Happy snowy Friday afternoon.

In this week’s energy news, Penn Energy citing an AP story reports that National Grid is proposing a transmission project that would bring up to 1,200 megawatts of clean energy from Canada to the New England power grid and run along existing lines in Vermont and New Hampshire. The project, Granite State Power Link, would primarily serve customers in Massachusetts, has two segments, and would create more than 2,000 construction jobs.

According to the Concord Monitor, opponents of the Northern Pass project, when hearing about the Granite State Power Link project said, “What took so long?” However, the story notes that it doesn’t mean Grid is going to get a warm welcome for their proposal. It will be interesting to watch this all play out.

Speaking of Northern Pass, in addition to the new competition, the Union Leader reports that Eversource learned on Monday that the NH PUC ruled against a petition the company filed last June seeking approval of a proposed 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Hydro Renewable Energy (Northern Pass), after determining the proposal is “inconsistent with New Hampshire law.”

Heading to southern New England, even though most people think the Cape Wind project is long dead (they don’t even respond for comment), the Cape Cod Times reports that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, following a court order, issued a supplemental environmental impact statement on Thursday for public comment. Journalist Mary Ann Bragg notes that despite the renewed effort to fix the environmental impact statement, the 16-year-old project’s fate remains in question if not outright decided, even among those who previously supported it. “It is not on our radar,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Offshore Wind Director William White. “We do not believe that Cape Wind is a project that is moving forward.”

And lastly, big kudos and congratulations to our good friends at Columbia Gas whose parent company, NiSource, Inc., was (for the sixth consecutive year) designated as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Wicked Local Westborough reports that Ethisphere honors those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Major Natural Gas Leak Contained In Downtown Providence, Rhode Island Public Radio

Rehoboth to Vote April 3 on Gas Compressor Station, ecoRI news

‘It looks like a tornado went through:’ Danvers residents upset over pipeline work, My Fox Boston

Maryland lawmakers vote to ban fracking, The Hill

Maryland Ban Shows Fracking is Not a Partisan Issue, Common Dreams

Report shows Pennsylvania fracking companies paying few fines for environmental infractions, PGH City Paper

Eversource Energy spending $50M this year on pipe replacement in Connecticut, New Haven Register

Renewable Energy

Cape Wind project review to be revised, Cape Cod Times

State approves solar array that will be Vermont’s largest, vtdigger.org

Solar Power Is White-Hot, Generating Energy, Jobs And Savings, Hartford Courant

Maine business equips sheds with solar panels for better energy returns, Press Herald

Massachusetts extends solar incentive program, Daily Energy Insider

Biomass Company Asks to Change Terms of State Subsidy, MainePublic.org

State Officials Brief NE Roundtable on Renewables Plans, RTO Insider

75 US mayors won’t enforce climate policy rollback, Curbed

Trump’s climate change rule order gets chilly reaction in RI, The Providence Journal

Solar Facility to Save Massachusetts City $2.6M Over 20 Years, Energy Manager Today

Two New Companies Vie for Remaining Wind Farm Leases, The Vineyard Gazette

National Grid unveils semi-transparent Worcester solar panels, Worcester Business Journal

Solar awning gives power boost to Worcester’s energy-saving strategy, Worcester Telegram

GE to develop 13 solar projects in northeast US, Energy Central

German offshore output soars, reNews

New solar awning project unveiled at Sustainability Hub, Clark University News Hub

Biomass company says it paid aggrieved loggers, wants to rework subsidy, Bangor Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Rhode Island College Are Expected to Save $5.1 Million, Energy Manager Today

Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work, Washington Post

Study: Efficiency programs return results — but not in all buildings, Utility Dive

Vermont House Passes Backup Bill on Energy Efficient Appliances, Energy Manager Today

Medford Tech partners with Mass Clean Energy Center, Wicked Local Medford

Nuclear

Senator supports moving spent nuclear fuel from Cape region, Cape Cod Times

State gives tribes role in Vermont Yankee sale, Brattleboro Reformer

State wants more information on site contamination, Brattleboro Reformer

Nuke plant owner: Watchdog group’s claims ‘completely false’, The Daily News of Newburyport

Nuclear Power Suffers Major Blow With Westinghouse Bankruptcy, Common Dreams

Nuclear power is dying. Can radical innovation save it?, Vox

Japanese court rules for utility and lets nuclear reactors restart, The Boston Globe

Vt. Fears Covering Nuclear Cost, Valley News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

National Grid proposes 1,200-megawatt New England project, Penn Energy

Northern Pass opponents say they’ve hoped for something like the National Grid plan, Concord Monitor

National Grid dives into Quebec to New England energy fray, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Power Line Plan Includes Haverhill, Valley News

PUC short circuits Eversource deal to buy power tied to Northern Pass, The Union Leader

4 Cape towns lose appeal of Eversource herbicide plan, Cape Cod Times

National Grid launching first of its kind program in Clifton Park, WRGB

Eversource puts New Hampshire power fleet up for sale, Utility Dive

NiSource Inc. designated most ethical company, Wicked Local Westborough

At the grid-edge: Utilities look beyond traditional infrastructure to manage new technologies, Utility Dive

What Trump Misses About Energy Jobs In America, Rhode Island Public Radio

No big impact expected in Mass. after Trump energy order, Berkshire Eagle

As loggers get stiffed, Maine learns a lesson about propping up struggling industries, Bangor Daily News

Agawam power plant operators sentenced to pay more than $7M, Penn Energy

Maine man charged again with stealing electricity for home, Penn Energy

A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals, WBUR

Editorial/Opinion

Michael Durand: Eversource is investing in an improved system, Berkshire Eagle

John Stoehr: State’s energy debate needs to evolve, CT Post

Expanding Wood Heat in New England, Biomass Magazine

Letter: Emulate spider in protecting environment, Berkshire Eagle

We all will benefit from more solar power, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Let’s save solar, The Union Leader

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Energy News for week ending March 10, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon. Let’s get right to it.

Elisa Wood at Microgrid Knowledge reports that in one day two states made history-making moves on distributed energy resources. She writes that New York ordered actions that begin placing a value on distributed energy resources, a key move in creating the kind of decentralized grid the state is pursuing under its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy. And that meanwhile, Massachusetts issued an awaited solicitation that makes significant funding available for energy storage, a technology that promises to disrupt the way the electric power industry has managed energy for more than a century – and in doing so elevate microgrids, solar and other distributed energy resources. Wood notes, both states are often on the vanguard of energy policy innovations.

The news coming out of Washington, DC isn’t looking so good for the Energy Star Program. The Washington Post reports that even though the Energy Star program is good for the climate and economy, Trump wants to kill it anyway. According to the story, since its inception, the Energy Star program says it has saved consumers an estimated $430 billion on utility bills and avoided 2.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Journalist Chelsea Harvey writes, “Why the administration sees fit to remove it, then, remains unclear. But some say the budget proposal may not get much further, anyway. Some lawmakers have suggested that the plan is likely to face resistance in Congress, even among Republicans. And the treatment of the Energy Star program may spur criticism from the private sector as well.” Let’s hope she’s right.

The plans for the budget slashing at the EPA led its Chief Environmental Justice Official, Mustafa Ali, to step down. According to the story in Inside Climate News, Ali penned a long letter, “devoid of rancor” to Scott Pruitt, the EPA’s new administrator, urging him not to kill the agency’s programs.

Speaking of environmental downsizing, the Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts is enforcing its environmental rules less due to years of reductions in staff. The good news is that the administration’s latest budget proposal calls for a 4 percent increase for the DEP, some of which is earmarked to hire 15 new compliance officers.

Lastly, on the South Shore and Buzzards Bay, some Plymouth-based wind turbines are raising the hackles of neighbors. The Cape Cod Times reports that the four turbines on the Keith Mann Cranberry Bog, just over the border from Bourne are resulting in stories of deafening noise, unexplained headaches, and restless nights – by residents of Bourne. Bourne Selectman Michael Blanton said, “It was put right on the town line, right on the county line; just outside of our reach to be able to exercise any jurisdiction, exercise any regulatory authority and really … approve, disapprove or mitigate much of the project to any degree.” Bourne officials have pleaded with the Plymouth Board of Health and the MA DEP for relief, but at the moment, still feel “kind of helpless.”

There are a lot more news stories below. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Environmental Study: Leaking Gas Pipelines Costing State Consumers Millions, Adding Air Pollution, Hartford Courant

Amended plan for power plant might spur new opinions from R.I. agencies, Providence Journal

Quincy throws its weight and dollars behind compressor-station appeal, The Patriot Ledger

CLF Sues Over Johnston Reselling Water For Burrillville Power Plant, Rhode Island Public Radio

Local Environmental Groups Unite Against Power Plant, ecoRI news

Delays Could Derail Proposed Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Fast Growth Coming for Northeast Shale Gas Pipelines, Bloomberg BNA

EIA’s Changing Oil, Natural Gas Projections For 2017, 2018, Forbes

What do people call Baker about? The Weymouth natural gas compressor station, for starters, Boston Globe

Renewable Energy

Plan could increase Rhode Island renewables to 1 GW by 2020, HydroWorld

Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Wind turbines raise hackles in Plymouth and Bourne, Cape Cod Times

Wind Power Blows Through Nuclear, Coal as Costs Drop at Sea, Bloomberg

1 MW Community Solar Farm Goes Online In Southeastern Mass., Solar Industry

Rhode Island Officials Embrace Fossil-Fuel Power Plant, But Say They Want More Renewable Energy, ecoRI news

Solar energy had record year in 2016, FuelFix

Tesla built a huge solar energy plant on the island of Kauai, The Verge

Solar explosion: The changing landscape of residential solar, GazetteNET

Greenhouse at Lebanon farm producing power along with plants, theday.com

Seven Maine businesses land renewable energy grants, Mainebiz

Big Wind critics: New sound rules for Vermont wind turbines fall short, Watchdog.org

Swanton wind will go ahead despite PSB setback, vtdigger.org

RENEW Northeast Welcomes Offshore Wind Developers, National Wildlife Federation, North American Windpower

‘Let me show you how to go 100% renewable energy’, EcoGeneration

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs With New Brownfield Solar Project, Energy Central

Energy Efficiency

Quincy, National Grid help make homes more energy efficient, The Patriot Ledger

Evergreen Home Performance wins award from Efficiency Maine, PenBayPilot.com

White House plans to ‘close out’ Energy Star, other programs, E&E News

The Energy Star program is good for the climate and the economy. Trump wants to kill it anyway., Washington Post

Nuclear

Vermont AG files for intervenor status in Vermont Yankee sale, The Keene Sentinel

Feds commit to Vermont public meeting on Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Tribe wants say in Vermont Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Nuke plant, town reach deal over pier damage, Seacoastonline.com

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

No status change for Pilgrim nuclear plant, The Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

One Day, Two States, History Making Moves on Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrid Knowledge

Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less, The Boston Globe

New York PSC directs utilities to deploy 2 or more grid-scale storage projects, Utility DIVE

Dunkin’ Donuts, Eversource, National Grid Develop Energy Program, Energy Manager Today

Hinds opposes Eversource rate hike request, Berkshire Eagle

Durham ‘lacks confidence’ in Eversource data, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Report: White House planning deep cuts to DOE efficiency, renewables office, Utility DIVE

Report: New Energy Projects Not Needed for NH’s Economic Growth, New Hampshire Public Radio

After losing money on hydropower venture, Camden to decommission Seabright Dam, PenBayPilot.com

Hanover Pond restored in Meriden; testing of hydroelectric technology underway, Meriden Record Journal

Purchase of 13 dams on the Connecticut River nearing finish line, vtdigger.org

New Hampshire Climate Denier’s Work Has Powerful New Audience: His Brother, The Governor, DeSmog

Could biofuel save Maine’s timber industry?, Bangor Daily News

Editorial/Opinion

Our Opinion: Eversource rates and the east-west divide, Berkshire Eagle

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

Replacing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant with Energy Efficiency, Huffington Post

Jon Copans: Modelling a local and vibrant climate economy, vtdigger.org

Trump’s puzzling clean energy stance, CommonWealth Magazine

A Guide to the Debate Over Closing Nuclear Plants, Greentech Media

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Energy News for week ending February 24, 2017

TGIF. There are lots of stories and opinions this week. Let’s start with some intrigue. CommonWealth Magazine reports that some environmentalists are “alleging that the 1,200 megawatt clean energy solicitation developed by the Baker administration is biased in favor of large-scale hydro projects favored by some of the state’s utilities.” The intrigue comes in because “the state’s electric utilities are not only helping to write the RFP with the Department of Energy Resources but expect to benefit from it by building the transmission lines that deliver the power.”

Questions about the future Rehoboth Gas Compressor Station and the Access Northeast Pipeline are also rattling around in the Attleboro area according to the Sun Chronicle. Some suggest (hope?) that the cancellation of a public meeting means the project is dead. Others say, not so fast. One item that appears to be dead is the Brockton Power Plant proposal with the news from WickedLocal this week that the land where it was to be sited is up for sale.

In Connecticut, Bloomberg says environmental groups opposed to subsidies for nuclear power may be facing a do-or-die moment when it comes to legislation to help bail-out Millstone Nuclear.

And, lastly, I’m not sure how this fits with “competitive” as in competitive energy markets, but Energy Manager Today reports that in Maine, legislation has been filed that would prohibit a competitive electricity provider from charging a residential consumer a rate for generation service that is higher than the rate charged for standard-offer service. Not sure how that will fly with those who opt to pay more to support renewable generation.

Don’t forget to check out the events page. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline/Plants

Pipeline developers pursue multi-pronged approach, Hartford Business

Killingly postpones meeting on proposed power plant issues, Norwich Bulletin

6600 spills from fracking in just four states, Science Daily

Fracking Caused Pennsylvania Earthquakes, New Report Confirms, EcoWatch

Cancellation of meeting on Rehoboth gas compressor station raises questions about status of project, The Sun Chronicle

Pipeline advocates gird for battle, The Sun Chronicle

Weymouth mayor looks to state permitting process to halt Spectra station, Wicked Local Weymouth

Baker: State has ‘minor role’ in permitting for Weymouth compressor, The Patriot Ledger

Weymouth compressor station foes raise money for legal battle, The Patriot Ledger

Local pipeline opponents stand with Standing Rock, The Recorder

Trump Eyes Easing Obama Rules for Sprawling Pipeline Network, Bloomberg

Natural Gas Bulls Crushed As Prices Tank, OilPrice.com

How booming US natural gas exports could affect power utilities and consumers, Utility DIVE

Environmental group to EFSB: Pull the plug on Brockton Power over bait-and-switch tactics, WickedLocal

Eversource facing big Beacon Hill challenge, CommonWealth Magazine

Renewable Energy

Clean energy intrigue alleged, CommonWealth Magazine

Could Massachusetts run on all renewable energy by 2050?, Wicked Local Medford

Study throws cold water on residential solar-plus-storage economics, Utility DIVE

Overheard at the 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum, RTO Insider

Baker urged to lead on anti-carbon compact changes, wwlp.com

New farmland harvest – solar energy – creating political sparks, The CT Mirror

New Hampshire church hits zoning snag over solar panels, Press Herald

Why Wind Turbines Should Talk to Each Other, Greentech Media

New Campaign Celebrates Growing Renewable Energy Sector, Solar Industry

Connecticut DEEP rejects two utility storage pilots as too costly, Utility DIVE

Chemists improve batteries for renewable energy storage, Phys.Org

Wind Briefly Sets Record as Source for Electricity in US, Climate Central

Alabama company buys closed biomass power plant in northern Maine, Press Herald

Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has, Energy Central

Eversource gains approval for 23-acre solar farm on Montague Plains, MassLive.com

Merrimack officials debate solar panel tax exemptions, The Union Leader

Covanta Extends Partnership with Southeastern Connecticut Communities for Sustainable Waste Disposal, Energy Central

FuelCell officials hope proposed legislation will aid energy procurement in Connecticut, Register Citizen

Baker, officials tout solar incentive program, MetroWest Daily News

US grid can handle more offshore wind power, cutting pollution and power costs, Science Daily

Energy Efficiency

How Every State Benefits from Energy Efficiency Standards, Natural Resources Defense Council

Partnership gives cities such as Somerville millions in energy grants, Wicked Local Somerville

Internet of Things helped Connecticut district cut electricity bill by 84%, Education Dive

Energy groups urge Congress to advance efficiency bill, Daily Energy Insider

Greenfield energy department reduces carbon, costs, Going Green

Nuclear

Closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant boosted greenhouse gas emissions in New England, MassLive.com

Dominion’s Nuclear ‘Bailout’ a Do-or-Die Moment for Opponents, Bloomberg

Yankee sale may be in ’18, Rutland Herald

Connecticut girds for nuclear power debate as critics line up against Millstone support bill, Utility DIVE

Public input sought on Seabrook nuke plant degradation, Seacoastonline.com

Citizens panel wants help to deal with Vermont Yankee sale, Commons

Endless nuclear power can be found in the seas, EnGadget

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New Maine Legislation Would Cap Retail Pricing, Energy Manager Today

Local officials, environmentalists raise concerns about EPA under Pruitt, MetroWest Daily News

Senate bill could open the door to ratepayer-funded energy projects, Concord Monitor

Land once targeted for Brockton Power project goes up for sale, WickedLocal

Utility raises concerns on emission targets, CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource reports profit gain on eve of key state hearings, Thehour.com

This outspoken refrigeration technician is LePage’s go-to energy advisor, Press Herald

Eversource Investing $36 Million in Tree Trimming, CapeCod.com

Newton names Ann Berwick as co-director of sustainability, WickedLocal Newton

Mansfield, North Attleboro electric departments oppose new environmental regulations, Sun Chronicle

Editorial/Opinion

As I See It: Accelerating electric vehicle use, Worcester Telegram

How to fight climate change without Washington, Boston Globe

Don’t put customers on the hook for pipeline costs, by Susan Wessels, The Keene Sentinel

Pressure LePage to strengthen RGGI, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

PUC decision cripples Maine solar industry, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

PUC decision confirms ratepayers pay twice, The Maine Wire

Sorry, Coal. Solar Is Where the Jobs Are, Fortune

Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems, The Economist

Karl Meyer: Connecticut River power storage plant is an ecological, economic and energy disaster, Vtdigger.org

Maine needs the good-paying jobs nuclear energy provides, Bangor Daily News

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Energy News for week ending January 6, 2017

Happy New Year! The first week of 2017 brought us news that the story of Russian hackers infiltrating a Vermont utility laptop was not true (Washington Post). Two interesting stories came out over the holiday break: first more details came out about Spectra delaying its Access Northeast pipeline possibly pushing it out to 2019 (Utility Dive) and second, the Commonwealth of MA is proceeding with energy storage procurement goals (Solar Industry Magazine). And, if you have a few minutes check out the video from Vox that takes you in and up a wind turbine and read the story about the Archimedes Screw technology that is now creating power from a CT dam (Hartford Courant).

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Spectra delays Access Northeast natural gas pipeline, Utility Dive

Weymouth sues power plant owner over land deal, The Patriot Ledger

Council Ordinance Works to Eliminate Gas Leaks in Boston, Beacon Hill Times

New England’s Controversial Pipeline Proposal Suffers Severe Setbacks, POWER Magazine

$1.2 million settlement clears a hurdle for Tennessee Gas’ Sandisfield Pipeline, Berkshire Eagle

Weymouth: Town Council Wary About Spectra Energy Projects, 95.9 WATD-FM

Connecticut Supreme Court: No environmental study needed for gas expansion plan, New Haven Register

Tennessee Gas pipeline may ‘bulldoze’ sacred Native American sites, The Berkshire Edge

Tennessee Gas sets Nov. 1 target for Otis State Forest pipeline, The Berkshire Eagle

Renewable Energy

US government forges ahead on offshore wind, FuelFix

Get a look at the innards of a 270-foot wind turbine, Vox.com

Scott plans to keep wind moratorium pledge, Rutland Herald

Scott And Legislators Differ On Two-Year, Large-Scale Wind Moratorium, Vermont Public Radio

Fight Over A Wind Turbine In Holland Pits Pastoral Beauty Against Renewable Energy, Vermont Public Radio

Dozens of rural Maine townships opt out of fast-track wind power zone, Press Herald

In Vermont, Solar, Batteries Key Energy Revolution, ABC News

Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths, CT Post

Massachusetts Readies Energy Storage Targets, Solar Industry

Hanover Committee Embraces New 2050 Energy Goal for Town, Valley News

A Small Public Investment In Solar Could Produce Large Benefits for Vermont, CleanTechnica

Northeastern States Look to Power Purchase Agreements to Cut Carbon, Environmental Leader

Archimedes Screw Being Used To Generate Power At Meriden Dam, Hartford Courant

Renewable Power Standards Face Uncertain Future, MainePublic.org

MIT report questions value of distributed solar, PV Magazine

Net Metering Rules in Maine to Remain in Place for Now, State Regulators Say, Renewable Energy World

Energy Efficiency

New England to Charge Ahead on Clean Energy Makeover in 2017, RTO Insider

Final batch of Obama efficiency rules could test Trump administration, Utility Dive

Federal Funding Helps Massachusetts Farms Save Energy, Business West

Greenfield surpasses goal to reduce energy use, The Recorder

Nuclear

NRC questions Seabrook Station in audit report, Eagle-Tribune

As a US Business, Nuclear Power Stinks, POWER magazine

Protest Planned as Federal Inspectors Return to Pilgrim, CapeCod.com News

NRC “carefully considering” request for meeting on Pilgrim station, Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

City Council opposes Burrillville power plant, Cranston Herald

Woonsocket would get $18M in water deal for Burrillville plant, The Providence Journal

Details revealed on Invenergy’s play for Providence Water, RI Future

Community Aggregator Beats Eversource Prices, Energy Manager Today

Climate Report Looks to Spark Action, ecoRI news

FERC conditionally approves Dynegy’s $3.3B purchase of Engie fossil fuel plants, Utility Dive

Eversource spends $930 million for service maintenance across state, Monroe Courier

Study: Make big changes to energy rules to aid Maine’s struggling loggers, Bangor Daily News

Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation, Washington Post

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Care needed in Vermont Yankee mothballing, GazetteNET

Tom Evslin: Is Vermont better off without Yankee?, vtdigger.org

Leach: Perry may solve nuclear waste problem, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Smith: Put wind off the right shores, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Invenergy power plant: A new political monster?, Valley Breeze

Let’s hold Exxon accountable, CommonWealth magazine

Editorial: A clean, and green, alternative, Worcester Sun

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Energy News for week ending September 23, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Gas heating bills for Eversource customers expected to fall this winter, The Boston Globe

Natural gas bills may rise this winter, WWLP

National Grid Proposes Winter Bill Increase for Natural Gas, CapeCod.com News

Proposed Burrillville power plant draws more opposition; Uxbridge demurs, Worcester Telegram

Invenergy and Builders Challenge Motion to Dismiss, ecoRI news

Proposed RI Power Plant Loses Cooling Water Source, Seeks Delay, RTO Insider

14 Pipeline Projects in 24 States … Which Will Be the Next Battleground?, EcoWatch

Trump to shale gas industry: ‘You will like me so much,’ SNL

As Connecticut Pushes Forward on Natural Gas Expansion, Some Push Back, Connecticut Magazine

Renewable Energy

Baker rolling out new solar incentives, CommonWealth Magazine

New solar energy program coming to New London, theday.com

ConEdison opens Westfield solar farm; 8K panels capable of powering 300 homes, MassLive

National Grid Amps Up Solar Program in Massachusetts, (press release) 3BL Media

Will Scaling Back Solar Incentives Hurt Adoption?, Governing

Groundbreaking held for $80m southern Vermont wind project, Penn Energy

Despite energy deal loss, huge wind farm is still on track in Aroostook, Bangor Daily News

Cornell Wants to Heat Its Campus With Geothermal Energy, Popular Mechanics

Future dim for home solar incentives in Maine, Renewable Energy World

Solar farm agreement wins Town Council approval, Valley Breeze

Deepwater rolls into New Bedford, reNews

Avangrid, Governor Shumlin break ground on Deerfield Wind farm, Vermont Biz

BCC gets $200K for offshore wind workforce study, Fall River Herald News

More offshore wind action: Deepwater Wind opening New Bedford office, Offshore MW survey boat arriving, SouthCoast Today

Nine innovative approaches that utilities are using to plan for increased rooftop solar, Science Daily

Energy Efficiency

ACEEE Report: Energy Efficiency Is The Greatest Energy Story You Haven’t Heard, CleanTechnica

Report: State is cleaning air, saving money, CT Post

Energy-efficiency standard is an opportunity, New Hampshire Business Review

Nuclear

The case for nuclear power, Power Engineering

Can Reusing Spent Nuclear Fuel Solve Our Energy Problems?, National Geographic

Pilgrim nuclear power plant back at full capacity after repairs, Boston Herald

Cape Downwinders to Appeal State House Ban Restriction, CapeCod.com News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

EnerNOC is cutting more than 200 jobs, primarily in the Seaport, Boston Globe

Massachusetts Governor Creates Climate Change Strategy Through Executive Order, TriplePundit

Massachusetts to Offer $14M in Energy Resiliency Grants for Microgrids & Other Backup at Medical Facilities, Microgrid Knowledge

The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything, Vox.com

Eversource expects to sell power plants by as early as next spring, NewHampshire.com

Why the New Massachusetts Energy Storage Report Is Such a Big Deal, Greentech Media

A 3-Part Microgrid Launches in Canada, With Transactive Energy as the Goal, Greentech Media

Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall, Microgrid Knowledge

Compact officials push Eversource on smart grid technology, Cape Cod Times

US, Canada utilities aim to link three microgrids in $12.4M cross-border project, Utility DIVE

Editorial/Opinion

Scott Muller: Vermont is choking on a fishbone, vtdigger.org

Letter: Godzilla in Concord, Concord Monitor

Low cost energy for New Hampshire needs to be our rallying cry, The Laconia Daily Sun

Our Opinion: PUC solar proposal wrong policy, process, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

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Energy News for week ending May 6, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

SJC hears arguments on gas pipeline dispute, CommonWealth Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

Opponents look to kill proposed pipeline project, The Union Leader

PA gas pipeline explosion predicted by whistleblowers, RI Future

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

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

Skepticism, not panic, on pipeline, The Sun Chronicle

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

Renewable Energy

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

Offshore wind increasingly competitive on cost, Cape Cod Times

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

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

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

Peabody mayor nixes solar panels plan, The Salem News

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

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

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

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

Hydropower getting support despite reservations over cost, Worcester Business Journal

Energy Efficiency

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

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

Nuclear

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

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

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

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

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

Oracle acquires Opower in $532 million deal, USA TODAY

Medway: Exelon says traffic impact minimal, MetroWest Daily News

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

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

New England power grid confident through summer, wwlp.com

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

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

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

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

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