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Energy News for week ending March 19, 2021

Support Signaled | Scale Back Rule | Good Vibrations

Happy Friday folks.

Busy day, so we’ll just call your attention to these three articles of note.

Theoharides signals admin support for revised climate bill, WWLP

Gas utilities seek to scale back engineering rules, Salem News

Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home, The Guardian

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

MA Climate Bill

Legislature approves climate bill, sends back to Governor Baker, Boston Globe

Theoharides signals admin support for revised climate bill, WWLP

Climate bill clears Massachusetts Senate again after last week’s delay, MassLive

Senate passes climate change bill 39-1, CommonWealth Magazine

Cost concerns echoing as climate bill advances, WWLP

Climate Change

As climate change makes more droughts likely, state plans to issue controversial new policy that may increase water restrictions, Boston Globe

Berkshire County shows challenges of meeting goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Telegram & Gazette

How protecting the ocean can save species and fight climate change, Washington Post

A forgotten Cold War experiment has revealed its icy secret. It’s bad news for the planet., Washington Post

Analysis: Sheen comes off green in crowded climate investment space, Reuters

Climate Change Website Deleted by Trump Is Rebooted Under Biden, Bloomberg Green

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Top Democratic tax writers differ on clean energy breaks, Roll Call

Green Mountain Power to buy power from Great River Hydro, VT Digger

Soaring Biofuel Costs Are Latest Sign of Americans Driving Again, Bloomberg Green

Wind

Report to policymakers: ‘Remove barriers’ and ‘go big’ on offshore wind off MA coast, Cape Cod Times

Here’s what experts say about the possibility of ‘frozen turbines’ in Massachusetts, South Coast Today

Bids For Next Offshore Wind Project In Mass. Will Have Greater Focus on Equity, WBUR

New York green light for South Fork export cable, ReNews

Franklin County to repay state for wind farm tax abatement, Sun Journal (Maine)

Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home, The Guardian

Footprint presents alternate vision for redevelopment of vacant land, Salem News

Solar

Recent approval of CT’s largest solar project revives old tensions, CT Insider

So Big It’s Boring: The Rise of Utility-Scale Solar, Greentech Media

Solar projects outperform wind for 3rd straight year despite pandemic: Fitch, S&P Global

FERC boosts small solar, reversing PURPA ruling that had upended 40 years of precedent, Utility Dive

Efficiency/Storage

He wanted to get his home off fossil fuels. There was just one problem. Want to electrify your home? Good luck finding a contractor. Grist

Survey seeks Columbia Gas disaster victim input, Eagle Tribune

New York Power Authority sees progress on Buildsmart2025, Yahoo News

State attorneys general challenge Trump-era rollback of energy efficiency standards, The Hill

EVs

EV Turning Point: Momentum Builds for U.S. Electric Vehicle Transition, Yale Environment 360

Electric Cars Will Cost More Using Ethically Sourced Batteries, Bloomberg Green

Volkswagen to Build Six Electric-Vehicle Battery Factories in Europe, Wall St. Journal

Exclusive: U.S. looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles – documents, Reuters

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Gas utilities seek to scale back engineering rules, Salem News

Biden EPA toughens smog curbs at power plants to protect ‘downwind’ states, Reuters

House Republicans pitch nuclear, natural gas as ‘cleaner’ energy future, The Hill

Gasoline Demand Has Peaked, Global Forecaster Says, Wall St. Journal

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New England power market stakeholders mull market designs to aid energy transition, S&P Global

How much more energy will the US need to electrify everything?, Quartz

Rhode Island Issues RFI in Anticipation of Municipal Microgrid Program, Microgrid Knowledge

Environmental group asks energy regulators to block use of utility customers’ money for lobbying, The Hill

Narragansett Electric being sold to Pennsylvania company, Providence Journal

Bipartisan House lawmakers to reintroduce grid security bill after Texas outages, SolarWinds attack, Utility Dive

FERC prevents states from blocking demand response in DER aggregations under Order 2222, Utility Dive

Opinion

Boston’s next mayor must be bold on climate, CommonWealth Magazine

Roadmap bill is a first step, but we need legislative transparency for a Green New Deal, Wicked Local

Opinion/Budris: Burning waste has no place in Rhode Island, Providence Journal

Despite his claims, science is not on Vic Gatto’s side, CommonWealth Magazine

My Turn: This river’s nuclear nightmare, Greenfield Recorder

Don’t believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net zero carbon by 2050, The Guardian

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Energy News for week ending March 12, 2021

Round 3 | Shutesbury Solar | Sweat Energy

Happy Friday folks.

I hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather the past couple of days.

Two big pieces of news out of Massachusetts this week. The first from Jon Chesto at the Boston Globe, “Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has kicked off the state’s third round of bidding for offshore wind energy contracts, and this one has the potential to be the biggest yet. State officials are soliciting bids for up to 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind electricity this time around. To put that in perspective, the Vineyard Wind development team won the state’s first round of offshore wind energy bids in 2018, to deliver 800 megawatts to Massachusetts electricity customers. That was enough power for more than 400,000 homes. The Mayflower Wind team won the second round in 2019, with a similarly sized proposal. State officials hope that by offering the opportunity to go bigger, economies of scale can help control costs and logistics for the industry, particularly with regard to power lines to bring that electricity to the mainland. The rules for the new round of bidding were filed with the Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday.

And out of Western Mass, Shutesbury to be exact, we have a story from Scott Merzbach at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, “Five solar projects that combined would become possibly the largest such renewable power source in the state — and which would also bring significant revenue to the town — are being proposed for development. Amp Energy of Ontario, Canada, is taking the initial steps to use up to 190 acres of forested land, owned by W.D. Cowls Inc., for the arrays that would generate 45 megawatts of power. That’s enough power to serve 5,000 households, the company said. ‘To my knowledge, this would be the largest in Massachusetts,’ Evan Turner, a representative for Amp, told the Select Board and Planning Board during a presentation earlier this month. Turner said the company already holds a lease option for the sites for the ‘very large proposal as a group of projects.’  Before moving forward with the plans, though, the company would like to pursue what is called a municipal partnership model that would generate $450,000 for the town in the first year of payment in lieu of taxes.”

And in what could be bad news for the makers of anti-perspirants, we have this from Microgrid Knowledge, “Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a wearable microgrid that harvests and stores energy from the human body to power small electronics. It consists of three main parts: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are flexible, washable and can be screen printed onto clothing.”  Hmmm. Whatever happened to “Never let them see you sweat?”

That’s the recap for the week. Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

Climate Change

Republican delays action on climate change bill, CommonWealth Magazine

U.S. must slash emissions by at least 57% to meet Paris climate target: report, Reuters

Biden Is Betting His Whole Climate Agenda on Infrastructure, Greentech Media

Rising Sea Levels Inundating Coastal Economies Four Times Faster, Bloomberg Green

Senate to include some Baker ideas into climate bill, WWLP

Arlington Sets 30-Year Plan To Reduce Greenhouse Gases To Zero, Arlington Patch

6 months of summer? Researchers say it’s possible, E&E News (subscriber content)

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

84% of New US Power Plants This Year Will Be Carbon-Free, Intelligent Living

Finding work in the green energy sector, Greenfield Recorder

Conn. Officials Push Back on ‘Gas Tax’ Label of TCI-P, RTO Insider

Wind

Mass. starts round three of bidding for offshore wind energy contracts, Boston Globe

Offshore Wind Pricing Plan Stirring Crosscurrents, State House News Service (subscriber content)

Biden’s interior acts quickly on Vineyard Wind, WWLP

Offshore wind permitting bottleneck expected to ease as Interior completes review of first US large project, Utility Dive

NH Bill Envisions 600-800 MW in OSW Bids, Net Zero Insider

US Offshore Wind Industry Suffers Through Severe Case Of Déjà Vu All Over Again, Again, CleanTechnica

BOEM chief pledges new US offshore wind leases ‘as quickly as we can,’ Recharge

Solar

Proposed combined solar projects in Shutesbury possibly state’s largest, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Lawmakers, including some Democrats, worry Maine’s solar policies too generous, Press Herald

White Plains Installing More Than 1,000 Solar Panels As Part Of Push To Increase Renewable Energy, CBS New York

A Triple-Decker For The 21st Century: Airtight And Solar-Powered, WBUR

Efficiency/Storage

Poll: Home energy upgrades could be challenge, CommonWealth Magazine

Building a better home for Middletown’s MARC a joint effort, Middletown Press

Global climate models may vastly overstate energy savings from efficiency measures, analysis finds, Utility Dive

Federal bills creating standalone storage tax credit raise hopes for significant boost, akin to solar, Utility Dive

The Rise of Energy on Wheels, Microgrid Knowledge

EVs

Electric Vehicles Are the U.S. Auto Industry’s Future—if Dealers Can Figure Out How to Sell Them, Wall St. Journal

U.S. lawmakers propose giving USPS $6 billion for electric delivery vehicles, Reuters

DOE will spend billions on electric vehicle R&D in jobs fight with China, Granholm says, Utility Dive

Electric Cars Are Coming. How Long Until They Rule the Road?, New York Times

Nuclear

What’s the Role for New Nuclear Power in the Fight Against Climate Change?, Greentech Media

PSEG says without $300M ratepayer nuclear subsidy, it will close South Jersey plants, NJ Spotlight News

‘There’s No Town Left’: Fukushima’s Eerie Landscapes, New York Times

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Weymouth councilors seek involvement in compressor station process, Patriot Ledger

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Why every state is vulnerable to a Texas-style power crisis, Vox

A Microgrid You Can Wear? Yep. And You’re the Energy Source, Microgrid Knowledge

A total mindshift’: Utilities replace gas peakers, ‘old school’ demand response with flexible DERs, Utility Dive

US climate targets ‘unreachable’ without high-voltage trunklines: FERC chief, Recharge

New York Transco begins construction on 54.5 mile transmission line in upstate NY, Daily Energy Insider

Deregulation Aimed to Lower Home-Power Bills. For Many, It Didn’t, Wall St. Journal

Analysts point to $500B investment gap in climate resilience for electric utilities, Utility Dive

U.S. power use to rise in 2021 as governments ease lockdowns: EIA, Reuters

Not Wanting to Become Texas, New Jersey Grants $4 Million for Microgrid Studies, Microgrid Knowledge

Opinion

3 Massachusetts myths about offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

There’s no time to waste — Baker, Legislature must enact the climate bill, Boston Globe

Massachusetts 2020: A warming state, Amherst Wire

Palmer Renewable Energy can’t greenwash its emissions away (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Keep state’s nuclear plants operating to secure future, Woodstock Independent

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Energy News for week ending January 29, 2021

Take Two | Competing Priorities | East Boston Protest

Happy Friday folks.

Here’s what we’re reading:

Take Two: Lawmakers Again Send Climate Bill to Baker, State House News Service via WBUR

Environmental Priorities — Solar Energy and Land Conservation — Compete in the Legislature, CT Examiner

East Boston Residents Protest Controversial Electrical Substation Project, WBUR

There are also several stories this week on EVs and others on how to improve the grid to allow for more renewable development. Be sure to check them out.

As always enjoy the weekend, Stay safe and warm!

MA Climate Bill

Take Two: Lawmakers Again Send Climate Bill to Baker, State House News Service via WBUR

Let’s try this (climate change bill) again, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker admin makes its case ahead of climate bill vote, State House News Service via WWLP

Theoharides explains $6b cost figure, CommonWealth Magazine

As Lawmakers Plan Vote On Climate Bill, A Showdown With Baker Seems Likely, WBUR

Climate Change

World’s Ice Is Melting Faster Than Ever, Climate Scientists Say, Wall St. Journal

NJ meets first goal in reducing carbon emissions, but still has ‘incredible hill to climb,’ NJ Spotlight

25 states promised to stay in the Paris Agreement. Did they follow through?, Grist

‘Energy’ Is Its Name. But What Can the D.O.E. Actually Do on Climate?, New York Times

Biden Executive Orders Set Broad Federal Role in Clean Energy and Climate Change Mitigation, Greentech Media

New U.S. Strategy Would Quickly Free Billions in Climate Funds, New York Times

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Jiminy Peak a model for renewable energy tax incentives, Rep. Neal says, Berkshire Eagle

Expensive Renewable-Energy Report Completed But There Are No Plans to Advance Its Recommendations, EcoRI

Boeing Eyes Jetliners Fueled by Waste in Race to Zero Emissions, Bloomberg Green

Wind

Janet Mills Proposes 10-Year Moratorium On Wind Development In Maine-Managed Waters, Maine Public

Vineyard Wind looks to regain spot in project pipeline, Fall River Herald News

Will Airborne Wind Power Finally Fly in 2021,? Greentech Media

Solar

Environmental Priorities — Solar Energy and Land Conservation — Compete in the Legislature, CT Examiner

The Race Is On for Commercial Deployment of Solar in Open Seas, Greentech Media

Efficiency/Storage

How to stop your house’s expensive drafts — and save the planet, Washington Post

National Grid petitions NY PSC to approve small battery project’s dispatch, wholesale market roles, Utility Dive

Tesla Had 83% Increase In Energy Storage Deployments In 2020, CleanTechnica

4 Energy Storage Questions Answered, Microgrid Knowledge

New York approves utility revenue sharing for battery storage systems, Utility Dive

EVS

Where Exactly Does Joe Biden Plan To Put 550,000 EV Charging Stations,? Jalopnik.com

Shift to Electric Vehicles Spurs Bid to Make More Batteries in U.S., Wall St. Journal

Biden plan to electrify federal fleet will boost EV market, but many questions remain, experts say, Utility Dive

New Jersey OKs PSE&G’s $166M EV infrastructure program, omits heavy duty vehicles, Utility Dive

G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035, New York Times

Exclusive: U.S. oil industry seeks unusual alliance with Farm Belt to fight Biden electric vehicle agenda, Reuters

Nuclear

NY attorney general sues over nuclear plant shutdown plan, AP

Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor Parts Sent to Texas for Disposal, WCAI

Oyster Creek: Out with the old nuclear plant, in with a new one? The choices ahead, app.com

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

National Grid seeks hike in gas bills, Salem News

In Newton, leaks in gas lines are a never-ending challenge, Boston Globe

US Northeast spot gas prices, power prices spike amid lower-than-normal temperatures, S&P Global

As Biden vows monumental action on climate change, a fight with the fossil fuel industry has only begun, Washington Post

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New York approves $854M transmission line, outlines path to reach storage, renewables goals, Utility Dive

Transmission seen as pivotal to Biden administration’s climate, environmental justice goals, S&P Global

Transmission trouble: Pipeline woes presage challenges for clean energy buildout, S&P Global

Report Calls for a Ground-Up Overhaul of Federal Transmission Grid Policy, Greentech Media

‘No compelling reason not to’: Former FERC chairs, commissioners call for federal transmission overhaul, Utility Dive

East Boston Residents Protest Controversial Electrical Substation Project, WBUR

Con Edison Tests ConnectDER as a Utility Touchpoint for Distributed Energy, Greentech Media

Opinion

Op-ed: We are the next generation. It’s time to embrace solar., Boston Business Journal

Rhode Island Needs a Plan to Fully Decarbonize, Uprise RI

February 19 is deadline for new climate change law, CommonWealth Magazine

No rules? No problem on Beacon Hill, CommonWealth Magazine

Pass the climate change bill again, CommonWealth Magazine

America’s investor-owned utilities: We can achieve a 100% clean energy future, Utility Dive

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Energy News for week ending January 22, 2021

NY on Top Again | Devouring Energy | 5-Minute Charging

Happy Friday folks.

Busy week so we can’t do a full recap, but we do draw your attention to these stories

As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Climate Change

State Legislature Files Climate Bill, Again, WBUR

Trump Rules Easing Power-Plant Emissions Limits Are Vacated by Court, WSJ

Biden rejoins Paris climate accord, works to overturn Trump’s climate policies, Washington Post

Biden’s narrow path to an infrastructure dream, Politico

In Switch, Chamber of Commerce Backs Climate Action, Possible Carbon Tax, Bloomberg Green

Businesses Aim to Pull Greenhouse Gases From the Air. It’s a Gamble., New York Times

Biden Moves To Have U.S. Rejoin Climate Accord, WBUR

TCI opponents push other states to reject controversial carbon tax, Boston Herald

Biden’s climate steps could have big impact on energy firms, AP

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

New York City’s Biggest Power Producer Aims to Import Renewable Energy From Upstate, Greentech Media

Money Managers Look to Blue Seas for Green Investments, Wall St. Journal

Global investments into clean-energy technology reach record high, Axios.com

Bill Gates-Led Fund Raises Another $1 Billion to Invest in Clean Tech, Bloomberg Green

No-Name Clean Tech Firms Are Turning Into Billion-Dollar Bets, Bloomberg Green

Wind

Interior Department agencies move to streamline offshore wind permitting, Utility Dive

In the offshore wind industry’s East Coast arms race, Mass. falls behind New York, Boston Globe

Offshore wind stagnated under Trump, Biden policies could create a boom for offshore energy, Cape Cod Times

Offshore Wind Backers Hope Vineyard Wind Permitting Woes Will End Under Biden, WBUR

Permitting for big U.S. offshore wind farm will resume ‘very, very soon’: Avangrid CEO, Reuters.com

Solar

‘Not slowing down’: Solar will be cheapest power resource in US by 2030: WoodMac, Utility Dive

Efficiency/Storage

Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?, Fast Company

A Megabattery Boom Is Coming to Rescue Overloaded Power Grids, Bloomberg

EVS

Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced, The Guardian

Electric vehicles close to ‘tipping point’ of mass adoption, The Guardian

Fleet electrification can have ‘outsized influence’ on EV adoption, RMI analysis concludes, Utility Dive

Nuclear

Up for renewal, controversial $300M nuclear subsidies could be cut, state consultant advises, NJ Spotlight

NRC to discuss 100-year licenses for nuclear plants, Gloucester Times

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

After years of protests, a glimmer of hope for opponents to the Weymouth gas compressor, Boston Globe

‘Where does the energy come from?,’ Hudson Valley Times

President-elect Biden to end Keystone XL pipeline in fight on climate change, Washington Post

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Construction of $1 billion Maine power corridor halted by federal appeals court, MassLive

Hydro-Quebec’s American dream, LaPresse

Opponents continue push against Maine power project, Boston Globe

President Biden Names Richard Glick as FERC Chair, Greentech Media

Governor Cuomo Announces PSC Approval of Major Transmission Line Project from Oneida County to Albany County, Gov. Cuomo

Opinion

Debunking Baker’s 6 reasons for climate veto, CommonWealth Magazine

10 state utility commission chairs to FERC: Let’s strengthen federal-state electricity regulatory relationships, Utility Dive

The best way to use our ‘available’ wood, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending January 15, 2021

Vetoed! | Imminent Start | Bug Robot

Happy Friday folks.

Well, we got the answer to last week’s question about whether Governor Baker was going to sign the climate bill or not. Thursday evening he opted for the veto. The good news is that Senate President Spilka and House Speaker Mariano are prepared to refile the bill, but it’s likely to face some significant changes. We have several stories related to this for you below.

According to the Portland Press Herald there are signs of preparation in Maine for the NECEC. “Obscured by a swirling snow squall, an amphibious off-road transporter with 5-foot-high tires maneuvered Friday along the Maine ITS 89 snowmobile trail at the base of Coburn Mountain. At a junction, two workers from Northern Clearing, a Wisconsin-based right-of-way contractor, stepped into the wind and 11-degree cold and secured a sign and pink flagging tape to a small tree. The sign was one of hundreds being erected in remote stretches of northwestern Maine between the Canadian border and The Forks. They will guide crews – likely starting next week – to where they will begin clearing sections of a 53-mile-long corridor through the forest for Central Maine Power’s $1 billion hydroelectric power corridor project, called New England Clean Energy Connect.”

For the new tech feature we have a giant bug for you. From Electrek, “Robots aren’t going to take over the world, but they can definitely make life a lot easier for humans. And that was the aim of BladeBUG, a UK startup that has developed insect-like robots to inspect, maintain, and repair offshore wind turbine blades without the need for rope access…How will the offshore wind industry maintain and repair the giant turbine blades once they’re swooshing through the air, high above the water, without requiring wind turbine workers to dangle precariously above the sea? (Who’s going to want to hang off the giant 14 MW Haliade-X Dogger Bank turbine blades? Yikes.) Not only does the robot make it safer for rope access technicians; it also saves money for the wind turbine companies, as it’s expensive to have humans climb out onto turbine blades.”

That’s the recap for this week. As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Massachusetts Climate Bill

Massachusetts lawmakers prepare to refile climate bill if Gov. Charlie Baker lets clock run out, MassLive

In veto letter, Baker objects to a lot in climate change bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes climate bill that sets carbon emissions targets ahead of 2050, MassLive

Reluctantly, governor vetoes Mass. climate change bill, but it may soon be back on his desk, Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes sweeping climate change bill, AP

Massachusetts Gov. Vetoes Bill Calling for Net-Zero Emissions by Midcentury, Greentech Media

Climate Change

Climate coalition wants brighter light on Beacon Hill voting, Herald News

Covid-19 Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020, New York Times

Details, timing could lead to climate bill veto, WWLP

The carbon skyscraper: A new way of picturing rapid, human-caused climate change, Washington Post

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Almost All New US Power Plants Built in 2021 Will Be Carbon-Free, Greentech Media

Clean Energy & COVID-19 Crisis | December 2020 Unemployment Analysis, E2

Wind, solar to make up 70% of new US generation in 2021 while batteries gain momentum: EIA, Utility Dive

The New Climate Bill Won’t Make Or Break A Proposed Biomass Plant In Springfield. But Another State Plan Will, WBUR

Gov. Cuomo pushes wind, solar expansion amid COVID-19 economic downturn, NY Post

Report: Raimondo’s 2030 renewables goal achievable, Providence Journal

2021 Outlook: Will hydrogen experience a breakthrough?, Utility Dive

Wind

To bolster green economy, New York will build nation’s largest offshore wind program, Utility Dive

Power from Mayflower Wind could be cheaper thanks to stimulus bill, Boston Herald

Wind Developers Tout Safety Of Transmission Cables Being Constructed In East Hampton, WSHU (NY)

This ‘bug’ robot will inspect and repair offshore wind turbine blades, Electrek

New York’s Latest Clean Energy Push Includes 2.5GW of Offshore Wind Contracts for Equinor and BP, Greentech Media

Efficiency/Storage

Halt to progress of utility efficiency programs could rob New Hampshire of economic boost, ACEEE Blog

Eversource extends energy incentives to COVID-19 vaccine freezers, Hartford Business Journal

Trump’s DOE Saddles Households with High-Cost, High-Emission Furnaces and Water Heaters, ACEEE

EVS

GM ushers in electric era with ambitious brand refresh, inclusive marketing campaign, Utility Dive

2021 Outlook: The future of electric vehicle charging is bidirectional — but the future isn’t here yet, Utility Dive

Proterra Set To Take Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Business Public via SPAC Transaction, Greentech Media

Nuclear

Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Review Could Signal Federal Repository Approval, The Sand Paper

The social costs of nuclear power plant closure, NEI Magazine

Natural Gas

2021 Outlook: Greening natural gas while planning for service reliability, Utility Dive

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Data centers are energy hogs. Could they help power the grid?, Grist

MIT Study: Transmission Is Key to a Low-Cost, Decarbonized US Grid, Greentech Media

New transmission approaches can cut billions in decarbonization costs: MIT, clean energy coalition, Utility Dive

Pearl Street Technologies: A New Way to Optimize the Transmission Grid, Greentech Media

Climate-Proofing Your Home: Improving Your Backup Power Supply, Bloomberg Green

Green economy plans fuel new metals and energy ‘supercycle,’ The Guardian

Report: Renewables Are Suffering From Broken US Transmission Policy, Greentech Media

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Energy News for week ending January 8, 2021

Will he or won’t he sign | Mayflower Sees More Savings | Giant Jenga

Happy Friday folks.

Welcome to the first 2021 edition of the Northeast Energy News.

The big question – which at the writing of this newsletter remains open – is will Governor Baker sign the Climate Bill (and several others) into law or not. Many organizations are speaking out in support. We have a whole section of articles on the climate bill below and most look at it from different angles.

Today, Mayflower Wind announced additional savings for customers of Massachusetts’ three largest electric utilities coming from the federal Investment Tax Credit. OffshoreWind.biz says it best, Mayflower Wind Electricity Users Stand to Save USD 500 Million.

We love new technology and had a toss-up between the Washington Post article on how researchers are converting carbon dioxide into jet fuel. But the giant Jenga won out. From IEEE Spectrum Gravity Energy Storage Will Show Its Potential in 2021.

That’s the recap for this week. As always enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Massachusetts Climate Bill

Massachusetts Enshrines Net-Zero Emissions by Midcentury in Bill, Greentech Media

Natural Gas Power Reliance Factors Heavily in Massachusetts Net-Zero Actions, Power Magazine

Climate Roadmap Bill Sent To Baker’s Desk, State House News Service via WBUR

Massachusetts climate legislation is ‘roadmap’ to decarbonization, say clean energy groups, Utility Dive

Massachusetts lawmakers deal blow to Springfield biomass project, MassLive

Here’s a look at the winners and losers in the state’s far-reaching climate bill, Boston Globe

Climate bill would clear up solar tax confusion, CommonWealth Magazine

Noting 2018 Gas Explosions, Area Legislators Add Safety Provisions to Climate Change Bill, WHAV

Climate Change

How Trump Tried, but Largely Failed, to Derail America’s Top Climate Report, New York Times

Researchers unveil new method for converting carbon dioxide into jet fuel, Washington Post

Plans Show Larger Role for Nature in Fight Against Carbon, State House News Service

Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals, AP News

U.S. Disaster Costs Doubled in 2020, Reflecting Costs of Climate Change, New York Times

New Bedford launches climate action plan for not just the city, but also residents, South Coast Today

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Subsidies a Bone of Contention as Renewable Energy Producers Seek Federal Ruling, CT Examiner

Boston’s ready to join dozens of other municipalities in renewable-energy push, Boston Globe

The 10 Ways Renewable Energy’s Boom Year Will Shape 2021, Bloomberg Green

Can a city truly be 100% renewable? It’s complicated., Grist

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority touts renewable energy initiatives, Transportation Today

Wind

Mayflower Wind Electricity Users Stand to Save USD 500 Million, offshorewind.biz

Offshore wind developer wants to hear from N.J. recreational fishermen, app.com

As Rumors Swirl Of Large-Scale Turbine Farm, Fishermen Worry About Rapid Pace Of Wind Development, Maine Public

South Fork OWF Draft EIS Out, Offshorewind.biz

Solar

EGEB: A new community solar marketplace launches in the US, Electrek

Vermont public-private partnership turns unused corn silage land into 2.2-MW solar array, Solar Builder

Seeking to avoid Sununu veto, Republicans push narrow expansion of net metering for cities, Concord Monitor

Woolwich board approves 30-acre solar project, Press Herald

Efficiency/Storage

Gravity Energy Storage Will Show Its Potential in 2021, IEEE Spectrum

Vermont’s State House first in nation with battery backup power, Vermont Biz

Nuclear

First-in-the-nation tax on spent nuclear fuel aimed at helping Indian Point communities, lohud.com

New nuclear plant could rise at site of former one in NJ, AP News

In the New Mexico desert lies an answer to Indian Point’s nuclear waste problem, The Leader

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

1st Circuit asked to stop hydropower corridor construction, Power Grid International

New England begins work on FERC Order 2222 compliance, but system impact is unclear, Utility Dive

PSE&G expected to bring smart meters to New Jersey, NJ Spotlight

President Biden’s Vision for the Power Sector, T&D World

Public Advocate Calls For Exempting Low-Income Mainers From Electricity Tax, Maine Public

Opinion

Baker is wrong to subsidize wood burning, CommonWealth Magazine

We Already Have the Key to a Clean Energy Economy. We’re Just Not Using It, Greentech Media

What Matters for Electrification?, Energy Institute at Haas

Climate science demands a halt to Killingly power plant, CT Mirror

Mass. Is Going On A Greenhouse Gas Diet. So Should Every Other State In The Northeast, WBUR

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Energy News for week ending December 11, 2020

New Climate Bill | Greener Cement | House of Tomorrow

Happy Friday folks.

We begin with a story from the State House News Service via the Berkshire Eagle, “Massachusetts state senator prods climate bill negotiators with new bill. Hoping to deliver ‘a wake-up call’ and highlight the urgency of the issue, state Sen. Marc Pacheco this week filed a new bill combining what he viewed as the best parts of the climate policy bills that six other lawmakers have been trying to reconcile since August. The Senate dean who chairs its Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change filed essentially his own vision for a conference committee report Wednesday and said he wanted to make sure Beacon Hill is ‘not losing sight of the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions…’ The late-session bill, which was not referred to a committee when the Senate met Thursday, would establish a requirement to get to net-zero emissions by 2050 with interim limits every five years, increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard that governs the amount of clean energy that utilities must purchase, codify environmental justice policy terms, increase the state’s offshore wind authorization to 6 gigawatts by 2035, and establish a goal that 100 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2035.

This next story from Utility Dive is pretty cool. “GE announces first US wind turbine blade recycling program with Veolia. GE Renewable Energy announced Tuesday a multi-year agreement with Veolia North America for the first U.S. wind turbine blade recycling program of its kind. The majority of blades from onshore turbines that GE changes out during repowering efforts will be shredded and used to replace raw materials for cement manufacturing, creating a ‘circular economy for composite materials,’ Anne McEntee, CEO of GE Renewable Energy’s Digital Services, said in a statement. In Europe, such recycling processes have grown to commercial scale, and GE plans to deploy the program at scale quickly. The process will make wind turbines fully recyclable, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cement production by a net 27%, according to environmental impact analysis by Quantis U.S. The reprocessed blade has a net-positive environmental impact by replacing coal or other raw materials in the cement production process, according to GE.”

This next article is also cool and is more interactive than wordy. You can scroll the “House of Tomorrow” and see all the features including refrigerators that order ahead, a green roof, solar on the outside walls, interchangeable rooms, and cones of silence! (OK they didn’t call them that, but basically that’s what they are) all available at The House Of Tomorrow, Wall St. Journal.

That’s the recap for this week. Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

Climate Change

Massachusetts state senator prods climate bill negotiators with new bill, State House News Service via The Berkshire Eagle

As Climate Envoy, Kerry To Seek ‘Ambition’ With ‘Humility,’ WGBH

Earth just notched its warmest November, as 2020 closes in on record for hottest year, Washington Post

‘Very small silver lining’ of COVID-19? An extra 2.5 years to reduce power sector emissions: report, Utility Dive

Are utilities legally required to plan for climate change? ‘The devil is in the details.,’ Utility Dive

Most states are below their greenhouse gas reduction goals: report, The Hill

Global warming has profoundly transformed Arctic in just 15 years, report warns, Washington Post

The world’s rich need to cut their carbon footprint by a factor of 30 to slow climate change, U.N. warns, Washington Post

The Paris agreement survived the Trump administration. What happens now?, Washington Post

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Poll: Majority of Mass. Voters Support Regional Greenhouse Gas Pact, WBUR

R.I. Works On Creating Right Mix of Renewable Energy, EcoRI

Peterborough voters to consider transition to clean energy, Sentinel Source

Vanguard Renewables announces opening of Organics Recycling Facility, Waste Today Magazine

Ellsworth hydro project and future of Graham Lake are inextricably linked, Bangor Daily News

New York Power Authority’s plan for 70% renewable energy by 2030 approved, PV-Tech

The Bumpy Road to a Hydrogen Economy, Greentech Media

The New Green Energy Giants Challenging Exxon and BP, Wall St. Journal

Does low-cost renewable energy, storage mean hydrogen is here to stay,? Utility Dive

Wind

N.J.’s first offshore wind farm gets boost, E&E News

PSEG says it will take 25% stake in Ørsted Ocean Wind project, NJ Spotlight

GE announces first US wind turbine blade recycling program with Veolia, Utility Dive

Mayflower Wind Awards Contract to Burns & McDonnell for Feed Design of Onshore Substation and Cable System, Press Release, Utility Dive

Offshore wind CEO on Biden and why Trump critics are wrong, E&E News

Maine signs wind-focused clean energy accord with United Kingdom, Press Herald

Atlantic Shores, Ørsted apply in new round of offshore wind contracts, Press Of Atlantic City

Solar

Solar vs. wind: Federal study finds a winner, E&E News

Confusion over tax status stymies solar projects, CommonWealth Magazine

AUI Partners building Rhode Island’s largest single-rooftop solar project, Solar Power World

Bath Iron Works set to buy energy from 6 Maine solar projects, Press Herald

Solar developer, investor, unite on pollinator-friendly projects, Rutland Herald

First R.I. community solar project at affordable-housing complex marks completion, Providence Business News

Solar power, which can save money even for people who don’t have it, is the future, Concord Monitor

Decision on Southington solar panel project delayed, My Record Journal

Efficiency/Storage

The House Of Tomorrow, Wall St. Journal

Green buildings ‘unheralded hero’ in emissions fight, experts say, Utility Dive

A Danbury battery startup business faces its first big test, CT Post

EVs

The T’s next set of battery-powered buses wouldn’t reduce much pollution, Boston Globe

Is This The Electric Vehicle Filling Station of the Future?, Greentech Media

The electric bike that could change delivery as we know it, E&E News

Feds eye nuclear-powered EVs: Breakthrough or bad idea?, E&E News

About 150 U.S. Cadillac Dealers to Exit Brand, Rather Than Sell Electric Cars, Wall St. Journal

This breakthrough electric vehicle never needs to be plugged in, Fast Company

QuantumScape is building a better electric car battery that it says charges to 80% in 15 minutes, CNBC

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power deploys vehicle-to-grid charger, publicpower.org

Con Edison testing V2G service from 5 electric school buses, Green Car Congress

Nuclear

MIT Study Lays Bare Why Nuclear Costs Keep Rising, Greentech Media

This Is the Company That Will Decommission Indian Point in Buchanan, Westchester Magazine

Does nuclear power deserve to be in the Green New Deal?, Medium.com

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Why Gas Stoves Are More Hazardous Than We’ve Been Led to Believe, Slate

Battle reignites over first East Coast gas bans, E&E News

NOAA greenlights seismic harassment of dolphins and whales, E&E News

N.Y. pledges to purge fossil fuel risks from pension fund, E&E News

Entire Aquidneck Island delegation opposes planned expansion of fracked gas, Uprise RI

Inside Clean Energy: The Era of Fossil Fuel Power Plants Is Rapidly Receding. Here Is Their Life Expectancy, Inside Climate News

Dartmouth College drops plans for wood chip heating, pivots toward cleaner oil, Valley News

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Grid operator projects sufficient energy for winter demand, Eagle Times (NH)

Residents call for Burrillville’s Ocean State Power Plant to be phased out using “just transition” framework, Uprise RI

Residents: How will Keene’s power plan affect my electric bill?, Sentinel Source

Transmission, local resources, market improvements key to decarbonization: CAISO and NYISO chiefs, Utility Dive

Long-running dispute over regional energy market settled, Bangor Daily News

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy, Greentech Media

16 Mass. Elected Officials Challenge State Agency On East Boston Substation, WBUR

How an Energy Startup’s Plan to Disrupt the Power Grid Got Disrupted, Wall St. Journal

Need for heating assistance growing in Mass. during pandemic, South Coast Today

As residents grapple with COVID and harsh winter, Sen. Ed Markey, advocates call for $10B boost to low-income home energy assistance, MassLive

Nova Scotia Power Picks Sunverge for Virtual Power Plant, Microgrid Knowledge

With closing date set for MIRA trash plant, Connecticut looks for a long-term solution, Hartford Courant

Opinion

Solar revolution is stalled, needs to shift into gear, CommonWealth Magazine

Why energy-efficiency programs are good for New Hampshire businesses, consumers, NHBR

Out with the old, in with the new: Why regionalized grid coordination is inevitable, Utility Dive

Utility regulators wake up to the long-term risks of gas, Opinion

Op-Ed: Repower NJ’s ‘sacrifice zones,’ NJ Spotlight

Opinion/Getting ready: Maine won’t wait to take action on climate, Seacoastonline.com

DEEP should make solving the puzzle of siting large scale solar a priority, CT Mirror

My Turn: State’s triennial energy efficiency plan is under attack, Concord Monitor

Don’t squander State Pier opportunity, The Day

Op-Ed: How fishing and offshore wind can — and should — coexist, NJ Spotlight

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Energy News for week ending October 30, 2020

Rethink the future| Optimistic | It was in Niagara Falls…

Happy snowy Friday folks. I hear next week at this time we may hit 70 degrees. Ah, life in New England.

Maybe it was unintentional but given the nature of the story maybe not. Regardless, I love the photo of the upside down burner that accompanies this piece from CommonWealth Magazine, “DPU orders gas utilities to rethink their future. The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on Thursday ordered the state’s natural gas utilities to jointly hire consultants and come up with a way to dramatically phase down or eliminate their businesses over the next 30 years. The order is a response to Gov. Charlie Baker’s call for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It asks for strategies to achieve that goal ‘while simultaneously safeguarding ratepayer interests; ensuring safe, reliable, and cost-effective natural gas service; and potentially recasting the role of LDCs [local distribution companies] in the Commonwealth.’”

If the gas utilities aren’t feeling positive, according to the Boston Business Journal the cleantech folks are seeing the glass half full. “Mass. clean energy leaders are optimistic about future growth. How disruptive an influence has the coronavirus been on the clean energy industry this year? A recent report from BW Research Partnership showed that the U.S. clean energy sector added 12,500 jobs in September, ‘leaving just under half a million (477,900) clean energy workers out of work since February this year – an almost 14 percent decline over pre-Covid-19 employment levels.’ The report further suggests the sector has been slower to rebound than others on a national level. Of the 17 firms that have appeared on the two most recent versions of the BBJ’s Largest Clean Energy Companies list, seven companies reported year-over-year increases in local headcount, four stayed flat, and six reported decreases (although, in at least a couple of cases, the drops were minor, relatively speaking). ‘While Massachusetts continues to be a leader in clean energy employment, there is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the industry,’ said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Steve Pike. ’However, Massachusetts’ commitment to combatting climate change and to growing its clean energy economy sets the stage for not just recovering those lost jobs, but also dramatic growth in the years to come.’” 

Our last feature story comes from Niagara Falls which when hearing of that place I confess it always makes me think of this Three Stooges episode. That aside, it’s a cool story about water-based transit. From the Washington Post, “A new era in maritime travel: Electric boats. Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls has launched North America’s first all-electric, zero-emissions tour boats. With the sun streaming into the Niagara Gorge, visitors lined up in socially distanced groups waiting to shuffle onto the Maid of the Mist, the boats that have ferried tourists to the base of Niagara Falls for the past 174 years. Whether they knew it or not, these passengers were experiencing a new era of maritime transportation: boats powered by electricity. Earlier this month, the Maid of the Mist launched two electric catamarans into the gorge, the first of their kind in North America. The hulking double-deckers run on dual banks of lithium-ion batteries. All the power used to charge the batteries is supplied by the nearby Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, one of the most productive hydroelectric facilities in the United States, making the boats a zero-emission operation. Maid of the Mist is at the forefront of what observers say is an emerging trend in maritime operations.”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a safe and fun Halloween and don’t forget to fall back Saturday night.

Efficiency/Storage

Eversource creates online hub for energy efficient services with City of Boston, Daily Energy Insider

NH Guard strives for net-zero energy use at training site, Army.mil

Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

RI climate suit to stay in state court, ProJo

Mass. clean energy leaders are optimistic about future growth, Boston Business Journal

Exclusive: GM, Ford knew about climate change 50 years ago, E&E News

A woman warned GM about warming. Men didn’t listen, E&E News

As Climate Disasters Pile Up, a Radical Proposal Gains Traction, New York Times

‘It just goes into a black hole,’ Grist.org

‘Sleeping giant’ Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find, The Guardian

At the intersection of clean energy and bluetech, BlueGreen Innovation Challenge emerges, RhodeIslandInno

Trump’s pullback of pollution controls is even more hazardous than you think, Vox.com

Unlimited, on-demand renewable energy anywhere in the world — is Eavor-Loop climate change’s holy grail?, Recharge

Poll: NJ voters strongly support investing in clean energy as part of pandemic recovery, NJ Insider

DEP warns environmentalists not to prejudge climate regulation review, NJ Spotlight

UMass Boston report shows that climate change views vary by race, Dorchester Reporter

Cuomo adviser: New York is “putting equity at the center” of climate work, Axios

NJ Transit Switches to Renewables for Microgrid, Plans Nov. 25 Solicitation, Microgrid Knowledge

Kennebunkport selectmen explore goals for tackling climate change, Seacoastonline.com

Wind

Vineyard Wind Secures Transmission Agreement With ISO-NE, Power Magazine

RI set to double down on offshore wind power, ProJo

Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Set to Make Inroads in U.S., Scientific America (E&E News)

FERC Pushed to Change Tx Rules for OSW, RTO Insider (Subscriber content)

How the Virus Slowed the Booming Wind Energy Business, New York Times

Falmouth no closer to dismantling wind turbines Town officials frustrated by state actions, Cape Cod Times

Ørsted Looks to Soften Impact of US Permitting Delays With Bigger Turbines, Greentech media

Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia partnering on offshore wind energy development, The Hill

Solar

Wind remains cheaper, but solar’s costs are falling faster, Lazard finds, Utility Dive

New Solar Projects Save Energy Costs Across Cape, Capecod.com

This spooky Halloween display in Western Massachusetts is completely solar powered, MassLive

42-acre solar farm proposed on Bucksport Road, Ellsworth American

Gray solar array on track for December completion, Press Herald

Seneca Nation calls on solar developer to ‘cease and desist’ following bone discovery, Livingston County News

EVs

A new era in maritime travel: Electric boats, Washington Post

Auto Makers Shift Their Hydrogen Focus to Big Rigs, Wall St. Journal

Trump administration funds projects to more efficiently charge and deploy electric buses, Utility Dive

Electric vehicles see state-level gains, The Hill

Nuclear

NRC names new inspector at Seabrook nuclear power plant, Seacoast Online

NuScale Faces Questions on Nuclear Reactor Safety and Financing Its First Project, Greentech Media

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

DPU Opens Look Into Natural Gas Industry, State House News Service via WBUR

RI regulators approve natural gas rate increases but defer bill impacts, ProJo

Beacon Hill’s Iconic Gas Lamps Are Going Green, WBUR

Healey wades into debate over Weymouth gas compressor station, WHDH

Town’s public safety officials offer plan for compressor station emergency, Patriot Ledger

Activist group urges Eversource CEO to scrap plans for regional natural gas pipeline, MassLive

National Grid looks to move LNG facility off Old Mill Lane in Portsmouth; Middletown wants say, Newport Daily News

Company plans biorefinery for zero-emission heating oil in Maine, Press Herald

In Battleground Pennsylvania, Fracking and Renewables Compete to Be the Future of Energy, Wall St. Journal

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Gov. Cuomo proposes bill to ‘dramatically increase penalties’ for NY utility storm response failures, Utility Dive

CMP goes back to the future in bid to calm customers, short-circuit revolt, Press Herald

Lawsuit seeks environmental review of Maine energy project, AP News

Mainers encouraged to apply for jobs on controversial power line, Sun Journal

Advocates press state regulators to extend moratoriums on power utility shut-offs, CT Post

NYS Public Service Commission to identify transmission projects to meet clean energy goals, Daily Energy Insider

How Does Your State Make Electricity?, New York Times

Tesla microgrids spread as U.S. grid ‘gets worse and worse,’ E&E News

Opinion

Another Voice: Hydrogen, natural gas make a dynamic energy duo, Buffalo News

Op-Ed: Here’s how NJ can protect consumers and state clean-energy policy from feds’ fossil fuel favors, NJ Spotlight

The US power sector has prevented millions of cyberattacks in 2020 — that takes 24/7 commitment, Utility Dive

Op-Ed: ‘Blue holes’ offer New Jersey unique opportunity for solar development, NJ Spotlight

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Energy News for week ending August 28, 2020

Doesn’t Have to Happen | OSW Coalition | Paint it Black

Happy Friday folks.

Coming at you early this week.

Let’s start with news from the CT Mirror, which is perhaps one of the best explainer articles we have read in a while. It’s certainly worth sharing. Kudos to Jan Ellen Spiegel for her great reporting. “CT keeps losing power when storms strike. But that doesn’t have to happen. As the power outages from Tropical Storm Isaias piled up in every single community in Connecticut on Aug. 4, the finger pointing began. The utilities were seen as unprepared, leading critics to suggest they should pay for everything from snapped poles to spoiled food. But even if Eversource and United Illuminating had stationed armies of repair crews ready to roll as soon as it was safe, the high likelihood is that all that power would still have gone out. Arguably the questions Isaias begs are not who to blame and how to punish them, energy experts say, but ‘How do we keep the lights on?’ The answers may require a good bit of soul searching, not just by the utility villains of the moment, but by state officials, lawmakers, advocates, and residents themselves, who for years have focused on short-term costs and electric rates instead of long-term solutions that could eventually lower those rates and provide more storm resilience.”

When it comes to getting things done, the saying goes there is strength in numbers. Hence a new coalition has been formed to support offshore wind, From the Cape Cod Times, “Coalition formed to further offshore wind initiatives. Sena Wazer addressed the online press conference announcing a new coalition supporting offshore wind through the eyes of a 16-year-old peering into a potentially bleak future. ‘I’m fearful for my future,’ the co-founder of the Sunrise Movement in Connecticut said. ‘In 10 years, when I’m only 26, I don’t know if I’ll have a safe planet to live on.’ Experts describe actions taken in the next decade as critical to staving off the worst-case global warming scenarios. This summer gave us an inkling of how bad it could get, with unbearably long heat waves and drought in the Northeast and California wildfires in the West… ‘This crisis will only go away if we commit to do everything in our power to make sure we have a livable home going forward,’ Wazer said. It was that sense of urgency that impelled environmentalists, businesses, researchers and labor unions to form New England for Offshore Wind, a coalition focused on pushing state legislatures and governors in the region to make commitments by 2022 to offshore wind farms that could provide for one third of the region’s power needs.”

Our “new technology” of the week is less about tech but is effective none the less. From E&E News, “Study: Black turbine blades reduced bird mortality by 72%. Painting one of a wind turbine’s three blades black led to a dramatic decline in bird mortality along the Norwegian coast, new research shows. Bird death from turbine collisions dropped by 71.9% where a turbine blade was black, compared with unpainted turbines at the same wind farm, according to findings published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology and Evolution. Researchers observed a nearly 50% reduction in mortality from collisions involving towers with a single black blade. Bård Stokke of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, one of the study’s lead authors, said the findings could address the evolving wind industry’s Achilles’ heel, its impact on birds.”

That’s the recap for the week.

Have a great weekend and as always, stay safe.

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

$13M in funds for clean energy projects across Massachusetts, WWLP

Connecticut’s first ‘net-zero’ schools, tapping solar and geothermal energy, to be built in Manchester and Mansfield, Hartford Courant

Over 20 percent energy use reduction in New York State buildings since 2010, informnny.com

Bloomfield bearing pioneer sets sights on wasted energy market, Hartford Business Journal

Cambridge partners with All In Energy to assist residents, Wicked Local Cambridge

Time for a diet: Today’s US homes have super-sized into “energy gluttons,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Learn How You Can Take Advantage of Horticulture Energy Efficiency Programs, Greenhouse Grower

 

Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

Energy experts warn over green hydrogen ‘shortfall,’ Renews.biz

Preserving Trees Becomes Big Business, Driven by Emissions Rules, Wall St. Journal

WoodMac: 2020s Will Be the ‘Decade Of Hydrogen,’ Greentech Media

Utilities warn New York’s $72M ‘build-ready’ renewables program could cost consumers, Utility Dive

Adirondacks seeing a push for green energy, Times Union

 

Wind

New York, New Jersey hesitant on offshore grid planning amid federal uncertainty, Politico

New York’s Hudson Valley: Future Offshore Wind Hub?, Greentech Media

Mitchell: Delays to wind projects have hurt New Bedford’s ‘first mover’ status, South Coast Today

So Much For Saving Coal Jobs: More Offshore Wind Jobs Waiting In The Wings, Cleantechnica

Study: Black turbine blades reduced bird mortality by 72%, E&E News

Coalition formed to further offshore wind initiatives, Cape Cod Times

 

Solar

New Report Finds Rhode Island has Plenty of Room to Expand Solar Responsibly, EcoRI

Solar Grids Built on NJ Farmland Get Senate Backing, NJ Spotlight

Agilitas Energy’s SMART Solar Project in Auburn MA Commences Construction, Alt Energy Mag

Bakers Island Light Station Celebrates New Solar Array, North Shore Magazine

CT Green Bank sells 6 solar energy systems to Greenwich investment firm, New Haven Register

Investment firm proposes $100 million trio of solar projects for Maine, Press Herald

 

EVs

Energy storage for EV charging can lower demand charges, Guidehouse reports, Utility Dive

Electric Vehicle Makers Find a Back Door to Wall Street, New York Times

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Not everyone happy about Columbia Gas deal, Eagle Tribune

The United States set record for daily natural gas power burn in late July, EIA.gov

 

Nuclear

NRC board extends Seabrook plant’s license with conditions relating to concrete testing, Gloucester Times

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

CT keeps losing power when storms strike. But that doesn’t have to happen., CT Mirror

New York City’s hottest new energy fight, Grist

At Connecticut hearing on Eversource rate increases, critics demand more accountability; Blumenthal calls for break-up of utility, Hartford Courant

Breakup Eversource? Or just closely regulate? Blumenthal’s suggestion jolts PURA hearing, CT Mirror

Energy sector divided over transmission incentives for voluntary cybersecurity investments, Utility Dive

Following botched utility response to Hurricane Isaias, New York governor proposes stricter penalties, Utility Dive

Exelon: Massachusetts’ gas and oil-fired Mystic power units to close in 2021 and 2024, Power Engineering

A new voice at PURA at a pivotal time in energy oversight, CT Mirror

Opponents will still try to kill CMP corridor after court nixes referendum, Bangor Daily News

 

Opinion/Editorial

New England needs to go all in on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Natural Resources Council CEO: State agencies failed Maine on CMP corridor, Press Herald

My Turn: Is solar net metering a net good for New Hampshire?, Concord Monitor

Opinion: CT leading the way in wind energy development, CT Post

Grow crops, not solar panels, on NJ’s best farmland, The Link News

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Energy News for week ending August 14, 2020

Hot enough for ya? | Unconstitutional | Water Woes

Happy Friday folks.

Well, it isn’t your imagination. It’s been wicked hot. From the Washington Post, “Seven East Coast states saw their hottest July on record. July 2020 was record hot for much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Sizzling temperatures and sultry humidity baked the Acela corridor for most of the month, with heat indices rising into the triple digits and making conditions all the more unbearable. The entire Lower 48 experienced temperatures near or above normal during July, the toasty temperatures becoming routine as human-induced climate change continues to take is toll. The month ranked as the 11th warmest on record overall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Seven states — Virginia (tie), Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania (tie), New Jersey, Connecticut (tie) and New Hampshire — all clinched the top spot for their sweltering July heat. Records date back to 1895. The heat was ubiquitous along the East Coast, with states east of the Appalachians recording a top five warmest July except Georgia and South Carolina.”

The battle in Maine over the New England Clean Energy Connect line just took a dramatic turn. From the Portland Press Herald, “Supreme court rules CMP corridor referendum unconstitutional. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court finds that the initiative to reverse a decision by the Public Utilities Commission ‘exceeds the scope of the people’s legislative power.’ The state’s top court has blocked a referendum to stop a planned hydroelectric power corridor through western Maine. In a ruling issued Thursday, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court decided the state’s Constitution does not give voters the power to reverse a decision by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, as the referendum is designed to do, so the question cannot be included on the November ballot as planned. The referendum “exceeds the scope of the people’s legislative powers conferred by … the Maine Constitution,” the ruling says. The decision is a significant blow to environmentalists and others who oppose the $1 billion project being developed by Central Maine Power parent company Avangrid, which is owned by Iberdrola, a multinational electric utility conglomerate based in Spain. The 145-mile transmission line would carry hydroelectric power from Quebec to Lewiston to supply regional power.

Here’s an interesting efficiency story. From the Washington Examiner, “Trump says EPA looking ‘very strongly’ into ‘situation’ with toilets and bathrooms. President Trump said he had directed the Environmental Protection Agency to consider loosening water efficiency standards for toilets and other bathroom appliances…‘We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms,’ Trump said Friday. ‘People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once,’ Trump said. ‘They end up using more water.’ He complained that strict conservation standards had damaged the performance of bathroom appliances…The EPA regulates water quality and water pollution, and it has a voluntary partnership program called WaterSense through which it labels water-efficient products — but the Department of Energy issues the bulk of energy efficiency and water conservation standards for appliances. The Energy Department has proposed to weaken or has slowed a number of efficiency standards during the Trump administration, including efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs. That move was met with legal opposition from environmental and efficiency groups.”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a great weekend and as always, stay safe.

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Businesses Charge Up Batteries to Corral Power Costs, Wall St. Journal

Trump says EPA looking ‘very strongly’ into ‘situation’ with toilets and bathrooms, Washington Examiner

Assessing the value of battery energy storage in future power grids, MIT News

Energy efficiency enhances other DERs’ value, but few utilities incentivize combinations of them, Energy Central

Catamount Solar and Northern Reliability to install solar array and battery storage system, Vermont Biz

Maine schools take advantage of empty halls to make efficiency upgrades, Energy Central

 

Climate Change/Renewables/RGGI

Climate Activists Will Launch Utility Bill Strike In New England Sept. 1, NHPR

Seven East Coast states saw their hottest July on record, Washington Post

Earth is overheating. Millions are already feeling the pain., New York Times

U.S. Gas, Power Utilities Join $100 Million Clean-Tech Effort, Bloomberg Green

Covid-19 Curbing Corporate Deals for U.S. Clean-Energy Projects, Bloomberg

NY – New York’s Hydropower Plan Stirs Concerns Over Impact on Waterways, Coastal News Today

U.S. Oil Refiners Accelerate Shift to Renewables in Downturn, Wall St. Journal

Global Warming Could Unlock Carbon From Tropical Soil, New York Times

Springfield city councilors raise concerns that House climate bill helps biomass plant, MassLive

 

Wind

The Economic Impact of Offshore Wind Energy, NYLCV

Greentown Labs, Vineyard Wind Select Offshore Wind Challenge Startups, NA Windpower

New offshore wind hub jobs could be coming to Westchester, adjacent to Indian Point, Hudson Valley News

 

Solar

A different kind of flower power, Boston Globe

Solar energy farm subscribers in Maine can get a break on electric bills, CentralMaine.com

Two R.I. parking lot solar arrays approved in National Grid’s first-round renewable energy program, Providence Business News

Newark launches $10 million project to install solar panels, other energy efficiency upgrades, Newark Post

 

EVs

Effort for car-charging station shorts out in Lebanon, Valley News

NJ Planned to Help People Buy Electric Cars With a $5,000 Rebate. Now, Not So Much, NJ Spotlight

WoodMac: 54,000 Electric Trucks on US Roads by 2025, Greentech Media

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

New York City’s Hottest New Energy Fight, Huffington Post

How New York Can Shut Down Far More Fossil Peakers, Greentech Media

Trump administration scraps limits on methane leaks at oil and gas sites, Washington Post

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Maine Supreme Court rules CMP corridor referendum unconstitutional, Portland Press Herald

FERC staff to Congress: HV transmission essential to reducing carbon, deploying renewables, Utility Dive

Amid power outages, CEO of generator maker anticipates ‘massive change’ coming to the grid, CNBC

Isaias Shows Our ‘Dinosaur Energy System’ Isn’t Ready for Climate Change, Gizmodo

As Connecticut municipal leaders mull legal action over Eversource’s handling of Tropical Storm Isaias utility says final customers will get power back by midnight Thursday, Hartford Current

At Least 160,000 in New York Region Have No Power Six Days After Isaias, Bloomberg

What Isaias Laid Bare about the East Coast’s Progress — or Lack of — on Energy Resilience, Microgrid Knowledge

State officials considering new performance-based regulation system for energy companies, WTNH (CT)

Lingering Outages After Isaias May Prompt BPU to Speed Rollouts of Smart Meters, NJ Spotlight

Sen. Heinrich, 12 Senate Democrats Request That FERC Provide Smart-Grid Technology Deployment Incentives to Reduce Consumer Costs, Improve Transmission, Energy Central

Maine regulators approve double-digit rate cut for Versant customers starting next month, Bangor Daily News

Majority of Guilderland council approves buried NYC power cable to run along rail line, Altamont Enterprise

 

Opinion/Editorial

Are New Transmission Projects Contributing to Clean Energy?, Energy Central

Why floating turbines are so important to Maine’s offshore wind prospects, Energy Central

Dan Haar: Where’s Jim Judge, the invisible Eversource boss?, Middletown Press

RGGI will not benefit Pennsylvania | Opinion, PennLive

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