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Energy News for week ending January 17, 2020

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Happy Friday afternoon folks.

While today actually feels like winter, the trend over the past decade has been toward warmer temperatures. From the AP in the New York Times, “The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records. “If you think you’ve heard this story before, you haven’t seen anything yet,” Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said at the close of a decade plagued by raging wildfires, melting ice and extreme weather that researchers have repeatedly tied to human activity. Schmidt said Earth as a whole is probably the hottest it has been during the Holocene — the past 11,500 years or so — meaning this could be the warmest period since the dawn of civilization. But scientists’ estimates of ancient global temperatures, based on tree rings, ice cores and other telltale signs, are not precise enough to say that with certainty. The 2010s averaged 58.4 degrees Fahrenheit (14.7 degrees Celsius) worldwide, or 1.4 degrees (0.8 C) higher than the 20th century average and more than one-third of a degree (one-fifth of a degree C) warmer than the previous decade, which had been the hottest on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

Climate change is giving Connecticut energy leaders second thoughts about staying with the regional electric grid. From WNPR, “The state’s commissioner of energy and environmental protection said Wednesday that Connecticut is being forced to invest in natural gas plants it doesn’t want or need. Katie Dykes’ comments on the future of Connecticut’s energy policy came up during a forum at Trinity College, and they come as the legislature prepares to convene next month. Speaking to a crowd at the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Dykes said a ‘lack of leadership’ at ISO New England, which oversees the regional power grid, is hindering the state’s fight against climate change. ‘We are at the mercy of a regional capacity market that is driving investment in more natural gas and fossil fuel power plants that we don’t want and we don’t need,’ Dykes said. ‘This is forcing us to take a serious look at the cost and benefits of participating in the ISO New England markets.’ The department has scheduled a meeting on the issue for Wednesday, Jan. 22.”

The last highlight for this week comes from the Cape Cod Times, “State officials are taking the first steps toward having a single underwater transmission line that could feed electricity generated by multiple offshore wind farms into the regional power grid. The Department of Energy Resources is asking for comments on the idea of it putting out to bid ‘offshore wind energy transmission sufficient to deliver energy generation procured under’ a 2018 clean energy law that signaled Massachusetts’ intent to pursue enough additional renewable energy to double its amount of possible offshore wind power. The department will accept all comments, but is particularly interested in thoughts on ‘the general cost and benefits of coordinated offshore wind transmission for the region and/or a potential independent transmission procurement in Massachusetts.’…One primary transmission system ‘has the potential benefit of minimizing impacts on fisheries, optimizing the transmission grid, and reducing costs,’ a department report concluded.”

That’s the recap for this week. Stay warm, be careful in tomorrow’s snowstorm, and have a great weekend!


Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Natural gas prices in 2019 were the lowest in the past three years

UPDATE: Technicians going door to door restoring gas after major leak in Salem (NH), Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts holding hearings on gas disaster, Eagle Tribune

2020 outlook: Natural gas faces regulatory, environmental scrutiny but still wants role in carbon-free grid, Utility Dive

Green hydrogen could price gas out of power markets by 2050, Energy Voice

Ashland Conservation Commission, citing impact on wetlands, denies Eversource pipe plan, MetroWest Daily News

15 states oppose Trump plan to allow LNG shipments by rail, AP

BlackRock to sell $500 million in coal investments in climate change push, CBS News

Communities weigh closing off gas hookups, Eagle-Tribune

Residents fume as Nat Grid builds north Brooklyn pipeline, Brooklyn Paper

Rep. Joe Kennedy Still Pushing For Answers On Controversial Weymouth Gas Compressor Project, WGBH

Weymouth: Protest Continue at Fore River Compressor Station Site, WATD-FM

Arsenic near Weymouth compressor site ‘not imminent hazard’, Wicked Local

Nine more arrested in compressor station protest, Patriot Ledger



Straus says TCI is getting in the way, CommonWealth Magazine

Mills becomes latest governor to express concern about regional fuel pact, Boston Globe

NH Gov. Sununu predicts TCI failure, as Mass Legislature floats Plan B, Boston Herald

DeLeo doesn’t see ‘a whole lot of support’ for a regional climate pact, Boston Globe

Transportation and Climate Initiative: Caution lights are flashing, New Hampshire Union Leader

New England governors keep signaling second thoughts about Charlie Baker’s climate plan, Boston.com

State’s top environmental official tries to keep climate accord alive, Lowell Sun


Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Fever Chart: Earth Had Its Hottest Decade on Record in 2010s, New York Times

U.S. clean energy investment hits new record despite Trump administration views, Reuters

How A Climate Change Nonprofit Got Eversource Thinking About A Geothermal Future, WBUR

This is what energy resilience could look like, GreenBiz

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates, The Guardian

What would a $10 per ton carbon price mean for the Northeast?, Utility Dive

Three-Quarters of New US Generating Capacity in 2020 Will Be Renewable, EIA Says, Greentech Media

Cambridge businesses back Carbon Pricing, Wicked Local

Give Kids the Money From Carbon Taxes, New Republic

What is ‘clean’ or ‘green’ energy? Definitions differ across regions., Kennebec Journal

Why Cutting Car and Truck Emissions Is So Hard, Pew Charitable Trusts

Transmission Emerging as Major Stumbling Block for State Renewable Targets, Greentech Media

New York says new renewables financing option to reduce developers’ financial risk, save $4.6B, Utility Dive



State seeks feedback on offshore transmission tie-in line, Cape Cod Times

New York’s next offshore wind tender to bring at least 1 GW, Renewables Now

Land deal could mean a wind farm coming to Claremont, Valley News

Lowest cost wind price remains under wraps, Herald News

Mayflower Wind, without contract, moving ahead, CommonWealth Magazine

Offshore wind energy giants form global ‘action coalition,’ Energy Live News

Top wind company Ørsted to open innovation hub in Providence, Boston Globe

Solar is the world’s fastest-growing source of renewable energy. Here’s why one of Europe’s largest hedge funds is betting on wind instead., Business Insider

Town of Sanford wind farm meeting gets emotional. Here’s what was said., (NY) Press Connects



Stamford solar power company gets $10.2 million financing package, New Haven Register

Solar projects continue to pay off for towns and developers, southcoasttoday.com

City of Augusta, Greater Augusta Utility District look to go solar, Portland Press Herald

Net metering emerges as latest Statehouse battlefront, Keene Sentinel


Energy Efficiency/Storage

Cuomo: Additional $2 billion in utility energy efficiency & building electrification initiatives to combat climate change, Niagara Frontier

What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy Storage Manufacturing Powerhouse?, Greentech Media

Battery storage facility coming to New Windsor, Record Online

Trump Says Water Efficiency Standards Mean Showers, Toilets and Dishwashers Don’t Work Properly, Newsweek

What makes Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings Market Outperforming its Substitutes, MarketWatch

Eversource challenges students to showcase their energy smarts, Revere Journal

Energy Department Launches Challenge for Next-Gen Storage Technologies, NextGov



New Jersey sets high standard with passage of EV incentive bill, advocates say, Utility Dive

North Shore towns power up with Bolts, charging stations, Salem News



Decommissioning contract awarded, Machinery Market

Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk?, The New Yorker

Holtec faces tough questions about Indian Point teardown at first public meeting in Buchanan, LoHud

Nuclear Decommissioning panel to NorthStar: Start paying, Brattleboro Reformer

Canada Sends Nuclear Power Plant Warning to Millions — Before Admitting It Was an ‘Error’, YAHOO!

Nuclear safety advocacy group C-10 moves to Amesbury, Wicked Local



Conn. Energy Head Taking ‘A Serious Look’ At Exiting Regional Power Market, WNPR

Stop & Shop, Major Northeast Grocery Store Chain, to Install 40 Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge

Grassroots Push for Microgrid on Maine Island, Microgrid Knowledge

Electricity bill could drop $150 a year for Nashua residents under new plan, New Hampshire Union Leader

Timeline: Central Maine Power’s project permit woes, Kennebec Journal

Hydro-Quebec Could Face Fine For Late Disclosure Of Efforts To Sway Maine Voters On CMP Project, Maine Public

Group backing CMP power line wins support of former environmental leaders, Portland Press Herald

In Maine’s North Woods, unplugged back-to-landers foresee irreparable harm to trout from power corridor, Kennebec Journal

In an isolated Inuit community, concern is strong over water toxins from hydropower expansion, Sun Journal

Hydro-Québec and NB Power sign electricity purchase agreement, Electrical Business



Gov. Lamont shamefully defies FOI laws, The Day

Douglas Rooks: Maine’s long quest for public power, Press Herald

U.S. Leadership Needed to Fight Climate Change, Bloomberg

Too much focus on gas tax, when corporations should do more, Boston Globe

Our View: We should heed warnings on climate change, Portland Press Herald

Here’s Something: CMP line poses a dilemma for environmentalists, Portland Press Herald

Letter: N.H. needs a governor strong on climate change, Eagle-Tribune

Editorial: A lackluster approach to green energy, Concord Monitor

Column: Australia shows us the road to climate hell, Hartford Courant

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Energy News for week ending May 12, 2017

Sandisfield, Massachusetts, population 915, has found itself in the news no fewer than five times this week. Why? It’s home to part of the Otis State Forest that is the new home of a natural gas pipeline. Some folks are unhappy about the pipeline so they protested and were arrested (Recorder). Then they built a protest cabin (Berkshire Eagle). And now, they are fighting for their day in court, by asking to be charged with more serious offenses (Berkshire Eagle). After reviewing the situation, DigBoston offers its take on how others can get a pipeline built in four easy steps as they say was done at the Otis State Forest.

Speaking of pipelines, the ProJo offers us a glimpse at how National Grid hunts down gas pipeline leaks in Rhode Island.

There are many renewable stories this week. For the curious, the BBJ asks (and gets answers for) just what is that thing on top of GE’s headquarters? CommonWealth Magazine reports a big international energy player is jumping into the competition for offshore wind power contracts with Massachusetts. Through a company in which it is the major shareholder, Iberdrola S.A., a Spain-based energy giant, is buying a 50 percent stake in Vineyard Wind, one of three companies likely to bid on the Bay State’s offshore wind contracts.

Power Engineering reports that total U.S. electrical generation is set to fall 1.2 percent in 2017 before rebounding by 1.9 percent the next year, according to the latest short-term energy forecast from the Energy Information Administration. Even with the decline, residential electricity prices are expected to increase 2.4 percent in 2017 and another 2.3 percent in 2018.

Lastly, the good news is that for this summer, Utility DIVE reports that the Northeast Power Coordinating Council says the region will have enough power. However, the retirement of one of the largest coal- and oil-fired power plants in New England could put a premium on imports for the region in order to maintain reliability during extreme weather events this summer.

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

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Sandisfield residents upset over backyard pipeline, wwlp.com

Pipeline protests lead to more arrests, The Recorder

Pipeline resistance builds as ‘Thoreau’ protest cabin goes up in Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Pipeline opponents vow to fight effort to reduce charges in Otis protests, Berkshire Eagle

How to build a natural gas pipeline in Mass in four easy steps, DigBoston

Town Draws Suit for Blocking Energy Firm’s Expansion, Courthouse News Service

Emails Show Spectra Lobbyists Cozy With Top Massachusetts Environmental Officials, DeSmog

Pipeline spill by Dakota Access company could have a ‘deadly effect’, Washington Post

Ohio officials: it will take decades for wetlands to recover after major pipeline fluid spill, ThinkProgress

Rhode Island tribe opposing Massachusetts pipeline claims FERC dropped ball on ceremonial stone landscapes, MassLive.com

Grafton town meeting puts opposition to pipeline on record, Worcester Telegram

Dakota Access pipeline suffers oil leak even before becoming operational, RT

DAPL pipeline owner blocked in Ohio after 18 leaks, 2 million gallon spill, Bismarck Tribune

How National Grid in RI hunts down leaks, The Providence Journal

Senate Defends Climate, Health by Voting Down Methane Resolution, Common Dreams

Renewable Energy

State tour on climate change and clean energy starts on Cape Cod, Cape Cod Times

Committee Kills Anti-Offshore Wind Turbine Bill, Freepress Online

Vineyard Wind brings in a big player, CommonWealth magazine

Richmond approves 23-acre solar installation with nearly 18000 panels, Westerly Sun

Antrim Wind project gets go-ahead again, could be appeal to NH Supreme Court be forthcoming, Keene Sentinel

Avangrid subsidiary gets 50 percent stake in Atlantic wind farm project, New Haven Register

Tesla starts selling solar roof; says savings to cover costs, CT Post

Vermont Renewable Energy Company Bought by St. Louis Firm, U.S. News & World Report

Hanover Becomes First New Hampshire Town to Commit to 100 Percent Renewable Energy, Energy Central

Connecticut Utility Regulator Issues Decision on CT Solar Lease, Energy Central

Massachusetts towns ditch standard electric service to embrace green power, Wicked Local Cambridge

Lawmakers vote against moving UMaine wind project farther from Monhegan, Portland Press Herald

Here’s How Much a Tesla Solar Roof Will Cost You (and How Long It Will Last), Greentech Media

Just what is that thing on top of GE’s headquarters?, Boston Business Journal

Committee Set to Vote on Bill to Preserve Solar Incentives, Freepress Online

How Mainers keep finding new sources of energy, Bangor Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Cambridge, Eversource partner to launch energy pilot, Wicked Local Cambridge

US Air Force Makes A $243 Million Energy Efficiency Pitch, CleanTechnica

Kenyon International Makes Moves to Become More Energy Efficient, Patch.com

Efficiency Vermont proposes 5% rate decrease, Vermont Biz


NRC issues Pilgrim inspection report, Cape Cod Times

US Energy Chief Touts Nuclear Energy, Vows Cleanup Progress, U.S. News & World Report

Why Nuclear Energy Doesn’t Dominate the Globe, Popular Mechanics

Millstone bill clears a committee hurdle, theday.com

Coalition wants state to reject part of Vermont Yankee plan, Brattleboro Reformer

Yankee suitor: Public shouldn’t see ‘highly confidential’ plans, vtdigger.org

How is Vermont Yankee being kept safe?, wwlp.com

DHHS: No common cause in pediatric cancer cluster, Seacoastonline.com


In Massachusetts, utilities take a collaborative approach to EV infrastructure, Utility DIVE

Trump FERC Nominees Bring Certainty for Pipeline Development, Less Certainty for Distributed Energy, Greentech Media

Massachusetts Kicks off New Microgrid Effort. Offers Grants for Microgrid Feasibility Studies, Microgrid Knowledge

Eversource Earnings Up, Northern Pass Seen on Schedule, RTO Insider

Eversource plans to lower electricity rates for summer, MassLive.com

Eversource projecting 1.4% increase in electric bills, The Union Leader

Southbury Eversource Customers to Pay More for Power, Patch.com

NH House panel shelves long-term power deal legislation, New Hampshire Business Review

Northern Pass land purchases questioned, The Union Leader

U.S. Electrical Generation to Decline in 2017, Power Engineering

National Grid Taps AutoGrid for Multi-State Demand Response and Distributed Energy Software, Greentech Media

Mary Powell Is Not Your Typical Utility Executive, Greentech Media

NPCC: Northeast has sufficient power supplies to meet demand this summer, Utility DIVE


An ill wind blows in Augusta, Bangor Daily News

Kathy Sullivan: Hearings reveal true costs of Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Letter: On Northern Pass, a visitor’s perspective, Concord Monitor

Massachusetts should raise its net energy metering caps, pv magazine USA

Robert Thorson: Climate Change And The Nuclear Power Riddle, Hartford Courant

Granite State Debates — Hunter Carbee: Biomass is a foundation of rural NH’s economy, Union Leader

Juliet Cuming: Renewable energy proud, vtdigger.org

Economy can grow under solar industry, Foster’s Daily Democrat

The downside of renewables, CommonWealth Magazine

Wind turbines are neither clean nor green and they provide zero global energy, WindWatch.org

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Energy News for week ending April 28, 2017

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline opponents poised for peaceful protest Friday at Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network seeks rehearing by FERC, Berkshire Eagle

Lawmakers blast air quality plan for Weymouth compressor station, The Patriot Ledger

Gas pipeline foes file to halt start of construction, The Recorder

Tensions build before pipeline built in Massachusetts forest, Boston.com

Chamber of Commerce: Northeast pipeline constraints are a $7.6B drag on GDP, Utility Dive

Area legislators prod state regulators to act quickly on Berkshire Gas Moratorium, MassLive.com

Council Urged To Ban Fracking Waste, Hartford Courant

Renewable Energy

Offshore Wind Test Project “Dead in the Water” If Bill Passes, Freepress Online

RGGI will cut more carbon — but by how much?, E&E News

Questions for: ‘Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal’, New York Times

Renewable Energy Could be Cash Cow for RI Farms, ecoRI news

Environment Council of Rhode Island outlines legislative priorities, RI Future

Milford Schools Extend Solar Plans: Report, Patch.com

Solar & Single-Payer Bills Come to Augusta, Freepress Online

Massachusetts governor makes a push for solar and low-income access to renewables, PV-Tech

Not exactly a breeze: Offshore wind still faces challenges, SouthCoastToday.com

Ancient technology in Meriden’s Hanover Pond dam begins generating electricity, Meriden Record-Journal

Falmouth wins turbine nuisance case, Cape Cod Times

Energy Efficiency

How killing Energy Star could benefit Trump financially, Los Angeles Times

Energy industry turns to CT colleges for worker pipeline, Hartford Business

Proposed Massachusetts efficiency, clean energy programs shoot for low-income access, Utility Dive

Liberty Utilities Gives $6M to Customers for Energy Efficiency, Wins Award, Patch.com

Connecticut Green Bank promotes cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy, New Haven Register

Vt. ranked second in nation for clean energy momentum, progress, Mountaintimes


NRC grants safety upgrade exemption to Massachusetts’s Pilgrim nuclear plant, Daily Energy Insider

Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power, Bloomberg

On 3-1 vote, Georgetown selectmen back letter to NRC, The Daily News of Newburyport

Vermont Yankee cleanup partner stops work on nuclear dump, vtdigger.org

Nuclear Activists Raise Concerns Over Vermont Yankee Quick Fix, Valley Advocate


Massachusetts carbon fee would save $2.9 billion in health costs over two decades, study finds, MassLive.com

Underwater power cable work may impact fishermen, Gloucester Daily Times

New diet for electricity, SouthCoastToday.com

ISO New England: Managing Power Grid Operations This Summer, (press release) POWER magazine

ISO-NE Study Projects Impact of $64/ton Carbon Price, RTO Insider

PUC will not reconsider Eversource deal for buying a portion of Northern Pass’s power, Union Leader

Protect Sudbury sues MBTA over Eversource records, MetroWest Daily News

GMP ranked Number 10 for most energy storage installed in nation, Vermont Biz

Connecticut’s Latest Microgrid and Fuel Cell Project Goes Live in Hartford, Microgrid Knowledge

Islanders rally against Eversource proposed rate hikes, herbicide use, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Hundreds circle NH Statehouse to protest Northern Pass, NH1 News

Laying a road map for states, liberal senators introduce bill to end U.S. fossil fuel use by 2050, Washington Post


Our Opinion: FERC must be heard from on pipeline concerns, Berkshire Eagle

Liz Gamache: Earth Day Starts In Our Homes, Caledonian Record

FREEMAN: Against the Northern Pass line, Yale Daily News

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Energy News for week ending October 28, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

PJM, ISO-NE: Gas pipeline opposition could put power reliability at risk, Utility DIVE

Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New YSPH Study Finds, Yale News

Berkshire Gas proposes major new distribution main to lift moratorium in upper Pioneer Valley, MassLive

Clean Energy Proposals Move Forward as Algonquin Gas Expansion is Dealt a Setback, WNPR

Five senators call for halt of Dakota Access pipeline, The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headline

Oklahoma, Pennsylvania pipelines spill oil and gasoline over weekend, RT

Burrillville Power Plant Tax Vote: Deal or No Deal?, ecoRI news

Gas pipeline dealt possibly fatal blow, CommonWealth Magazine

Renewable Energy

Large Maine Companies to Get Millions Back in Cap-and-Trade Payments, Maine Public Radio

Connecticut Gets Federal Grant To Improve Solar Access For Low- and Moderate-Income Homeowners, Hartford Courant

New Hampshire consumer advocate floats net metering successor with TOU credits, Utility DIVE

The “Time is Now” for Offshore Wind in the United States, Renewable Energy World

Report: Renewable energy projects up globally, Press Herald

Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal, BBC News

MA, CT, and RI to negotiate wind, solar deals, CommonWealth Magazine

New England makes green choice, reNews

Ranger Solar beats CMP and Emera Maine on clean-energy bid, Mainebiz

Maine wind power and transmission projects lose out, Press Herald

Offshore Wind Site Investigations Kicking Off In Massachusetts, North American Windpower

Report: U.S. Can Develop 86 GW of Offshore Wind, Power Engineering Magazine

State releases two studies showing wind turbines no threat to wildlife, SouthCoastToday.com

R.I.’s Deepwater Wind the focus of national wind energy conference, The Providence Journal

R.I. Gov. Raimondo picked to lead wind, solar coalition, Fall River Herald News

UPDATE 2-DONG Energy may jettison oil and gas in latest wind shift, Reuters

Natick solar program sets state record, MetroWest Daily News

Journey of the Brave Tern – A Look at the Vessel That Helped Build the Block Island Wind Farm, Renewable Energy World

Energy Efficiency

R.I. firm, National Grid forge deal on energy-efficiency technology, The Providence Journal

IoT Opens Door to Energy Efficiency — Not Just in Large Buildings, Forbes

Vermont Gas and Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative Team Up on Energy Efficiency Effort (press release), VTdigger.org

Brookfield Residents Show Commitment to Energy Efficiency, Patch.com


NRC gives Entergy good grades, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Feds endorse Vermont Yankee fuel, waste handling, vtdigger.org

Groups aim to halt Texas nuclear waste facility, The Hill

Power generators sue New York state over nuclear plant subsidies, MassLive.com

Nuclear and natural gas in tug of war over energy future, Albany Times Union

Plymouth: Preparing for the Decommissioning of Pilgrim Power Plant, 95.9 WATD


Customers Spend 8 Minutes per Year Interacting Online With Their Utility, Greentech Media

New England says no to natural gas, yes to renewables, EENews.net

Vermont study says no to purchase of hydroelectric dams, PennEnergy

Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project, Microgrid Knowledge

2 main Vermont governor candidates differ sharply on energy, PennEnergy

New Hampshire officials open new wood biomass heating plant, Biomass Magazine

Rural America’s First Mobile Home Microgrid Community, Microgrid Knowledge

Sudbury residents vow to battle transmission line plan, Boston Globe

Shareholders sue to stop Spectra merger with Enbridge, FuelFix

Pawtucket, National Grid in a standoff on purchase of streetlights, Valley Breeze

National Grid powers up an increase in rates, Daily Item

Wallingford residents criticize Eversource tree-cutting plans, New Haven Register

Maine paper mills to get bulk of $3M in aid from carbon auction cash, Bangor Daily News

MRECo receives FERC permit for tidal energy test site, HydroWorld


We could all breathe easier by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Press Herald

Editorial: Berkshire Gas, decide quickly, The Recorder

‘Devastation’ of power plant doubted, Valley Breeze

Measuring the impact of offshore wind, hydro, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending April 15, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

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

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

Massachusetts Attorney General Files Opposition on Pipeline Injunction Request, WNPR

DPU gets earful at Dracut gas pipeline hearing, Lowell Sun

Raimondo Committed to Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewable Energy

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

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

Massachusetts Solar Net Metering Decision Is A Mixed Bag, CleanTechnica

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

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

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

Church to showcase solar power, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Wind studies met with skepticism in Grafton, Commons

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

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

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

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

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

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

Energy Efficiency

Measuring success in energy-efficiency financing, GreenBiz

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

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

Bangor Council Approves Energy Efficiency Pilot Program, WABI


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

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

Feds want more details on Vermont Yankee water, Vermont Biz


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

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

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

Eversource CEO Retiring; CFO Named Replacement, RTO Insider

Chamber ends longtime opposition to Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Local power companies seek even playing field, Lowell Sun

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

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

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

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

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Energy News for week ending February 19, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Battle over using electric rates to build gas pipelines is launched with Eversource request, Concord Monitor

Pipeline bills taking a beating in NH Legislature, The Keene Sentinel

Pipeline foes block tree-cutters at maple syrup farm in Pennsylvania, MassLive

Climate activists and pipeline protesters turn to civil disobedience in the Northeast, Grist

Greenfield pipeline protesters say Berkshire Gas moratorium is ‘bogus’, MassLive

Pipeline project part of larger energy picture in the region, The Keene Sentinel

Residents urge selectmen to pursue appeal of FERC decision, Wicked Local Westwood

Dedham Selectmen vote to appeal FERC denial, Wicked Local Roslindale

Kinder Morgan: Barron’s Is Wrong, The Buffett Investment is a Huge Deal, Seeking Alpha

Renewable Energy

DeLeo is the reason solar is on hold, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Congressional action could affect Massachusetts’ solar net metering debate, MassLive

Wood Chips and Splinters in RI’s Renewables Plan, ecoRI news

Trends Favor Cheaper Offshore Wind Power, Coastal Review Online

Deepwater scores for New England, reNews

Dong Energy takes over US offshore wind project (press release), Offshore Wind Industry

A progressive wind energy project, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

As solar power grows in Maine, so does tension over its future shape and direction, Press Herald

Report cites untapped solar power potential of big-box rooftops, Boston Business Journal

Editorial: Color us green, The Providence Journal

Local lawmakers to hold information session in Acton on solar energy, The Boston Globe

Activists demand climate plan updates, Yale Daily News

Political debate stalls Tyngsboro landfill solar plan, Lowell Sun

UI, Eversource pitch renewable energy projects to DEEP, New Haven Register

Energy Efficiency

RI State officials praise demand for energy efficiency funding, Turn to 10

Hospitals speak out against energy efficiency cuts, WLBZ2.com

City puts its faith in clean energy, Westfair Communications


NRC Creates Web Page on Increased Oversight of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, (press release) NRC

Vermont Yankee security changes endorsed by feds, Commons News

NEI points to success in market reforms, but says more work to be done, SNL News


State legislators discuss Massachusetts’ role in combating climate change, Tufts Daily

After city spends $1.37 million on legal fees, council continues Brockton Power fight, The Enterprise

17 governors sign pledge to modernize US power grid, Utility Dive

Demand-Side Resources Can Be Cheaper Than Large Infrastructure Upgrades, Greentech Media

Kennedy, Markey push to give consumer more say in electric bills, Sun Chronicle

Moody’s raises concerns in wake of power auction, CommonWealth Magazine

Bill Would Force Review of a Split FERC’s Inaction, RTO Insider

Officials say New England will have enough energy through 2020, WCVB Boston

150 file petitions for intervenor status on Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

NRG Clears Auction Process, Sandwich Sentinel

Boston Identifies Dozens of Potential Microgrid Sites in Major Community Energy Study, Microgrid Knowledge

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Energy News for week ending February 5, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Kinder Morgan’s pipe dream is economic nightmare, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Warren calls out FERC on pipeline, The Recorder

Deerfield warning Kinder Morgan about trespassing workers, WWLP

Tennessee Gas Pipeline puts forth deceptive figures (opinion), Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Andover gets aggressive in gas pipeline fight, Andover Townsman

Trade Group Exec Says New England Power Generators Failing to Secure Long-term Gas Contracts, Natural Gas Intelligence

Mayor Walsh To Appeal Federal Regulators’ Decision On West Roxbury Pipeline, WBUR

Acushnet Town Counsel: feds will have final say on LNG, South Coast Today

Energy Board Boots Several Power Plant Opponents, EcoRI.org

Renewable Energy

The Coming Sea Change In Meeting New England’s Energy Needs, WBUR

New England states team up on green energy needs, The Providence Journal

Rival hydro providers team up to make push for Mass. legislation, The Boston Globe

Global Offshore Wind Market Sets Record In 2015, North American Windpower

SunEd proposes 600MW wind farm in Maine bonanza, Recharge

Town of Bourne files suit against Plymouth turbines, Cape Cod Times

Giant offshore wind turbine will feature blades longer than two football fields, Treehugger

Climate Change: New England Forest Soil Altered, Shifted, Science World Report

Connecticut solar energy advocates laud partnership, West Hartford News

Smizik: Massachusetts solar leadership at risk, (Opinion) MetroWest Daily News

Gov. Baker unveils $15M solar, renewable energy plan, Lowell Sun

Wind power critics upset by scale of newly proposed Maine projects, Portland Press Herald

Energy Efficiency

Green Light: National Grid gets efficiency go-ahead, Smart Grid News

Clinton rolls out energy efficiency plan, The Hill

Aaron Nicodemus: Polar’s search for low-cost power a prime example of statewide dilemma, Worcester Telegram

I-Team: Customer Complaints Raise Questions About Mass Save Contractor Oversight, CBS Boston

Vermont Gas designated Energy Efficiency Utility, vtdigger.org

Use savings to save more, Rutland Herald

Do These 10 Green Appliances Actually Save You Money?, Wise Bread


Closing This Nuclear Plant Could Cause an Environmental Disaster, Mother Jones

Seabrook Station graces cover of town report, Newburyport Daily News

NRC Gives Thumbs Up To Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Plans, WAMC


Congressional subcommittee hears Kennedy bill to give ratepayers chance to review electricity rate decisions, The Herald News

ISO-NE Could See Worse Supply Crunch in 2 Years, RTO Insider

Footprint Power CEO gives update on Salem Power Plant, Wicked Local Gloucester

Manchester wants in on Northern Pass process, The Union Leader

DOE announces public hearings for Northern Pass Transmission project, The Union Leader

Students spearhead Energize RI legislation, new carbon tax, The Brown Daily Herald

‘Low’ energy prices still highest in the nation, Worcester Telegram

Report shows reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, The New Hampshire

Blumenthal raises concerns about Eversource’s Greenwich substation plan, Greenwich Time

Massachusetts Issues RFI for Community Microgrid Grants, Microgrid Knowledge

Environmental League of Massachusetts targets power utilities like Eversource in ad campaign, MassLive

ISO-NE Chief: New England 2 years away from potential supply shortage, Utility Drive

Energy Coalition Says Rhode Island Needs A Carbon Tax, RIPR

Oil-fired power generation in Northeast US well behind 2015 levels, Platts.com

Medway: Exelon files final environmental report, MetroWest Daily News

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Energy News for week ending October 2, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

In New England, Shale Gas is Hard to Get, Wall Street Journal

State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg says energy officials made gas pipeline promises during trip to Washington, Masslive.com

National Grid to lift hookup moratorium in 2019, Cape Cod Times

In fight over pipelines, US usually gets its way, Boston Globe

Kinder Morgan announces new customers for proposed NED gas pipeline, MassLive

Kinder Morgan extols pipeline benefits as Sen. Rosenberg meets with FERC to express constituents’ concerns, MassLive

Construction begins in West Roxbury on gas pipeline, Wicked Local West Roxbury

West Roxbury residents object to gas pipeline project, The Boston Globe

Hundreds Gather to Protest Spectra’s Gas Pipeline Project, Patch.com

‘A moving target’ with an ever-changing route, Sentinel & Enterprise

Energy company changes natural gas pipeline route, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Natural gas prices down, WickedLocal Woburn

Energy Efficiency

Vermont gets over $1 million for state energy credits auction, Vermont Biz

Searching worldwide for ideas to reduce energy costs, (Op Ed) Biddeford – Saco – OOB Courier

Renewable Energy

North Shore advocates fight for Clean Energy, Wicked Local Danvers

Can the US Jump-Start Offshore Wind Power?, Scientific American

Block Island offshore wind farm will be America’s first, The Brown Daily Herald

Block Island Wind Farm, Power Technology

$2.5 million conservation fund set up in Bingham wind pact, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Falmouth Turbine Issue To Go Before Town Meeting Again, CapeCod.com News

Falmouth wind turbine to be shut down, Cape Cod Times

Bourne selectmen approve route for turbines traveling from New Bedford, SouthCoastToday.com

Baker backing renewable energy bills, Worcester Telegram

Hearing Tuesday on Baker’s hydropower bill comes amid debate over renewable energy, MassLive

The Future’s So Bright, BangorMetro

Big utilities enter market for small rooftop solar, CT Post

State finds Dudley Planning Board illegally discussed solar farm behind closed doors, Worcester Telegram


Tough times, no easy answers for Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, Boston Globe

Anti-Pilgrim argument relies on misleading logic, (opinion) Cape Cod Times

Seabrook Station poses a serious risk, The Daily News of Newburyport

Lower Nuclear Output, Humidity Boost Eastern U.S. Power Prices, Bloomberg


A tale of two transmission lines, New Hampshire Business Review

Time to end New England’s energy isolation, (opinion) The Boston Globe

Green Groups Push for Microgrid-Friendly Bill in Massachusetts, Microgrid Knowledge

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 2 “The Present”, CleanTechnica

Baker says state is at energy crossroads, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: National Grid project affects many parts of Salem, (opinion) The Salem News

State Profiles: Highest/Lowest Electric Rates, Electric Choice (blog)

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