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Energy News for week ending May 3, 2019

Energy Efficiency: MBTA & Goodwill | Too Warm for Winter Sports  

We are closing out the week with some good news on the energy efficiency front and some not so good news for outdoor skating rinks and other winter sports.

A new $40 million project in partnership with Eversource and National Grid will make the MBTA more energy efficient. MassLive reports that ‘the projects are expected to save the MBTA $2.7 million a year on energy costs, while reducing the MBTA’s electricity use by 7 percent — or an amount equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 4,000 Massachusetts homes.

The projects will include installing high-efficiency LED lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.’

And Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut is partnering with Eversource to make 17 of its facilities more energy efficient. It is estimated that Goodwill will save more than $148k in annual energy costs.  Check out the story in NA Energy for more info.

Sports Illustrated has an important piece on how climate change is impacting outdoor skating rinks, ice fisherman and the snows sports industry.  ‘Data collected by RinkWatch, a citizen science project, indicates that the number of high-quality skateable days in Toronto has dropped precipitously in the last few decades. From the late 1950s to the early ’80s, Toronto averaged between 35 and 42 of those days; recently, that number has fallen by 25%.’

Have a wonderful weekend!

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

The Next Frontier for Demand Response: Natural Gas, Greentech Media

Columbia Gas’ New President Talks About His Vision For Leading The Company After Disaster, WBUR

900 MW Invenergy natural gas plant faces uncertain future in ISO NE, Utility Dive

Columbia Gas settles lawsuit with Lawrence family who lost home, suffered injuries in 2018 gas disaster, MassLive

Cost for Merrimack Valley gas disaster could hit $1B, New Hamsphire Union Leader

National Grid seeking to raise natural gas rates nearly 7 percent, Newsday

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Winter Is Going: How Climate Change Is Imperiling Outdoor Sporting Heritage, Sports Illustrated

Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change?, New York Times

Baker admin taking the lead on carbon pricing effort, CommonWealth Magazine

Janet Mills proposes 27-member climate change council, Bangor Daily News

Lawsuit accusing ExxonMobil of ignoring risks from climate change moves forward, PRI

Bill aims to fight climate change, save forests, The Recorder

Wind

Cape Cod Commission review of Vineyard Wind underway, Cape Cod Times

Otis residents favor ban on commercial wind turbines, Ellsworth American

Wind developer offers to conserve land to lessen turbines’ threat to birds, Bangor Daily News

The Northeast leads the country in net-metered wind electricity generation capacity, EIA

Solar

Some Massachusetts Forestland Is Being Clear-cut To Put Up Solar Farms, WGBH

Tiverton Farm Receives $20k Grant For Solar Panels, Patch

Peck Electric Announces Seven Vermont Solar Projects, Solar Industry

City approves solar deal worth $900,000 annually, Valley Breeze

Titan Energy, The Town Of Scotland And Greenskies Renewable Energy Complete Solar Array At Scotland, Patch

Efficiency/Storage

$40 million project will make MBTA more energy efficient, MassLive

Eversource Partners with Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut to Help Them Save Money and Energy at 17 Locations, NA Clean Energy

Environmental Groups Add To Pressure For Energy Storage Tax Boost, Forbes

Buying an energy-efficient home is a financially bright idea, USA Today

Nuclear

NRC says Vermont Yankee cask maker violated safety regulations, VTDigger

Closing Pilgrim, WBUR

Global Nuclear Power Market is likely to generate a demand of USD 205.2 billion by 2024, while actuating at a CAGR of 8.9%, Marketwatch

Georgia Power’s parent: After Vogtle, no new nuclear until maybe 2040, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Gov. Mills proposes climate council to pursue emissions, energy goals, Portland Press Herald

In Madbury: Eversource updates selectmen on Seacoast Reliability Project, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Eversource Energy : Seeks Approval for System Reliability and Clean Energy Investments, Marketscreener

Massachusetts Energy Secretary Matt Beaton will be replaced by WMass native Kathleen Theoharides, MassLive

Ongoing debate over 147-mile CMP line in Maine, The Free Press

Editorial/Opinion

MBTA’s electrification priorities stuck in traffic, CommonWealth Magazine

Maine Voices: CMP plan will allow us to cut emissions while maintaining robust economy, Press Herald

Get the most out of offshore wind revolution, The Day

Delbert Reed: CMP’s proposal really is a good deal for Mainers, Sun Journal

Column: Columbia Gas works to rebuild trust, infrastructure in Massachusetts, Eagle Tribune

 

 

 

 

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Energy News for week ending April 5, 2019

IMBY| Maine Boost| Duck Hunting

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

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

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

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

Citizens speak out during Tennessee Gas Pipeline hearing, Reminder Publications

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

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

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

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

 

Wind

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

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

 

Solar

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

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

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

Massachusetts goes duck hunting, pv magazine USA

Rhode Island Sweetens Brownfield Solar Incentives, Solar Industry

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

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

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

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

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

 

Nuclear

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

US grid developer seeks offshore insights, renews.biz

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

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

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

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

Safety first, Eagle-Tribune

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

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

 

Editorial/Opinion

The Climate Needs Nuclear Power, Wall St. Journal

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

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

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

Do not bury solar energy in Connecticut, The CT Mirror

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

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

Viewpoint: Corridor would compromise forests, Mount Desert Islander

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Energy News for week ending March 29, 2019

Wind Round 2 | NH Unhappy with Nuclear Option | Service Recap

 

Happy Friday!

 

It’s been a very busy day so no big recap this week.  We just point your attention to these few stories:

Round 2 begins for the state’s offshore wind contest, Boston Globe

New Hampshire officials unhappy with neighbors’ nuclear option, New Hampshire Union Leader

Former Mass. DPU Chair Reflects on Service, RTO Insider

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline plan speak out at Longmeadow hearing, MassLive

National Grid slow to rebound after lockout, Patriot Ledger

ISO-NE files short-term fuel security plan to relieve gas constraints, Utility Dive

Summit Natural Gas rekindles interest in Farmingdale pipeline, Kennebec Journal

Grid steps up pressure to get state approval of undersea pipeline, Newsday

Can New York have a Green New Deal and a new fracked gas pipeline?, Grist

In blow to climate, coal plants emitted more than ever in 2018, Washington Post

Seismic Testing Approval Process Raises Concern About Impact On Right Whales, WBGH

Trump to sign executive order to speed up pipeline development, Axios

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Solar and wind firms call the ‘Green New Deal’ too extreme, Reuters

Climate change fears spur investment in carbon capture technology, Financial Times via the BBJ (subscriber content)

They Grew Up Around Fossil Fuels. Now, Their Jobs Are in Renewables, New York times

New Hampshire officials unhappy with neighbors’ nuclear option, New Hampshire Union Leader

Despite Favorable Political Winds, Scant Progress in NJ on Climate Change, NJ Spotlight

Where does US climate policy stand in 2019?, Brookings Institution

Legislature approves green energy bills, plastic restrictions, Foster’s Daily Democrat

PJM Members Welcome Carbon Pricing Talks, RTO Insider

Zoning commission considers new rules on green-energy systems, Ridgefield Press

 

Wind

Feds, fishermen reach understanding on wind, Gloucester Times

Round 2 begins for the state’s offshore wind contest, Boston Globe

Baker makes few changes in offshore wind RFP, CommonWealth Magazine

Martha’s Vineyard Turbine Cables Hearing Ends In Murky Waters, USA Patch

Mass. sets specifics for second offshore wind procurement, Southcoasttoday.com

Wind-energy companies pitch benefits for LI in bid for contract, Newsday

Offshore Wind Energy Market is Anticipated to Reach 81,000.0 MW by 2024, MarketWatch

The State Of The U.S. Offshore Wind Market, North American Windpower

Battery and offshore wind costs ‘tumble’, reNews

Big hitters join New York offshore alliance, reNews

Mass. sets specifics for second offshore wind procurement, Herald News

 

Solar

Hartland brownfield site sees a sunny future with solar farm, Valley News

Westerly council OKs solar ordinance, but some worry about effect on homeowners, Westerly Sun

How Co-ops Are Bringing Solar Power to Rural America, Scientific American

Greenskies completes 30th solar system for Town of Fairfield, Fairfield Citizen

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Trump Administration Flips Switch On Energy Efficient Light Bulbs, NPR

Dominion bows to pressure on energy efficiency spending, Washington Post

Energy-Guzzling Hospitals Find Ways to Cut Consumption and Costs, Greentech Media

Medford Revamping Its Energy System, USA Patch

National Grid customers cash in on millions in energy efficiency incentives, WPRI 12

Eversource Plans Battery Storage Facility in Provincetown, Cape Cod

 

Nuclear

40 Years After A Partial Nuclear Meltdown, A New Push To Keep Three Mile Island Open, KCUR

The Energy 202: Rick Perry calls expanding nuclear energy “the real” Green New Deal, Washington Post

Perry defends plan for Nevada nuclear-waste storage site, AP News

CEOs Say Preserving the Nuclear Power Fleet Is Imperative, Power Magazine

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Chamber: National Grid delays affecting manufacturers, development, Worcester Business Journal

New England Grid Operator Puzzles in Microgrids and Energy Storage: Regional Outlook, Microgrid Knowledge

Emera to sell Maine utility for $1.3B, completing 3-year fundraising plan, Utility Dive

Andover-based energy giant gobbles up Kansas renewable-development partner, Boston Business Journal

Former Mass. DPU Chair Reflects on Service, RTO Insider

Maine Lawmakers Revive Microgrid Bill as New Governor Creates a Pro-Green Climate, Microgrid Knowledge

Medford, Massachusetts Moves Forward with Microgrid to Reduce Demand Charges, Improve Resiliency, Microgrid Knowledge

Norwich Public Utilities proposes $93.7 million budget, no rate increases, The Day

Overheard at the NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable, RTO Insider

Food waste-to-energy company in talks with United Metro Energy to locate at EPCAL, RiverheadLOCAL

Unitil rebates will help school recoup project costs, Sentinel & Enterprise

Eversource wants rate hike to cover infrastructure upgrades, WCAX

 

Editorial/Opinion

Letter to the editor: Pipeline editorial ‘shortsighted’, Connecticut Post

Column: Addressing the impact of climate change, Gloucester Daily Times

Joey Bergstein: Carbon pricing will reduce climate change for future generations, VTDigger

Commentary: Three new technologies could reshape Maine’s economy, climate in a good way, Portland Press Herald

Another View: Maine can reduce emissions without CMP project, Portland Press Herald

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Energy News for week ending March 15, 2019

Skipping School | Pipeline Benefits | Push the Plunger

 

Good Friday afternoon. I hope you all got a chance to get out and enjoy the balmy temperatures today.

Hopefully the temperatures were good around the world today for the kids who skipped school to protest climate change. From the Washington Post, “It started 29 weeks ago when 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg began skipping school on Fridays to protest climate change by standing outside of her nation’s parliament building. Today, kids from almost 100 countries, including the United States, are following Thunberg’s lead and will play hooky from classes for something they think is ultimately more important: preventing the warming of their planet.” They asked the kids to tell their stories for why they are participating. Here is one from Massachusetts, “Saraphina Forman (age 16; Sophomore, Northampton High School, Northampton, Mass.): ‘I grew up in the country a little bit outside of Northampton, tapping trees for maple syrup, skating on a nearby pond, and I know that the effects of climate change are already happening…When I came across Greta Thunberg, I think she really sparked a movement around the world. I was very much inspired by her and wanted to do the same…I thought, why shouldn’t I do this? It’s the duty of everyone.’”

Speaking of Western Mass, here’s an article from the Cabinet Press with a headline I thought I’d never see, “Amherst Conservation Commission: Gas pipeline could benefit town.” It reads in part, “The natural gas pipeline through four miles of Amherst would have a limited long-term impact on the town’s ecology and could benefit the town as a whole. Those were two conclusions from the Amherst Conservation Commission’s environmental assessment of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline companies. Among the areas covered in the commission’s 36-page report are land use, water resources, hazardous materials, geology and soils, wildlife, air quality, public health, visual resources and pipeline construction methods as they apply to Amherst’s terrain. The commission concluded that, “based on current knowledge, the installation of the natural gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan appears to have limited long-term impact on the natural systems temporarily impacted by the pipeline construction.”

Now here’s something that sounds like a lot of fun – from Southcoasttoday.com — “The Brayton Point cooling towers are scheduled to be imploded April 27, and tickets are available for those looking to be the lucky one to ‘push the plunger.’ All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall installation coordinated by the Greater Fall River Vietnam Wall Committee, according to a press release from the Office of Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad. ‘This is a ceremonial pushing of the plunger. The professional demolition team hired by Commercial Development Corporation, owners of the Brayton Point Commerce Center, will actually detonate the explosives simultaneously with the winner pushing the plunger,’ said Haddad, D-Somerset.” Only 1,000 tickets were printed. Each costs $20. You have until April 15th to get your hands on one. It’s sure to be a blast!

That covers for it for this week. Have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

‘Never Going to Let This Happen Again’: Incoming Columbia Gas President Offers Safety Assurances 6 Months After Merrimack Valley Disaster, NECN

Hearings Set to Resume for Burrillville Power Plant, ECO RI

Power plant would need 16k gallons of water a day, Johnston Sun Rise

Pinelands Commission says South Jersey Gas pipeline approval void, Press of Atlantic City

Amherst Conservation Commission: Gas pipeline could benefit town, Cabinet

Columbia Gas To Replace Heating Equipment, WGBH

Massachusetts Hired Energy Industry Execs to ‘Independently’ Review State’s Gas System, Desmog Blog

In America’s Shale Country, Nukes and Gas Are Duking It Out, Bloomberg

Ex-Transportation Czar to Oversee Utility’s Safety Efforts, NBC Boston

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

The Energy 202: Kids are skipping school today — to protest climate change, Washington Post

National Grid acquiring renewables developer Geronimo Energy, Power Engineering

What if the US-Mexico border wall was an energy corridor that could pay for itself?, Renewable Energy World

Climate bills call for Maine to reduce emissions to 80% below 1990 levels, Portland Press Herald

New York City has a plan to fight rising seas: Extend the Manhattan shoreline, Boston Globe

Overheard at NECA Renewable Energy Conference 2019, RTO Insider

Eversource is Helping Empower the Green Workforce of the Future, NA Clean Energy

Getting to 100% Clean Energy—and the Grid Operators that Stand in the Way, Union of Concerned Scientists

N.H. Town Meeting Voters Approve A Range Of Responses To Climate Change, NH Public Radio

Statewide Perspectives: Siting Renewable Energy Projects Takes Collaboration | #CleanTechnica Exclusive, CleanTechnica

 

Wind

At New London’s State Pier, wind power gives Connecticut its next economic development opportunity, Hartford Courant

Offshore wind industry could come to Gulf of Maine, Boston Globe

Residents resume fight over wind turbine, Valley Breeze (RI)

Van Scoyoc: Town “Probably” Won’t Ink Any Beach Lane Cable Deal for Offshore Wind Farm Before Full PSC Review, Sag Harbor Express

Controversial wind turbine back on town’s radar, The Valley Breeze (RI)

New Jersey report details strides state has made in meeting wind energy goals, Daily Energy Insider

Barnstable residents query Vineyard Wind, Barnstable Patriot

Concerned citizens speak out against installing wind turbines in Broome County, WBNG (NY)

 

Solar

Largest Community Solar & Storage Installation In Massachusetts Is Now Open For Business, CleanTechnica

Powerful times: Here comes the sun, Boston Globe

As US solar expands, states increasingly tackle compensation and community project complexities, Utility Dive

Solar array proposed in Oxford, Sun Journal

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Energy-efficient programs to be less costly under state deal, Nashua Telegraph

New York’s Answer to Westchester Gas Ban Is Energy Efficiency, Yahoo Finance

AI can help fight climate change by optimizing energy efficiency, thenextweb.com

Energy efficiency: A clue to politically feasible climate policy, Phys.org

 

Nuclear

Nuclear industry pushing for fewer inspections at plants, AP

Feds seek public input on Pilgrim performance assessment, Patriot Ledger

$500 million Pennsylvania nuclear rescue plan triggers fierce battle from rival power producers, Philly.com

Arguments heat up as PSEG fights for state to subsidize nuclear plants, NJspotlight.com

Pennsylvania’s First Nuclear Subsidy Bill, Explained, NRDC.org

Indian Point 3 Starts Last Refueling, Maintenance, USA Patch

Dominion faces March 15 deadline to secure utility contracts for Millstone nuke, Utility Dive

NRC grants license extension to Seabrook Station, Eagle-Tribune

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Find out why electricity prices are rising, New Haven Register

Update: New Hampshire Microgrid Legislation Makes Progress, Microgrid Knowledge

Chatterjee: Transmission could be resilience docket solution, Utility Dive

Ipswich plan promotes local power, Wicked Local Ipswich

Overheard at NECA Renewable Energy Conference 2019, RTO Insider

Want to ‘push the plunger’ on Brayton Point? Get your tickets now, South Coast Today

New Hampshire Microgrid Legislation Passes Committee. Sent to House for March 14 Vote, Microgrid Knowledge

Massachusetts and California Rank High in Energy Democracy: Report, Microgrid Knowledge

Joi Scientific and New Brunswick Power to Develop World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Distributed Electricity Grid, Energy Central

Wholesale energy prices on the rise, Hartford Business Journal

ISO-NE Steady on Fuel Plan Despite NEPOOL Rebuff, RTO Insider

Final arguments delivered in CMP’s $950M hydropower transmission project, MaineBiz

Investigation of Jackman, Caratunk, Dover-Foxcroft complaints against CMP will extend through summer, Kennebec Journal

It’s time to Spotify the grid with DSO functions, Utility Dive

Eversource to Invest $41 Million in Tree Trimming Across Massachusetts, Cape Cod Today

 

Editorial/Opinion

Gov. Mills gets CMP project right, Kennebec Journal

Kevin Jones: Offshore wind could remedy New England brain drain, VTDigger

Seeing into our region’s future with wind power, Lowell Sun

CMP project has no place in Maine, Kennebec Journal

Letter to the editor: Replace CMP with a public power authority, Portland Press Herald

Cautionary tales on undersea cables, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Don’t make same mistake as Falmouth, MV Times

GUEST VIEW: Lighthouse Wind: When does no mean no?, Lockport Union-Sun and Journal

Want to Stop Climate Change? Then It’s Time to Fall Back in Love With Nuclear Energy, Time Magazine

Proceed with caution on wind, MV Times

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Energy News for week ending February 8, 2019

Compressor Station Opposition | FERC Twitter Spat | Waste for Good

 

Hi all. Happy Friday afternoon.

Given that so much has been written about the Green New Deal, we’re going to focus on a few other stories today.

The compressor station controversy in Weymouth continues to grow since it received approval on its air quality permit. From sit-ins at the Governor’s office to protests at the State House, this is a story that keeps on going. The Patriot Ledger reports that, “A group of physicians is challenging the findings of a state-ordered report on Weymouth’s proposed 7,700- horsepower natural-gas compressor station, arguing that the facility would pose “an unacceptable health risk to the surrounding community.” Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility released a report Thursday rejecting the findings of a health-impact assessment that the Metropolitan Area Planning Council conducted on the compressor station proposed by Algonquin, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy-Enbridge. The report, released last month, concluded that the facility would be unlikely to affect health and noise in the area…” To add further to the controversy, WBUR reports that “Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Executive Director Marc Draisen told WBUR that his agency does not support construction of the compressor station in North Weymouth, citing concerns about climate resilience and public safety. The surprising comments come about a month after the MAPC released its Health Impact Assessment (HIA) concluding that emissions from the compressor station are ‘not likely to cause health effects’ to the surrounding community.”

Considering this guy was nominated by Donald Trump, it’s hard to believe he finds anything on Twitter surprising. From Bloomberg, “The top U.S. energy regulator is chastising his colleagues in a very public Twitter dispute that shines a light on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s inner workings. ‘I do not discuss the commission’s internal deliberations with the public,’ FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said Tuesday on Twitter. ‘Doing so would be highly inappropriate.’ Chatterjee was responding to an earlier tweet from the agency’s two Democratic commissioners. Richard Glick and Cheryl LaFleur said they were ‘disappointed that the commission failed to act’ on an offshore wind project’s request for an important waiver.” Considering what else comes out of Washington, their tweets seemed pretty tame to me.

Speaking of garbage, Utility Dive brings us a story of a local company doing something positive with food waste. “Up a steep dirt road in Haverhill, Massachusetts, past a set of old farm buildings, sits one of the newest anaerobic digesters in the country. It’s the fourth facility of its kind from Vanguard Renewables, with many more on the way…Vanguard’s ‘farm-powered’ model is designed to come with automatic community benefits. While Hanselman said the six-year-old company’s original plan was to focus on energy production, their scope has since expanded to include much more. A small adjacent building contains a 1 MW engine capable of generating up to 7,700 MWh of electricity per year from the resulting methane. In addition to a 20-year power purchase agreement with the city of Haverhill, Vanguard is providing free heat to the multigenerational family business — Crescent Farms — that hosts it on their land. The AD facility also handles all of their manure, creates enough liquid fertilizer for them to swear off synthetic material entirely and makes an animal bedding byproduct that has reportedly led to higher quality milk yields among the cows.”

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Doctors’ group challenges report on Weymouth compressor station, Patriot Ledger

The Fight Against A Gas Line Project In Weymouth Is Fought Every Day In Charlie Baker’s Lobby, WGBH

Proposed Weymouth Compressor Station Draws More Opposition, WBUR

Columbia Gas Fined $75,000 For Spikes In Pipeline Pressure Years Before Merrimack Valley Explosions, WBUR

Senate panel gets look at bill that would ban new oil and gas pipelines, VT Digger

Proposed $700M Killingly power plant clears key hurdle, Hartford Business Journal

Nearly 200 National Grid customers in Cranston affected by gas main break, WJAR

Aquidneck Island gas emergency causes 300 to seek unemployment benefits, Providence Business News

5 Newport restaurants sue National Grid, Enbridge over gas outage, Providence Journal

United States : Raimondo Discusses Relief Efforts for Newport County Gas Customers, MarketWatch

State Division of Public Utilities launches investigation into Newport gas outage, Providence Journal

Nearly 200 National Grid customers in Cranston affected by gas main break, WJAR

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Green New Deal resolution calls for 100% zero-carbon power within 10 years, Utility Dive

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urges Congress to address climate change, MassLive

Inside Vanguard Renewables, the Northeast’s biggest food waste recycler, Utility Dive

Green New Deal won’t call for end to fossil fuels, Politico

A Small New York Town Plans a Profitable, 100% Renewable Energy Future, Greentech Media

Climate change may result in loss of lake ice in coming years, WGME

Climate Change Could Mean Increased ‘Weather Whiplash’, WAMC

 

Wind

Price heads new study commission on impact of offshore wind turbines, Westerly Sun

FERC passes on Vineyard Wind emergency request for ISO-NE auction delay, Utility Dive

Twitter Spat Erupts as FERC Chair Scolds Colleagues for Post, Bloomberg

DOE to provide $28M for floating wind turbine technologies, Daily Energy Insider

State: Vineyard Wind can seek local permits for cable, Cape Cod Times

Ørsted divests 50% of South Fork, Revolution Wind and two New England offshore wind lease areas, Windpower Engineering

National Grid contract with Orsted would save customers $90 million over 20 years, Providence Journal

Vineyard Wind, backed by Baker, plays power politics, CommonWealth Magazine

Charlie Baker defended wind power after a Republican congressman questioned him on Capitol Hill, Boton.com

National Grid Seeks Approval For Revolution Wind Project, USA Patch

Offshore Wind Firm Seeks to Disrupt New England Power Auction, Bloomberg L.P.

Falmouth Wind Turbines : “A Green New Deal in Profile” WSJ, USA Patch

 

Solar

Ameresco develops 110-kW rooftop solar project at Rhode Island College, Solar Power World Online

Watertown Requires Solar Panels On New Buildings, And Massachusetts Considers Following Suit Statewide, WGBH

Neighbors sue to block Lewiston solar project, Buffalo News

Massachusetts opens revenue stream to advance solar-plus-storage, Utility Dive

Standard Solar Building 4.2 MW System For R.I. Town, Solar Industry

Battery-Backed Solar Breaks Into Grid Long Seen as Off Limits, Bloomberg L.P.

Boatyard, solar farm among Norwalk options for Manresa Island, The Hour

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Rollback of light bulb standards would cost consumers billions — $100 per household each year, aceee.org

New Massachusetts energy efficiency plan to push storage, heat pumps and ‘demand response’, MassLive

New Milford looks to make buildings energy efficient, New Milford Spectrum

 

Nuclear

Nukes can have small role in Green New Deal, backers say, Utility Dive

Cory Booker — and his full-throated support of nuclear energy — enters the presidential race, Grist

State reassures skeptics on decommissioning, Brattleboro Reformer

Legislators pitch a bill to rescue Pennsylvania’s nuclear plants, Pittsburgh Gazette

Trump Uranium Quota Could Shutter Nuclear Plants, Trade Group Warns, US News and World Report

Nuclear waste burial fund grows to $43 billion, but DOE has not buried an ounce of spent fuel, Orange County Register

NRC sets meeting on nuclear plant license extension, Seacoast Online

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Sunrun Wins Big in New England Capacity Auction With Home Solar and Batteries, Greentech Media

New England’s electric auction closes with adequate resources for 2022-2023, Vermont Biz

Power Authority board approves economic development incentives to create jobs in Western New York, WNYPapers.com

CMP sweetens the pot for new transmission corridor, Press Herald

Transmission constraints impede incremental Quebec-to-US power deliveries, S&P Global Platts

Utilities may outperform again in 2019, despite high valuations, Bloomberg L.P.

Eversource seeks another rate hike, WTNH

Seacoast Reliability Project gets final approval, Seacoastonline.com

Consumer advocates, saying regulations have failed, seek to shut residential electric supply market, Hartford Courant

 

Editorial/Opinion

Viewpoint: Mass. needs comprehensive climate action now, Boston Business Journal

When they talk of wind turbine ills, Falmouth residents are not just making it up, Boston Globe

An Energy Wish List for Congress, New York Times

Carbon tax folly for NH: Will the enviros now embrace nuclear?, New Hampshire Union Leader

Dan Haar: Electricity sellers pick wrong guy for a fight, Connecticut Post

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Energy News for week ending February 1, 2019

Personnel Changes | Storage Goes Mainstream | Sun-powered Super Bowl

Happy Friday afternoon.

We start this week’s news with two personnel changes. Yesterday, Massachusetts’-own and enthusiastic Patriot’s fan, Cheryl LaFleur announced on Twitter she wouldn’t be “seeking a third-term at FERC” and would be leaving the Commission later this year. You can read more details at Utility Dive.

The second personnel announcement comes from the MA DPU where the Patriot Ledger reports that the new Chairman, Matthew Nelson, who is replacing Angie O’Connor, hails from Hull and that he “has worked for the agency for eight years, most recently as director of electric power and regional and federal affairs.”

Big energy efficiency news came out of Massachusetts this week as reported by CommonWealth Magazine, “State regulators on Wednesday approved utility plans to spend nearly $2.8 billion of ratepayer money over the next three years on initiatives designed to curb energy consumption in the aggregate and particularly at peak periods, resulting in energy savings of $8.5 billion. While Mass Save will continue to offer efficient light bulbs, insulation, and other standard energy-saving devices that help curb electricity and natural gas consumption, the focus of the program is starting to shift a bit, with homeowners incentivized to swap oil and propane systems for electric heat pumps and to purchase energy storage devices. Energy storage devices appear to be going mainstream. Under the energy efficiency program approved by the Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday, utilities would offer performance-based financial incentives to customers who purchase the devices. At peak demand periods, utilities would pay the customer to use the stored energy to reduce his/her personal power usage or to feed the electricity into the grid. The DPU decision did not detail the size of the incentives, although in testimony the utilities said they would be sizeable.”

 

Last story for this week, (because, you know,…Super Bowl) comes from Inc. How This Year’s Super Bowl Will Be Powered by the Sun (Sort of). “Fans arriving at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta…will be far too excited to think twice about the carports that they’ll be parking under. But those structures go a long way toward helping the newly opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium earn its status as the greenest sports arena in the world. Completed in 2017, the $1.5 billion stadium is the first sports facility ever to receive Platinum certification from the global rating system LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). One decision that helped the stadium earn that honor: The carports in the parking lot are plastered with solar panels.”

 

That’s the recap for this week. Have a great weekend. And, Go Pats!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Northeast Struggles Due To Insufficient Gas Pipeline Infrastructure, Benzinga.com

National Grid: 95 percent of customers have gas service restored in Rhode Island, WHDH

Residents, businesses file class-action lawsuits following gas outage, WPRI

Attorney behind Newport gas outage lawsuit says ‘some people suffered real damages’, Newport Daily News

Drillers Are Easing Off the Gas, Wall St. Journal

Feds agree to visit Weymouth to hear gas compressor concerns, Boston Business Journal (paywall)

Braintree, Weymouth to appeal air permit for compressor, Weymouth.wickedlocal.com

Utility Will Cover Gas Disaster Repair Costs Through May 2020, USA Patch

Danskammer officials outline plans for power plant revamp, Recordonline

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Traditional and renewable energy “at odds” in Connecticut, Connecticut Post

Democrats’ ‘carbon tax’ bill debated at State House hearing, New Hampshire Union Leader

New Jersey looks to rejoin RGGI to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, WHYY

Renewable energy brings questions in Rhode Island, Westerly Sun

US energy-related CO2 emissions rose in 2018 but are expected to fall in 2019, 2020, Daily Energy Insider

From Beer to Casinos, Businesses Turn to Solar, Wind Power, Wall St. Journal

Move To All-Renewable Energy A ‘Moral Obligation,’ Lawmaker Says, WGBH

In Vermont, a progressive haven, emissions spike forces officials to consider drastic action, Boston Globe

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost, AP News

Boston wants to go carbon neutral by 2050. Here’s how that could happen, Boston Globe

Science Says: Get used to polar vortex outbreaks, AP News

If the Earth Is Warming, Why Is It So Cold Outside?, New York Times

7 Reasons Democrats Won’t Pass a Green New Deal, The Atlantic

Carbon Free Boston panel pushes $5 charge for cars on city streets, Boston Herald

GE restructures renewables business to include solar, storage, Utility Dive

 

Wind

A new way to predict sea breezes may benefit offshore wind farms, Phys.org

Backyard Wind Turbines Renew R.I.’s Energy Debate. EcoRI.org

Thiele Withdraws Support For Deepwater Wind Project, Says ‘Bait and Switch’ Has Eroded Trust, 27East.com

Court Rules State Has To Refund Fee For Swanton Wind Project That’s On Hold, VPR
Landmark project faces critical test in R.I.
 , National Wind Watch

Offshore wind set for ‘sixfold growth’, reNews

Momentum Continues to Build for NE Offshore Wind, RTO Insider

 

Solar

Bill proposes to roll back ‘gross metering’ rule impacting residential solar users, Mainebiz

Plymouth town meeting will consider 15-acre solar fields, The Enterprise

Vermont Solar-storage Projects Aim to Lower Costs During Peak Demand, Renewable Energy World

How This Year’s Super Bowl Will Be Powered by the Sun (Sort of), INC.

Vermont regulators advance first of 3 Green Mountain Power solar-plus-storage projects, Utility Dive

Conti Solar Reaches 650 Megawatts Of Solar Projects, CleanTechnica

Second solar farm has powered up in Warwick, Providence Journal

Solar supporters urge Maine lawmakers to restore financial incentives, Portland Press Herald

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

State adjusts priorities in $2.8B energy program, Sentinel & Enterprise

Massachusetts approves 3-year efficiency plan with first fuel-switching incentives, Utility Dive

Electricity storage takes key role in energy efficiency plan, CommonWealth Magazine

Next Middleborough Science Cafe will look at energy efficient buildings, Southcoasttoday

What Does the Nuclear Power Phase-Out Mean for Energy Storage?, Renewable Energy World

 

EVs

With rise of electric vehicles, a new foreign energy dependence looms, Houston Chronicle

 

Nuclear

How do you dismantle a nuclear power plant? Very, very carefully. Washington Post

Can We Drill A Hole Deep Enough For Our Nuclear Waste?, Forbes.com

These dumpsters of old nuclear waste are costing taxpayers a fortune, Boston Globe

Bill Gates comes to Washington — selling the promise of nuclear energy, Washington Post

The Nuclear Kid — Memphis youth builds home nuclear fusion reactor, Commercial Appeal

United States : Markey, Warren, Moulton Commend Decision to Delay Seabrook Nuclear Plant License Amendment and Extension, MarketWatch

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

FERC’s LaFleur to step down after push from Senate Democrats, Utility Dive

Hydro Quebec to increase hydropower capacity to more than 37,000 MW in 2021, S&P Global

Blue state AGs press McNamee recusal in resilience docket, Utility Dive

As Maine debates 145-mile electric line, energy giant with billions at stake is absent, Bangor Daily News

Watertown’s hydro power not running at capacity, Watertown (NY) Daily News via Energy Central

Eversource Seeks Rate Hike to Cover Storm Damage Costs in Connecticut, Insurance Journal

State to take up power plant project, The Bulletin

Critics call for replacing CMP, Emera Maine with a ‘consumer-owned utility’, Portland Press Herald

Saviello requests PUC amend NECEC schedule to consider alternatives, Mainebiz

Lamont talks grid reliability, offshore wind with DEEP staff, The Day

Utility Grid Modernization Plans: The Latest Developments, Greentech Media

State’s new public utilities chairman is from Hull, Patriot Ledger

Still no deal between Eversource, wood-fired power plants, New Hampshire Union Leader

 

Editorial/Opinion

LETTER: Extending Seabrook plant’s license is right move, Daily News of Newburyport

Another View: Editorial offers incomplete picture of Maine PUC’s oversight efforts, Portland Press Herald

Editorial: Solar benefits, Wilton Bulletin

Guest Opinion: Time for a Green New Deal in R.I., Westerly Sun

‘Carbon Free Boston’ begins with cars and homes, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending January 25, 2019

Global Warming Movie | Blowin’ In the Wind | Centaur-Like Robot

Happy Friday afternoon. I’m sure glad to hear that the partial government shutdown is presumably over, well at least for a few weeks. It’s good to know the government workers will be made whole too.

It’s late and it’s been a busy week so we’ll highlight a few videos.

This story from “Berkeley Earth” Global Temperature Report for 2018 includes an animation showing the evolution of temperatures since 1850 across the globe.

Taste of Country brings us Budweiser’s New Super Bowl Commercial that Celebrates Wind Power.

And from Futurism.com we have “Responding to a nuclear disaster is no job for humans. Even while wearing protective suits, our bodies can’t handle the radiation. It could be a job for robots, though. Researchers in the U.K. are developing a centaur-like robot designed to work in settings too dangerous for humans to navigate — and it could one day play a major role in disaster response efforts including nuclear catastrophes.” Uh…let’s hope this robot never has to get off the shelf. But check out the video that shows the cool things this creature can do.

Have a great weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Offshore drilling ban sought for state waters, Salem News

Weymouth compressor station foe restarts sit-ins at governor’s office, Patriot Ledger

Region’s power generators using more oil, coal, CommonWealth Magazine

Oceans Are Getting Louder, Posing Potential Threats to Marine Life, New York Times

White House eyes energy push as Russia strategy, Politico

Connecticut trade group calls for an immediate halt to natural gas expansion, The Advocate

Killingly power plant returns to CT Siting Council, Hartford Business Journal

U.S. natgas pipeline flows reversed after Enbridge TETCO Ohio pipe blast, Reuters

Weymouth waits for DEP ruling on appeal of Spectra’s wetlands permit, Weymouth.wickedlocal.com

 

RI

Gas outages hit 10K in Rhode Island after issue on Algonquin pipeline, Utility Dive

Pipeline operator Enbridge admits ‘equipment malfunction’ was factor in Newport gas outage, MSN

Spike in demand triggered natural-gas crisis? Not likely, experts say, Providence Journal

Gas outage cause tracked back to Mass., Herald News

Rhode Island natural gas outage linked to Weymouth, Patriot Ledger

National Grid must get remaining homes offline before restoring gas service, WPRI 12

 

Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas will pay for extra Lawrence firefighters, Eagle Tribune

Columbia Gas Says Pipeline Replacement Is Complete, CBS Boston/WBZ

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Is the Public Willing to Pay to Help Fix Climate Change?, AP

The Unprecedented Surge in Fear About Climate Change, Science

Greenland’s Melting Ice Nears a ‘Tipping Point,’ Scientists Say, New York Times

Global Temperature Report for 2018, Berkeley Earth

Baker wants tax hike as communities grapple with climate change, Lowell Sun

Northeast states target transportation emissions, Portland Press Herald

‘Ecstatic chaos’ for renewable energy bills in Maine, Seacoastonline.com

New biomass plant will increase Dartmouth’s sustainability, Biomass Magazine

Massachusetts carbon tax ‘would save 340 lives’, Physics World

 

Wind

Massachusetts wind-power project to move forward despite shutdown, Reuters

‘Green energy blues’ in a town that sought to do something about climate change, Boston Globe

New Hampshire Enters the Offshore Wind Race, Greentech Media

No word on extension for input on wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod Times

The Energy 202: ‘Year from hell’ means more Americans are taking climate change personally, new polling shows, Washington Post

Vineyard Wind offers concessions to fishermen, environmentalists, Cape Cod Times

Vineyard Wind, Conservation Groups Reach Historic Agreement to Protect Right Whales, NRDC.org

Budweiser’s New Super Bowl Commercial Celebrates Wind Power [Watch], Taste of Country

Wind farm expansion to power local homes, Telegram

Offshore Wind: Four Ways You Can Help, Union of Concerned Scientists

 

Solar

A new lease on life for Holyoke, Massachusetts’ former coal-fired power plant, Utility Dive

New Jersey advances first community solar pilot to power 45K homes, Utility Dive

Major Solar Array Could Soon Sprout At Concord Produce Farm, New Hampshire Public Radio

Town moves to block Candlewood Mountain solar project, New Haven Register

Cranston’s half-dozen solar projects spark heated debate, Providence Journal

Solar-panel plan for Blaine House sends a message, Sun Journal

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Mass Save Earns National Recognition for Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, North American Clean Energy

New Hampshire Approves Groundbreaking Home Battery Pilot to Fight System Peaks, Greentech Media

Comparing Grid Operators’ Energy Storage Market Proposals, Law360

Eversource gets award from energy efficiency group, New Britain Herald

 

Nuclear

NRC: Pilgrim has addressed deficiencies, Cape Cod Times

Seabrook Station nuclear plant license extension delayed, Seacoast Online

Lawmakers oppose NRC’s plan to extend Seabrook license by Jan. 30, Gloucester Times

Legislators seek clarification on Pilgrim decommissioning, Cape Cod Times

A notable milestone: The sale of Vermont Yankee isn’t the end of the story, but it’s significant, Keene Sentinel

State of Energy: Indian Point impact looms, Poughkeepsie Journal

Nuclear Power Regulators Scale Back Draft Safety Rule, Wall St. Journal

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England Tries A New Way To Help The Grid Survive Winter, WBUR

State fines National Grid for storm response, Boston Globe

What Utilities Can Do to Strengthen the Grid, Wall St. Journal

New US power capacity in 2019 will come from renewables, natural gas – EIA, Renewables Now

Energy leaders urge new governor to focus on transportation, Island Institute

State: National Grid mishandled South Shore windstorm, Patriot Ledger

Ruling: CT utility ratepayers will see tax-cut savings, Hartford Business Journal

Maine regulators consider extending window for CMP bill disputes, Portland Press Herald

Farmington selectmen hear opposition to New England Clean Energy Connect project, Kennebec Journal

 

Editorial/Opinion

Ben Downing: Tackling Climate Change, WAMC

Op-Ed: The power of energy aggregation means benefits for Connecticut municipalities, Connecticut Post

Maine Voices: Join the effort to support renewable energy development, Portland Press Herald

Letter to the editor: CMP doesn’t want you to pull back the curtain, Portland Press Herald

OPINION: Mothers want a net zero high school for Waltham, WickedLocal Waltham

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