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Energy News for week ending February 22, 2019

MA picks up the tab| Plant reuse | Lantern

 

Happy Friday afternoon energy friends.

According to CommonWealth Magazine, “The road has been cleared of significant hurdles for the New England Clean Energy Connect project to bring clean hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, and Maine will get a bevy of economic and environmental benefits for hosting the lines that will deliver the energy. New Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday that she is now behind the project that Massachusetts is relying on and has agreed to allow the project to advance in the federal and state approval process with conditions intended for the benefit of Mainers…The governor’s office also touted the environmental benefits of the settlement, saying it will substantially reduce the state’s carbon footprint, control energy costs, and create jobs for Mainers. ‘And it will cost Maine ratepayers nothing,’ Mills said Thursday. ‘Massachusetts will foot the bill.’”

I’ve always believed that if we want to be good stewards of energy generation, we need to look at the full lifecycle of a plant and its environs – regardless of its fuel source. With coal and nuclear power plants retiring in large numbers, the sites are offering multiple opportunities for redevelopment. Some come with controversy – as in the old Edison plant in South Boston (Boston Globe). Others could remain part of the industry – such as New Jersey where, “Orsted alerted mariners last month that its 170-foot surveying vessel will study waters off Atlantic County, and the path runs near both B.L. England in Upper Township and the Oyster Creek Generating Station in Forked River. Orsted spokeswoman Lauren Burm confirmed the company is eyeing the two plants as a way to connect its turbines to the energy grid.” (Press of Atlantic City). And in Vermont, according to a story in Seven Days, the plan for an old coal plant in Burlington includes, “…filling in the basement of the old structure and removing the brick exterior. It would leave in place a steel skeleton. The open-air space would include public restrooms and space for vendors and concerts. Additional walkways, public art, a performance venue, a viewing deck or outdoor areas could also be added to the project in the future, pending additional funding.” Considering the mess that is there now and is blocking the view of the lake, this is some seriously good news.

For our last feature this week, we leave the Northeast and head to Europe. Since, we just mentioned art where there once was energy, we now bring you energy as art. From Wired UK, “From the outside, the newly upgraded Länsisalmi power substation, in southern Finland, looks like an art installation; behind its glass walls, two 400kV transformers constantly work to distribute electricity to 800,000 residents in the cities of Helsinki and Vantaa. Architect Bratislav Toskovic, from Helsinki-based Parviainen, was in charge of the redesign. ‘The main inspiration was electricity, and the visual element of light,’ he says. ‘I wanted to convert concrete structures into lanterns.’ To achieve that, he clad the substation’s three buildings with glazed glass panels – detached from the building’s walls by 60cm – and lined them with LED lights, which at night transform the complex into a glowing beacon. As the plant is visible from a major highway, Toskovic had the idea that it could be a landmark.”

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Gas companies could face hefty fines for service loss, Eagle Tribune

Natural gas hookups off limits in more Mass. Towns, Boston Business Journal

Toll from natural gas disaster in Merrimack Valley passes $1 billion, Boston Globe

New England electric grid vulnerable to natural gas shortages, ISO-NE head says, The News-Times

In bitter cold, gas barge off Massachusetts helped keep down New England energy prices, Hartford Courant

Killingly power plant plans push forward, The Bulletin

Weymouth Compressor Station Opponents To Meet With State Officials, WBUR

April ballot in Rehoboth includes nonbinding question on natural gas lines, Sun Chronicle

National Grid searches for source of natural gas leak in Providence, WJAR

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

MIT study: Climate change could mean more stagnant air in summers, thunderstorms, Boston Globe

Natural Gas Guru Who Corrected the CIA Says Russia and U.S. Pick the Wrong Fight, Bloomberg

Grid operator laments lack of action on carbon pricing, CommonWealth Magazine

Independent power company seeks first 200 customers for renewable energy, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Renewable Energy Projects Power New England Away From Fossil Fuel Dependence, CleanTechnica

State Rep. Peake Calls for Climate Change Fight at JFK Presidents’ Day Brunch, Cape Cod

Report recommends action to transition to clean-energy New England economy, Portland Press Herald

How Willing NH Is To Change Lifestyles To Battle Climate Change, USA Patch

The Nature Conservancy identifies strategies to achieve clean energy future, VTDigger

Report: $100 Billion Would Put Northern New England On 80 % Clean Energy, New Hampshire Public Radio

Smaller, safer, cheaper: One company aims to reinvent the nuclear reactor and save a warming planet, Science

 

Wind

Mills signs executive order reversing LePage moratorium on wind energy permits, Press Herald

Feds hear SouthCoast voices at Vineyard Wind hearing, South Coast Today

Vineyard Wind Proposes 1,200 Megawatt “Liberty Wind” Offshore Project For New York, Clean Technica

3,500 acres on Glebe Mountain to be conserved, Brattleboro Reformer

Four Bidders Vie for NY Offshore Wind Project, RTO Insider

Wind energy companies love NY, Cape Cod Times

Don’t say goodbye to South Jersey power plants yet, offshore wind firm says, Press of Atlantic City

National Grid Awaits Approval of Revolution Wind Agreement, Commercial Property Executive

 

Solar

Eversource’s leap into solar power hits milestone; more planned, Berkshire Eagle

Standard Solar Acquiring 27 MW Portfolio In N.Y., R.I., Solar Industry

Turning Point Energy wins approval on solar farm, Breeze Publications

Solar carport at Massachusetts Comcast call center enough to offset 95 percent of consumption, Leedpoints.com

Eversource Powers Up 19 ‘Universal’ Solar Sites, Cape Cod

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

DOE proposal to change how it sets efficiency standards creates new hurdles, advocates say, Utility Dive

100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage. This Polar Vortex Test Showed How Much., Inside Climate News

Greater Boston Food Bank and Eversource Partner to Cut Energy Consumption at Yawkey Distribution Center, NA Clean Energy

New England efficiency advocates raise alarm over potential capacity market changes, Utility Dive

Groups Seek to Head off ISO-NE EE Changes, RTO Insider

NYSERDA Launches $1 Million Multi-Year Home Energy Ratings Pilot to Improve Energy Performance to Combat Climate Change, NA Clean Energy

Webster urges residents to get National Grid energy checkups, Telegram

 

EVs

Panel explores wide-ranging electric vehicle policy options, Daily Energy Insider

 

Nuclear

AG Healey, Secretary Beaton Seek to Intervene in Sale of Pilgrim Nuke, Eagle-Tribune

Citizens’ Group Files Petition over Concrete Degradation at Seabrook Nuclear Station, Engineering News-Record

Uncertainty shadows Pennsylvania’s debate over nuclear power, AP

Crowd debates 20-year extension of nuke plant’s operating license, Gloucester Times

PSEG’s LaRossa insists utility will close nuclear plants without subsidy, ROI NJ

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Mass. hydro project showers benefits on Maine, CommonWealth Magazine

New England’s wholesale power markets are becoming complicated, regional grid operator says, MassLive

Average ISO New England, Inc Salary, PayScale

ISO-NE capacity auction redo still needed: Vineyard Wind, S&P Global Platts

This massive lantern is actually a power plant in Finland, Wired.co.UK

Burlington to Move Forward With Moran Plant Redesign, Seven Days

 

Editorial/Opinion

Frigid Temperatures? Not a Problem in New England, CLF Blog

Our Opinion: Green New Deal needs a tighter focus, Berkshire Eagle

A rural take on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

The Green New Deal’s Impossible Electric Grid, Wall St. Journal

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Canton climate study a good start, but change is needed, Canton.wickedlocal.com

Will Lamont lead or stay out of the way on offshore wind?, Connecticut Mirror

Maine Voices: None of us can afford to sit back as climate change poses threat to all life on Earth, Portland Press Herald

Editorial: We applaud work toward clean energy, Seacoastonline.com

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Energy News for week ending February 15, 2019

Glacial Changes | Maryland | Moooo

 

Happy Friday afternoon folks.

We’re starting out this week with a couple of climate change stories.

First, from the New York Times, in what is a graphically cool piece as well as interesting relative to adapting to climate change, is a story about how Switzerland (yeah, I know it’s not the “Northeast”) is rethinking how they use hydropower. Check it out, if for nothing other than the presentation of the information.

Our second climate change story comes from the AP which reports that Matt Fitzpatrick, an ecology professor at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Sciences in Frostburg, Maryland, “looked at 12 different variables for 540 U.S. and Canadian cities under two climate change scenarios to find out what the future might feel like in a way a regular person might understand. He averaged the climate results from 27 different computer models then found the city that most resembles that futuristic scenario.” For those of you in greater Boston and other coastal New England cities, it looks like we’re all going to experience what’s typical weather right now for various areas in Maryland. For those that reside inland, your weather is more west. For example, Burlington, VT will feel like Taylorville, IL and Hartford, CT like Sikeston, MO. All in all it looks warmer and wetter. The link to the interactive map is https://fitzlab.shinyapps.io/cityapp/

Last story for this week is from Seven Days in Vermont about cheese – Cabot Creamery’s farms to be specific. While this long read has a lot of details about their operations including “Fitbits for cows” (who knew?) there is a section on their energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. “Consider electricity: Fairmont’s East Montpelier milking parlor is active nearly 24-7…Fairmont recently installed energy-efficient LED lighting in its barns, recommended by Efficiency Vermont. And it now has solar panels on the roofs. The company that installed the panels last year now sells power to the farm at a reduced rate. Ayer expects that arrangement to shave 11 percent off the farm’s annual power bill. Gladstone noted that Newmont runs on alternative energy, too. The farm worked with Green Mountain Power, Catamount Solar and Yankee Farm Credit to install a solar array in Fairlee that produces 50 percent of the farm’s power…Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport generates some of its energy using a wind turbine, but the cows there also create some renewable energy of their own — with help from a biodigester. The digester provides the right environment for the manure to break down and release methane gas, which in turn powers a generator producing renewable electricity for Vermont homes and businesses. Aptly dubbed “Cow Power,” it’s available to Green Mountain Power customers, who can choose to pay an extra four cents per kilowatt for it; the money flows back to the farm.” So this weekend when you might be enjoying some wine and cheese, you can say that you’re supporting renewable energy and helping to keep us the heck out of Maryland.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the long weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Holyoke utility, citing pipeline constraints, halts natural gas hookups, CommonWealth Magazine

Enbridge wins lawsuit over town’s opposition to compressor station, Reuters

Legislators want gas system study, Newport Daily News

National Grid pays out $360K to those affected by Newport gas outage, WPRI 12

State to consider reopening door for proposed Killingly natural gas plant, The Day

Enbridge gave Massachusetts studies by climate denier, ALEC associate in gas project assessment, NationofChange

Salem YMCA closed following gas explosion outside, Salem News

Head Of Mass. Pipeline Safety Division Stepping Down, WBUR

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Report recommends action to transition to a clean-energy economy for New England, Portland Press Herald

State kickstarts Western Massachusetts wood chip industry with renewable thermal energy grants, MassLive

Eversource plugs into green power with offshore wind, solar projects, Boston Globe

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

No, the Green New Deal won’t threaten the grid, Vox.com

Where Glaciers Melt Away, Switzerland Sees Opportunity, New York Times

Clean Energy Solutions Must Include Nuclear, (Whitepaper) Clearpath.org

A dozen power plant and pipeline projects could derail Phil Murphy’s clean energy goals, NorthJersey.com

State kickstarts Western Massachusetts wood chip industry with renewable thermal energy grants, MassLive

Heading south: Warming to change how US cities feel in 2080, AP News

Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal, Bloomberg L.P.

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind submits 1,200 MW proposal to New York’s 800 MW offshore wind RFP, Utility Dive

ISO New England Interconnection Queue Has More Offshore Wind Than Gas, CleanTechnica

ISO-NE capacity prices fall amid controversy over Vineyard Wind participation, Utility Dive

R.I. offshore wind price bit higher than Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

In $225 million partnership, Eversource takes deep dive into offshore wind projects in Atlantic, Hartford Courant

Shell, innogy, & Stiesdal Offshore Technologies To Partner On Floating Offshore Wind, CleanTechnica

Eversource To Pay $225 Million For A Half Share In 2 Offshore Wind Projects, WBUR

Rhode Island to run rule over Revolution power play, Renews.biz

Betting $1 Million on Offshore New Jersey Wind Paid Off Big Time, Renewable Energy World

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

Falmouth Wind Turbines Called ‘Disaster’ On National Stage, Falmouth Enterprise

 

Solar

Vast swarm of homes with solar-battery systems poised to act as ‘virtual power plant’ in New England, MassLive

Solar Panels, Smartphones and a FitBit for Cows: Cabot Creamery Farmers Adapt to the Digital Age, Seven Days

Sunrun Wins Milestone Solar, Storage Contract In ISO New England Auction, Solar Industry

Another solar array proposed for Franklin, Milford Daily News

CT sees slight uptick in solar jobs, Hartford Business Journal

How much is Cohasset saving? Stats from town’s solar array now available online, Wicked Local Cohasset

U.S. solar jobs down for second year as Trump tariffs weigh, Reuters

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Maine Town Sees LED Streetlights Paying for Themselves Fast, Government Technology

U.S. Energy Storage Market is set to exceed an annual deployment of 3,000 MW by 2024, MarketWatch

Eversource Charges Forward with Cutting-Edge Battery Storage on Martha’s Vineyard, CapeCodToday

 

EVs

Electric car charging stations planned for downtown, Eagle Tribune

Pennsylvania prods utility investment in charging as part of EV growth plan, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Supporters Say Seabrook Nuke Protects Climate; Critics Worry About Cracks In The Concrete, WBUR

With concrete degrading in critical parts of Seabrook, environmental advocates urge to delay renewal of license, Boston Globe

NRC defends Seabrook Station’s license extension, Keene Sentinel

CEOs Ask Trump to Help Them Sell Nuclear Power Plants Abroad, Bloomberg L.P.

A Look Inside Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Before Its Reactor Goes Quiet, WGBH

Exelon: Need Pa. Action by May to Save TMI, RTO Insider

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England efficiency advocates raise alarm over potential capacity market changes, Utility Dive

Mills shows new support for CMP transmission line, Portland Press Herald

$1.1 million in funds approved to buy Augusta streetlights from CMP, replace with more efficient lights, Kennebec Journal

Glick calls for ‘new approach’ to capacity markets in wide-ranging NARUC talk, Utility Dive

New Hampshire grid mod proposal recommends ‘tempered’ approach to AMI, Utility Dive

Auction for New England’s future power needs yields lowest clearing price in six years, New Haven Register

Big Win for Local Energy: First Virtual Power Plant Snags Contract in US Wholesale Capacity Auction, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Commentary: Let’s go 100 percent renewable to protect the North Shore, Daily Item

Klaber’s viewpoint: The problem with New York regs, Business Journals

Eversource mandate, New Hampshire Union Leader

Positive signs state is ready to seize offshore wind-energy opportunity, The Day

The Answer Is Blowin’ in the Wind, New York Times

My Turn: Dissecting the Northern Pass appeal narrative, Concord Monitor

Editorial: The cost of rolling back bulb standards, MetroWest Daily News

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Energy News for week ending January 11, 2019

Russians Hacking, Emissions Spiking, Oceans Warming, Oh My!

It’s Friday afternoon so that’s a good thing, but some of the energy news headlines this week were darn depressing.

Take these six stories for example:

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 — and it couldn’t happen at a worse time, Washington Post

Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds, New York Times

America’s Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door—and Russia Walked Through It, Wall Street Journal

US power sector carbon emissions jump as gas boom outpaces coal decline, Utility Dive

2018 was Earth’s fourth-warmest year, EU scientists find, Axios

Mass. Families face home heating emergency, $30 million sought, WickedLocal.com

Ugh! And if that’s not enough to make you want to crawl under the covers, the government shutdown is causing headaches everywhere (and horrible times for government workers), but here in New England it’s also slowing things down:

Gas investigation on hold amid shutdown, Eagle Tribune

Government shutdown delays Vineyard Wind meetings, South Coast Today

Jon Chesto at the Globe brings us a positive story so we’ll end our recap here Wind turbine company picks Boston for US HQ, Boston Globe.

Enjoy the weekend and stay warm – very cold temperatures are expected.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Special Report: Gas leaks plague Bay State, Boston Herald

After setbacks, Weymouth compressor foes turn focus to Baker, Patriot Ledger

South Shore lawmakers urge Baker to reject natural gas station air permits, Boston Globe

Lawmaker looks to ban offshore drilling, Gloucester Times

Weymouth gas project advances, but fight’s not over yet, Boston Globe

Fossil generators ask Supreme Court to review state nuclear subsidies, Utility Dive

Ensuring fuel security for the electricity system: New England and the role of LNG, Utility Dive

Wind vs. Gas: Winter Wind Beats New Pipelines, Union of Concerned Scientists

Lockout finally over at National Grid, CommonWealth Magazine

Challenges Remain For National Grid, Union Workers Even With Contract, WBUR

National Grid union workers OK contract, ending lockout, Boston Globe

 

Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas Offers Payment Plans For Merrimack Valley Gas Bills, USA Patch

Lawmakers push for safer gas practices, Salem News

Warren, Markey call for Columbia Gas to repair damaged roads, Boston Globe

Gas investigation on hold amid shutdown, Eagle Tribune

Charlie Baker tours Merrimack Valley to promote businesses affected by gas explosions, Boston Globe

Lawrence mayor wants Columbia Gas license revoked, Lowell Sun

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 — and it couldn’t happen at a worse time, Washington Post

Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds, New York Times

Warning Of Flooded Cities, Spilka Puts Climate Change Atop To-Do List, WGBH.org

US power sector carbon emissions jump as gas boom outpaces coal decline, Utility Dive

2018 was Earth’s fourth-warmest year, EU scientists find, Axios

The National Weather Service is ‘open,’ but your forecast is worse because of the shutdown, Washington Post

Ramping up renewable energy remains lawmakers’ focus in 2019, The Day

Pennsylvania commits to 26% GHG reductions amid federal inaction, US emissions increase, Utility Dive

Vagaries Of the Energy Market: A Boom In Renewables Leads To Higher Rates For Co-op, VPR Digital

Mass. Inaugurates Clean Peak Standard, RTO Insider

 

Wind

Wind turbine company picks Boston for US HQ, Boston Globe

Sununu Will Ask for Federal Offshore Wind Study, A First Step To Development, NHPR

Government shutdown delays Vineyard Wind meetings, South Coast Today

Public hearings set on Roxbury Wind Project, National Wind Watch (Maine)

Busy month ahead for Alle-Catt Wind Farm issues, Olean Times Herald

A key approval for the $2-billion off-shore project is set for Jan. 22, NewportRI.com

R.I. fishermen still without compensation deal from wind farm developer, ProJo

Court: Refund Swanton Wind developers, St. Albans Messenger

Rhode Island harvesters, wind farm developer still talking compensation, Undercurrent News

New Jersey receives three bids in largest state wind energy solicitation to date, Daily Energy Insider

Under New Management, New London Pier Looks To Capitalize On Offshore Wind, WNPR

 

 

Solar

Maine Mall 2,340-panel solar array poised to go online, Mainebiz

How Can You Take a Stand on Energy at the Local Level? Lebanon Has an Idea, New Hampshire Public Radio

Tax exemption could cut towns statewide from solar-farm revenue, Telegram.com

 

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Energy efficiency info may be coming to Mass. residential home listings, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Energy Storage Developers See Promise in Second Phase of Innovative New Hampshire Pilot, Microgrid Knowledge

California set a goal of 100% clean energy, and now other states may follow its lead, Los Angeles Times

Three Big Energy Ideas to Watch in 2019, Microgrid Knowledge

 

EVs

Before the Electric Car Takes Over, Someone Needs to Reinvent the Battery, Bloomberg

Boston transit authority adds to electric bus fleet, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Closed Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant Sale Complete, NHPR

U.S. to Bill Gates: Build your scrapped China nuclear reactor in America, Axios

Energy Department Initiative Aims to Keep U.S. Competitive on Nuclear-Plant Fuel, Wall Street Journal

Pilgrim Nuke Plant Back at Full Power, CapeCod.com

NRC public meeting Jan. 15 for comments on Pilgrim decommissioning, Wicked Local Plymouth

New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution to join Vermont Yankee nuclear storage conference, VTDigger

Full scholarships offered for nuclear program at Three Rivers, The Day

Experts: Nuclear power production in country just 3%, The Tribune

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

America’s Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door—and Russia Walked Through It, Wall Street Journal

New England Power Grid Operators Train For Severe Nor’Easters, New Hampshire Public Radio

Wholesale power prices were generally higher in 2018, with both winter and summer spikes, eia.gov

Regulators decide to open full investigation into CMP billing issues, Portland Press Herald

Regulators consider plan to get rebates for some electric customers, Record-Journal

Confidence Grows that Proposed Burrillville Power Plant will be Denied, ECO RI

Invenergy analyst says Burrillville plant would supplement renewables, Providence Journal

Braintree Light hopes to retire generator, Patriot Ledger

Mass. Families face home heating emergency, $30 million sought, WickedLocal.com

Activists, lawmakers rally for heating help for low-income families, WBSM.com

Data: Maine Had Longer, More Frequent Power Outages Per Customer Than Any Other State In 2017, Maine Public

 

Editorial/Opinion

Ensuring fuel security for the electricity system: New England and the role of LNG, Utility Dive

Electricity aggregation success extends beyond Newton, CommonWealth Magazine

Viewpoint: Solar power, storage poised to protect Mass. businesses this winter, Boston Business Journal

Letter to the editor: Efficiency Maine Trust a burden to needy electricity customers, Portland Press Herald

Thinking globally, but acting warily, on new gas pipelines, Boston Globe

Letter to the editor: Good to hear real story on gas companies, New Haven Register

Editorial: Industry must be part of transit carbon cap policy, Boston Business Journal

 

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Energy News for week ending December 21, 2018

Rising Waters | Winter Wallop | Plea for LNG

Happy soggy Friday afternoon.

Here are a few stories you may have missed this week.

For those of you who enjoy taking Amtrak to destinations between Boston and DC – take note. Bloomberg Businessweek reports, Rising Waters Are Drowning Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. “By the middle of this century, climate change is likely to punch a hole through the busiest stretch of rail in North America. Parts of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor route, which carries 12 million people each year between Boston and Washington, face ‘continual inundation.’ Flooding, rising seas, and storm surge threaten to erode the track bed and knock out the signals that direct train traffic. The poles that provide electricity for trains are at risk of collapse, even as power substations succumb to floodwaters. ‘f one of the segments of track shuts down, it will shut down this segment of the NEC,’ warned members of Amtrak’s planning staff. ‘There is not an alternate route that can be used as a detour.’

If that long-term forecast doesn’t worry you, how about this short term one? The Washington Post had a story this week, Polar vortex could unleash winter wallop by January. “Winter got off to a fast start in the Lower 48 even before it was technically winter. Waves of cold gripped the eastern two-thirds of the United States and several winter storms tracked across the region. Conditions have since eased some, but the heart of winter lies ahead. Will cold and snowy conditions return and turn more harsh? The polar vortex, the roaring river of air winding around the North Pole, holds the cards. What they reveal could be very disturbing and a harbinger of extreme winter weather in the Eastern United States.”

Cold snaps often create natural gas supply issues. So what’s a region to do? The Sentinel and Enterprise reports, ‘Disaster’ has Gov. seeking LNG changes. “As cold weather and higher electricity prices start to encroach, Massachusetts energy officials want to lobby the federal government to ease restrictions on shipments of liquified (sic) natural gas into New England in hopes of controlling costs and improving reliability in the energy grid…So the Baker administration, with the support of the rest of the New England governors, is planning to try ‘working with federal officials to explore modifying the Jones Act to facilitate shipping of LNG from domestic sources,’ Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson said last week. The Jones Act has been suspended or amended before, often in the wake of a natural disaster when the government wants to maximize the number of ships that can help deliver relief aid. EEA said such a waiver or exemption ‘could be done permanently or semipermanently to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of LNG to Massachusetts consumers.’”

There are a lot of news stories below. We’ll be off next Friday for the holidays but will be back in your inboxes on January 4th. In the meantime, thank you for letting us be a part of your energy world each week and we wish you all a wonderful holiday week and a happy and healthy 2019.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

‘Disaster’ has Gov. seeking LNG changes, Sentinel and Enterprise

After change of heart, Eversource will fund repairs to Framingham couple’s home, MetroWest Daily News

Gateway Gas Pipeline Expansion Connecting to Utilities in Northeast, Power Engineering

Natural gas industry burns for more pipeline capacity in Mass., Boston Globe

Rising LNG demand to exert more pull on U.S. natgas prices, Reuters

Watchdog Finds ‘Significant’ Weakness in U.S. Pipeline Security, Bloomberg

Natural gas utility to fund ‘alternative heating’ in Western Massachusetts, MassLive

State joins suit to block offshore drilling, Salem News

East Braintree resident raises concerns about Calpine generators, Weymouth.WickedLocal.com

CT regulator wraps pipeline review, finds utilities acting properly, Hartford Business Journal

Despite moratorium’s end, new National Grid gas hookups will not begin immediately, MassLive

 

Merrimac Valley

Gas recovery will extend into fall 2019, Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts senators press Columbia Gas on whistleblower’s warning, Boston Herald

Lawsuit filed against Columbia Gas, Boston Herald

Day care owner joins those suing Columbia Gas, Salem News

Recovery Will Finish More Than A Year After Gas Explosions, Patch.com

Sen. Markey Promises Hearings After Columbia Gas Whistleblower’s Warnings, NECN

Columbia Gas says it will meet DPU deadline, Eagle-Tribune

Massachusetts DPU puts Columbia Gas under engineering firm’s oversight, Boston Herald

Foundation Set To Release Third Stipend To Gas Explosion Victims, USA Patch

More Aid For Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion Victims, USA Patch

 

Lockout

Massachusetts Senate passes bill to extend unemployment benefits to locked-out National Grid gas workers, MassLive

With differing bills for locked-out workers, House calls for Baker’s suggestions, Boston Globe

House, Senate at odds on Grid legislation, CommonWealth Magazine

Oops: DeLeo says Grid bill drafted incorrectly, CommonWealth Magazine

Baker backs more worker benefits if Grid lockout doesn’t end soon, CommonWealth Magazine

Senate readying bill to extend benefits for locked-out National Grid workers, Boston Globe

Decision on National Grid unlikely to help Quincy projects, Patriot Ledger

Moratorium on National Grid gas hookups lifted, Boston Globe

Montigny presses Spilka to act on lockout bill, South Coast Today

Locked-out workers blast DPU lift of National Grid moratorium, Boston Herald

Massachusetts imposes gas safety protocols on National Grid following over pressurization incident, Utility Dive

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Rising Waters Are Drowning Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, Bloomberg Business

From climate change to congestion, Massachusetts has a new transportation plan, MassLive

Polar vortex could unleash winter wallop by January, Washington Post

New Jersey regulators issue rules to rejoin RGGI carbon trading system, Utility Dive

New York Gov. Cuomo pledges 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040, Utility Dive

New York Power Authority to invest $250M in electric grid for better access to renewables, Daily Energy Insider

DC passes ‘most ambitious’ mandate for 100% renewables by 2032, Utility Dive

Energy transitions are usually slow. Here’s why the clean energy transition might be faster., Vox.com

Report: Massachusetts clean energy sector added 1,500 jobs in 2017, MassLive

Cap-and-Trade for Cars Is Coming to the Northeast, Scientific American

In landmark agreement, Mass., eight other states vow to cut transportation emissions, Boston Globe

Conn. Looks To Mix Of Strategies To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions, WSHU News

Rhode Island Renewable Energy Becomes Part Of The Everyday Landscape, CleanTechnica

 

Wind

A 21,000% Gain Shows Sky-High Value of Offshore Wind Leases, Bloomberg

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record, WBUR

Vineyard Wind Lands Second Offshore Lease, Vineyard Gazette

New Jersey regulators hand third rejection to Atlantic City offshore wind pilot, Utility Dive

Avangrid Renewables expands offshore wind portfolio after auction win, Windpower Engineering & Development

CT wind, fuel cell projects win long-term contracts, Hartford Business Journal

Shell Places 1.6 Gigawatt Bet On US Offshore Wind Energy, CleanTechnica

Association to Preserve Cape Cod Formally Endorses Vineyard Wind, Cape Cod

 

Solar

New Jersey moves to end solar RECs, take next steps toward 100% renewables, Utility Dive

Portland’s newest and largest solar array moves city toward its renewable-energy goal, Press Herald

Solar Wolf Energy Expands Footprint in Massachusetts, NA Clean Energy

LIPA OKs consumer-protection measures for solar customers, Newsday.com

New England Talks Solar, Storage and Public Policy, RTO Insider

ReVision Energy launches fund to help nonprofits tap solar energy, Mainebiz

Environmental group worries proposed solar farm could destroy Milford’s ecological gem, New Hampshire Union Leader

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

New York State PSC approves increases in energy efficiency, energy storage targets, Daily Energy Insider

MIT researchers make strides on location-independent, large-scale energy storage, Daily Energy Insider

NYPA board approves $600M credit line for efficiency projects as utility targets double, Utility Dive

NY’s energy storage target: It’s the journey, not the destination, stakeholders say, Utility Dive

Waltham Considers Hiring Full-Time Sustainability Manager, USA Patch

Design Building awarded LEED Gold certification, Massachusetts Daily Collegian

 

Nuclear

Indian Point closure will put power supply in flux, Times Herald-Record

Accelerated retirement of U.S. coal, nuke plants has potential risks –NERC, Reuters

PSEG first to file for subsidies to keep its nuclear plants online, NJ Spotlight

Nuclear Advisory Group Endorses Seabrook’s Plan To Monitor Concrete Cracks, NHPR

Seabrook Station: Study: Plant can operate, Newburyport Daily News

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource balks at state law ordering it to buy wood power, New Hampshire Union Leader

Consumer Energy Alliance Report Finds Higher Household Heating Costs Threaten Northeast Consumers, Boston Business Journal

Capacity pricing changes: How each power market plans to account for resource adequacy, Utility Dive

Wallingford not affected by utilities’ rate hikes, Record-Journal

Connecticut regulator weighs ‘amnesty’ for alternative electric suppliers, The Hour

Meriden To Recoup $3.4 Million From Eversource, USA Patch

Audit of CMP billing errors reveals lapses in training, testing, Portland Press Herald

FERC approves cost recovery for Exelon’s Mystic gas plant, Utility Dive

Zoning board approves generators at Fore River power plant, Patriot Ledger

Camden, N.J. Looks to Innovative Bonds to Expand Microgrid Project, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Has the Mass. solar gamble paid off?, CommonWealth Magazine

New Congress will bring a green wave on climate change, Boston Globe

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it., Boston Globe

Governor Baker, it’s time to hold gas utilities accountable, Boston Globe

Ocean plot auctions reap windfall for future, Boston Herald

The state’s social contract with utilities, CommonWealth Magazine

Clarity coming to NJ’s aggressive clean energy plan and its costs, Press of Atlantic City

Column: Justice for the Merrimack Valley starts with real accountability, Eagle-Tribune

Record-Smashing Auction Sets America on Course for Offshore Wind, Union of Concerned Scientists

Letter to the editor: Why are Massachusetts power needs prioritized over Maine’s?, Portland Press Herald

Lights out for Eversource (Letters), MassLive

Letter to the editor: Shame on National Grid, Sun Chronicle

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Energy News for week ending November 30, 2018

Trailers Removed | Bill to end moratorium? | RI goes big | Enough power

 

Happy Friday afternoon. This week we’re focused on good news.

From the Eagle Tribune, “The process of removing travel trailers placed on the South Common for local gas disaster victims started Thursday morning. Mayor Daniel Rivera said some of the trailers are now being sent to California, where 88 people have been killed and thousands have been left homeless, their homes destroyed by wildfires. The travel trailers were brought to the Merrimack Valley in mid-October after thousands of local residents were left without natural gas for heat and cooking a month earlier…Columbia Gas, the utility provider, is hoping to have gas restored to everyone affected by Dec. 16…Rivera described the removal of the trailers “as definitely a good sign.” “It means there are more people back at home with heat and hot water,” he said.

Over the past few weeks we’ve had a number of stories about how the moratorium on anything but emergency gas repairs has created havoc for some businesses and homeowners. The good news today comes from the Boston Business Journal that, “Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are set to review a bill sponsored by Gov. Charlie Baker that could spur the department of public utilities to lift its moratorium on non-emergency natural gas work throughout the commonwealth. Baker introduced the bill, titled “An Act to Ensure the Safety and Soundness of the Commonwealth’s Natural Gas Infrastructure,” on Nov. 20. Both the House and Senate have referred it to the committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy, which meets Tuesday.

From SolarIndustryMag.com we have this story, “The U.S.’ Smallest State Has Big Renewable Energy Ambitions. ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce.’ A line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or an appropriate description for the State of Rhode Island? Judging by its milestones in the renewable energy industry, the smallest state in the U.S. is living up to this mantra.”

Last for this week is story from MassLive that should warm all of our hearts, er homes, New England will have enough electricity to meet peak winter demands, ISO New England, which manages the power grid for the region, said Wednesday…Starting this winter, ISO New England will maintain a forecast of the region’s energy needs looking out 21 days. And it will use market incentives, so energy providers are paid more for sending gas to where ISO New England believes the gas will do the most good. ISO said it’s also working with utilities to reduce demand when the grid is under stress.”

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

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Berkshire Gas moratorium continues indefinitely, The Recorder

Invenergy: Loss of New England capacity contract won’t affect proposed gas plant, Utility Dive

Compressor opponent questions lack of outreach, Weymouth.wickedlocal.com

Fore River residents raise questions about compressor station study, Patriot Ledger

Hingham: Officials Approve Intervener Status for Gas Compressor Station (Audio Story), WATD-FM

Connecticut utility regulators tentatively approve settlement agreement in Yankee Gas rate case, New Haven Register

The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard?, New York Times

New England gas plants sold to private equity firm, Boston Globe

Two U.S. pipelines rack up violations, threaten industry growth, Reuters

City of Northampton opposes natural gas pipeline project in Agawam, MassLive

Residents at forum decry Longmeadow Country Club deal with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., MassLive

 

Lockout

Baker bill could help lift gas moratorium as National Grid lockout drags on, Boston Business Journal

Developers push for relief from the natural gas moratorium, Boston Globe

Grid, locked-out workers appear far apart, CommonWealth Magazine

National Grid rebuffs union’s counter-proposal as sides prepare to meet, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

 

Merrimack Valley

Trailers removed as need for shelter declines, Eagle Tribune

Lawmakers Follow Up on Lack of Inspectors in Merrimack Valley Prior to Explosions, NECN

Gas Company Offers Holiday Feast To Those Affected By Pipeline Disaster, NPR

Columbia Gas says Merrimack Valley residents should be back in homes by Christmas, MassLive

Ed Markey vows to change federal gas regulations in wake of Merrimack Valley explosions, MassLive

Family of man killed in gas explosion testifies at hearing; lawmakers aggressive in questioning company leaders, Eagle Tribune

Rivera: Columbia Gas should be disbanded, CommonWealth Magazine

Hearing Date Set For Lawsuits Against Columbia Gas, Patch.com

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Report warns of coastal impact for New England, Salem News

Emissions battle ensnares link to Canadian hydropower, E&E News

A Carbon Tax Wave? 7 States Considering Carbon Pricing to Fight Climate Change, Inside Climate News

Bipartisan group of lawmakers propose landmark carbon tax, The Hill

The U.S.’ Smallest State Has Big Renewable Energy Ambitions, Solar Industry

Let’s Re-Design Wholesale Market Rules To Reap The Benefits of Solar and Wind: Report, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind given more time to meet fishermen’s concerns, Cape Cod Times

Upwind wind farms can reduce the energy production of downwind neighbor turbines, NSF.gov

Ørsted Raises Offshore Wind Target To 15 Gigawatts By 2025, CleanTechnica

Rhode Island Wind-Power RFP Attracts Six Times the Requested Demand, Engineering News Record

 

 

Solar

Massachusetts accepts first applications for new solar SMART incentives, MassLive

BlueWave withdraws solar array proposal in Webster, Telegram.com

Solar Project Completed On Former East Providence Landfill, Solar Industry

Tiverton taps brakes on solar development, Newport Daily News

Easthampton gives final OK to large solar farm off Park Street, MassLive

Farmington planning board approves solar project, Kennebec Journal

Local solar nonprofit seeks to innovate energy assistance, Brainerd Dispatch

New Jersey hits milestone for installation of solar energy projects, Daily Energy Insider

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Weymouth middle school project aims for efficiency, resiliency, Patriot Ledger

Energy efficiency rate to decrease for most home electric bills, VTDigger

US Energy Industry Urges Congress To Fix ITC Eligibility For Energy Storage, CleanTechnica

Energy efficiency can save the world — if we can figure out how to pay for it, Utility Dive

New Hampshire settlement moves ‘cutting-edge’ utility BTM storage pilot forward, Utility Dive

 

EVs

Are regulators hindering EV acceleration?, Utility Dive

GM cuts jobs, ends models amid shift to electric and autonomous cars, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Connecticut Likely to OK Millstone for Zero-carbon RFP, RTO Insider

Fight brewing over prospect of nuclear power plant shutdowns, AP News

Plymouth seeks extended benefits as Pilgrim closes, Cape Cod Times

Ammonia Spill At Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant Declared ‘Unusual Event’, CBS Boston / WBZ-TV

A Growing Number Of States Are Rushing To Save Their Nuclear Plants, The Daily Caller

Nuclear panel questions cask life span, Cape Cod Times

Holtec eyes acquisition of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, Daily Energy Insider

A Bill Gates-backed energy company is developing what could be a game-changing nuclear reactor, Business Insider

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Region’s electricity market in trouble, CommonWealth Magazine

Smart meter deployments slow as questions emerge over cost effectiveness, saturation, Utility Dive

ISO-NE anticipates adequate winter resources, but sees 4 possible challenges, Utility Dive

New England power grid expected to meet winter demand, MassLive

Grid able to generate ample electricity this winter, but don’t expect bills to go down, Concord Monitor

Committee begins Seacoast Reliability Project debate, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold, Portland Press Herald

Shuttered Brayton Point assessed value drops more than 75 percent, Herald News

Newton Signs Historic Green Energy Contract: Mayor, USA Patch

Salisbury to roll out community choice electricity program, Newburyport Daily News

Connecticut-based Eversource Energy launches improved outage map, New Haven Register

 

Editorial/Opinion

Letter to the editor: CMP power corridor project does too much damage, should be rejected, Portland Press Herald

Our region needs the Seacoast Reliability Project, Seacoastonline.com

Maine Compass: Carbon tax best way to slow down climate change, Kennebec Journal

Boston, too, needs to do more on climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

We need a Green New Deal in Massachusetts, CommonWealth Magazine

LETTER: Maintain conservative nuclear cleanup standards, Wicked Local Plymouth

Don’t curb gas utilities; clean them up, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending November 16, 2019

Multiple Breakdowns | Panicky Trading | Key Errors | Floatovoltaics

 

Happy Friday afternoon. This week’s energy news is loaded with stories. Here are a few highlights:

 

One of many stories coming out of the Merrimack Valley incident this week is an NTSB report urging new safety measures. From USA Today, “Columbia Gas of Massachusetts did not use a professional engineer to draw up plans to replace old cast-iron gas mains in the Merrimack Valley in September — a factor, federal authorities say, that could have contributed to the explosions that killed one person and injured at least 21 others. That’s one conclusion from an urgent safety report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board Thursday. Massachusetts, like many states, exempts utility companies from state licensing laws for engineers. The NTSB now recommends that Massachusetts end the practice.”

 

Sticking with gas for a minute, in some not-so-good news for a region that relies heavily on natural gas for heating and electricity generation, from CNBC.com, “Natural gas prices surged to a more than four-year high in panicky and volatile trading Wednesday, after the latest cold weather forecasts raised fears that the U.S. is heading for a potentially colder-than-expected winter with too little gas supply…Prices also rose across futures contracts that that would cover the winter months through March, indicating that prices could be pressured all winter by dwindling supply, which is at a 15-year low for this time of year.”

 

In a bit of an Emily Litella moment (from SNL of years past) and perhaps some good news, the Washington Post reports, “Scientists behind a major study that claimed the Earth’s oceans are warming faster than previously thought now say their work contained inadvertent errors that made their conclusions seem more certain than they actually are…As a result, the findings suffer from too much doubt to definitively support the paper’s conclusion about how much heat the oceans have absorbed over time.” Their earlier results, if you recall, suggested there is less time than previously thought to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Last story for this week is an unusual request for an energy project in Central Mass. From Telegram.com, “A Millbury-based solar energy company has floated the idea of covering 24,000 surface acres of Quabbin Reservoir with a floating photovoltaic solar array capable of producing 1 megawatt of power. In his letter, Mr. Strzelecki said he is exploring any interest in developing a floating solar farm at Quabbin, describing floating solar arrays as ‘the future of renewable energy.’…The letter states that such an array, covering 24,000 of the reservoir’s 25,000 acres, would ‘put the Quabbin back in the energy-producing business since the Winsor Dam was put out of commission nearly 30 years ago.’ Mr. Strzelecki’s letter pointed out that “floatovoltaics” benefit from the cooling effect of water as well as being shade-free. Mr. Clark said he discussed the letter with John Scannell, director of the Division of Water Supply Protection, who was dismissive of the idea.”

 

Enjoy the weekend and have a Happy Thanksgiving. We’re taking next Friday off for the holiday.

 

Merrimack Valley

Multiple breakdowns led to natural gas explosions in Merrimack Valley, NTSB says, USA Today

As Merrimack Valley Appliances Are Replaced, Some Residents Want More Energy Efficiency, WGBH

Officials talk safety in anticipation of colder temps, Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts lawmakers ask President Donald Trump to declare disaster in Merrimack Valley after gas explosions, MassLive

Lawmakers to hold oversight hearings on gas explosions, Eagle-Tribune

Lawsuits In Gas Disaster Could Face Hurdle In Obscure State Protections For Utilities, WGBH

For Returning Gas Explosion Victims, Home Isn’t Always Sweet, USA Patch

After AG’s Guidance, Confusion Lingers For Landlords, Tenants, Patch.com

 

Lockout

Political leaders under pressure to fix gas crisis as developers panic, Boston Business Journal (pay wall)

Worcester Rep. O’Day files bill to force National Grid to continue health insurance for locked out workers, Telegram

Gas hookup moratorium putting chill on housing, real estate, Lowell Sun

Plans for gas oversight hearings, lockout bill taking shape, Sentinel and Enterprise

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Natural gas jumps to 4-year high in panicky trading as snow, cold push across US, CNBC

Charlton residents hear details of proposed $100M LNG plant, Worcester Telegram

Pipeline peril: Natural gas explosions reveal silent danger lurking in old cast iron pipes, CBS News

No penalties for 90% of pipeline blasts, E&E News

Climate activists get involved in Agawam pipeline debate, MassLive

Hingham mulls applying for ‘intervenor status’ on Weymouth compressor station, Hingham.wickedlocal.com

Power plant opponents celebrate another victory as case moves into final months, The Valley Breeze

Potential for wetlands disturbance draws ire from opponents of Williams Transco compressor station, Central Jersey

Environmentalists call on Murphy to halt fossil fuel projects, NJTV

Oxford power plant is commissioned, Connecticut Post

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

What Will Maine’s Clean Energy Future Look Like Under New Leadership?, Maine Public

Scientists acknowledge key errors in study of how fast the oceans are warming, Washington Post

Environmental groups hope Democrat gains will spur climate action, VTDigger

Green jobs growing across Central Mass., Telegram

ReEnergy shuts down Fort Fairfield biomass plant, Mainebiz

Ratepayer group asks FERC to nullify state’s biomass subsidy law, New Hampshire Union Leader

Storm Surge brings professor to discuss climate change, Daily News of Newburyport

Confronting Climate Change, Fishermen Collect Data on Changing Oceans, Cape and Islands NPR

 

Wind

7 big turbines rise in Johnston — biggest onshore wind farm in R.I. | video, Providence Journal

Agencies earn right to challenge wind farm studies, National Wind Watch

Motion To Intervene On Turbine Appeal Denied, Falmouth Enterprise

Arkwright hears complaints about turbine sounds, The Observer Today

Former Massachusetts Coal Plant Transitioning To Offshore Wind Support Center, North American Windpower

National Offshore Wind Consortium Announces Roadmap to Accelerate Offshore Wind Industry, NYSERDA

New Jersey in Right Place to Reap Benefits of Emerging Offshore-Wind Sector, NJ Spotlight

Providence zoning board to consider 3 new 364-ft. turbines at waterfront, Providence Business News

BOEM releases potential lease plots for NY offshore wind, South Coast Today

 

Solar

State throws cold water on idea of floating solar array on Quabbin Reservoir, Telegram.com

Local solar nonprofit seeks to innovate energy assistance, Brainerd Dispatch

Cabot Corporation and SunPower Announce Helix® Solar-Plus-Storage Agreement, MarketWatch

Three Solar Projects Completed For Town Of Ashland, Massachusetts, Solar Industry

Falmouth town meeting rejects moratorium on solar permits, Cape Cod Times

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Barrier to Energy Storage in New York?, Microgrid Knowledge

The Forecast on Energy-Efficient Cooling Just Got a Bit Sunnier, PBS

 

EVs

School Districts Rolling Out Electric Buses as Economics Improve: ‘It’s Time to Switch,’ Greentech Media

Tesla, GM, ChargePoint and other EV interests press Congress to continue federal tax credit, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Holtec Files Request to Acquire Pilgrim Nuclear Plant by End of 2019, Cape Cod Today

Natural Gas is Undermining Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Plants—And That’s Bad News for the Climate, Union of Concerned Scientists

Report: New England’s Nuclear Plants Will Be Key To Fighting Climate Change, New Hampshire Public Radio

Cost of US nuclear generation at ten-year low, World Nuclear News

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Rules Protecting N.H. Residents From Winter Utility Disconnection Kick In Today, Valley News

Maine DEP tells CMP its application for 145-mile power line is incomplete, Sun Journal

CT electric generation rates on the rise, Hartford Business Journal

National Grid brass declines invite to discuss gas concerns in Leominster, Sentinel & Enterprise

Visual impact of Seacoast power project to be presented, Seacoastonline.com

Governors push fed on grid modernization, Lowell Sun

Lessons From FERC Staff Reversal In Footprint Power, Law360

Can the Electricity Industry Seize Its Resilience Moment?, Greentech Media

New England Talks Energy Security, Public Policy, RTO Insider

Cannabis Growers Eye Microgrids to Cut Energy Bills, Greentech Media

FERC chair warns of retroactive ratemaking in ISO-NE order, S&P Global Platts

To scare crows in North Adams, National Grid is bringing in a propane cannon that shoots sound, MassLive

NE governors push feds on grid modernization, Lowell Sun

LIPA seeks 2.4% hike in customer delivery charge, Newsday

Utility smart meter installations worry Rockland and Westchester homeowners on privacy, LoHud.com

The Hail Mary plan to restart a hacked us electric grid, Wired

 

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Baker, Walsh must step in on National Grid talks, Boston Business Journal (paywall)

To fight climate change, environmentalists say yes to nuclear power, Boston Globe

Nuclear waste dilemma, The Day

Maine Voices: Start listening, folks: All-out effort needed to prevent climate disaster, Portland Press Herald

For a safe, secure new U.S. energy grid, Lowell Sun

George Smith: 2019 may be Maine’s year for clean energy, Kennebec Journal

GUEST OPINION: Energy Advisory Committee, past and future, Daily News of Newburyport

Ørsted, Deepwater Wind: Are Offshore Wind Mergers Good for us?, Union of Concerned Scientists

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Energy News for week ending October 12, 2018

Swim Caps to the Rescue | Carbon Eating Battery | Blame the Cat

 

Happy Friday afternoon everyone.

We have a lot of serious news this week, so we thought we’d keep the highlights light before you delve into the more meaty news below.

From Greentech Media, “Exposure to sunlight, freezing temperatures and precipitation can erode the leading edge of wind turbine blades, shortening the life of the blade and reducing the overall productivity of the turbine. With turbine blades getting longer, from around 50 meters just a few years ago to 80 meters or more today, the force of natural elements working to degrade a blade’s leading edge has increased. A Danish company believes it has found a solution. PolyTech’s ELLE (Ever Lasting Leading Edge) is a polyurethane shell applied to turbine blade tips. The product has been likened to a “swim cap” for turbine blades.”

In other news from Greentech Media, “A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has unveiled a battery technology that could potentially mop up carbon dioxide from thermal power plants. The lithium-based battery works by absorbing carbon dioxide into a water-based amine called 2-ethoxyethylamine and then mixing this with a non-aqueous liquid electrolyte used alongside a carbon cathode and a lithium anode. With every discharge, the carbon dioxide is converted into a solid mineral carbonate that builds up on the cathode. Carbon dioxide is thus used up as the battery cycles and converted to an inert material that can serve as a source of carbon for industrial purposes…A battery that can eat up carbon dioxide is still some way off from reality, though.”

And from myjoyonline.com (sourced from Utility Dive), “A family in Russia’s Barnaul region was recently taken to court by the local energy company for accumulating a debt of approximately 80,000 rubles ($1,218) in unpaid bills. In their defense, the accused claimed that it was all their cat’s fault, not theirs…Often times they spotted it climbing on the electricity meter in order to reach the roof, and even tried moving the meter on an adjacent wall, but to no avail. They told the judge that the cat eventually broke the meter’s wire seal and somehow tampered with the device, which resulted in absurdly high bills… Fortunately for the cat, the energy company’s lawyer managed to prove its innocence in front of the judge.”

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Merrimack Valley

NTSB: Columbia Gas work order ignored critical pressure sensor, Eagle Tribune

Residents vent frustrations at gas information meeting, Eagle Tribune

Columbia Gas plans to inspect, fix at least 350 dwellings per day in Greater Lawrence after gas disaster, MassLive

Massachusetts voters aren’t happy with corporate response to Columbia Gas explosions, new poll says, MassLive

A real dilemma, Regional gas disaster ruffles local real estate market, Eagle Tribune

Lawrence businesses fight for survival as gas remains shut off, Boston Globe

Gas cut off over pressure issue not far from explosion area, Eagle-Tribune

Travel trailers open for residents still without gas service, Boston Herald

Columbia says it will replace appliances, Eagle Tribune

 

Woburn

Gas is restored to most Woburn homes that lost service, Boston Globe

Heightened natural gas concerns reflected in trail of letters, Telegram.com

State agency slams National Grid over safety, compliance, Boston Herald

DPU orders halt to National Grid linework, Patriot Ledger

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Utility stop-work order affecting Cape project, Cape Cod Times

‘Sneaky’ sale of city water protested at rally, Herald News

Consumers wanted it, dealers got it: Cleaner heating oil now the standard in Maine, Portland Press Herald

Growing opposition to compressor station in Rehoboth, WJAR

Clean Transportation Technologies Can Cut Emissions and Save Northeast Over $1 Trillion in Reduced Spending on Oil., Union of Concerned Scientists

Protests Of Gas Pipeline Project Follow Merrimack Valley Disaster, WAMC

 

Lockout

National Grid defends use of replacement workers during lock out, Boston Globe

Baker steps up involvement in National Grid lockout, WB Journal

Locked out National Grid workers rally against company President Marcy Reed, MassLive

US Rep. Seth Moulton urges National Grid, Columbia Gas to deploy locked out steelworkers in gas explosion recovery effort, MassLive

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

In dual forums, Baker, Gonzalez stake their positions on environment, Boston Globe

US Sen. Ed Markey to make 2018 election ‘referendum’ on Trump administration’s climate change policy, MassLive

UN climate change report puts pressure on governments to act, Salem News

The Hurricanes, and Climate-Change Questions, Keep Coming. Yes, They’re Linked., New York Times

Holyoke school kids learn engineering skills at HG&E ‘Clean Energy Day’, MassLive

Cape Cod Canal site testing ground for technology, Cape Cod Times

How High Does Carbon Need to Be? Somewhere From $20-$27,000, Bloomberg L.P.

U.S. oil CEO says corporations should work to stem climate change, Reuters

Rising transportation emissions are a threat to Maine’s environment, MSN

 

 

Wind

How a ‘Swim Cap’ Could Extend the Life of Wind Turbine Blades, Greentech Media

Ørsted to buy Deepwater Wind for $510m, CommonWealth Magazine

Barnstable enters host agreement with Vineyard Wind; Covell’s Beach is favored cable landfall site, Wicked Local Dennis

Wind power execs say deal will give Connecticut greater access, New Haven Register

 

Solar

Solar, Wind Made Up At Least 20% Of Electric Generation In 10 States Last Year, Solar Industry

Former Westport landfill to become solar farm, South Coast Today

High Efficiency SunPower® Solar Project Now Operating at Bose Corporation’s Global Headquarters in Massachusetts, Business Journals

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

MIT Unveils Early-Stage Carbon-Eating Battery, Greentech Media

Here’s How Energy Efficient New York Is, Patch

Get Smart: Lessons for the Storage Industry From the Home Automation Market, Greentech Media

 

Nuclear

Latest NRC Quarterly Pilgrim Plant Report Shows Progress, CapeCod.com

U.S. to Strengthen Controls on Nuclear Technology Exports to China, Wall Street Journal

Seabrook nuclear plant closer to license extension, Seacoastonline.com

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Family sued over unpaid electric bills place blame on their cat, myjoyonline.com

ISO-NE defends short-term plan to maintain fuel security, S&P Global Platts

EIA predicts higher winter heating costs for most energy sources, Biomass Magazine

Group drops challenge to Sandwich power plant expansion, Cape Cod Times

With winter deadlines looming, National Grid lockout taking toll on development, Boston Globe

NEPOOL OKs Penalty for Delayed Capacity Resources, RTO Insider

Seacoast Reliability Project faces public hearing, Seacoastonline.com

Watchdog group drops challenge to power plant expansion, Cape Cod Times

Maine regulators invite more public comment on CMP hydro project, MSN

Council backs Eversource plan, harbor commission concerns remain, The Hour

With New Developments Coming To Dorchester, Eversource Moves To Boost Power Supply, WGBH

Why doesn’t the U.S. bury its power lines?, The Conversation

 

Editorial/Opinion

Gas explosions show how dangerous the fuel is, CommonWealth Magazine

Guest MINDSETTER™ Eccleston: Why No Environmental Impact Statement From Invenergy?, GoLocalProv

Should Massachusetts proceed with the deal to import hydro electricity from Quebec?, Boston Globe

Uncle Sam is all-in on expensive, impractical batteries, Washington Examiner

Down to Earth: A choice: forests or solar panels?, Daily Hampshire Gazette

LETTER: Reader says questions persist on evacuation plan, Daily News of Newburyport

 

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