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Energy News for week ending November 4, 2017

Protests take new turn | Storm creates havoc | Natgas Moratorium News

Happy Saturday folks!

We had a “wicked busy” day yesterday so this newsletter is a day behind its normal schedule but it’s filled with an extra day of stories so it’s more a like a “Bonus edition!”

Out in western Mass, WAMC reports that Kinder Morgan protests are turning more aggressive. “Massachusetts State Police said in a statement three pipeline opponents were arrested Wednesday. State police say one man trying to escape arrest pushed a trooper and was hit with a stun gun. Further from home, but incredibly disturbing, is a story from KWWL where it is suspected a wind power opponent placed more than a dozen dead rabbits at the base of a wind turbine. A local environmental consultant believes the rabbits were likely placed under the turbine to attract eagles and other birds into the path of the propellers. Just awful.

Big news this week was the wind storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people around New England. Some still remain without power. The response, or slowness of it, has caught the attention of government leaders in Massachusetts (Boston Herald), Rhode Island (ProJo) and Connecticut (NBC Connecticut).

Last for this week,  is news from the Daily Hampshire Gazette where Columbia Gas laid out plans to lift the moratorium on new gas connections in Northampton and East Hampton along with several other projects to improve reliability and reduce gas leaks in its Springfield territory.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Bill aims to protect consumers in pipeline expansions, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Columbia Gas outlines solutions to natural gas logjam, Hampshire Gazette

Natural gas industry seeks expanded infrastructure, Lowell Sun

Spectra defends Weymouth compressor plan amid new concerns, WickedLocal Weymouth

There’s a new tool in the fight to seal the state’s gas leaks, Boston Globe

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. cleared to start flow through Otis State Forest spur, Berkshire Eagle

Police: Kinder Morgan Pipeline Protests Have Turned More Aggressive, WAMC.org

Northeast pipeline controversy exposes gas markets as ‘a recipe for chaos,’ researchers say, Utility Dive

Kinder Morgan denies claims about Otis forest project; TD Bank says it’s not involved, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Power grid operator disqualifies proposed Burrillville plant from electricity auction, The Providence Journal

Public forum in Concord on gas leaks, The Boston Globe

Chelmsford board backs gas leaks bills, Wicked Local Chelmsford

Company says it knew of pipeline coating damage 3 years ago, PennEnergy

Now it’s oilmen who say fracking could harm groundwater, E&E News

How a 672000-Gallon Oil Spill Was Nearly Invisible, New York Times

The Fracking Boom’s Midlife Crisis, Bloomberg

U.S. Energy Regulator Says Coal More Reliable Than Natural Gas, Bloomberg

Climate Change

Dual bills call for climate change action, Lowell Sun

Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause, WBUR

UN environment chief: US likely to live up to Paris accord, CT Post

Atmospheric CO2 Levels Are Now The Highest In 800,000 Years, IFL Science

October 2017 was second warmest on record in Worcester, Telegram.com

Renewable Energy/Policy/etc.

NY Green Bank seeks $1B in private sector investment for clean energy projects, Utility Dive

HomeBiogas 2.0: Ready-to-use biogas solution for the home, Treehugger

New York Stakeholders Question Carbon Pricing Process, RTO Insider

Wind

Bay State Wind opens downtown New Bedford office in wind power bid, South Coast Today

Moosehead-area lawmakers oppose wind projects, Press Herald

Public back New England offshore, REnews

Wind mill tax program not worth the ‘headache,’ Sun Journal

US Bill targets offshore boost, renews

Wind Power Set a New Renewable Energy Record in Europe Last Week, Futurism

US and Denmark sign deal for offshore wind cooperation, Energy Digital

Dead rabbits found on local wind farm, KWWL

Solar

Is solar+storage eligible for net metering in Massachusetts? Tesla and others want to know, Utility Dive

Solar permitting data shows residential market woes, pv magazine USA

New England Solar and Storage Symposium 2017: The Presentations, Greentech Media

Energy Efficiency

Town of Maynard reduces energy use by 22 percent, Wicked Local Bolton

Time to Change Our Clocks Back and Our Lightbulbs Forward, Natural Resources Defense Council

New Hampshire House committee votes to end RGGI-funded efficiency investments, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Malloy signs Millstone bill, then questions its need, The Day

Connecticut governor calls for Dominion cooperation, World Nuclear News

Consultant airs Vermont Yankee contamination concerns, Brattleboro Reformer

NARUC, other energy organizations urge Congress to fund Nuclear Waste Program, Daily Energy Insider

Crews restoring power to Seabrook nuke plant sirens, Seacoastonline.com

Storm knocks out Pilgrim power line, Cape Cod Times

Storm

AG eyes utility’s power restoration efforts after storm, Boston Herald

Following outage, Grid wants to bill ratepayers $39M for tree-clearing, Boston Herald

National Grid under fire for slow response to outages, The Providence Journal

State reports 31000 still without power, Lowell Sun

Utility’s storm prep called into question, Boston Herald

Frustration Mounts As Thousands Remain Without Power, Hartford Courant

Ledyard Mayor, Frustrated With Eversource Response, Postpones Trick or Treating, NBC Connecticut

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Healey fights Eversource’s $4.9M reimbursement request, Boston Globe

Eversource touts N. Pass ‘certainty,’ CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource Seeking $336.8M Electricity Rate Increase Amid Criticism Over Recent Storm Response, Hartford Courant

Sudbury: Eversource power line proposal faces state hearings, Wicked Local Sudbury

Sixty-Four House Members Tell Pruitt RFS has Failed, DTN The Progressive Farmer

Mayor Carpenter: Brockton Power is dead, Enterprise News

Budding marijuana sector brings big load growth, efficiency challenges for utilities, Utility Dive

Fall back no more? Commission moves time zone issue forward, WCVB Boston

Thoughts for fuel: Bringing new technology to home-heating delivery, Boston Globe

Why You Should Fear a Cyberattack on the Grid, Greentech Media

In private meeting Cuomo administration pushes utilities for more REV investment, Politico

What Is Grid Modernization? An Explainer, Conservation Law Foundation blog

Why We Need Microgrid Cybersecurity: The Threat is Real, Microgrid Knowledge

Editorial/Opinion

Budget Hurts Environment, Hartford Courant

Lessons from first campus carbon-pricing scheme, Nature.com

Opinion: Approve Vermont Yankee plan, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Paying environmental tribute to neighboring states, Commonwealth Magazine

Guy Page: ‘Residential standards’ for VY decommissioning make little sense, VT Digger

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Energy News for week ending October 27, 2017

Thorough Review | Seaweed Energy | Cow Power

Good Friday afternoon.

This week brought news from CommonWealth Magazine that the MA DPU is launching “a thorough review” of allegations in a recent report that Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc. artificially constrained natural gas pipeline capacity in New England and drove up electricity prices by $3.6 billion over three years.

Up in Maine, Penn Energy reports that the University of New England in Maine is receiving more than $1.3 million in federal money to develop methods for the U.S. to become a leader at utilizing seaweed for uses such as energy.

And, sticking with not your average energy sources, the Berkshire Eagle says in Dalton, MA, “the town is embracing wind energy, but officials plan to chew a bit more on “cow power.” The Select Board heard a pitch Monday from Hampshire Power to buy electricity produced from cow manure and compost. Doing so would support green energy and yield credits to reduce its electric bill. The five-member board decided to hold off on a decision until its next meeting.”

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Data shows two companies stand alone in their New England pipeline practices, Environmental Defense Fund

Gas leaks increase in Concord, Wicked Local Concord

Massachusetts regulators to review allegations Eversource, Avangrid constrained pipelines, Utility Dive

Tribal dispute provokes another call for state intervention in Burrillville power plant debate, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Burrillville power plant decision delayed over changes to water plan, Valley Breeze

Citizens against the Rehoboth compressor station host Newton Mayor Setti Warren in Attleboro, The Sun Chronicle

Challenge to AIM Pipeline Approval Before DC Circuit Court, Patch.com

Wind energy project off LI to be called Empire Wind, Newsday

Study: Fracking Chemicals Harm Kids’ Brains, EcoWatch

Most Resolutions Against 1 GW Burrillville Plant Suppressed, Power Engineering

Activists bring pipeline protest to downtown Northampton, Hampshire Gazette

Amherst Board of Health asks Baker for more data on natural gas pipelines, Daily Hampshire Gazette

DPU reviewing report’s pipeline claims, CommonWealth Magazine

Renewable Energy (Policy, Miscellaneous, etc.)

Miller Environmental Group Installs First Utility Based Community Geothermal System on Long Island, New York for National Grid, Business Insider

Vinal Tech students unveil Connecticut’s ninth renewable energy E-house, New Haven Register

GE Renewable Energy Continues Strong 2017 Growth, CleanTechnica

Fusion Energy: How Scientists Are Creating Plasma Hotter Than the Sun in Quest for Limitless Clean Energy, Newsweek

Google’s New Office Complex Will Use a Massive Heat Pump Instead of Fuel, Fortune

Maine university getting more than $1M for seaweed-to-energy, Penn Energy

Dalton ponders ‘cow power’ for town electrical needs, Berkshire Eagle

Wind

New Study Finds Offshore Wind May Be Haven for Sea Life, Greentech Media

Light at the end of the tunnel for US offshore wind power, Recharge

Delaware Researchers Discover How to Cut Offshore Wind Construction Costs by $1.6B, Renewable Energy World

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center releases port assessment for offshore wind industry, Windpower Engineering

Developers Plan Wind Farms Off Jersey as Christie Era Ends, Bloomberg

Offshore wind ushers in a new time on Block Island, Windpower Engineering

Distributed Wind Turbine Makers Bolstered by Energy Department Grants, Greentech Media

Deepwater commits to New Bedford for Revolution project, Recharge

Solar

Ruling leads to increased solar panel prices, MetroWest Daily News

Rhode Island Solar Program Hits Cap, Installers Irked, ecoRI news

Solar Panel Facility Eyed At Former West Haven Landfill, Patch.com

Energy Efficiency

Battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency investment tops $1bn, Power Engineering International

I-Team: After Expensive Energy Upgrades, Consumers Struggle To Get Promised Mass Save Rebates, CBS Boston / WBZ

NH House panel to weigh energy-efficiency charge opt-out bill, New Hampshire Business Review

Simple Energy Brings Instant Utility Rebates to Retail Outlets, Greentech Media

Nuclear

Oh, another wrinkle on budget deal: Millstone’s profitability, The CT Mirror

NRC presses Seabrook nuke plant on concrete problem, Seacoastonline.com

Whistleblowers Share Insights About Vermont Yankee Doc, Seven Days

New England Coalition defends expert witnesses in NorthStar hearings, vtdigger.org

Activists mobilize on nuclear power proposals, Cape Cod Times

Cyr Files Bill to Increase Authority of Pilgrim Decommissioning Panel, CapeCod.com News

As climate change fuels fears about nuclear waste, Maine looks to Trump for solution, Bangor Daily News

Former energy secretary highlights national security, low-carbon benefits of nuclear, Daily Energy Insider

Connecticut passes bill to support Dominion’s Millstone nuclear plant, Utility Dive

DOE NOPR

Connecticut AG opposes federal Energy Department’s proposed coal, nuclear subsidies, New Haven Register

RTOs Reject NOPR; Say Fuel Risks Exaggerated, RTO Insider

DOE’s Coal, Nuclear Cost Recovery Plan Receives Onslaught of Opposition, Greentech Media

Obama discriminated against coal, nuclear: US energy secretary, Reuters

What States Told FERC About the DOE’s Grid Resiliency Rule [INFOGRAPHIC], POWER magazine

DOE NOPR opponents: No basis for expanded FPA to justify coal, nuke cost recovery, Utility Dive

FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR, Renewable Energy World

Connecticut AG opposes federal Energy Department’s proposed coal, nuclear subsidies, New Haven Register

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource puts tab for memberships on ratepayers, CommonWealth Magazine

Town committee proposes resolution opposing Eversource rate increase, The Recorder

Northern Pass noise claims challenged, The Union Leader

Workshop To Discuss National Grid’s Electric Rates and Rate Hike: Rep. Lancia, Patch.com

Hydro-Quebec, DOE to explore collaboration on storage, EVs, Utility Dive

New Hampshire won’t join Clean Power plan suit – at least not yet, New Hampshire Business Review

The Energy 202: Tax debate opens door for renewables to get same break as fossil fuels, Washington Post

Board kills directive to bury power lines at park, Penn Energy

Bill would allow municipalities to develop microgrids, Penn Energy

NY regulators move to protect consumers in DER market, Utility Dive

US sounds alarm over increased cyber threat to energy, other sectors, Utility Dive

Maine Legislative Committee to Consider Community Microgrids as a “Force for Good,” Microgrid Knowledge

Hydro-Quebec, DOE to explore collaboration on storage, EVs, Utility Dive

New law allows NY to restrict oil tanker Hudson anchorages, Penn Energy

Editorial/Opinion

Viewpoint: Massachusetts is investing in clean-energy tech for businesses, BBJ (subscriber content)

No, Solar Doesn’t Have a Customer Acquisition Problem, Greentech Media

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

RGGI has been effective but Rep. Vadney opposes it, The Laconia Daily Sun

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Energy News for week ending October 6, 2017

Try a little voodoo | Methane Moooystery Solved | Troubling Conclusion

Happy Friday afternoon. The Energy News list today is UGE! In order to make it easier for folks to find what they want we created more categories. This may not be the case every week, but when have nearly 80 stories, like today, a little more sorting seems to help.

We’ve also been expanding our range to include more Northeast (i.e. beyond New England) stories, and of course have national news stories with potential local and regional implications. We hope you’re enjoying the change. Now, let’s get to a few of the news items.

I love the lede in this Berkshire Eagle article, “When all else fails, keep bugging the pipeline company, and try a little voodoo.” While it sounds like a lot of shenanigans were going on, the story also touches on some kind human interactions between the members of the police detail and the protestors. With all that’s been going on in the world, examples of peaceful protests are welcome news.

The Washington Post brings us the results of a study on upticks in methane over recent years. It seems the cause may be burping bovines. “Just from livestock methane emissions, our revisions resulted in 11 percent more methane in a recent year than what we were previously estimating,” said Julie Wolf, lead author of the study who completed the work while a postdoc at the institute and now works at the Department of Agriculture. “It’s not the biggest contributor to the annual methane budget in the atmosphere, but it may be the biggest contributor to increases in the atmospheric budget over recent years.” And, if you thought the emissions came from the other end of the cow, check out the embedded 2015 story about how that’s not the case.

Lastly this week, also from the Washington Post comes the results of 26-year climate change study that has been taking place in the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. From the article, “The research, tracking the emissions of carbon from artificially heated plots of a forest in Massachusetts, reinforces fears about the possibility of a climate change “feedback” involving the planet’s soils, one that could pile on top of and substantially worsen the ongoing warming trend triggered by the burning of fossil fuels.” Check it out, it’s pretty interesting stuff.

As always, be sure to check out the events page at New England Energy News. Have a great Columbus Day weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline/Methane

Activists relentless as Tennessee Gas tries to wrap up pipeline work, gas to flow in November, Berkshire Eagle

Scientists may have found a solution to the atmosphere’s methane mystery, Washington Post

New York power plant raises concerns, Greater New Milford Spectrum

TransCanada says it’s cancelling Energy East pipeline, CT Post

LISTEN: The science behind gas leaks under our cities and towns, The Patriot Ledger

Massive Pennsylvania gas leak proves industry requires more oversight, Environmental Defense Fund

Looking beyond pipelines to address New England’s electricity needs, Environmental Defense Fund

Renewables (Policy/RGGI/Purchasing, etc.)

Murphy or Guadagno: There’s Likely RGGI in New Jersey’s Future, NJ Spotlight

Vermont a Leader in Renewables, PUC Chair Says, RTO Insider

Renewable energy fans flex lobbying muscles in Massachusetts, Penn Energy

Council president, mayor differ on green electricity plan for city, Boston Globe

Wind

Energy Companies’ Proposal Could Help Expand Maine’s Wind Power Capacity, Maine Public

New York To BOEM: Here’s Where We Can Build Offshore Wind, North American Windpower

NY State clears way for more offshore wind, Long Island Business News

Senvion’s 3.7M144 Wind Turbine Arrives In North America, North American Windpower

If Wind Power Is Going to Replace Fossil Fuels, We Need Bigger Turbines, Futurism

From Black to Green: DONG Energy is Now Ørsted, Renewable Energy World

So Long, DONG: Danish Energy Giant Changes Name While Dropping Fossil Fuels, Greentech Media

Scituate selectmen consider shutting down wind turbine, Patriot Ledger

Solar

Net Metering Cap Stalls $78 Million Worth Of Massachusetts Solar Projects, CleanTechnica

Massachusetts Solar Industry Testifies in Support of Raising Net Metering Caps, Energy Collective

Claremont solar array project moves forward, The Union Leader

Rebuilding After the Hurricanes: These Solar Homes Use Almost No Energy, InsideClimate News

Regulations Force Boston Churches to Cut Back Solar Plan, WGBH

Solar industry turns up heat on Mass. Legislature, Boston Globe

New tariff proposals put solar in ‘a land of complete uncertainty’ ahead of ITC hearing, Utility Dive

Fairfield enters partnership to explore solar array on closed landfill, Energy Central/Morning Central

New Milford residents oppose solar project for Candlewood Mountain, News Times

Low-income families left in dark by solar law, Wicked Local Littleton

Tidal

N.S. opens door to new energy ventures among world’s highest tides in Fundy, Times Colonist

Tidal turbine test site at Cape Cod Canal gets green light, Cape Cod Times

Climate Change

One of the oldest climate change experiments has led to a troubling conclusion, Washington Post

Storage

Massachusetts’ largest ESS will help ‘stabilise’ utility customers’ rates for 20 years, Energy Storage News

National Grid, battery company unveil power system at Holy Name, Worcester Business Journal

ENGIE and Massachusetts utility team up for 6 MWh energy storage project, Utility Dive

Energy Efficiency

Pot power drain on the minds of Bay State utilities, Gloucester Times

Happy Energy Efficiency Day: Buy an LED Bulb to Celebrate, Natural Resources Defense Council

Efficiencies helped households save up to 30 percent on energy bills in 2016: IEA, Reuters

States Lead the Way on Energy Efficiency as Feds Falter, Natural Resources Defense Council

Portsmouth joins national Energy Efficiency Day, Seacoastonline.com

Start saving money, reducing pollution on Energy Efficiency Day, wwlp.com

Despite Trump, states keep getting more energy-efficient., Grist

Connecticut slips slightly in state-by-state ranking of energy efficiency, The Greater New Milford Spectrum

Want To Build An Energy Efficient House? Try Concrete, WNPR News

LED streetlight conversion leads to $115K grant, Daily Times Chronicle

Nuclear

Nuclear Regulatory Commission responds to Seabrook safety activist’s concerns, Wicked Local Ipswich

At Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant, A Rumble Over Rubble, New England Public Radio

Vermont Yankee decommissioning fund grows by $13M, Brattleboro Reformer

Entergy, NorthStar want critical comments nixed, vtdigger.org

Pilgrim owner backs off another nuclear plant closure, Cape Cod Times

Proposed federal bill would give millions to cities storing nuclear waste, Chicago Tribune

Courtney targets nuclear waste, Hartford Business

DOE NOPR FERC

US DOE proposal for FERC market reforms draws heavy fire at GCPA, Platts

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear, Bloomberg

How DOE’s baseload power rule ‘would blow the market up,’ Utility Dive

Behind the Backlash to Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Demand for Coal-Nuclear Market Intervention, Greentech Media

The Energy Department is Making up Reasons Why You Need to Pay More For Dirty Energy, Fast Company

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

State budget woes jeopardize environmental funding, New Haven Register

Eversource predicts dip in monthly bills by 5.5 percent, The Union Leader

Site Evaluation Committee views potential impact of Northern Pass on Concord, Concord Monitor

World’s First Technology To Measure Electricity Grid Stability Announced, CleanTechnica

Land Conservationists Worry Power Plant Will Fragment Forest, Harm Species, WNPR News

Invenergy announces water deal with Narragansett Tribe, RI Future

Rep. Cushing to PUC: Don’t Let ‘Polluter’ Eversource Buy Aquarion Water, InDepthNH.org

Worcester balks at National Grid repair bills for DCU Center, Worcester Telegram

EPA chief wants more of Northern Pass underground, The Union Leader

Connecticut energy plan raises tough questions on comparative resource valuation, Utility Dive

FERC eschews social cost of carbon measurement in new downstream analysis, Utility Dive

Winter energy prices to rise at least seven percent in Mass, MetroWest Daily News

Northern Pass hits another obstacle, CommonWealth Magazine

Imagining the Utility of the Future, Utility Dive

Gardner deal to trim electricity bills, Telegram

Editorial/Opinion

Stopping Climate Change Starts at Home, Commonwealth Magazine

Editorial: Energy project shows promise, once connected to the grid, The Recorder

Northern Pass is committed to working with businesses, The Laconia Daily Sun

Forum: Protect Millstone’s workers and communities, not its shareholders, New Haven Register

Amelia Shea: A long-term view of Vermont Yankee site, vtdigger.org

Could electricity become too cheap to meter?, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending September 8, 2017

ISO-NE spoiled | Varying approaches to Grid Mod | Hacked

Good Friday Afternoon.

Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. It’s hard to fathom how much devastation has already occurred in Texas and the Caribbean as we continue to watch and pray for the folks in Florida, Mexico and again in the Leeward Islands as the massive hurricanes continue on their paths.

Closer to home we have a story from POWER magazine digging deep into ISO-New England’s 20-year history and asking if the success of the past can be replicated in the future – or is ISO-NE spoiled by its success? With winter approaching, here is an interesting quote from the article, “According to van Welie, the ISO has largely given up on the idea of bringing more gas to the region, in the face of the inability of pipeline developers to win support for their projects. The problem now, he said, ‘is how to get efficient electricity production during winter, assuming we see no further investment in gas infrastructure.’ He added, ‘Fuel has to come from somewhere when the existing pipelines are constrained.’”

This week Utility Dive dug into the Massachusetts utilities’ grid mod proposals. The question they say is that regulators must choose whether to embrace their original grid mod goals, opt for newly-proposed performance metrics, or go back to the drawing board. Further they add that Massachusetts regulators ordered the state’s utilities to develop a grid modernization plan (GMP) in 2014 but divergent approaches have so far prevented implementation.

If the Equifax hack wasn’t bad enough, we bring you a BuzzFeed story based on reports from Symantec that hackers infiltrated and gained access to operational controls of US electric companies.  Symantec, a California-based firm that provides cybersecurity services and worldwide research against online threats, says the group, which it’s nicknamed Dragonfly 2.0, may have compromised more than a dozen American companies in recent months.

Be sure to check out our events page. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Is Big Oil Prepared For The Natural Gas Era?, OilPrice.com

Sugar Shack Alliance protests fossil fuels on I-91, The Recorder

Burrillville asks EFSB to dismiss Invenergy application because it’s incomplete, RI Future

FERC Orders Tech Conference on Algonquin No-Notice Changes, RTO Insider

Citing climate impacts, New York state blocks yet another natural gas pipeline, MassLive.com

Mother Nature Whips Natural Gas Amid Harvey And Irma, Investing.com

Natural gas pipeline projects move closer to development, Utility Dive

Renewable Energy

Public, private leaders call for renewable energy push, Worcester Business Journal

Connecticut pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions, CT Post

Portland Airport to Get $1.3 Million for Solar Array, U.S. News & World Report

Giant Batteries Help Renewable Energy Grow In New England, WBUR

Grid strained by new solar farms, Berkshire Eagle

RGGI prices to continue languishing below $10 through 2030 despite reforms, analysts warn, Carbon Pulse

20 megawatts: Solar developer targets southern Vermont, Brattleboro Reformer

Shrewsbury town meeting OK gas line extensions, solar deal, Worcester Telegram

Resident group opposes solar proposal for Candlewood Mountain, The Greater New Milford Spectrum

VIDEO: World’s First Offshore Wind Facility Completely Dismantled, Power Engineering Magazine

Ocean Turbines Could Turn the Tide for Energy Generation, Government Technology

Wind turbine manufacturers are dipping toes into energy storage projects, Ars Technica

CleanChoice Energy opens office in Massachusetts, Clean Technology Business Review

Lynn Working to Become A Green Community, Lynn Journal

Two Energy Powerhouses Broaden Community Solar Access in Massachusetts, Energy Central

Wastewater treatment authority on path to full renewability, Penn Energy

Maine island completes conversion to ’90 percent cleaner’ energy, Bangor Daily News

Potential Tariff On Solar Panels Has Some Developers Concerned, Vermont Public Radio

Energy Efficiency

UMass, Eversource sign energy efficiency partnership, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Were thermal images taken of your Springfield house? Look for a postcard in the mail outlining energy-savings plan, MassLive.com

Bash the incandescent bulb and save money, The Cabinet Press

Nuclear

Entergy Seeks Approval To Accelerate Prep Work At Vermont Yankee, Vermont Public Radio

State OKs reduction in Vermont Yankee security, vtdigger.org

Report claims there’s no new pollution at VY, Commons

In advertising blitz, nuclear industry seeks reset, Axios

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Could Success Spoil ISO-NE?, Power Magazine

Massachusetts utilities take divergent approaches to grid modernization, Utility Dive

Electricity Providers Targeted In Massive Hack, Buzzfeed

LePage can’t lower energy prices by himself, but that won’t stop him from trying, Bangor Daily News

How States Will Hit 100 Percent Clean Energy, Scientific American

CMP faces questions about power line plan for western Maine, Portland Press Herald

Environmental group appeals approval of Sandwich plant expansion, Cape Cod Times

Northern Pass transmission slated to bring Quebec electricity to Massachusetts gains OK from US Forest Service, MassLive.com

31 Northern Pass Hearings Added; Delay Prompts Lively Facebook Exchange, InDepthNH.org

Northern Pass route through White Mountains clears hurdle, WMUR Manchester

Northern Pass: Residents, Eversource Offer Differing Views On Another SEC Delay, Caledonian Record

Northern Pass project decision delayed by New Hampshire siting committee, Utility Dive

United States: DOE Report Offers Extensive Insight, But Limited Policy Suggestions, Mondaq News Alerts

Towns intervene in Eversource acquisition of Aquarion, Seacoastonline.com

Proposed State Energy Strategy Draws Critics, Hartford Courant

Major energy legislation of Gov. Paul LePage’s tenure, Bangor Daily News

The simple reason most power utilities suck, Vox.com

Editorial/Opinion

Wait ’til next year: More Northern Pass delays, The Union Leader

Carbon emissions problem has more than one solution, Press Herald

ALTERNATE ENERGY: The lure of nuclear energy no longer makes ‘cents’, Finger Lakes Times

Massachusetts’ leaders should go big on clean energy (Guest viewpoint), MassLive.com

Harvey Exposed Oil Issues We Must Address, Natural Resources Defense Council

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Energy News for week ending September 1, 2017

Gas Pump Pain | Giant Batteries | Northern Pass Delay

Hopefully many of you are headed out of the door to start your long weekend so we’ll keep the news highlights short.  Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey–it has been hard to wrap our heads around the scale of devastation and destruction. Damage to energy supplies in Texas combined with the normal increase in Labor Day holiday travel is already leading to higher gas prices throughout New England.  In better news, giant batteries are starting to make a positive mark on the electric grid reports WNPR. And depending upon which side of the Northern Pass issue you are on, you may or may not be happy to learn NH State regulators announced they will delay their final decision on the Northern Pass by another six months to March 30, 2018.  We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Hurricane Harvey: New England Impact

Hurricane fuels gas-price hike as reserves tapped, Lowell Sun

Energy Dept. taps into emergency oil reserves after Harvey, The Hill

Colonial Pipeline to shut US Northeast fuel lines due to Harvey, Reuters

Harvey’s impact in Southern New England might be at the pump, Turn to 10

EPA waives emission rules in 38 states amid fears of fuel shortages, Washington Examiner

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Discharge water from Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline testing worries environmentalists, Berkshire Eagle

State drops charges against 4 pipeline protesters arrested for blocking access to Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Putin-linked steel company supplies pipes for Kinder Morgan’s expansion project in Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

FERC Denies Request To Halt Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion, Again, WAMC

Smell Natural Gas Outside? Report It, But Don’t Always Expect A Fix, Cape Cod Chronicle

Gas Co. Challenges NY Pipeline Permit Denial At 2nd Circ., Law360

Weymouth: Sen. Warren Reaffirms Opposition to Compressor Station, 95.9 WATD-FM

Natural Gas Upgrade: Eversource Begins $2.2M Project In East Norwalk, Norwalk Daily Voice

Renewable Energy

Gigantic Batteries Help Grow Renewable Energy In Maine, New England, WNPR News

RI Wastewater Treatment Authority To Reach 100% Renewable Energy By 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio

Solar power microgrid goes online in Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, Electric Light & Power

History-rich Maine island goes green, WLBZ-TV

Chemetal taps into solar with 560-panel roof array, GazetteNET

Possible tariff puts NH solar firms on edge, New Hampshire Business Review

From Fenway Park to Wembley, these stadiums are going big on renewable energy, CNBC

No anti-competitive behavior in RGGI secondary market, report finds, Utility Dive

Sununu Satisfied With Latest RGGI Proposal, New Hampshire Public Radio

Policymaker support key to offshore wind prospects in US, Utility Dive

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Waves Goodbye to Oil Industry, Bloomberg

Narragansett Bay Commission Adding Solar, Will Be Nearly 100% Renewable, GoLocalProv

Energy Efficiency

How Does the United States Rate in Energy Efficiency?, Energy Collective

Making data centers more energy efficient, MIT News

Heating Camden’s new middle school from town’s sewer plant: What’s the cost and can it be done?, PenBayPilot.com

500 cities have committed to going big on clean energy this year – now what?, Into the Wind

Nuclear

If nuclear is not in the future US energy mix, what will replace it?, Utility Dive

Newburyport City Council to review letter to NRC calling for hearing, The Daily News of Newburyport

Opponents launch petition against Millstone “deal”; Dominion says group “misleads” consumers, theday.com

Environmental Group Seeks Added Financial Protections In Vermont Yankee Sale, Vermont Public Radio

Vermont Yankee companies expand request to seal documents, vtdigger.org

No new pollution at Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource dealt 6-month setback for Northern Pass transmission line, MassLive.com

State committee delays Northern Pass decision until 2018, The Union Leader

Northern Pass dealt regulatory blow, Commonwealth Magazine

Eversource Asks PUC To Conceal Fiscal Info On Berlin Biomass Plant, Caledonian Record

Utilities Grapple with Rooftop Solar and the New Energy Landscape, Yale Environment 360

Executive Councilor: Sununu Needs To Do More Outreach On Northern Pass, New Hampshire Public Radio

National Grid, Hydro-Quebec snipe over hydro power, Commonwealth Magazine

RI approves rate hike for National Grid, The Sun Chronicle

Could Success Spoil ISO-NE?, POWER magazine

Editorial/Opinion

States Dare to Think Big on Climate Change, New York Times

Misinformation being spread about Northern Pass project, Foster’s Daily Democrat

My Turn: Michael F. Sabitoni: Natural gas plant vital for RI, The Providence Journal

Foss: Proposed energy rate increase is too much, The Daily Gazette

My Turn: Hydro-Quebec cannot rewrite history, Concord Monitor

Letter: Colin Nagle: National Grid ought to modernize energy infrastructure, The Providence Journal

Renewing RGGI: Do nothing, but more of it, The Union Leader

 

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Energy News for week ending July 21, 2017

TGIF to all!  A few news items of note…

The Patriot Ledger reports Gov. Charlie Baker has broken his long silence on the controversial natural-gas compressor station Monday, ordering state agencies to review the Fore River project’s potential impact. Spectra Energy wants to build a 7,700-horsepower compressor on the river bank.

Construction has started on what is expected to be Maine’s largest municipally owned solar array. The one-megawatt solar array will be composed of 2,944 solar panels. Officials expect the array to generate 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year according to U.S. News & World Report.

Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee recently voted to slash Energy Star funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget — an improvement over previous calls to cut the program entirely, but advocates say the impact could still be “crippling.”

Natural Gas

Baker’s review of Weymouth compressor station applauded, Patriot Ledger

Stepping up the pressure, Boston Globe

State to look into health, safety concerns around Weymouth compressor station, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

Gov. Baker orders state to investigate compressor station issues, Greenfield Recorder

Catholic nuns in Pa. build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property, Washington Post

Unitil to expand natural gas line through downtown, Fosters.com

Pipeline Construction, And Protests, Continue In Sandisfield, NEPR

Finding leaks while they’re easy to fix, MIT News

Renewables

South Portland’s Major Solar Array Project Begins, U.S. News & World Report

New Hampshire law benefits biomass power production, Biomass Magazine

Record Demand Puts Popular N.H. Renewable Energy Rebate Program On Hold, NHPR

Federal SunShot program funds $5.5M in Mass. solar projects, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

California Leads Off: Now RGGI Must Grab the Climate Baton, Natural Resources Defense Council

Eversource rate case poses woes for solar projects, Patriot Ledger

Solar debate heats up again, Boston Globe

Falmouth ruling bolsters cause for neighbors of Plymouth turbines, Cape Cod Times

In New England, Cooperative Values Drive Solar Growth – Episode 41 of Local Energy Rules Podcast, Renewable Energy News

Brookline launches renewable energy program with opt-out system, Wicked Local Brookline

Bay State Wind Receives First Offshore Wind Site Assessment Plan Approval in the United States, (Press Release) Business Wire

Maine large-scale manufacturers eligible for energy rebates, Mainebiz

Energy Efficiency

House Appropriations Committee votes to cut Energy Star funding 40%, Utility Dive

Green Energy Committee: Lincoln residents complete 162 home energy assessments, Wicked Local Lincoln

Energy Efficiency Upgrades Illuminate Six Ion Bank Branches, Patch.com

Nuclear

EXCLUSIVE: Gov’t Red Tape Costs Every Nuclear Plant $63 Million Annually, Daily Caller

Washington, DC firm signed to dismantle Vermont Yankee reactor, Commons

US Finds ‘Apparent Violations’ of Security at Millstone, Hartford Courant

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Delays Push Burrillville Power Plant Toward Irrelevance, ecoRI news

More than 100 state legislators join opposition against Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

New Energy Alert Can Do More Than Save You Money, ecoRI news

Vermont regulators to examine grid modernization, Utility Dive

Options for Energy Storage that Aren’t Batteries, WCAI

Electric meter mistake costs Monson family big bucks, Western Mass News

Indigenous Community Airs Long-Standing Grievances at Northern Pass Hearing, NHPR

Footprint plant work extension to go forward, The Salem News

In Webster, Residents Weigh In On New Proposed Power Line, New Hampshire Public Radio

Quakers go on 60-mile pilgrimage from Portsmouth to Bow in protest of coal-fired plants, The Union Leader

Grid threats require ‘imagining the unimaginable’ — report, E&E News

Editorial/Opinion

Pilgrim closure requires oversight, not panic, Cape Cod Times

A lousy electric bill: Concord not on ratepayers’ side, The Union Leader

CMP chief: Lawmakers should sustain Gov. LePage’s veto of solar bill, Press Herald

Editorial: Bridging the gap of energy eras, Concord Monitor

Letter: Let Pessamit Innu speak on Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

Letter: Fight the power, Concord Monitor

Events

2017 Fuels Conference, Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, Marlborough, MA, September 27, 2017

Microgrid 2017 Conference, IDEA, MRC and Microgrid Knowledge, Boston, MA, November 6-8, 2017

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Energy News for week ending June 30, 2017

Happy Friday everyone!

Gas stories abound this week. First, CommonWealth Magazine brings us the news that the companies involved in the Access Northeast Pipeline are putting the project on hold. According to the story, company officials said the project was being withdrawn from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s pre-filing review process and would not be revived until “gaps in legal authority” are addressed. Its backers said the region needed more access to gas, particularly in the winter months, when prices rise and backup coal and oil-fired plants are rushed into service to meet the region’s power needs.

Earlier in the week, The Recorder’s Going Green blog wrote about Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas subsidiary “open season” filing seeking bids from gas distribution companies and other customers for a new pipeline in the region. The past couple of weeks have also brought us two reports on the benefits of natural gas. The API’s report looks at all 50 states, while the Northeast Gas Association directs its attention specifically on Massachusetts.

Last tidbit for this week comes from Microgrid Knowledge in an article that demonstrates bigger is not necessary better, at least when it comes to grid reliability according to two reports from the Brattle Group and the Analysis Group.  The studies find renewables are not jeopardizing reliability and the very idea of ‘baseload’ — power plants that run almost all the time — may be antiquated, given today’s mix of flexible, software-driven power resources.

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Access Northeast pipeline put on indefinite hold, CommonWealth Magazine

Gubernatorial candidates join compressor station opposition, Berkshire Eagle

Native Americans to fight FERC over pipeline work, Berkshire Eagle

98-year-old Northampton peace activist Frances Crowe faces trespassing charge after Berkshire pipeline protest, MassLive.com

8 protesters arrested at Massachusetts gas pipeline project, Boston.com

Kinder Morgan pitches future natural gas pipeline capacity in New York, New England, MassLive.com

Risk assessment requested for Weymouth compressor station site, Wicked Local Weymouth

Eversource invests $3.5M in Danbury’s natural gas system, CT Post

‘Victory’: Irish Lawmakers Ban Fracking | Common Dreams, Common Dreams

Study of oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes, Houston Chronicle

Judge’s DAPL Ruling, Reckless Spill Record Pushes Pipeline Company’s Shares Below $20 for First Time, EcoWatch

‘Open season’ filed to gauge natural gas market, Going Green

Climate Change

WBUR Poll Finds A Sharp Increase In Concern About Climate Change Among Mass. Voters, WBUR

These experts say we have three years to get climate change under control. And they’re the optimists., Washington Post

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Climate Leadership Starts with RGGI, Natural Resources Defense Council

Renewable Energy

RGGI mulling ‘cocktail’ of price-boosting measures as review’s end draws closer, Carbon Pulse

Ashland: Citizens Energy takes a shine to Nyanza site, MetroWest Daily News

Solar Energy Compromise Heads to LePage With Enough Support to Withstand Veto, Maine Public

Onshore wind development slow but steady as offshore plan advances, Mainebiz

New Bedford hoping to catch renewable energy wave, South Coast Today

DONG Energy Inaugurates 582 Megawatt Gode Wind I & 2 Offshore Wind Farms, CleanTechnica

Green Farmland Or Green Energy? Deepwater Wind Brings Debate To Connecticut, Rhode Island Public Radio

Was America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Unfairly Blamed For A Whale’s Death?, HuffPost

Wind Energy Has Officially Become Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels, Futurism

Is Offshore Wind Power Riding a Rising Tide?, The National Law Review

Simsbury Debates Trade Off Between Green Farmland And Green Energy, WNPR News

Citing ‘Hughes v. Talen,’ court rejects challenge to Connecticut’s renewable RFP, Utility Dive

Rooftop solar power gets a boost, mostly, from new PUC ruling, Concord Monitor

Marine Conservationist On New England’s Potential To Harness Energy From Ocean Tides, Rhode Island Public Radio

A Fight Over the Electric Grid Could Reshape America’s Green Power Boom, TIME

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $960,000 for Clean Energy Education Program, Energy Central

Yarmouth pours energy into going green, Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts Regulators Direct Utilities to Shorten Offshore Wind Bid Evaluation Timeline, Renewable Energy World

New Rules for Wind Turbines Delayed in Vermont, Energy Central

New Hampshire regulators approve new net metering tariffs, Utility Dive

Falmouth selectmen weigh financial impact of turbine shutdown, Cape Cod Times

New Hampshire Shines In Solar Compromise, Solar Industry

Energy Efficiency

A second attack on the energy efficiency program at the General Assembly poised to pass, RI Future

South Burlington residents save six percent on electric, vtdigger.org

Energy Efficiency Deserves Center Stage During President’s Energy Week, Energy Collective

Greenfield receives state funding for energy efficiency, wwlp.com

Nuclear

Nuclear Can Be Friends With Renewables—If It’s Modular, Greentech Media

Millstone Owner To Assess Shutting Down Nuclear Plant, Hartford Courant

NRC: Entergy served notice of violation ‘with willful intent’, The Recorder

Millstone owners not giving up on lucrative legislation, CT Post

ISO-NE lays out retirement options for Dominion’s Millstone nuke, Utility Dive

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Hudson, Sudbury, Stow OK’d to intervene in Eversource power line case, MetroWest Daily News

Regional energy plan approved by state DPS, Bennington Banner

AMS in partnership with Southern Company subsidiary, gets Massachusetts peak load reduction grant, Energy Storage News

Massachusetts Energy Reliability Awareness Campaign, Northeast Gas Association

Northern Pass Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle, New Hampshire Public Radio

President Trump’s budget would put communities living near oil and gas at risk, Environmental Defense Fund

Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload,’ Microgrid Knowledge

Melrose Community Electricity Aggregation program update, Wicked Local Melrose

Eversource details impact of proposed rate shift, Berkshire Eagle

CT Siting Council to Return to Greenwich for Public Hearing on Eversource Proposed Substation, Greenwich Free Press

Hudson ConCom Commission says preferred Eversource power line route would hurt environment, MetroWest Daily News

New Brattle study touts flexible grid, dismisses ‘baseload’ hype, Utility Dive

New York expected to set high bar for energy storage after target bill passage, Utility Dive

Editorial/Opinion

Opinion: It’s nonsense to say fracking can be made safe, whatever guidelines we come up with, Phys.Org

Legislature Should Revive Millstone Bill, Hartford Courant

Commentary: Ideology shouldn’t trump practical solutions, LePage energy adviser says, Press Herald

Don’t Sweep Utility Funds Into General Budget, Hartford Courant

Opinion: Renew push for pricing carbon, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Round three on renewable energy, CommonWealth Magazine

 

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